HP DVD200i DVD Writer


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HP DVD200i


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Chipset:Ricoh
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 DVD-ON 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 HP 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hyundai 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MATCO 2.4xDVD+R (...........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Maxell 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Nashua 2.4xDVD+R (DATATRAK001) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 2.4xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Spin-X 4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 That's Write! 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Value Disc 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLife) 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 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.
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79 comments, Showing 26 to 50 comments

I do own HP 200j. I've got it after HP replacement program for HP 100i. What can I say ? I am not a big fan of HP products in all.
However this drive ... is the best thing I have seen in a long time.
Discs burned in this drive will play in any stand alone DvD player or
DvD-ROM, you name it. My rating : 11 out of 10. It rocks !!!



Comments posted by Van Hooligan from Other, September 20, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.





Concerning DVD Workshop with the HP DVD200i:
Ulead has a patch available for registered users of Workshop 1.1 which addresses, among other things, the ability to write to DVD+R media. Haven't tried it myself yet.


Comments posted by Dami from Other, September 12, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.





I had the HP200i for about 3 weeks & aquired it when Office Max had ther $299 special. I went to Curcuit City & bought with a 110% price match, which brought it down to $270. I use it with the ATI AIW7500. The MMC does a pretty good job for video capture of TV, Satellite & VHS tape, after which I burn to a DVD with Ulead DVD Movie Factory. I tryed My DVD & was not impressed because it had poor video quality & very limited features. HP RecordNow works well for copying DVD to DVDR. Both DVD+RW & +R play fine in my Bose standalone system I rate it an 8 because the software that comes with the unit is minimal.


Comments posted by zob from Other, August 31, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I try two dvd writers, the hp dvd200i and the pionner 04, the HP is most compatible with home dvd
and the dvd cost less than the pionner.
It's a very good unit.


Comments posted by leclown3 from Other, August 30, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This DVD burner Rocks. My sony DVD player which does not play CD-r, or cd-rw's has no problems with DVD+R, or DVD+RW im amazed, and the thing is im not that big of a HP Fan, GREAT Writer Though i ive it a
10. Sonic DVD is Pretty Easy to use, and hp memory disc creater a very useful tool. GJ HP


Comments posted by 10 from Other, August 29, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I recently purchased an HP Pavilio/Win XP with the HP 200j DVD+RW installed. I burned a DVD+RW and it plays fine on my PC DVD-ROM drives but not on my Apex 600. My research seems to indicate that I need to change my compatability bitsetting to Mode 2. However, the preloaded software does not seem to have the compatability setting. Any suggestions on how i can mae the bitsetting change or get the utility (HP site says it is on the 200i installation disk - I have 200j and no installation disk).


Comments posted by dog from Other, August 23, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought my HP 200i at Circuit City for $449, but within two weeks OfficeMax had it on special for $299...Circuit City refunded 110% of the difference with no hassle. I initially had problems with the unit until I removed my CDRom from the IDE cable and left the HP on there by itself, then it worked fine. I've mainly used mine for saving TV and DV captures to DVD using MyDVD. Since I have a Toshiba SD9200 DVD player I have had to change the "compatibility setting" to type 2 before the DVDs would play. The biggest battle was finding the right TMPGEnc settings to use so the DVD file would be "legal" for MyDVD. I've had success using the info found at http://pwp.netcabo.pt/0165394101/TMPGEnc_Template.html. I also had a stroke of luck when I found HP DVD+RW three packs on sale at OfficeMax for $9.99 after instant instore rebate (I still think they had made a mistake, but I bought four packs!) I've also used it for CD burning both with Nero and with the included HP software with no problems.

I highly recommend this unit for those who are comfortable opening up their computer case and tweaking software. Having a backup of your primary hard drive and possibly using software such as GoBack could save you some heartbreak if something goes wrong!


Comments posted by timsims from Other, August 16, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.





I will say it was interesting getting it to work. Of course, the VCDHelp Forums saved the day! In order to get it to work on my Dual AMD Tyan S2460, I had to set the 200i to PIO Mode only. Once I had a usable burner, things looked up.

The software bundle is excellent. It may save me from having to replace my 4GB/8GB Travan tape drive that stopped working. The HP (Veritas) backup software is good enough for my single workstation. Sonic MyDVD is ok, but I will probably move on to a package with more menu options.

