NEC ND-3540A DVD Writer

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NEC ND-3540A


OEM:
NEC
Chipset:NEC
48xCDR CAV
32xCDRW ZCLV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW ZCLV
6xDVD-RDL ZCLV
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 01ne 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Acro Circle 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 AFA 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Apple 8xDVD-R (MCC 02 RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 AVB 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD-R (DAXON004....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RITEK...D03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BigPockets Black 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Commodore 4xDVD+R (AML.....001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datamart 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite (Printable) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Classic 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Titanium 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Titanium 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 DigiTank 16xDVD+R (INFOME..R30) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Digitex 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 EMTEC 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Esperanza 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Extreme 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fortis 8xDVD-R (GSC003......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fortis 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 2.4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigatain 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigatain 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD+R (SONY....D11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hyundai 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intenso 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 KHypermedia 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lead Data 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Legacy 8xDVD-R (GSC003......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Legacy 16xDVD-R (OPTODISCR016) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Legacy 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Magnavox 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 MediaRange 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mediatech MediaStore 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mediatech MediaStore 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Medion 4xDVD+RW (DAXON...D42) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Depot 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 OKY 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optical Quantum BV 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA10) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 16xDVD+R (INFOME..R30) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Plextor 16xDVD+R (YUDEN000T03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Premium 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Premium Grade Media 4xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodye 8xDVD+R (Plasmon1C01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Proline 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Quixo 4xDVD-R (Dvsn........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ricoh 8xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW21) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ricoh (Silver Edition) 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW21) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 2 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiDisc (Xtreme) 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Ritek 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek Excellent 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Staples 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (MBI 01RG40..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (TDK.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTH01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK ScratchProof / Armor Plated 2xDVD-RW (TDK502sakuM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teon 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tesco 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tesco 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Traxdata 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 5 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW11n9) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW4X) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim Printable 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Windata 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
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Worked well when new about 4 years ago on Imation and Memorex DVD-R media. Performed terribly most recently on Maganavox and Sony DVD-R media. It's success rate is about 25%. I've had no trouble with CD-Rs.


Comments posted by Theophilus from United States, October 24, 2008. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





No problems at all with this one. I've been using it from october 2005, writing hundreds of CD/DVD, and it works as a charm. Had problems with some cheap disks (Omega), but those are extremely bad.
No problems with good disks like Imation, Sony, Traxdata, Verbatim, Emtec and Intenso.


Comments posted by fillosaurus from Romania, April 10, 2008. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Superb! works perfect without any problems


Comments posted by Ruud from Netherlands, August 30, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





This drive is a workhorse. I have thrown all kinds of media at it. Hasn't given me a coaster yet. I use it with the full nero 6.6 suite. Runs great have used atleast 10 kinds of quality media dvd-r, dvd+r, cd-r what ever I put in it burns it and does it fast and quite. Much quiter than my Lite-on. Great drive liked it so much I installed one in my mothers pc.


Comments posted by blake711 from United States, August 14, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





All DVD-R's and RW's have been recorded flawlessly so far, I've recorded about 600 DVD's on 2 NEC 3540. According to Nero this writer seems to make a calibration every 512 MB - at least the recorder-buffer goes to 0 every so often - e.g. 8 times on a full DVD5 and it does so every 12% - but this doesn't seem to have a negative impact on the results. What I like about this writer is the high read-speed on burned media - up to 16x, so verifying with Nero takes only about 5-6 minutes, the Pioneer 109 on my other PC needs 10-11 minutes for the same task, an LG 4163 even 13-14.


Comments posted by Lazlo from Germany, August 09, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Great Burner! Works Perfect, not one coaster In almost 200 DVD/CDs. I highly recommend getting one. I'm about to get a 3550A hopefully the quality is the same. I've never had a problem with NEC.

Media: Sony 4X +/-
Memorex 8X,16X +/- & DL 2.4X
Nexxtech 8X +/-
Teon 8X +/-
Princo 8x-
tons of generic Stuff


Comments posted by W from United States, January 27, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I've been using for about a month. Easy install. Dozens of burn with out any coasters. Great drive.


Comments posted by Craig Johnson from United States, January 10, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Purchased NEC ND-3540A at Newegg Feb 2005. United initially burned everything well and DVDs at 16x. Unit began to refuse to recognize CD-R's and two weeks later failed to recognize DVD's of all types all media. Bought second NEC ND3540A from Tiger Direct October. Second NEC ND3540A began by failing to recognize all brand new and burnt CD-R media today and intermitently stopped recognizing DVDs. Installed and reinstalled all drivers and Nero etc on 3 computers same result, defective NEC's. This is the last NEC DVD burner I will ever buy. There are thousands of reports of NEC burners refusing to recognize media after only a few months use in Google.


