Memorex DVD+RW/+R DVD Writer

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Memorex DVD+RW/+R

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$200 9.1/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Bulkpaq 2.4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation SoHot 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.010) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sonic 4xDVD+R (LONGTEN.002) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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i've got this burner almost a year, works great except Ritek dvd+r disc...never has any error for Fuji, Memorex & philips dvd+r, just ritek! error pops up when 2% burning in process...don't know why, already upgraded latest firmware. anyone has the same problem?

Comments posted by hata0101 from United States, April 15, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Had now for over a year. I have burned about 200 movies using mainly Memorex DVD+R (Ricoh Mfg.). Great burner for the money. You can use the free Nero software that is included with it to copy DVD's (after downloading a free copy of DVD Shrink). I don't think I will upgrade unless they come out with a 2 layer burner that proves to be satisfactory and inexpensive.

Comments posted by doug from United States, February 09, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Got it last x mas, for $150 at Omax. Works great though at 2.4x. No problems burning DVDs with DVDXCopy or Nero 6. Burned DVDs play in my Pioneer DVL-700 ancient home theater DVD player and my Lite-on DVD drive. DVDs not compatible with my Toshiba SD-M1102 DVD drive though (but its way old). Burned Imation 4x +R media and maxell +RW with no problems. It has been a great burner so far.

Comments posted by J from Other, November 27, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

One month ago this writer was on clearance for $79 at Office Depot. I ended up to buy it for $58 include tax by using two in store coupons. This writer has worked great for me. It has no problem to write on 4X dvd+r and dvd+rw (memorex), the speed is still 2.4X though. My ch-dvd500 player has no problem to play backup dvds and home made dvds that burned by this DVD writer.

Comments posted by saganan from Other, August 07, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I went to Office Depot and noticed this little jewel clearnce priced at $119 and snagged it quick, it has done everything I needed it to do so far with no problems. The DVD authoring software is a joke, but what do you expect for free.

Comments posted by Jestertx from Other, July 09, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Just got this drive at Staples for $187+tax, no rebates. So far so good. Burned some video to the included DVD+RW media, and played perfectly on my set top DVD player. Records CDs slower than my old Plextor CD-RW, but those are the breaks. Software bundle is OK, although I'm using EasyCD 6 Platinum instead of Nero, which I've never been fond of.

Comments posted by Jason A from Other, June 09, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I have the new unit (4x) and have burned on memorex and verbatum r/rw and cdr disks with no probs..u must format for dvd play on home players and make sure your movies have the video.ts folder for home compatability..I use instant copy and xcopy for must rip the dvd first to burn with instant copy..for video capture I use dazzle usb capture device and dvd complete or vegas 4 with dvd problems with nero or any software recognizing the burner..It was worth the 200 bucks.

Comments posted by scott from Other, May 09, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

iam doing some thing wrong but its not the bunner, it has to be the soft ware, i just don't understand ripping, and re formmating and all that jazz, i just have to keep reading, i should have did my home work before buying, it s a lot more to burnning then i realized koolbreeze

Comments posted by LaMont from Other, April 11, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

This drive has worked out great so far. I've used brand name media as well as K-Hypermedia DVD+RW and have had no problems with any. I also got mine for about $199, can't be beat for the money.

Comments posted by MBic from Other, February 20, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

This DVD writer has worked great for me and I have been able to burn DVD+R disks with no problems using Memorex DVD+R disks (I have not tried the DVD+RW yet). However, I bought 50 EPro (eProformance) blank DVD+R on a spindle for $50 thru and not a single one has recorded properly. I have not tried any other brands of DVD+R disks other than the memorex so I'm not sure what others will work. I saw a box of 12 Verbatum DVD+R at Sam's Club for $24 so I might try them next.

Comments posted by John from Other, February 16, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I also bought this unit at COMPUSA for $199 with rebate. All I can say is that the burner itself works great. The Software: Power DVD and Nero are both great freebees. Well worth installing. The actual DVD authoring software is a joke. MyDVD and Sonic are a terrible as these are just trail versions of their better programs and are very limited. I use Ulead Movie Factory or Ulead DVD workshop and the DVD burning is easy and my discs play in most players.
I had no problems using this drive with both Windows Me and XP Home. I use the Memorex media DVD+RW and DVD+R (they give you one of each with the drive)and I have used Philips DVD+RW discs with no problem.
Nice product. Great price. Don't waste more money on a more expensive drive, this one will do a great job for you.

