BenQ DW1610 DVD Writer

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BenQ DW1610

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$75 7.8/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dataware 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Yellow (V2) 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Kapi 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsubishi 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 OSI Disk 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodye 8xDVD+R (DT-D03..004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Radius 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SmartBuy 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Sony 8xDVD+R (SONY....D11) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+RW (SONY....S11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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25 comments, Showing 1 to 25 comments

I don't have any complaints for this drive. I KNEW I wasn't getting a DL burner, but for $36 who can complain, it does burn single layer DVD's great. I currently have mine flashed to B8V9 and havn't had a single coaster when using quality media (Sony, Ritek, etc.) (even though mine is a bulk model and this firmware is for retail drives only :P)

Comments posted by GoldStar611 from United States, December 07, 2006. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

I had this burner for almost 2 years and had very little complaints til just yesterday when I tried to burn a DVD+R DL and it wouldn't.I came to this site to find out that IT DOESN"T BURN DUAL LAYERS!!!.So I walked it backed to PC Medic and told them of my misfortune and they gave a new lg burner that does.So anyone out there who bought this and got ripped off I would walk it back to the store if you have warranty on it as Benq ripped us off on this!!!On another note in the time I had this burner it would make coasters randomly or it would lock up at like 12-15% and I would have to reboot computer in order to get it unlock the drive!Not that great of a burner!

Comments posted by mike from Canada, August 15, 2006. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

I don't understand why people are having problems using DVD-R discs? this is all i use with mine, i'm using Datasafe DVD- 4x
Datawrite DVD- 4x
Bulkpaq DVD- 8x
Mitsubishi DVD+R 1-4x
Had hardly any problems just 2x discs out of say 100 they burnt ok but when watching the film back it had some small squares showing on screen and a little jittery(these where Bulkpaq), all the other copies where fine 100% ok.
I have noticed that it won't recognise a few DVDs i've tried it with, today i tried using a DVD-R 16x made by this worked in my stand alone dvd player but not recognised in computer player, i put it down to the unusual make of the DVD
I think it's a great DVD drive........
Also works great with DVD ripping with realtime anti copyright software such as AnyDVD and DVD43

Comments posted by Peter from United Kingdom, November 23, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Wouldn't write, read or erase a Sony DVD-RW DMW47L1. DVD +R seem to work OK

Comments posted by Ralph from Canada, June 10, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

Received this burner as a gift. The packaging is misleading because this will ONLY burn single layer - no 8 Gig burns. The dual-layer reference is about CD's and DVD's. Also, this burner will not recognize or burn DVD-R media. I have tried Sony, Maxell, Memorex and other no-name -R media with no success. ALL DVD+R media seems to work fine. The firmware does not address this issue. So, for single-layer, +R burning it works perfectly at 16X.

Comments posted by Joe MacLeod from Canada, May 21, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

For those of you asking about DOUBLE layer burning with this drive (and it is double-layer, not dual-layer), you should know that this drive does not support it. The word "dual" refers to the drives ability to burn DVD's and CD's. If you're looking for a drive capable of burning 8 gig DVD's. look for one that says DL or Double Layer; for instance, the Benq DW1620.

Comments posted by Alex from Canada, May 02, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I'm quite happy with the drive. I have 16x (6.45 minutes)success with Sony +r 8x (Sony D11), Benq +r 8x (DAXON AZ2), Memorex +r (CMC MAG.E01 ). Works with everything so far.

I bought the 200 Benq's from Future Shop and was a little worried the other night. I was using the newest firmware B8T9 from the Euro site. When I started using the new spool of Benq's I was creating a lot of coasters. The Canadian Benq site only has firmware B8M9. I went back to that (B8M9) firmware and have had success ever since. I can't believe how quiet this drive is.

Beware of B8T9 firmware. I have to learn that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Comments posted by T Boss from Canada, February 09, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I saw that the drive is recognized as "BENQ DW1610 Dual !! "
But when I tried to burn a double Layer DVD he even didn´t read the DVD. Nero said that there is no disc inserted..
So I think it is not a DL Burner but there is some failure in the firmware or the drive´s indentification.
If anyone has a solution to get the drive upgradeed to a DL please tell us.

Comments posted by Tiger from Germany, February 08, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

After some initial problems, this drive is working great.

My previous problems was that I was using cheap media. Once I got some decent media everything works well. I was using cheap -r media with zero luck, but cheap +r works fine.

I am using Memorex 8x DVD+r, and they will burn at 12X flawlessly.

It is a dual layer burner, but I have yet to try it out.

