Philips DVDR1620 / DVDR1640 / DVDR1625 / DVDR1645 DVD Writer

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Philips DVDR1620 / DVDR1640 / DVDR1625 / DVDR1645


OEM:
Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Philips
40xCDR CAV
24xCDRW PCAV
16xDVD-R CAV
4xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
16xDVD+R CAV
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EIDE, 2MB
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$100 9.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Budget 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Datawrite Yellow 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Diamond 4xDVD-R (Dvsn A001...) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigatain 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hyundai 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Iomega 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 OKY 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 OKY 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Playo 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sonic 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vakoss 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Bought an OEM Philips DVDR1625k, and it worked for a couple days... then started having burn problems (started failing sometimes with several different burning engines before it stopped working altogether).

I sent the drive back to Philips and the sent me a new one (FedEx 3-day) with no questions asked. The new one's been excellent, burned over 50 DVDs with no problems (Philips DVD+R 8x, Maxell DVD-R 8x). Haven't tried DL yet, but have a pack of Verbatim waiting to go.


Comments posted by jbroses from United States, February 27, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Bought an OEM Philips 1640P and crossflashed to BenQ 1620 with no problems. Then flashed to latest official firmware, again with no problem.

Installed efforlessly into an WinXP Pro SP2 system and was immediately recognised by all software (Magix Movie Edit Pro 2005, Nero 6.6.x.x, Alcohol, DVD Identifier, etc).

The drive is extremely fast. Burning at 8x it is faster than my NEC ND2500. It also reads disks that the NEC fails to read, and it burns to all the disks I have tried it with. No issues encountered with RW discs. Superb drive. Also, the official firmware supports overspeeding - writing faster than a disk's rated speed.

There is a utility called Q-Scan that will check blank DVDs and recommend a writing speed. I have found it invaluable, especially when using cheaper disks. For instance, it tells me that Datawrite disks with the FUJIFILM03 dye are not recommeded for 8x writing. I tested it, and sure enough, at 8x these disks are filled with PIE and PIO errors (but are not coasters). At 4x the disks are perfect. The NEC 2500 writes the disks perfectly at 8x, so I suspect this is a firmware issue with the BenQ.

BenQ regularly releases new firmware for this drive, so there is no need to rely on hacked firmware for improved performance.

The drive supports bitsetting and is automatically configured to write +R disks as DVD-ROM, thereby improving compatibility with standalone players. In my experience, bit-set +R disks load in half the time of -R disks in my old player; non-bit-set +R disks are a hit-and-miss affair.

I deliberated for ages before getting this drive - BenQ or NEC... choose this one; you will not be disappointed.


Comments posted by Gerbera from United Kingdom, January 01, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.




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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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