BenQ DW1620 (Pro) DVD Writer

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BenQ DW1620 (Pro)


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Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Philips
40xCDR CAV
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Acro Circle 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 ActiveJet 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Airis 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Akimoto 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Alpha Tec 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Arita 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BeAll 4xDVD+R (BeAll000P40) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 3 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 BenQ 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 BenQ 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD-RW (CMCW03......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Budget 4xDVD-R (GSC002......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Burn Me! 4xDVD+R (DDDessauV20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 cd-Store 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CMS 4xDVD+R (POMSI00201.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 DataLife 4xDVD-R (POSG04......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 DataTrack 2.4xDVD+R (DATATRAK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dataware 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Classic 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Datawrite Classic Grey 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Scribbles 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Dick Smith Electronics 8xDVD-R (NAN.YA.A01..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dick Smith Electronics 8xDVD+R (NANYA...CLX) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 dma X 8xDVD+R (NANYA...CLX) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Edgetec Dash 16xDVD-R (MBI 03RG40..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 4xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA040) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Euro Max 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fortis 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Freespace 16xDVD+R (OPTODISCR16) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C16) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (MUST 001....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
3 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigatain 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigatain 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigatain 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD-R (MUST 003....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD+R (SONY....D11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 HP 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 16xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C16) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hyundai 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Hyundai 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hyundai 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Infiniti 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Infiniti 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Iomega 4xDVD-RW (CMCW03......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Lamaxa 4xDVD+R (LONGTEN.002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Laser 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (VANGUARD....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Linkyo 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Linkyo 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lumatron 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 M-Media 4xDVD-R (AN30........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (MXL RG02....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 8xDVD-R (MXL RG03....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Maxell 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 3 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Melody 4xDVD+R (LONGTEN.002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Melody 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (MBIPG101R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C08) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsubishi Black Diamond 8xDVD+R (MJC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 MMore 1xDVD-R (EuroDig-Disc) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Onidtech 4xDVD-R (ONIDTECH....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 OSI Disk 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Packard Bell 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Packard Bell 4xDVD+R (Plasmon1C01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (INFOME..R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 16xDVD+R (INFOME..R30) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 16xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C16) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Playo 8xDVD+R (AML.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Primeon 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Princo 2xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 QP 4xDVD+R (AML.....001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Radius 4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ricoh 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek Excellent 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 4xDVD-RW (OPTODISCW004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Six 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SKS 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (SONY....D11) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+RW (SONY....S11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 1xDVD-RW (SONY000000U9) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony AccuCore Optical Media 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Spin-X 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Spin-X 4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Staples 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Staples 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Staples 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 16xDVD-R (TYG03.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (ProdiscS05) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD+R (TDK.....002) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (TDK.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD-R (TTG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Teon 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teon 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TSD (Top Super DVD) 4xDVD-R (MUST 001....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tuff Disc 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TX (Think Xtra) 8xDVD+R (POMSI002P01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ultron 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Vakoss 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Value Disc 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW4X) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 5 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (Pearl White) 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Vstar 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Windata 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 WOW 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Yi Jhan 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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i got this for 74.99 with tax it was 86$ (CAN) OEM. when i got it, i flashed it to the retail version and updated the firmware to the newest B7S9. ive only tried one media in it, the maxell dvd-rs, but already it performs amazingly. the media is only 8x while it can burn excellent at 12x.


Comments posted by smuncky from Canada, December 25, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This thing kicks ass! Paid $40 after rebates the day after Thanksgiving. Branded as I/O Magic. Writes 8x on 4x DVD+R media and they play flawlessly. The 40x CD burning is also great - now I don't need to have a seperate CD burner. Have not upgraded firmware yet. Have not tested dual-layer capability - waiting for media prices to drop. Highly reccomended!


Comments posted by snaimpally from United States, December 14, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This is the cheapest 16X and I didn't expect much from it but to my surprise it burn cheapo 4X DVD-R like onidtech and VDSPMSAB01 pretty well. Altho it still has problem with ultra cheapo Yi Jhan 001 but I haven't heard any burner can handle the Yi Jhan well.

Excellent drive for the money and its performance is well above average. Good job Benq.


Comments posted by Albert128 from Canada, December 12, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Just popped this toy into my PC two days ago and so far so good. I have backed up 10 DVD+R's and 3 RW so far at top speed. Even burned PLATINUM 8x at 16x and worked on my pioneer 360k. Replaced my Sony dru700 with this one. I highly recommend....cheap, fast and xcelent quality.


Comments posted by mik_f from Portugal, December 09, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





i must say... its very good.


Comments posted by mike from Portugal, December 09, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Super drive, an improvement to my previous Benq 822A, this 1620 can burn 4X DVD-R cheapo like VDSPMSAB01 and Onidtech with good results, above 90% according to Nero DVD quality test. It can also overspeed 8X Prodisc DVD-R to 12X with good results.

A very good burner for both -/+ R media


Comments posted by APVM from Canada, December 07, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Hmmm. I flashed my BenQ DW1620 with the new B7P9 firmware and still I am unable to burn a DVD using Pinnacle Studio 9.3.5. The BenQ DW1620 LED pattern indicates the Imation DVD+RW media is being burned with the DVD files from Pinnacle Studio; however, when the DVD drive ejects the disc and I try to view files, I notice there is nothing written on the DVD disc. So, the solution of upgrading did not help me here.


