BenQ DW800A DVD Writer

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BenQ DW800A

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$200 8.5/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Arita 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD+R (INFOME..R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Medianca 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C08) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MMore 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Optodisc 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Prodisc 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vertex 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Have 3 DVDwriters; Optorite DD0203, BenQ DW800a (rebadged as Khypermedia), Samsung TS-H552B (came preinstalled in eMachines Athlon 64 sys.

Burn quality with the BenQ DW800a is head & shoulders above that of the Samsung TS-H552B (the Optorite DD0203 isn't even in the running).

Only real gripe I got (& why I give it an '9' rather than a '10') is that I use it in a Win98 system & cannot flash the Firmware (I'm at B2H7). (no DOS flash available for it I can find)
note: I am not interested in Dual Format (I prefer +R/+RW); but the unit burns most 4x +R media at 8x even if I have 4x or 2.4x set in Nero (5.5.10, 6.x.x not stable on my W'98 system); & i'd hoped later firmware would give me real speed control.

Contacted Khypermedia support re the firmware flashing prob & was instructed to return the drive - NO WAY, I'm not about to risk replacement of the drive with the other junker they sold with the same model#.

BTW: the burner burns decently even to stuff like the SpinX (Prodisc id) media.
Does best with all Ricoh ID'd 4x Media (have used Fuji, Sony, Maxell, & Imation blanks with this ID) & excellently with Verbatim 4x MCC id'd media. (& burns at 8x to all)

Strangely enough, even tho it burns Fuji (Ricoh disk id) 4x +R media at 8x; this media gets better Disk Quality results (Nero CDspeed) than Fuji (Yuden disk ID) 8x Media.
Best 8x +R media I've tried so far (almost matching 4x Ricoh ID'd stuff) is Maxell with Maxell disk ID.
CMC ID'd 8x is way behind the above 2.

Decent usable burns to CMC disk id'd media (all speeds), but not as good as with the 4x Ricoh disk ID'd media.

+RW media: Philips id'd disks best (excellent), Ricoh just behind. CMC & Prodisc stuff OK, but not as good as the other 2.

Basically, drive gives usable burns to any +R/+RW media I've tried with above mentioned 'best' types listed above.

If you're looking for good quality burns & compatibility with about any '+' media, & are not a "speed freak" try to find one of these.
& the drive does work well even with Win98 gold as OS!

If I could find another locally, I'd grab it myself for a 'spare'.

Comments posted by jeg from United States, June 04, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I bought a 800A one year ago. I burned about 150 DVDs and 100CDs. Now the DVD burning quality became poor ... no VERY BAD!
I had the newest firmware and used only Verbatim DVDs. First I had some problems with burned DVD in my DVD player, but I was able to read the DVD's with my DVD ROM in my computer. Then I checked the burning quality with a Pleytor DVD RW drive and a special tool. And the quality was very very bad - after 1 year.

Comments posted by mdn_united from Germany, March 02, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I know this year-old drive is getting "long in the tooth", but I am posting this info for folks who may end up getting one second-hand somehow.

The drive I have is actually a Khypermedia KDVDRW8X, which, if labeled from Malaysia, is identical to the Benq DW800A. (Search on Khypermedia in the DVD Writer list for more info.)

As others have said, it can be upgraded with Benq's software to handle DVD-R/RW. Haven't done that. As my other review says this drive has worked flawlessly for me, using my Win2K Pro-based PC, when burning DVD+R discs. Haven't had enough experience with DVD+R/W or CD-R in this drive to comment on them.

Some people running WinXP SP2 are having trouble with their drives.

Comments posted by dishboy44 from United States, December 16, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I bought a 800A a week ago, and i got nothing but problems with it... just returned it today... I flashed it to firmware C, and it worked as it was supposed to, but i ruined 1 DVD out of each 2... +/- ... then tried firmware D, and it was even worse... got back to B, and found out that it was more stable, but still ruining a lot of DVD... and it simply wouldn't burn most of them above 2,4x...
dunno if this unit was damaged, or if it is a usual problem, but i won't take my chances with it no more...

DVD Media used:
Princo 4x -R (one burn ok, one ruined)
MMORE 4x +R (one tested, didn't go further than lead in. (write error)
Medianca 4X +r (refused to write at 4x only did at 2,4X, ruined 2 out of 3)
Intenso 4X +R (ruined 1 out of 3)

I tested the drive in different PC's so it wasn't a pc problem...

Just bought a LG 4082B, tested it with the same dvd brands, recorded about 10 DVD so far, and no errors... (all recorded at 4X in about 14:30 to 15 minutes)

Comments posted by ]-[ell Master from Portugal, May 10, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

BenQ DW800A reads and writs excellent.

Comments posted by Ivica from Croatia, April 05, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I don't really know much about DVD Writers, but I must say that this one satisfies all my needs.. Well at least for now! And the latest firmware revision B3D7 allows for DVD-R/-RW support, making it effectively dual format! Best bang for bucks I guess. Afterall, I bought it for a S$179! (Approximately US$100)

Comments posted by Lee from Singapore, March 13, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.


i own that burner since 2 days now. I did a backup of my mp3 songs onto 11 dvds (verbatim pastel dvd+r) and it took about 8:30 min for a dvd.



Comments posted by MrWGT from Germany, February 07, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I bought the Khypermedia 8X DVD Burner at Office Max Model #KDVRW8X drive and learned that if it says made in Malaysia on the side of the box, It's a BenQ DW800A. I just confirmed this by flashing the drive with the BenQ Firmware.

Comments posted by Gill165 from United States, January 24, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Using Maxell 4x DVD+R (also Tevion 4x DVD+R) I can write a full DVD in just over 8 minutes (8x recording), the films (backups) play flawlessly on my standalone (PLU2 something). I had an Optorite DD0401 before, disks done at 8x on it had problems playing near the end and eventually stopped, it was also slower at 10 minutes per full disk (yet they rate it at 8x). No coasters yet, all bookmarked as DVD-ROM and play on every standalone I have tried yet.

Comments posted by Robert Simpson from United States, January 19, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Seeing test review on CDR-info before I bought it. Looks quite good on the writing quality measured by K-probe (if I compare with LiteON, and others, it's the best), as well as fairly fast speed. When try it, no issue found. Quite nice experience.

Especially the bundled 'book type management' program is quite useful to turn to DVDROM format!

Price is acceptable. Worth try!

Comments posted by DVDxPlayer from Other, January 13, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Just receive the drive yesterday. Burn a memorex +r 4x at 8x take less than 9 min. Outside is beige, when eject the tray, the tray is black (black is suppose better for recording) which is a surprise. The Qvideo software is easy to use. Connect DV, put a blank disc into tray, then press record. You homemade dvd is ready the same time the DV tapes ends. The drawback for the software is it can not capture date/time onto the dvd. I guess I have to go the long way. using the DVtimestamp software. In term of quality, it write excellent. Under K-Probe, compare the same disc I use for this drive and the lite on 411s I have, Benq show alomost no error under K-probe as compare to 411s which has many error(but still play fine on my DVD players. If the Qvideo software can capture date/time, it will be a perfect drive.

Comments posted by fareast from Other, January 06, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

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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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