Comments posted by Doug from Other, February 02, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I pruchased this recently, and I am pleasently supprised. I usually stick with LiteOn, Plextor, or Philips for writing data, but I decided to take a chance on this drive after reading serveral reviews.

For those who have posted comments below about wasting money because it will not play in your Set Top Box Home DVD Player, I have one word for you...Research. Do your research on things before you buy them. For example, if you are planning on using this DVD recorder to burns back-ups to play on your home DVD player, find out wich DVD standard(-R/-RW or +R/+RW) will play with your player, if any burned discs at all. Also, it is not just the home player and burner you need to think about. You need to keep in mind that to back up a DVD it is not a "copy and paste" operation. You need software to make a DVD "image" of your original DVD to be burned in the proper format (DVDXCopy is the best as of this post). Another little thing to think about, is if your home DVD player will handle other amenities, like mp3 playback via CD-R/RW and DVD R/RW (+ or -), Picture Cd's, etc...

The good about the Memorex DVD burner:
1. Reasonalble price, only comming down because a new generation has hit the market (4x).

2. Excellent Memorex Tech support, if needed.

3. +R/+RW format, which is taking over as "The Standard", and compatible in most older home DVD players, and almost all, if not all new home DVD players.

The bad about the Memorex DVD recorder:
1. Eject tray is violent. (no biggie)
2. Software bundle is weak.
3. Eject button does not always respond by touch, I hve to right click on the drive via explorer quite often to eject the media.

Overall....great price, great features, and great support.

Comments posted by PJordan from Other, January 11, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Bought mine about a month ago. It's done everything I've wanted it to do. DVD, CDR, VCD, SVCD, Data and whatever. For 200 USD after rebate at Best Buy I bought it and an additional 80 gig WD 7200RPM drive for less than 300. Software sucks that came with it but for the price I have no complaints.

Comments posted by dcrog from Other, January 04, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.


Comments posted by MJ23 from Other, January 04, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

First of all the Memeorex DVD+RW/+R is a good reliable recorder player, nuff said. I have made copies of CDs with the Nero software which I have really learned to love, made a couple of DVD backups with DVDXCOPY another great program that really works, and copied some home video to DVD with Ulead video Studio 6 all without a flaw. If your looking for an upgrade for not alot of green this is the one. I picked mine up at Staple's for $250 and a $50 rebate ( last rebate got back in about 2 weeks, if you register it online and send papers right in). They be on sale again. Love this website.

Comments posted by Newday from Other, January 02, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Great DVD+R burner, and the price is a steal! Got it for $250.00 with a $50.00 dolars rebate.
I was looking into buying the Sony DRU500A but it was out of stock, So i decided to give this drive a try and so far is been great.
Backup a couple of movies for my sons and they play fine on PS2, Philips 724 and my 1st generation Sony.
Not a problem with this drive at all, even without upgrading the firmware like other people did and still works like a champ; its a keeper. The software is only basic but i gets the job done.
I read some people that rated this drive a 1 but I dont relly think they knew what they where doing thats the problem, I had coasters but it was my fault. Most of the time is a user problem and they blame it on the hardware.
Tested DVD+R from Memorex and some others brands (can recall the names now)all burn and play ok...
You can't beat this baby.......

Comments posted by Rene from Other, January 02, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

$199 (after rebate) = phenomenal price. No problems with DVD+R and CD/R.

Comments posted by Chris from Other, December 11, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Bought mine last week and I must say for $199 after rebate, is probably the best investment that I have made in some time. I have been leary of purchasing a DVD writer since they were so new and I had heard so many horror stories about them, but for the price I couldn't turn it down. Software is basic but works ok for newbies. I have burned about 5 perfect DVD +RW disc with no problem at all, also burned one backup copy of a movie using DVDxCopy with no problem at all. I have used many different types of media with it with no problems at all, it seems this thing will burn on just about any type of media and doesn't seem fussy about who makes it. For the price, I would say that the Memorex DVD+RW/+R is an excellent machine and for the price, how can you go wrong.

