KHypermedia KDVRW8X DVD Writer

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KHypermedia KDVRW8X

Philips-BenQ or CyberDrive
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$150 7.2/10
16 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 JVC 8xDVD+R (WFKA11..211) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) 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 (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Meritline 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Depot 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teon 4xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C08) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Value Disc 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Value Disc 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Velocity 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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This is for the Benq chipset but should be used for all burners made.

Windows XP sp2: You have to so a firmware update for the drive to work. 1. Disable any other drive you have on the same cable.
2. Disable UDMA. 3. Reboo system. 4. System will run as if in safe mode. 5. Do the firmware update. 6. When computer shuts down wait about 1-2 minutes. 7. Reinable DMA and other drive on same cable and restart windows. Get the windows upgrade (Patch) that fixes the problem with reading certain CD/DVD disks. The Benq version will write quality DVD+Rs at 8X.

Comments posted by Fred from United States, January 20, 2006. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

I upgraded to Cyberdrive's Firmware 150b, which purported to activate DVD-R/RW (from original DVD+R/RW only).

Results: No change. Cannot write/read DVD-R/RW discs.

Anyone have any luck using this firmware upgrade?

Comments posted by Ross Rainwater from United States, September 02, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I have 4 of these drives, ALL rebadged BenQ800A
They were so cheap at OfficeMax I could not help myself.
I have had them for about 1 year and they all work flawlessly, even on cheap media.
I replace a SONY 500a and a 510a I really thought the Sonys sucked. Those cheap ass TEON DVD's at Staples burnt out my Sony 500a it won't ever READ DVD's anymore.

Comments posted by Ron from United States, March 27, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I bought this drive about a year ago. It is a rebadged Benq 800 drive. It has worked almost flawlessly. But after a couple of months the drive couldn't read or write to cd's or cd-rw's. That's why I didnt give a perfect 10. I sent the drive back to Kypermedia and they sent me another drive, promptly. Have had no problems since. Everything I have thrown at it has burnt, from the cheapest media from shop4tech, to teon, khypermedia's own discs, and HP. I've burnt +rw at 2.4-4x, and +r at 4x-8x. The disc's burned at their stated speeds. I have had a few coasters, but it was not the drive's fault. It was either human error or software error. I use win dvd creator, roxio, and x copy. A few dvd+rw's could not be copied, either the drive couldn't read them or the dvd+rw was bad. The dvd's created from this drive have played on a few cheap dvd players that i have except one.

Comments posted by Purushotham Valathur from United States, February 20, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I purchased this burner from for $46 shipped (no rebates) back in October 2004. The drive I have is a Chinese made rebadged Cyberdrive DX082D. I am running the latest firmware, which is 150B. Flashing the firmware enable DVD-R writing, which I don't use. Right out of the box this thing has burned flawlessly. I have burned over 100 disks, using everything from high quality Verbatim disks (MCC 003) to cheap CMC MAG stuff and it has burned everything flawlessly. It spits out complete DVD at 8x in a litle over 8 mins. My machine is very slow by todays standards, but that has not hindered the performance of this burner. If there is a better DVD+R 8x burner out there, I'd have to see it to believe it.

1.2GHx Tualatin Celeron (PIII)
512mb PC100
120gb Seagate
60gb Maxtor
WinXP Pro
DVD Shrink 3.2

Comments posted by Alan from United States, January 31, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Bought this drive for $50 and it's been performing pretty well. The only problems I've had were when I thought cheap Office Depot discs would be fine--they weren't. I've successfully used Memorex and Verbatim DVD+RWs with this drive and those I used for video all played perfectly on my three-year-old DVD player. I definitely like this drive, though it would have been nice if the package came with a complimentary disc.

Comments posted by Shaun from United States, December 19, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I bought this Khypermedia drive (which is a re-labled Benq DW800A)from OfficeMax back in the summer. The deal they were offering was the drive, along with two 50-packs of "Value Disc" DVD+Rs (CMC MAG.F01 media) for $100 total, no rebate.