Comments posted by j mosby from United States, December 14, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Just got mine from newegg.com on 10/20/05, came bare/OEM in black and was an easy plug 'n play.

It writes perfectly but it doesn't like to read some Memorex, and the worst combination is : DVD decrypter + NEC 3540A + ESA DVD (cheap, unreliable discs from Circuit City), I was hoping to back up ESA to better Media, reading pretty much just stalled.

Luckily, my other writer Memorex was able to read the rejects from NEC with the help of Nero Express. I am happy that NEC 3540 is not my sole writer and it works beautifully with Memorex 16X writer.


Comments posted by blackcat from United States, October 26, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.







Comments posted by mike from United States, October 04, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I bought this burner on the strength of the reviews given it right here on this website.
I did have a Samsung TS-H552U.
I put the NEC in my PC with no problems at all, No software needed to install.
All the media which the Samsung wouldn't record to has worked flawlessly on the NEC, All the DVDs' have worked in all of the standalone players I have.
Just one word can some the NEC ND3540A up, and that's 'PERFECTION'
I'll finish on that, Very pleased with it.
If you're looking for a burner, Then get this one, I can't imagine any of them being better.


Comments posted by C Wilding from United Kingdom, September 20, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Excellent burner. First, copy full DVD to S-ATA HDD for some 5 minutes with maximum speed of 22 MB/s. Burns everything I tried, and I mostly use good quality media (Verbatim, TY, Ritek). After flashing with 1.W5 firmware, Nero automaticly sets DVD+R to DVD-ROM.


Comments posted by Milan Petrovic from Yugoslavia, September 09, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Had this writer for a week now and it has performed flawlessly. Can't complain about any noise problems when compared to my old Pioneer-106 (which is still going strong in my kid's computer). I am using Taiyo Yuden for the important stuff (home movie archive), and a mix of RitekG04 and Imation-CMC MAG for anything my kids might get their hands on. All have been written at 8x speed, though there is an option in Nero to burn at 12x. So far no problems. Very happy with this drive.


Comments posted by Jade from Australia, September 07, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





So far the reliability is good, no coaster yet. I used all types of media( Memorex,TDK,Maxell,Prodisc) and they all burned well. The unit is not as quiet as some people say. You can hear the spin up and the opening/closing noise is noticeable. Overall, this unit is good.


Comments posted by Sam from United States, August 14, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Does not read many DVD medias.
Makes lot of noise.


Comments posted by Avi from Israel, August 13, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





This is an outstanding DVD writer. Highly recommend it.
Work great with CD/DVD encloser with USB 2.0 and firewire.
No problems with Ridata's 8x RITEKG05, Maxell's 8x RITEKG05 and Sony's 8x (burn at 16x) SONY08D1. Burned over 50 DVDs.


Comments posted by Khanh from Canada, August 13, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I installed modified firmware 1.w5 and set the dvd+r dl bitsetting to dvd-rom.The dual layer discs i have made have played in every player i have tried so far.The old 2.4x dvd-r discs now burn at 6x with the new firmware.http://liggydee.cdfreaks.com/page/3540/
I bought mine at
http://www.pccanada.com/inventory.asp?cat=OPTICAL%20DRIVES
for $70 canadian.It was delivered in less than 24 hrs.
Great drive for the money.



Comments posted by Brad Miller from Canada, July 23, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Here's a review on the NEC 3540 ;-

http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/214/1

Now I will add my own humble comments...I bought this writer on the strength of this review above and I was NOT dissappointed! I got it on 18th July 2005, from Express Computers ( http://www.express-computers.co.uk ) and I pulled my old TDK DVDRW0404N writer out of my PC and stuck the new NEC 3540A (I got the Black one) in to my PC, and it just worked, no mucking about, and no software needed (I bought the OEM version of the 3540, just the bare drive, no cables or software).