The resulting DVD on a DVD+RW disc was quite nice. I know it will impress the wife, and I know I promised the world to get HER buy in on the purchase of the drive, even though I got it for $285 at Circuit City using their Price Match policy. I just hope the media cost will come down, as many people suggest in the forums here, and elsewhere.


Comments posted by jeepman from Other, August 12, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I bought the HP200i and Cendyne 104 at the same time knowing I would return one of them. I ended up keeping the HP200i mainly because of the speed difference. Was well worth the extra price. Compatibility was the same between these two drives against all the equipment I had at home. I have 4 dvd rom drives in PCs and 3 standalone set players.
My only disappointment is that the MyDVD software has too many ploblems. I even called HP technical support about it. Even though they couldn't solve the problem, I would commend them for quick response and helpful attempt. They should not be support for MyDVD since Sonic is the company the makes it. I had to call HP support three times and was surprise to get through each time without waiting.
One of the support calls was regarding the upgrade of their firmware to 1.27 and making Nero not seeing the correct size of +R disk. I wanted to revert to the previous firmware but the technical support said it was not possible. (Even though it is.) It turned out unnecessary as Nero quickly released 5.5.9.0 and solved the problem.
This is a great drive and I am having a lot of fun with it.


Comments posted by Peter from Other, August 04, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have had excellent results with the HP DVD200i. I have a pioneer dv 343. It reads both the +R and +RW format without problems. I also have a Samsung DVD 611. It reads the +R format but no the +RW.
My PC dvd drives:
Toshiba SD-M1502 reads both +R/+RW. I also have an AOPen 12X DVD drive which reads +R but not +RW



Comments posted by Jon Hildrum from Other, August 02, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





it just works fantastic i tried different dvd+r/rw's and no problem at all, except for nero which had a compatibility problem with firmware 1.27 (nero 5.5.8.2 and older) wich meant you couldnt write dvd+r, i used philips and hp dvd+r and hp and philips and nashua dvd+rw


Comments posted by davy smits from Other, August 02, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Love this drive. Turned to it after a really bad experience with the Panasonic LF-D311. No coasters yet (knock on wood), and all have played flawlessly on my Pioneer DV-440 (+R and +RW).


Comments posted by Bruce Van Buskirk from Other, July 30, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I upgraded my 100i to 200i. I was happy cos finally I could burn on a dvd+r. However, I'm a disappointed coz the vcd which i had burnt using the dvd200i cause a lot of skip when i played on a normal vcd. However, no prob when i played on the dvd player. Called HP for help but they blamed it on the third-party software(NERO) that i used. Told me to check nero website. btw the hp mydvd is also a third party software they bundled together. No difference. the help sucks


Comments posted by ajr from Other, July 28, 2002. Rated this writer 4 of 10.





Wonderful for the proce I paid... Word of warning though, scrap HP's software. SpruceUp works well enough. Have fun!


Comments posted by BerrantRyke from Other, July 28, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This drive is an absolute dream. I do not want to get into the -/+ R/RW debate because I relate it to the Windows/Linux debate. I feel that whatever works for your own needs is the right way to go. This is a word to the wise though if you use Nero version 5.5.8.2 and beyond you could encounter +R media probs with the HP 1.27 firmware upgrade. It is better now to keep the 1.06 version. If you have updated to 1.27 version and did not save the 1.06 version and have +R problems email me and I will send the 1.06 flash in a zip file so that you can go back to it.


Comments posted by Larry Bishop from Other, July 20, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Since I Got mine been learning as i go and lots of reading switched to ulead movie factory for authoring over the software that came with it. Had a few problems with compatibility with standalone dvd player but went to walmart and got one of those apex 1100 dvd players works great.


Comments posted by Kenneth Childers from Other, July 20, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.





I recorded my first backup DVD of Desperado(Antonio Banderas) using a HP DVD+RW Media and it plays in my Sony DVPS330 and my Sanyo . I used SmartRipper to rip the DVD to Hard Drive (I selected all files) and I recorded it using Gear Pro Professional (trial Version). It took a total of 40 minutes. The Dupe looks just like the original!! It has all the menus and options! The only problem is that not all movies are less than 2 hrs!!Is there a program that will split a longer movie in half?
Goodfella


Comments posted by Dante from Other, July 19, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Bought the Hp dvd 200xi instead of the pioneer or philips and happy with it. After 4, 5 hour messing aroung with the software i realized it is one of the best Dam dvd burner you can buy.The trick is you must use the software not from HP to make it work right. It burn All ISO GI Cue/Bin file correctly and it worked fine with all console (Ps2, Xbox).
so far i am please with this device no complain or disappoint.
I gave it a thump up.