I have not modded the drive to have the DVD+/- firmware, just using it as "stock" with my Win2K Pro-based computer.

I've burned at least 10-15 DVD+Rs, with content capture from satellite and cable, using my WinTV-250-PVR, cut edited with Video ReDo, and burned using Ulead DVDMF2SE and MySonic Record It Now.

So far, I haven't had a single "coaster". All the DVD+Rs playback fine in the Khypermedia drive, an old Hitachi 4X DVD ROM, a Philips DVD642, and a super-cheap Lennoxx Sound DVD2003. Had a problem with one DVD+R in a Coby 227, but it may be just a bitsetting issue (have to look at that).

No experience with +RW or CD-R and this drive, so I can't comment on that.

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

i bought this drive as a temp dvd burner as the other dvdrw i was using i had to send back to the manufacturer.
i have had the Khypermedia for 1 month and it is crapping out big time. their own dvd+r media won't burn in it. in fact, the only dvdrs that will burn in it at all ar TDK 8X and that is only after ripping a dvd with DVDShrink.
i'll try to burn onto a Sony 8X, Maxell 4X or HP 4X, the drive says it's burnt, but it only partially burns on the disk. i've turned several Sonys, Maxells and HPs into coasters.
this drive worked good for about 2 weeks. if you burn a lot of DVDs and CDRs, i'd suggest spending a few dollars more for a Sony or Plextor or anything that has a better rating.
i've tried contacting Khypermedia and have had no response. their tech support on their page keeps telling me to "try again later, server busy".
i tried emailing asking for help to:
i have had no response at all from either.
very disappointing

Comments posted by CrazyElwin from United States, November 18, 2004. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

After updating to XP service pack 2 CD-R doesn't burn anymore. Havenot found a fix on the net. Updated the firmware, didnot help. Thinking of backing out the SP2.

Comments posted by Ashar Mairaj from United States, November 16, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Definately an issue with XP sp2 and this drive. I bought for $29 at officemax after rebates. Reads CDs and DVD+ disk just fine. After upgrading to sp2, I could not burn CDs using windows explorer to write the files to CD. BUT Nero 6.6 has NO problem with burning CDs and DVD+ using this drive.

any word from Khypermedia on a fix??? The firmware I downloaded from them is the same I have on my DVD drive.(11SB for model DX082D)

P4 3Ghz
Philips CDRs burn OK
Imation DVD+ burn OK

Comments posted by Gabriel Clough from United States, November 16, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

Had this drive about 8 months and the 1st 6 months it worked great. The past 2 months I've been getting 1 out of 3 coasters with Memorex 4X DVD+Rs. Also lately when I hit the eject button it locks up my PC and I have to manually reset it. Seemed to have started having problems after WinXP SP2. Anyone know of any issues with SP2 and also if I need a firmware upgrade how do I do that? I have tried switching from primary to slave and still getting the same problem.

WinXP Pro SP2
AMD Athlon XP 1700
512 DDR PC2100

Comments posted by Shawn from United States, November 09, 2004. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

Is there any firmware to upgrade this to burn dvd-r/dvd-rw ?? any help guys

Comments posted by cool from Canada, October 14, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Got this drive free (after rebates) from Office Max yesterday. Box said made in Malaysia and firmware was B2F7. Upgraded from Khypermedia's website to B2L7 which is the same firmware available from BENQ's website. Even said BENQ on the flash installer. Downloaded the booktype program from BENQ and was able to change booktype to DVD-ROM. Burnt a movie onto a Khypermedia 2.4X DVD+ disc I had lying around and for the first time, was able to play back a burnt disk in my Honda Odyssey! Something I have not been able to do with my Pioneer A06 that I have otherwise been happy with.

Comments posted by burnhappy from United States, August 23, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Forgot to say what software I use.

I have used this drive with Win98-2, WinME, Win2000, and now am using WinXP-Pro. No problems with any of them once I installed al the correct drivers needed by my software.

DVD Shrink (Works Great - Why buy something when you can get this for free?)

