Philips DVDR16LS DVD Writer

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Philips DVDR16LS

EIDE, 2MB, LightScribe
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$100 6.3/10
4 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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I am trying to burn a media
TDK DVD+R DL 2.4X SPEED. I tried with
but the software refus to work.
(media not suitable)

Comments posted by Fiorenzo D'Orazio from Italy, January 26, 2006. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

I get the writer today, my old one (Sony DRU510) was working well, but the Light Scribe was the reason.
It takes about 23 minutes to write the label, most of the time is better to do it twice (46 minutes).I like it verry much, it's working all well en I became a member of the Club Philips (you will get a e-mail when there's a update or news from the drive).

Comments posted by R. Jansen from Netherlands, May 05, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I bought this product Feb 2005 and its worked ok so far. All the functions have worked pretty well . I know theres no info on the web site ,(pretty slow management to me ! )so maybe the problems a bad batch. Will wait and see.

Comments posted by patrick from United Kingdom, April 21, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Here is an update to my previous comment.

I obtained a replacement drive under warranty and at least the replacement drive could read the Nero CD. I was able to install Nero. I then tried reading a selection of my DVDs including a couple of commercial ones and half a dozen DVD+Rs. The 2 commercial ones read OK, but out of the 6 DVD+Rs that I tried with 3 different brands, only 2 would read. Four would not read at all. There was no correlation of failures to a specific brand either. I also tried to do a CD copy only to find that Nero reported lots of read errors. I didn't even bother to do any write tests since if the drive can't read data reliably, what chance would there be of it writing reliably?

I have spoken with Philps and advised them regarding the issues I've had with this model of drive. They inform me that the reason there is no information on their website is because the product is so new. I am also informed that there are no downloadable firmware updates for this drive yet.

I decided to give up on the DVDR16LS and returned it to the store yet again. I exchanged it for a Sony DRU-720, which, although costing slightly more, not only has a faster DL burn sppeed but also reads every disk I throw at it with no problems.

Clearly this is a drive that still has some issues that need to be ironed out. The result is an unreliability factor that I am uncomfortable with.

Comments posted by John from United Kingdom, March 30, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

Well the first one I purchased could not even read the supplied Nero CD without errors. I put my old Sony DVD writer back and had no problems. So I went back to the shop and got them to replace the drive. I can now get Nero to install, but several of the DVDs burned on my previous Sony DRU-510A drive cannot be read in this one. Is this a compatibility issue, or has something been sacrificed for the LightScribe feature?

The more serious problem for me is that the drive is not even listed on Philips website neither in featured products nor on the support pages. Without support from Philips I will probably end uptaking this drive back and exchangining it for Sony's DRU-720.

Comments posted by John from United Kingdom, March 29, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

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Write support / Read support
= 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)

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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