HP DVD640e DVD Writer

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HP DVD640e

Hitachi-LG or Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Panasonic or Philips
USB2, Firewire, 2MB, LightScribe
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$200 4.8/10
6 votes
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1 Linkyo 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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1 Staples 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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no DVD+DL made from Ricoh is burning. I've tried it and then I read so... :-(

Instead, good burning on DVD+DL Imation 16x lightscribe and DVD+DL Verbatin lightscribe. I will try on TDK.

Comments posted by biboroma from Italy, February 11, 2008. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

I have owend two of these from HP, the second was a replacement. The dual layer burner stopped working on both of them, but since the 2nd one is now out of warranty, they say I am out of luck. They have a problem with there product and I am out of luck?? I guess that is the way to make money, make a product that last for the warranty period, then tell the customer that they have to buy another. That will keep up the bottom line!!! I will never buy another HP product as long as I live!!!

Comments posted by Sean from United States, September 26, 2007. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Can't find a DL that this drive will burn. Tried Verbatim, Maxell, others (Verbatim recommended by HP tech support).
HP not much help. This thing is a stinker. A LITEON drive
I borrowed to test burned the Verbatim DL blanks at 4X flawlessly.

Comments posted by Paul from United States, February 25, 2006. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

Bought from ebuyer.com in UK and had no probs at all - have used Verbatim lightscribe discs,Samsung pleomax dvd+r,Mr DVD dvd+rw,samsung dvd+rw , some really cheap Datacell dvd-r and have been using TDK or Verbatim CDs - everyone works a treat with no probs. maybe I've just been lucky

Comments posted by ktech from United Kingdom, November 23, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Exactly as Per Lonnie. Although UK based, bought a dvd640e from CompUSA on a trip to the US.

Managed to use the complimentary Lightscribe CD-R to both record data and scribe a disk

, and have since been able to record direct from Studio 9 editing software to my Verbatim Lightscribe DVD+R stock.. but flip it over and Surething SE 4 just doesn't want to recognise it as a lightscribe disk.

... and I still suffer problems trying to use SonicNow software to write data to these DVD+R, some Phillips DVD-RW, some Sony DVD+RW and some HP DVD-R ! Even after upgrading the firmware JOU4E.EXE (rev c) and upgrading the lightscribe engine IS-Engine_14271.EXE Arrggggh.... It's getting closer to the window

Comments posted by Grinnders from United States, August 03, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

I bought this drive just resently. Everything works fine and I was impressed by the lightscribe printed disc. although it is black-and-white (well... black and gold), it looks really tight. You have to be patient lightscribing your discs though. On high-quality printing it took about 28 minutes to print one. I think I am going to stick with printing labels.

One thing I would love to know is if I can actually reset the region-counter, or hack it in such a way that I can switch region-coded dvds forever.

Comments posted by E.C. van den Akker from Netherlands, July 29, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Bought from Wal-Mart for $150.
No problem installing but 95% of the time the unit will reject my blank disk when I try to copy. The blank disk then is no good once it has tried to write to them and rejects them.
The company has no comments, but the software does the same to my cd-rw unit in my computer so it has to be the software.

Comments posted by Lonnie from United States, July 17, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

I own this drive. Bought it from Walmart for $150. Not many people know this. This HP external lightscribe burner has the Prolific USB/Firewire combo chipset.

Lightscribe DVDs are now available (at least on eBay).

Here's a link to 30 Pack Verbatim Lightscribe DVDs 8X.


Comments posted by Jones from United States, April 21, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

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Write support / Read support
= 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.

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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