Comments posted by Pavel6969 from Canada, January 05, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Just got this burner a few days ago. It will not burn Memorex DVD-RWs, but works fine w/ Mitsumi's rw+s. Don't know if there is any way to resolve this, especially since I've read some reviews that say it can burn memorex rw+ and -r

Comments posted by Nemesis from Canada, December 31, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Killer burner. Fast & Good burns. Only user error has caused miswrites. I have used Benq 4x and 8x DVD-Rs, Memorex 4x DVD-R and Pine 4x DVD-Rs. All burn great. I'm very happy with this drive.

I do have one afterthought..... Windows XP Pro recognizes this drive as Dual Layer, but I don't see it as such on the Benq website or on this one. Anyone try a Dual Layer disc?
I've had the drive now for 2 months and it's fantastic!!!

Comments posted by Atomic from Canada, December 24, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I have had this drive for a week, burned BenQ 4x DVD-R no problems, burned Kodak 4x DVD-R no problems, also burned Ridata 8x DVD-R no problems and Memorex 4x DVD+RW no problems, all media burned at its rated speed. I have yet to encounter problems burning DVD-R. Drive is great, paid $76.00 canadian for it. I do not regret that it cannot do dual layer (DL) as the media it still way to expensive at this point, the next burner I buy (I always have two in my machine) will be 16x and dual layer, but won't be for at least another 6 mos or when DL media drops.

Comments posted by ashman from Canada, November 25, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I have had zero luck using dvd-rs with this machine. I tried the Matrix brand with no luck. Used the brand I used in my old burner (can't think of the name, might be no name) and they did not work either. Picked up some cheap Optodisc dvd+r and they burn perfectly. Only problem is that my dvd player doesn't like dvd+r all that well.

I have only tried buring at 4x, do not have any higher speed discs. Not to bad a product since it only cost me $88 Canadian.

Comments posted by Pavel6969 from Canada, November 25, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

With the latest firmware upgrade, I will say that it is an excellent dvd writer for +R disc.

The drive comes with the Book Type management tools that let me to bitset the booktype of +R discs to DVD-ROM. After bitsetting, +R discs can be played back on most of the aged dvd players which even not willing to play -R disc. PS2 is no except to play all bitsetted +R discs, too. That is why I never buy any -R discs.

Now, 1610 is fully supported by CD-DVD Speed to do disc quality test at high reading speed on written discs. The test reports the PI error, PI failure and even jitter. Based on collected infos, we can determine accurately the best performance media coded dvdr for this writer.

Qscan, another Benq's tool, can even measure the quality of a blank dvdr before writting.

Overspeed writting is also supported for many different media coded discs and still maintain the best wirtten quality.

I have been using it for two months and really like it so much. I think it is one of the best 16X dvd writer for thoes nes who rarely burn -R and dual layer discs.

Comments posted by fryfish from Hong Kong, November 16, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Okie.. been using this burner for a month and a half.. here's my review on it.

I'm pretty happy with the drive. Its decent for copying and decent for ripping. Its also got room for growth, because at 16x speed i know this drive will get better as the media availability matches the drive speeds.

I haven't tried pushing the speed on any of my disks yet.. I'll try that for next time.

1. Memorex 8x DVD-R / CMC Mag A1
This media burns at 8x as advertised. Disks work flawless and works on all 3 of my players (Pioneer, Apex & Philips). 50 pack burned with no failures.

2. Benz 4x DVD+R / Daxon-AZ1-01
This media only burns at 4x. I was kinda disappointed cuz i can always push the Memorex/Maxell's Rikoh media to 8x with no problems. Also even at 4x i've had about 8 failures on a 50pack of DVDRs... which is a very poor ratio in my experience.

3. Kodak 4x DVDR / Media ID-001-0
Neat manufacturer's id on this one.. Worked without any problems. Burned a 25 pack with no failures.

Comments posted by muskwa from Canada, October 02, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

post #2 for me. First time was using the FW B8H9. Upgraded to FW B8K9. Was ok with B8H9, could only burn 4x on RICOHJPN01 good, never recognized or just made coasters with 8x. Now I'm burning Verbatim 8x (MCC003) at 12x, and Sony 8x D11 at 16x and Benq 8x Daxon AZ2 at 16x. Man this drive is so sweet right now. It was a POS before upgrading the FW.

Comments posted by alleycat8675309 from Canada, October 01, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Post#2 for me on this
Well it wasn't the burners fault that -r/-rw wouldn't work. The burner was doing what it was supposed to. My player i found out only plays +r/+rw media. However, still one problem. I still cannot read the -rw discs that i burned before I flashed with the new firmware. Btw, the disc that comes in the box is completely useless, dont even open bother, xp installs autmatically, and the firmware is all you need.

