Philips SDVD6004 DVD Writer

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Philips SDVD6004

Slim EIDE, 8MB
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$250 5.5/10
6 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
3 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Medianca 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP2) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Tevion 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 That's Write! 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Could not write on my Memorex 16x neither, which kind of sucks... Well, unless there is a new firmware which enables the writing capability - and I do not think there will be one any time in the future - I will go back to 8x media.

Comments posted by Alexander Schneider from United States, May 09, 2006. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

Has served me well in my Dell 5150 for more than two years now. Used to get some coasters early in the career, but has seen none until the other day. Couldn't burn Verbatim 16x although updated firmware 1.06.
Had to go back to my old TDK+RW

Comments posted by L-vis from Sweden, March 02, 2006. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

I just bought this philips drive new off ebay for $89us and and very pleased with it so far. It came with the new 1.03 firmware. I have burnt about 2/3's of my philips 2.4x 100 pack spindle without a single coaster. I have also used memorex dvd+rw discs without a single write problem yet. I really hate that this drive got a bad name because of the early firmware. It was dell's fault for not actually testing this properly before releasing it to customers. I love the drive and expect to keep it until the dual layer recorder is available for my i8600.

Comments posted by Jim from United States, June 25, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Forget this drive. Forks perfect with CDs and DVD+RW, but it's just your private luck to burn playable DVD+Rs. I've lost dozens of disks. Save your money!!!

Comments posted by Robert Balog from United States, May 02, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I disagree to above negatives. I have seen many people complain on the drive, specifically the 0.99 firmware, I have it with the 1.03 firmware, and it works fine on both +R and +RW. No coasters yet, knock wood. The 1.03 firmware came with the drive, I did not flash/update it.

Comments posted by cybermaus from Netherlands, January 28, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

OEM drive from Ricoh.
Delivered with some Dell laptops, for example Inspiron 8500/8600/500m.

A lot of people have expressed frustration with this model on the Dell forums:
The firmware update available at
does not do anything to fix the problems experienced.

I had one faulty burner, got it replaced for the same model and now it's still working ok after burning ~50 discs. Still looking to get it replaced by a different model though. It burns some discs that won't play in my standalone Philips although most work fine. I'm not sure if this is because I have bad dvd image files or not, I didn't test this thouroughly yet.

I would not recommend this drive.

Comments posted by Anders M from Norway, January 27, 2004. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

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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)

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

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