Comments posted by Doctor from Other, December 09, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

i been able to burn dvd and dvd data disks but the dvd's will not play on my apex 600a or my brand new toshiba laptop and the data dvd will also not work on my laptop.the only drive this has so far worked on is the memorex dvd writer. i feel like i have wasted my money so far

Comments posted by dem1 from Other, December 08, 2002. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Great drive so far, have had it for a week now, one thing that threw me for a loop was that my DVD player (Apex AD-600A) couldn't read the disks. The comments on this site about the DVD player mention 2 fixes, drive firware upgrades, and setting the compatibility bit settings.

When I ran bit setter initially it said that the drive was set to mark DVD+R as DVD-ROM but it was actually writing them as DVD+R so in bit setter I had to change it to DVD+R and back to DVD-ROM. now it works fine.

Hope that saves some users a few hours of problems some day.

Comments posted by Jeff Bearer from Other, December 08, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Great, device - easy to use! Runs perfectly with WinXP Home.

Comments posted by lineber from Other, November 22, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I took Sony DRU500 back and bought this for $150 less (with rebate). Works great on my Athelon 1GH, 512MB DDR. plug and play with XP and my existing Nero (lastest update) Also co-exist with my Memorex 32Max CDRW. The Dvd player software is excellent, havn't tried other bundeled software. Memorex seems to be making good products, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this burner. I have only tried Memorex DVD media so far. They play great on my new Philips 724 I bought with the extra $150!

Comments posted by rogerdb from Other, November 19, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Bought this drive from Office Depot for $299. Drive was easy to install on Win XP Pro, just plug in and go. Software provided really is horrible, but simple enough for a beginning user. Nero that is bundled with it will not recognize my CDRW that I have installed in the slot below it. And the Nero that is bundled with my CDRW will not work with this drive. I guess for running 2 burners in one computer will require a retail version of Nero. On finding alternative software for DVD authoring. Found that DVD Complete Standard Edition, Bundled with my Capture card, will not recognize the drive without an update, and the same with Ulead DVD Workshop. Patches are coming availible at this time for these programs to support these newer DVD+R/RW drives. The Capture capability of the includes software is a JOKE. a VCR tape blows it away at the best capture quality, definately DO NOT use the bundled software to capture anything, it is a waste of time and resources. The drive itself burns fast and clean. I have burned to Memorex and Maxwell DVD+R and RW, WorldWideCDR Platinum Solution CDR Media works good too. I give the DRIVE a 10 but the bundled software only gets a 1.

Comments posted by StompinRound from Other, November 17, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I bought a Memorex DVD+RW\+R 3 days ago from BestBuy for $249.99 - with a $50 rebate. I really went down to get the new Sony but they were all out.
I have an Athlon 1.4 GHz, 512M DDR, Windows ME.

I made a DVD on a DVD+RW with the furnished software and it worked OK in my Apex 1500 player. I also made 2, DVD+R, and they too work in my Apex player. All media was Memorex. I also made a VDC, on regular CD-R media,which worked OK. I did all the Video capture and Editing with Pinnacle version 8 software, but used the furnished software to make the DVDs.
Not bad for the price, so far no cookies.
I replaced my TDK 16x Recorder for this one that records at 12x on CD-R media. During the installation of Nero for the Memorex it asked me to removed the Nero for the TDK and Adeptec In-CD software ?
They co-existed OK when I had the TDK installed ?
Anyway I like Nero better.

All in all, not a bad buy.

Comments posted by Maurice from Other, November 14, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I bought it at CompUSA for 199 also. So far very good result. Burned Philips +R was able to play in Philips 724 and Panasonic A320 (which does not even play CDR). Burned Memorex +RW and was able to play in Philips 724 but not in Panasonic. The cost is very good and who would want to spend extra $150 and get Sony to be able to burn DVD -R.

Comments posted by Prasad from Other, November 13, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

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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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