Comments posted by jarrett from Canada, September 26, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Cd's Burn like a dream but that's not what i bought it for. Have not had any luck burning dvd's. I did burn one movie dvd-r(pine 4x) that is playable in the computer, but it has crc errors so i cant even get it off the disc to burn it again. Data dvd-r(pine 4x) work fine in the drive. But the movie dvd's will not recognize in my jvc th-a30 or my friends apex. data or movie Dvd-rw's(memorex 1-2x)used to work in the drive, but now they all read as empty cd's now that i've flashed it with the b8h9 firmware. considering taking it back to future shop, with the media for my money back

Comments posted by jarrett from Canada, September 25, 2004. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

Post number three for me on this writer. It works pretty good but it is VERY demanding on media. The only way to have no problem at all (I had tons of problem with tabletop layer compatibility, even tho I have a Pioneer 434 that usually handles everything I throw at it) was to use the Sony D11 8X DVD+R media. But once I tried those, boy is this a fast writer! I am now very happy but I really wasn,t until I found the Sony media. I even considered returning this rewriter to the store. Now I see it's a good investment for the 100$ (Canadian at that) that I paid. Anyone want my Sony U10? ;-)

Comments posted by brucecampbellsrighthand from Canada, September 16, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Bought it from futureshop a couple weeks ago and so far it's worked awesome. I bought 3 5 packs of kodak dvdr+ 4x and burned all them at 12x with no read errors at all. I'm gonna buy either the 100 pack of benq dvdr-4x from futureshop or the 50 pack of memorex that are going on sale this friday so I'll let you guys know how that media works out.

Comments posted by serc from Canada, September 02, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Purchased 2 weeks ago. I have burned 40 DVD's so far, not one coaster. All burnt using Kodak DVD-R 4x. I have found this burnner to be excellent for my use. Love the upgradeable firmware option through the Benq web site. I have had minimal slow down on my system, p4 2.6. The slow down is not from the actual burning process, its from the encoding process. Write now I'm surfing, listening to music (mp3's), and encoding a movie file, no problems.

Comments posted by sks from Canada, August 29, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Will still not rate it coz not enough tests... weird thing tho: finally got some 8X media at Future Shop in canada. It's BenQ brand so you'd figure it would work in their own writer right? WRONG. The DVD-R works fine, even got slightly higher write speed than 8X but my DVD+R are all coasters. The tag (DVD Identifier) on the -R say SONY08D1 and the tags on the +R say Daxon AZ2. Will now upgrade firmware on the BenQ (to B8H9) and try DVD+r again. The BenQ are both 2$ each in Canada. Not bad seeing as in Quebec they are the ONLY 8X media I could find.

Comments posted by Brucecampbellsrighthand from Canada, August 29, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Bought one hoping that I could finally replace my trusty Pioneer 104. NOPE! This thing HATES -R no matter what the box says. Certified 4x optodisc burns at 1x !! Come on, a two year old 104 burns it at 2x with no problems. I know that there may be firmware updates one day but I'm not risking the wait. It is a resource hog too - it will lock up your machine if you even try to move the mouse while burning. The old 104 is going back in until I can try out a 108.

It's too bad because the specs are sweet. Like grandpa said, don't believe everything you read.

Comments posted by ted from Canada, August 26, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Bought it from Futureshop. Doesn't work at all with the Kodak dvd-r 4x ProdiscS03 that I also got from them. Made 20 coasters before going back and swapping for Memorex dvd+r 4x RICOHJPN R01. Verify seems to fail near the end of my compilations, but the data seems to be fine. Haven't burn faster than 4x. Also works with Memorex dvd-rw 2.4x RITEKW01, and Memorex dvd+rw 4x RICOHJPN W11. Seems sensitive to other processes (a few more coasters) while burning, with AMD XP 2500, 768 Mb Ram.

Comments posted by Al from Canada, August 25, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Just bought this 2 days ago. Too early to write but I can already tell you it hates Princo 4x DVD-R discs. No 8X media in my area to try it out yet... sucks. No problem with Memorex DVD+R (at 4x). Acceptable software bundle (Sonic recordnow Max, WinDVD creator, WinDVD, Benq Qvideo 2.0). Will write more as I try it out. Can read Double layer DVD but not write them (hope some genius comes up with a fw upgrade).

Comments posted by Bcrucecampbellsrighthand from Canada, August 22, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

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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)

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The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.

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