Comments posted by danh from United States, November 24, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





I just got this burner for a pretty good deal. When I brought it home though I found that it burnt DVD's just fine, but the DVD-R's that I have (Maxell 4X DVD-R) wouldn't play in my DVD player. Although they would play in my DVD-ROM on my computer just fine, they wouldn't play in any other DVD player properly. (I checked a bunch of DVD players at Future Shop) I had never had a problem with my Plextor DVD-writer but I wasn't quite ready to give up. I had downloaded the latest firmware listed on the site. (Firmware v. B7K9) but no luck. After a little more research on the net I discovered that there is a much more updated version of software that isn't listed at Ben-Q! To get the most updated version of software go to this link:

http://support.benq.com/files/storage/Firmware/DW1620/B7p9.zip

After I upgraded to the latest software I haven't had a problem since. Apparently getting the software past the B7m9 solves the DVD-R problem.

Great burner if you upgrade to the right firmware.


Comments posted by David Rawlins from Canada, November 23, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Disaster. He don't offer me 2x speed at all. At 4x he record 10 discs which even he can't read :(
I use TDK printable discs on my NEC 1300 and 5500 at 2x speed (for a movie), but I can't do this on this new BenQ.


Comments posted by Paja.Patak from Netherlands, November 20, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





"I've always found historically that +R was not as compatible in standalones."

Look again. If anything, +R are more compatible than -R now. Bit setting has allowed for this. BenQ drives now set book type (bit setting), to DVD-ROM automatically. Do research on this.

Yes. The 1620 will burn -R media but........

Bottom line....get some +R media listed in this thread.


Comments posted by Pinan from United States, November 07, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I just bought this drive to replace my aging Pioneer A04, but haven't got a single disc to play in a standalone. Checked here and see "prefers +R media". Well, I had just bought 400 Benq DVD-R for the Pioneer! Will this drive not burn -R at all? I've always found historically that +R was not as compatible in standalones.


Comments posted by darkhamr from Canada, November 06, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





It has some of the best burn scans of any burner. It applies DVD-ROM to all + media automatically for maximum compatibility. BenQ has constantly released firmwares to overspeed media and improve quality. Probably overspeeds more media then an other burner with official firmware. New firmware will increase dual layer to 4x. Is a good reader also.


Comments posted by Vanderlow from United States, November 05, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





"He says his single layer discs work great."

Right you are. My bad.

*Pinan walks away sheepishly*


Comments posted by Pinan from United States, October 29, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Can anyone tell me if I need to do anything special to burn a movie dvd? It get stuck half way through the operation and says there is a problem with the unit itself. Do I need to use some kind of add on to DVD Decrypter?


Comments posted by Rene Almaguer from United States, October 28, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





He says his single layer discs work great.
If u read his question carefully,he is having trouble with his Verbatim DL discs. Last i checked TY didn't make DL discs.

Tom


Comments posted by jtommyj from United States, October 28, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Any Ideas? Yup. Try TY's as I recommended in my post. The 1620 loves them. Hence my remark.


Comments posted by Pinan from United States, October 28, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





gave this a 7 because my double layer burns work fine until the last 15 mins of movie then it starts to be really jerky, have tryed it on 3 home players that play everything except a can lid.The single layer disks play great. I am using VERBATIM DVD+R DL amd MEMOREX DVD+R single layer and STAPLES DVD-R single layer. My system is a Intel P4 2.8 G Hyper Thead with 1 G Ram and a MAXTOR 160 G Hard drive with 9 ms access (udma 133) was just Defrag. anyone have any ideas?


Comments posted by ret369 from United States, October 27, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Very good until now.


Comments posted by Joćo from United Kingdom, October 19, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Work on your spelling Lou, it's Pinan, and I have to disagree with your statement:

"It smooth but no match for my NEC ND1300A,not even close,only in price...."

Back this up with some data please. I'm well versed in the NEC as well and it's no better a burner, using the specs that I wrote. The BenQ is faster as well.

However. I have determined that the TY disks are much better and more consistent than the Prodisc. At only about 50cents per disk it's a great deal.

The 1620 can be had now for under $90.


Comments posted by Pinan from United States, October 08, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





To be fair,I have'nt used it enough to really judge this burner/writer.I do agree with Pinin/Pinhead (what ever)that it only seems to burn +disc.Yet sold as a dual writer+/-.It smooth but no match for my NEC ND1300A,not even close,only in price....More in the future,.Thank you.


Comments posted by Louis Reid. from Canada, September 30, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Excellent burner! It prefers +R media. It's not the best burner but it's very good. No coasters until yet.


Comments posted by duck from United Kingdom, September 30, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have added Taiyo Yuden 8X DVD+R to my collection and they burn very well at 12X and 16X with the 1620 as well. A bit better, and perhaps more consistantly (more $ though) than the Prodiscs. I'm liking this drive more and more all the time.


Comments posted by Pinan from United States, September 01, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





*As promised, my views on the 1620 (I also own the 822a and the 1600):

All three work very well, so I'm posting pretty much the same info on this one too.*

Love this burner! Did as much research at clubcdfreaks on this and others as I could, but it's new so.... This drive is known to prefer + disks, as with pretty much all BenQ DVD/RW drives. It also has auto bit setting to DVD-ROM. I burn Arita/Ridata (RICOH JPNRO1) 4x disks and Prodisc 8X R03 (overburn Prodiscs @ 12x) and get perfect burns as per KProbe scan. Using *official* firmware B7H9 (not beta B7H9). PI average under 8 and PO (PIF) under 3-4 (at 12X burn). 10000/500 or so for both respectively (stock firmware B7C9 was lousy). About 6 min and 30 sec. for full disk burn at 12X and 5:50 for a 16X burn. Yup. That's as fast as they get. Not much difference between 12X and 16X.

Do your research! All drives do not burn all media the same, and some are very fussy! Don't use crap/cheap media. Do your research! Again. BenQ drives prefer DVD+R media.

P4 3.0
1GB PC 3200
WinXP SP1 and SP2


Comments posted by Pinan from United States, August 26, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.




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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
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4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
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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
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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.


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