HP DVD300i DVD Writer

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HP DVD300i


OEM:
Philips or NEC
Chipset:Philips? or NEC
16xCDR CLV
10xCDRW CLV
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4xDVD+R CLV
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$250 8.2/10
32 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Arita 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BeAll 4xDVD+R (BeAll000P40) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bencole Platinum Series 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Classic 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 HP 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 HP 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD+RW (RITEK...004) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
5 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Monarch 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 4xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA040) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.010) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (DigitAll) 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Supermedia 4xDVD+R (AML.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Swisstec 4xDVD+R (POMSA0010R.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 5 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ultra 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Value Disc 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MCC.....001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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I loved the drive for the most part, but it had compatibility problems with my system. I removed the Intel ATA Mass Storage software and the Intel Application Accelerator, per HP requirement, but the unit would cause random system freezes (even during POST, prior to Windows loading). I suspect my Intel motherboard uses a firmware version of ATA that still conflicts with the drive. When it worked, it worked flawlessly (I tested with Fuji DVD+R and RW and Maxell CDR media) and the software was clean and easy. I prefer to use Dazzle DVD Complete for authoring, but the simple authoring tool they included looked ok for simple productions. A caveat: If you use NERO or any other burning software, it must be removed prior to installing the Veritas software. Not a problem for me, since I like the Veritas stuff better. Alas, I had to return the unit because my system was unstable with it plugged in. I'm hoping that the external unit (300e) will be compatible.


Comments posted by Cheepnis from Other, May 13, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





very nice dvd,works great.
I love the auto fimware upgrade,but a simple
question: what is the latest filmware.
Windows and all other progr. (Nero) said
I have a HP dvd300n


Comments posted by gerard from Other, May 01, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Bought this drive a week ago, burns flawlessly on TDK 4X certified DVDs, only $12 at Circuit City. Nice burning 4.7GB in 13 minutes :)
It also had no problems reading any other discs I threw at it, like SVCDs, VCDs, etc... Mt. Rainier support would have been nice tho.


Comments posted by dawg from Other, April 22, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I got my 300i last week, and did some testing with it using Verbatim DVD+RW's. not a single glich at all. Very pleased with the unit, plan on doing some video captures from my digital camcorder and making videos from that.

I like the auto firmware update checking, seems like HP was thinking ahead here.

Nice unit.. and, I considered the Sony 500AX unit, but after reading the reviews and firmware updates to get the 4X burn... decided one right out of the box with it is better..glad I made this choice..

Tim NY


Comments posted by Tim NY from Other, April 12, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Just bought this thing yesterday. Goes great with my hp9100 cd burner and my silver case fianlly my girlfriend doesn't complain about my beige dvd rom. THe movie i burned worked on my mintek 2110 but on my ps2 any one know how to burn for ps2 send me a message.


Comments posted by Juan from Other, March 27, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Ik heb ook de HP 300 i Ik heb alleen maar problemen met deze writer als ik een kopie voor iemant maakt kan die hem 9 van de 10 x niet lezen. Ik gebruik De nieuwste nero 5....
Weet iemant nog een ander goed brand programma of misschien een tip met wat er niet goed gaat bij mij??? Ik heb ook nog een Toshiba brander er in zitten daar heb ik geen problemen mee???


Comments posted by Wim uit Rotterdam from Other, March 24, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





Got mine yesterday. Great burner. Burn 2 DVD+R (PLATINUM) no coasters.
Burn 1 DVD+RW (HP) no coasters. All burn with nero 5.5.10.0


Comments posted by Manuel Gomez from Other, March 15, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Recently purchased the HP DVD300i,and have had great results withall dvds Imation DVD+RW,and Imation DVD R+,I am using TMPGEnc and the movies look fantastic.I have a Sharp VL-SD20 and running XP home on a Athlon 1700,with 256 ddr memory.I hope the prices on media continue to drop,as Office Max had 5pks for 6.99 after instant rebate.


Comments posted by dave rehm from Other, March 12, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I bought this drive from FRY'S about a month ago, and the drive will not accept any of the lower quality DVD's you can get on a spindle...none. It will only take the expensive brands of DVD's. So if your in the market for makin bootlegs cheaply, this is not the way to go, but If you have no problem buying the 3-5 dollar DVDs then its a great drive.....I did not burn any coasters with it. But I returned it for a SONY and it did acknowledge the othe DVD's.


Comments posted by whitespaniard from Other, March 11, 2003. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





I received my DVD300i mid February 2003 , was my first DVD writer , primarily targeted for personal video ; software is Studio 8 ; display is a Sony DVPS7700 + Epson tw100 video projector. Early results : no problem at all in either installation nor later in burning, fantastic picture displayed, and the DVD+RW looks very well accepted by this quite old dvd player

Daniel from France


Comments posted by Daniel Michaud from Other, March 08, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





So far, I haven't had one problem with this drive. I have burned Verbatim DVD+r and DVD+RW without issue. This is my first DVD burner, and I still have not burned a coaster. Great Drive.

Some guy rated this a 1, but if you read his post he probably meant 10.


Comments posted by Scott from Other, February 26, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I bought the 200i a couple weeks ago and started to have problems with it, I got the drive for 299.99, I RMA'd it and a day later the 300i came out, I called HP on the phone and asked if they would just send me the 300i since its the same price. They told me I have 30 days to return or exchnage it and would be happy to do it. They also were giving away a 5pk of +R and a 3 pack of +RW and told me to keep the extra disks from the original purchase. So far the new drive is awsome, it has not made a coaster yet and is very fast. I have read really good things about the Record Now burning software but I do use Nero and have no problems with it. It is built very good and the software PKG is prettty good. B+ in my book, It should read at least 48x not 40 and the DVD readed should be 16X not 8X other then that a very good buy for 299.99.


Comments posted by Mark from Other, February 14, 2003. Rated this writer 8 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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