Nu Tech DDW-163 DVD Writer

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Nu Tech DDW-163


OEM:
Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Philips
40xCDR CAV
24xCDRW PCAV
16xDVD-R CAV
4xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
16xDVD+R CAV
4xDVD+RW CLV
2.4xDVD+RDL CLV
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EIDE, 2MB
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$75 7.8/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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This drive does not work! Tried +10 different media with 4x, 8x, 16xSpeeds and quality brands (Sony, Verbatim. etc.), also tried writing at 2x to a 16x media... It all seems great until you try to play the DVD on a player. We have tried every disc on +30 players with no success. NONE of the DVDs worked on any DVD Player. Bitsetting, Booktype... nothing works. It doesn't even properly read the data discs written by itself! I have also tried testing it on a different PC but the results were even worse. I have been using Pioneer DVR-109 since last year and even at 16x on unbranded media it never fails!


Comments posted by Got10 from Turkey, December 15, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





It is a BenQ 1620 (Pro) OEM and can be flashed to BenQ's firmwares with
WinDWFlash and there'll be no difference from BenQ 1620 Pro. Since firmware
version B7P9 (BenQ) / G7P9 (OEM), 2.4x DL DVD+R feature is upgraded to 4x.

If you worry about warranty, you can flash back to G7*9, the OEM firmwares anytime.

Also you will then be able to use these useful BenQ-exclusive utilities:
- Qscan 1.0 (scan the disc quality before burning, deciding which speed to
burn at),
- Booktype Management 8.4 (for bitsetting DVD+R/RW/DL but the default
settings should already be set to "DVD-ROM" and
- Qvideo 2.0 (capture and burn in real-time directly to CD/DVD)
ALL can be downloaded on the Internet for free.


Comments posted by Bedshaped from Hong Kong, January 30, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Great here too! Easy to install, but the in-box IDE cable was pretty crappy, IMO.

Burns Ridata 8x at 12x with no problems. No coasters after burning a 10-pack of movie and data backups.

Fast and real quiet. Bought in Korea for about U.S.$80.


Comments posted by Hanguker from Korea, Republic of, December 23, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





No problems so far. I have burnt 2 printable Ridata 4x disks and no coaster.

The drive is quiet and reads quite fast (esp. compared to my DRU500A!!!). It installed with no problem.


Comments posted by bruce from United States, October 04, 2004. Rated this writer 10 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)


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


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