Asus DRW-0402P DVD Writer

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Asus DRW-0402P

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$200 8.7/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Datawrite Classic Yellow 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Red (V2) 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Laser 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Lead Data 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Master G 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG300..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I have had this drive for a couple of months now and I think that it has been great.

I have been burning DVDs and a few CDs too almost every day and it hasn't failed once. I have only tried DVDs at 4x and it has been burning that speed too, so I dont know how it would work with other DVD-speeds.

When I read the infotool in Nero it says the drive can't read DVD+R and DVD+RW, inspite of this, I have had no problems reading those DVDs with the drive, I have done it several times and also with several different markets (fuji, tdk, imitation, traxdata). I dont know why it works but it does!

I am completely satisfied with the drive and recommend it strongly.

Comments posted by Jannis from Other, December 08, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I'm using this drive to burn DVD-R only (have a separate fast burner for CD-Rs). So far I have only 50% success with DVD-R media. It seems that this burner likes only high-end branded media; medium to low-end non-brand media FAILS!

Most of the failed discs plays OK on my DVD Player, but if you try to read (or copy) these discs back to the PC (on the 0402P drive) one of the files fails to copy as a result of a bad sector on the media.

Recomandation: be sure to turn on "verify" when you burn - otherwise you may not be aware that you have a failed media!

Comments posted by Satisfaction from Other, November 25, 2003. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

excelent drive for an excelent price.

Comments posted by Vlad_Drac from Other, October 01, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Have had drive for six months have not had any problems.
only the usual compatability with certain dvd players not liking certain discs.
i have a panasonic dv32 and a panasonic s35 and have had no problems whatsoever in either player,but friends have cheap nasty £50 play anything players and they wont play!!!

Comments posted by jljohn from Other, July 30, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I bought this drive 3 weeks ago! And the price is unbeatable around USD$160 at Hong Kong. It is 100% made in Japan! Software is just OK! No DVD disc attached! Only One CDR attached with the package!

The Ausu has updated their firmware to v1.3 . However, Pioneer has been up to v1.33 already! For some poor quality DVD-R discs, the speed is only 1x . I hear that someone can update it to pioneer firmware and burn those poor quality DVD-R at 2x!

Anyway, it is a good drive. PC gave 4.5 out of 5 stars for this Burner!

Comments posted by TT from Other, July 23, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

This seems to be a nice drive but not serving my purpose yet I have endless problems with this drive not being recognized by primo dvd and this is the main prog I need to backup my ps2 dvds tried nero but they dont work on the ps2 after copy. If anyone has advice on this please email me.

Comments posted by Hans from Other, April 12, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

This drive has been great. Picked it up from for $259. Burns Ritek G04s @4.3x, I haven't had any compatability issues with it. My only complaint is the complete lack of support from ASUS. There has not been a single firmware upgrade released since the drive came out and when I emailed ASUS last month they never replied. I believe that this drive may be a Pioneer A05/105, physically and on paper it is identical, but the computer recognizes it as an ASUS DRW-0402P, not a Pioneer, and the Pioneer firmware checker doesn't recognize it either so no dice on that. I am very happy with it, it is quiet, fast and reliable. Every disc I have burned has worked on my JVC XV-SA75GD DVD Player (except the DVD-RWs.)
Overall, I highly recommend this drive.

Comments posted by hodgeac from Other, March 22, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

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The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.

Write support / Read support
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested

Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes

DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.

Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)

The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.

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