Comments posted by Loc N from Other, July 05, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This drive is simply amazing. I was worried that DVD+RWs and DVD+Rs would not play in my set-top player (Panasonic RV32) since it was listed everywhere that it doesn't play them.

And with some tinkering, I was able to get both medias to play on every dvd player I tried. Most of which were also listed as incompatible.

As for the tinkering... The best way to get compatiblity with DVD players is to use the Mode 2 bitsetting. Make sure the disk is at least ~5% - 10% full (depends on manufacturer of player but, I recommend 25% for testing purposes).
Avoid MyDVD if possible, since some players have trouble with it's menus (though will still play the video). Other software works much better. But I recommend not having menus and just having the disc play on insert as this worked everywhere I tried.

Overall, this is a great unit.. I used to own a Pioneer and had much worse compatibility, but after much testing and questioning experts, I decided to get this drive instead and found that the "+" media is best for data and equally good for video and will most likely become the standard in recordable and rewritable DVDs.

-AP


Comments posted by AP from Other, June 28, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Id Like to add that...

I did make a DVD +R with this machine and it will play in my laptop and my standalone...

the DVD +rw plays fine in the standalone but not on the laptop...

I read that the +r and the -r are pretty much the same it is the RW that is differnt...

I dont care...Mine works on every one I tried


Comments posted by ReDRoVeR from Other, June 24, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I own a Pioneer A03 and picked one of these units up as I thought it was perhaps going to become the format of choice. I also thought that now there are DVD+R drives out there that they would be at least as compatible as DVD-R. I was wrong!

I burned several DVD+R discs and took them to local electronics stores to see how it fared against some DVD-R discs I took with me as well.

DVD-R is a LOT more compatible than the DVD+R discs I took along and this is all on brand new DVD players being sold in some large electronics stores. A good portion of the DVD players (many different brands) wouldn't even recognize the HP media discs let along play them.

I took the HP back and got my money back.


Comments posted by Jim Arey from Other, June 24, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.





This DVD Writer rocks! The new DVD+R option played in every DVD player I threw at it! I still have to test more DVD players and DVD-Roms but as of right now it really shows it's a promising format. What I need is to have a DVD-R disc to compare them both, hopefully I can come with an update in the future.


Comments posted by jowel13 from Other, June 19, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Bought it 2 weeks ago and now I can safely say that it works like a charm, both for data and video. The software that ships with the unit from HP is not so good, so I use Nero 5.5.8.2 and Ulead DVD Workshop. I haven't had any problems reading my DVD+RW in set top DVD players. I'm running Windows XP on a Pentium 4.


Comments posted by rollerboySE from Other, June 15, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Bought this unit two days ago and it rocks! I was very concerned about compatability with my RCA 5215P players (I have two and the reviews of those call it picky at the very least). Everything I have burned drops in and plays like a store bought DVD! Very pleased with how easy and well it works! Burning with both Ulead and Nero 5.5.8.2 works quickly and simple. Now I am going to try to figure out HOW to burn "backup" copies of copy-protected DVDs. :)Any help appreciated!


Comments posted by Viper from Other, June 15, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I just got this puppy the other day...

I am too cheap :P to burn a DVD +R...so I cant comment on that...I did however burn a DVD +RW and it was sooooo easy using nero..The key is to read the HOW TO info on this web site and follow it to a T.

I used Spruce up to author it and nero to burn it...Look all of about 40 minutes from author to watch on my DVD Player. :)

I used the media that is in the box (made by HP) and for now..I will stick with the HP medium.

I will comment on the last post about going to HPs web site to verify the compatibility...

The +R/RW format is too new and there arent enough test results to verify accuracy for all the zillions of players available yet.

I am REALLY please with my new gizmo...





Comments posted by ReDRoVeR from Other, June 14, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

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


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= 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.


Connection
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)


Rating
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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