Panasonic LF-D521 DVD Writer

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Panasonic LF-D521


OEM:
Panasonic
Chipset:N/A
12xCDR CLV
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$200 8.8/10
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1 BeAll 1xDVD-R (BeAll G00001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 1xDVD-R (4M SYS 202C1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
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Hi,

the LF-D521 is really a great drive. I using it as an external drive in an USB2.0/Firewire case. I bought it especially for data storage on DVD-RAM. Forget all about DVD+/-RW using as a data storage with packet writing. If you want to store and modify data in a safe way use DVD-RAM (in a cartridge).
DVD-RAM 2x it not very fast so I'm lookin forward to the next drive LF-D621, that will feature 3x speed.
LF-D521 can also be used for writing DVD-R/RW media. Not very fast but I had no problems with burning quality yet.


Comments posted by wilhelm schneider from Other, December 05, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I purchased it at compusmart.com and very affordable. This is a beautiful piece of work. I havent made a coaster yet. The DVD-RAM feature is great using the dvd-ram drivers for XP I formatted the ram disc to FAT32 and now this baby is a walkin talkin removable lite hard drive that stores 4,7gb. This unit will also work with double sided 9.3gb ram discs as well.


Comments posted by mayaania from Other, November 06, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





This writer is great..! No problem... with RITEK DVD-R/LEDA DVD-RW
w/o bad disc !!
RIPPED by DVDShrink2.3
BURNT by NERO6

downside : can it be faster 4X??


Comments posted by PKTR99 from Other, October 03, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





pc and mac?


Comments posted by Kirk from Other, September 15, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





PS- You also get an additional $20 mail-in rebate for participating in the CNET, buy.com 24 hours sale. $190-90-20= $80! woohoo! hehe


Comments posted by funsoul from Other, September 09, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10339074&loc=19062
Check this out! 189.99 plus $90 mail in rebate (good 9-1 to 10-31) and a $20 rebate good today and tomorrow

They advertise tha this price is good only today, but I doubt it will go up by too much tomorrow. (you can find this drive all over for $199


Comments posted by Markus from Other, September 09, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Buy.com has this burner on sale for today only (9/9/03) for $189.99 (free shipping) with a $90 mail-in rebate. At $100 for well-rated drive, think I'll order one for the 2nd pc.


Comments posted by funsoul from Other, September 09, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





Owned this drive since 1/03, and had performed very well under Win2K Pro and Win XP Pro. While I would rather have the Nero Package instead of the BHA software package, this does not affect the strong performance of this drive. I use mainly to read DVD-RAM disks from my Standalone Panasonic recorder HS-2.
Super buy at current pricing!


Comments posted by mp3jockey from Other, July 02, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Sexy Piece of kit, the Dvd-ram feature is excellent!
Have been using DVD x copy, without a bum disk yet!


Comments posted by houssie from Other, July 01, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I purchased it at compusmart.com and very affordable. This is a beautiful piece of work. I havent made a coaster yet. The DVD-RAM feature is great using the dvd-ram drivers for XP I formatted the ram disc to FAT32 and now this baby is a walkin talkin removable lite hard drive that stores 4,7gb. This unit will also work with double sided 9.3gb ram discs as well.


Comments posted by mayaania from Other, June 23, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





solid, consistent, silent, dvd-r/rw is enough + you get dvd-ram (perfect for exchangeable (5gb) drive). Dvd disks made by lf-d521 are
readable even in some less known high-end dvd players (where often
home made dvds are not readable). 2x dvd-r speed is quite enough
because 4x speed is often not safe (at least not for many dvd players).


Comments posted by makinafrizura from Other, April 15, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Solid performer, not bought for speed. Nor problems even writing to cheap no name DVD-R discs.


Comments posted by Garry from Other, April 15, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Solid unit. Slow writing CD-R/RW, but thats not what I bought it for. I use the DVD-RAM extensively between my Panny HS-2 and the 521. No problems writing to any of the supported media (using Fuji media BTW). No mechanical problems out of the box. Software package is very good (not outstanding). I use the unit in conjunction with ULEAD DVD Workshop. Had the Pioneer DVR-A05, but wanted the DVD-RAM capability, and didn't want to spend extra on media to take advantage of the Pioneer's 4X DVD-R writing capability, so I EBAYed it!


Comments posted by mp3jockey from Other, February 19, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Wanted this bad. Hooked it up. Door wouldn't open. Strange it comes with a manual door opening tool and two pages in the manual on opening the door!
When I finally got it open, manually, the drive was enormously loud. Very very loud.
I'll give it the option that I had one bad unit. I love my Panasonic E20. But this was a disaster.


Comments posted by Harry from Other, February 05, 2003. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





Excellent Data Protection
What is often overlooked is the 9.4GB capacity per disc due to the use of both sides. Another ignored factor is the protective cartridge - how much is your data worth? Naked media will never be as safe as cartridge based media. DVD-RAM is a block addressable type of media - you can go to head and sector meaning you can write as much or as little data you want as well as modify or delete it easily. The DVD-+RW/DVD-RW issue is overblown - independant studies (published in eMedia) show that both formats have about the same compatibility with DVD players.


Comments posted by Kerry from Other, January 30, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





excelent dvd multi drive for data (dvd-ram) and video (dvd-r/rw). Known as Panasonic DVD Burner II


Comments posted by razor from Other, January 30, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I was wondering where you purchased the 521? I have not found any distributer that has it. Thanks.

jon


Comments posted by necron99 from Other, November 21, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.




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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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