HP DVD630i DVD Writer
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I think the one I have is a BenQ made for HP. I have flashed the firmware once on this unit in a normal upgrade from HP over the internet. For the most part, I have no complaints with it. I have burned in excess of 300 DVDs with no problems. It is picky about using media rated at less than 8X, and it doesn't like cheap media rated as multispeed (neither does my HP-300i). All in all, it has a success rate of roughly 95%.
The media I have used the most with this drive is Memorex DVD+R 8X 4.7G in the 30 disc spindle packs.
Comments posted by John Hull from United States, August 07, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
So far this is the greatest dvd drive I have had. It blew my old lite-on 851s away(it clunked out from wear and tear ie over a 1000 dvds burned). Any with this dvd burner my computer never boggs down like my old drive made it do im copying dvd on the fly with nero and not have any slowdown at all( playing mame and watching movie without the jitter). I dont know what people are talking about giving it a bad review. It even burns cheap media such as a $6.84 dvd 25 pack of "esd" blanks that i got and no skips clean and clear picture. I recommed to others.
Comments posted by Steve from United States, June 12, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
rated an 8 only until this week! I have had my 630i for 5 months and it has worked flawlessly for me. However this week it jsut stopped recognizing media above 2-4x. I bought 2 diff new 8x media and the drive will not acknowledge that the disc is in.
Contacted hp and got the "Nero" explanation as well, So I removed Nero and then asked them again. did some TS and was asked to call for replacement, while on the phone getting the drive replaced, it was mentioned that this drive is only compatible with xp home and win2000. When I told them I had xp pro they wanted me to take it back to future shop. 5 months after purchase, oh ya, that would go well at FS.
I complained that they were sending me in "unarmed" and they decided to replace it since it has been working fine.
HP has great tech support, all emails answered within 2 hours and didn't have to wait on hold on the phone....too bad the product was crap. I stopped buying HP drives 3 years ago do to simular issues with burners just dying...got stuck with this one as the one I wanted was on backorder (LG).
Comments posted by Neomajic from Canada, May 09, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
flashed it to benq 1640 firmware. burns 16x with 8x sony media.
Comments posted by snelle from United States, March 29, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
worked great for the first few days then failed to read 4x DVDs. called support they said upgrade firmware did that then it failed read any disc at all. would not play a DVD in the included Power DVD but the Discs played fine in windows media and Nero showtime tried support again on this problem and there answer was Nero was not compatible with this drive LOL yea ok well time to return this POS.
Comments posted by Kevin from United States, March 25, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.
Mine is, actually, the HP DVD WRITER 630c, which is like the 630i but it does not have any resemblence to the benq. I have always trusted HP and Microsoft because they have always solved my problems with their products, given me updates for my products, and if there was a problem with the hardware ofr their products then then will and have replaced it without any problems or giant bushes as others would say. The only thing that I have a problem with this paticular product is that it does not make copies of copy-protected dvds, so i cannot even try to save any of my collection. If anyone has a free solution to this please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. thanks
Comments posted by hyperace1 from United States, March 05, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.
Just to let you guys know, after about 2 months my 630i (C) craped out. I called HP and they informed me that the 630i had a misprint on the box and is not compatible with Windows XP. I think that is an excuse for newbies and the burner actually has a factory defect. I am returning it for a replacement.
Comments posted by Trevor from Canada, February 20, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.
it is a philips drive(Philips Model Number: DVD8631). Latest firmware is BB03.
Comments posted by snelle from United States, December 22, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.
Returned my sh*tty benq 1610 and Futureshop gives me this, and I come home to find that its just a Benq with HP Slapped on the front.
Performs the same way the benq did, burns the disk fine and only plays in dvdrom and apex 1600, would not work in my other JVC XV-N40.
Comments posted by J from Canada, December 06, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.
Mine does not say benq on the label also. the firmware matches that of that listed lite-on drive.
My complete drive name is HP DVD 630i rev C.
Comments posted by jawa78 from United States, November 02, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.
I've used nothing but HP drives, only to find out from this site that they use different manufactures. Oh, well, the software is great, and with this got ver 7.22 of Sonic Record Now.
Mine says it is a BenQ on the label. From the specs, it is a BenQ 1610 or 1620. Why do you think it is a Lite-on?
Comments posted by Galen from United States, October 29, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
great burner have not had any issues though i would like to note that it is an oem liteon SOHW-1633S not a phillips drive.
Comments posted by jawa78 from United States, October 27, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
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Original Equipment Manufacturer.
The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.
Write support / Read support
DVD-R = Works
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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