Mad Dog Dominator MD-4XDVDRW-M DVD Writer

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Mad Dog Dominator MD-4XDVDRW-M

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$100 8.2/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 KHypermedia 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teon 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Value Disc 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Just got mine on previous day for actually $0.00 AR and with a coupon for 10.00 off 50.00 in purchase at OfficeMax. (Otherwise with coupon would have 9.99 AR.) So I can't complain re the price. Setup was easy and it is in fact a Toshiba product as noted in other comments. It is quiet and burned a DVD and CDR with no problems. A little bit slower than my Liteon 411 on DVDs and a good bit slower with CDRs. Both burns seem of high quality however. I use Value Discs for DVD-Rs and Memorex for CDRs. I did upgrade to the new firmware out there and I think that upgrade was mentioned in other person's comments. I only wish that it worked on DVD+R/RW's but for 0 bucks I can't complain. I will get back with any problems over the long haul that I note.

Comments posted by Paul Porter from United States, October 05, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I got mine on for $9 (hopefully my rebate comes in :) ) But anyhow this is my first dvd burner and I must say it works great so far. Though it won't read one of my disks in a batch so far... but I think that's the disks problem not the writer itself. Anywho for $9 who could beat it? I updated the firmware and everything runs like a charm.

Comments posted by astrocity20 from United States, September 16, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I received mine from OM two days ago. Yes, it's a Toshiba SD-R5112 drive. It initially burned unnamed brand at 1x though it was certified 4x. After upgrading firmware it now burns at full speed. You can't beat this for the price.

Those who bought this make sure you have upgraded your firmware to 1033. Download 1033 (Rev A) from . This will increase compatibility with lot more media. I first applied the H2H Super patch from on the downloaded SDR5112-1033.exe file before actually upgrading the firmware. This makes the drive Region free and also assures 4x burning on most media. You can skip H2H step if you don't want to apply hack but it worked fine for me. Good luck!

Comments posted by SreeMan from United States, September 11, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I've updated mine to the 1033 firmware and it burns Memorex 4X media at 4X without any problems!For the price of $45 after rebates I can't beat it for a 4X DVD burner!Mine is a Toshiba SD-R5112 also.

Comments posted by WoodyWoodPecker from United States, April 04, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I recently finished a 100 pack of TDK 2x-r's without a single coaster on my MD-4XDVDRW-M. I tried Memorex 4x -r's and they only at 1x on it. The Memorex disks burn at 2x on my Panasonic 2x burner.

Comments posted by Regg from United States, January 18, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Seems to be a good writer, got mine for $70, doesn't support + but I really don't need it. Mine is also actually a toshiba.

Comments posted by Dr. Zaius from Other, January 09, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

I used this on 5 different types of Media. It worked great on TDK and Ritek, but only at 1X on 4X rated Memorex and Imation. The other type was Memorex RW, which was fine. Once burned, the DVD played on my two APEX players (1500 and 3201).

I got rid of it, however, to buy a LiteOn LDW-451S, so I could have the option of +/- RW, and it seemed more compatible with a greater amount of media.

Comments posted by Lenny7 from Other, December 21, 2003. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

I just got this, so I won't rate it until I'm more experienced with it, but the one I bought is actually a Toshiba SD-R5112

Comments posted by Lenny from Other, December 02, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

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= 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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