My old TDK 0404N writer used Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD / Instant Write (version 7 I think) as the bundled software (I got the retail version of the TDK drive, which was
actually a rebadged NEC 1300A). I have many cheap brands of media available to me locally (one of the biggest blank DVD media sellers in the UK is just 1 1/2 miles away from me) and I can get the brands called DATAWRITE, RIDISC, RIVISION, RITEK, and INFINITI, in all sorts of variations of discs. I buy these discs since they work out as being about 20 pence each (45 cents) when you buy 50 on a spindle in a 'cake' of discs.
However my old 0404N did NOT like ANY of the cheap discs and always made errors and burned mostly coasters. I can go to PC World store and buy Phillips, Verbatim, TDK, Sony, etc... brand discs but they are VERY expensive (like 1 GBP / 2.20 USD per disc even in packs of 25!!!) so I NEVER buy them.
The only discs that I actually managed to get working with my TDK drive were some very expensive DVD+RW Memorex discs that someone gave me to try, at 2 GBP (4.40 USD) per disc!!!! So that's why I was getting rid of the old 0404N.
My new NEC 3540 drive was dead easy to install, perfectly standard. I used the cables from the TDK 0404N drive to install it. I am just in the process of backing up my data onto DVD-R discs (I bought RITEK G05 DVD-R 8x Silver Printable discs from Lightning Computers http://www.lightning-computers.co.uk ) and so far no coasters and everything seems to work).
I didn't install ANY software, WinXP SP 2 just detected the drive and installed it's own driver (without accessing a CD or anything) and then for backing up my data I have been using Windows Explorer. When I click on a bunch of files, and 'copy' and then 'paste' them onto a DVD-R in my new NEC 3540 drive, on a blank DVD-R, it says "preparing disc" and uses the previous TDK writer's software (!) Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD version 7 / Instant Write to format the disc and then the data is burnt onto the disc. I didn't have to mess around with ANY settings or anything.
Then I finalize the disc. When I used to do this with my TDK writer using the same Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD version 7 / Instant Write, it ALWAYS failed on my cheap
discs, but with my NEC 3540 writer with the exact same software on the above Ritek cheap discs it has now written to and finalized 3 out of 3 discs successfully so
far. One out of the 3 said "error in finalizing" but when it had completely finished I ejected it and re-inserted it and read the data back in, the data checked out perfectly, the drive read all the files, all the ZIP and RAR archives were fine, so I am a happy bunny, at least for now. So that seems to have finally sorted out my old, long running, backup problem.

Last night (20th July 2005) I made some DVD-Video discs (using the same Ritek 8x DVD-R discs mentioned above) in the 3540, and bugger me it all went very smoothly and I ejected them and put them back into the PC and they played back perfectly.

They also played back PERFECTLY in my Sony SLV-D950, and also in my Compacks DVD-S580 and Technika DVD-104 cheap Chinese players, which really did suprise me!! Now I can finally make my own DVD discs!! This is wonderful!

I love my NEC 3540 since it likes cheap but quality media like the above Ritek discs, and these same Ritek discs then play back perfectly on all my 3 DVD players and the drive only cost me 40 GBP inc. VAT, which is pretty good going for such a new drive in rip off Britain.

This drive is definitely recommended.

Alistair G.


Comments posted by Alistair Gutcher from United Kingdom, July 20, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





one of the best DVD writers currently out there. One of the newer drives that supports faster dual layer write speed. also seems to have a few fixes over the previous model (the nec 3520) which is also an excellent drive. if youre in the market for a new dvd writer, get this or the benq 1640.


Comments posted by Dan from Canada, July 11, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Burned my Verbatum 8x DVD-R media at 12x with no issue. Burned my Fuji 4x +R media at 8X with no issue. Burned Maxell 2.4x media at (4x guess by time app did not show speed) with no issues. The dive also burned media sucessfully that my old liteon 411 had issues with. The only negative I have is the start up time is noticably longer than my liteon. This is the time the disk is roating before the actual burning starts. Aslo the fact that there is only a green activity light may bother some.

Mark


Comments posted by Mark Wood from United States, July 11, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Good burner ! It likes good quality disks, with cheap media PI results aren't the best. It doesn't support bitsetting but, looking at cdfreaks, you'll find some links for modified firmware.


Comments posted by Italic from Italy, July 10, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I have burned 5 dvd video and any data dvd, all ok, all 8X. The video play very well in my toshiba dvd sd220


Comments posted by Giovanni from Italy, June 18, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Found a 1st look at CD Freaks

http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/206/


Comments posted by family man from Other, June 15, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





Burns fine on my 8x media out the box with Nero 6.somthing.

Super quiet, no fuss drive.

Only dropped a point since its a paler shade of beige than most other drives, could be a +ve point for some people.


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





Got this drive yesterday and burnt a DVD+RW and a DVD+DL without any problems, the dive is definately quiet and more refined than its previous siblings, however I did notice the video quality of the second layer was not as good as the first one but maybe it is to do with the quality of disc (used Traxdata 8.5 GB +DL disc). A definate must have.


Comments posted by Ali from United Kingdom, May 13, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

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


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= 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.


Connection
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)


Rating
The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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