NERO (I use Nero Express to burn DVDs most of the time)

ULEAD DVD Movie Factory

ULEAD DVD PictureShow

Memorex DVD-R and FujiFilm DVD-RW

I tried Philips DVD-Rs one time and will not use them again. I kept getting errors with this drive as well as the Lite-On that I had before) I have made probably two or three coasters with the Memorex disks out of close to four hundred used. And, those were my fault. I didn't have the speed set correctly. For some reason, NERO wants to record on these 4X disks at 8X. I have found that the slower you record, the better the DVD will be. I usually record my movies at 2.4X. I know that seems like a waste with an 8X drive, but my results are fantastic and I am not one to mess with perfection. Besides, what does it matter if it takes a bit longer if it means you will get a great disk out of it! :-)

I don't fart around with the settings. I just make sure DVD Videos are set to close automatically so I don't have to worry about them not playing correctly. I don't try to overburn anything - DVD OR CD (Christ, you can do well over 4 gigs already on DVD and if you are that desperate for music that you need a minute more, you have a problem.)

I hope that you guys figure out what you are doing wrong, because it is not the drive.

Good luck.

Comments posted by CB from United States, May 16, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I have been useing this drive for a few months now and am at a loss as to why some of you guys are having problems with the RW format. The DVD-RW disks that I make play perfectly in all of my DVD players (Apex-Den, Philips-Living Room, And some off the wall brand, Spare)

I also use the RW format to back up my personal files as well as Ghost files for restoring computers. NONE of the DVD drives I have in ANY of my computers has EVER had a problem with the DVD-RWs made with this drive.

For the price (I got it for $70 also) it just can not be beat. Even if did not have a rebate, it would still be more than worth the money.

Your problems may be caused by the way you are closing the disks.

I love it!

Comments posted by CB from United States, May 15, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Great for DVD+R- plays in most players. Only one coaster in over 50 burns. Great software. Burns any movie with dvdshrink.

DVD+RW sucks the big one. DVD+RW burns will only play/read in the actual drive that made it. No DVD-ROM players recognize it, not even the Lite-on DVD settop burner/player (LW5001). Basically the format is not recognizable to players.

Stay away if you need RW performance.

Comments posted by Tony_Boise from United States, March 29, 2004. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

The version I got is the Cyberdrive. It can be identified on the box as "Made in China". (The BenQ version is made in Malaysia.)

I used it with a GreatQuality's 4X DVD+R. Was not able to overburn at 8X but had no problem at 4X.

I was able to set the Book Type using DVDInfoPro. The trick is to have a DVD+R in the drive when setting the bit; otherwise DVDInfoPro locks up.

DVD+R was able to play in my picky Panasonic standalone unit with the bit set -- very happy about that! Have not tried CD-R/W or DVD+RW, but am pretty happy with it so far, especially the $70 price tag (after rebate ;) .

Comments posted by Stephen from United States, March 13, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Bought this at Office Max for $70 after rebate. Works great on CD-R/RW and DVD+R.

Having problem with DVD+RW discs. (I only use Verbatim discs so quality is not an issue here.) ALL DVD+RW discs written or re-written with this drive are not recognized by my Sony DVD-ROM, only by Khypermedia itself. Movies burnt will play in standalone players but not by DVD-ROM.

Tried Bitsetter on it but program will terminate stating error, so I can't change the disc nor the drive's booktype. This is not good because I always test burn movies with +RW discs and making sure they are playable, then I copy it to +R disc. Now, I can't use copy because my ROM can't read it.

E-mailed technical support twice and got no response. Hopefully they will have a firmware update that will fix this problem. But for people don't use DVD+RW this could be a good buy - takes less than 9 min to write a moive on 4X discs!

Comments posted by twen from United States, February 20, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

If you're wondering who makes this drive ... this email from
Khypermedia Feb '04:

>>Dear Customer:
>> The DVD+RW 8X drive model number KDVRW8x its either from
>> Benq or CIS.
>> Thanks
>> Khypermedia Customer Support

BenQ appears to offer -R support for $10 licensing fee.

Comments posted by JeB from United States, February 20, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

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

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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The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.

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