BenQ DW1640 DVD Writer

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BenQ DW1640


OEM:
Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Philips
48xCDR CAV
32xCDRW PCAV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW CLV
4xDVD-RDL CLV
16xDVD+R CAV
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$50 9.9/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 ACT Storage 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 BeAll 16xDVD+R (BeAll000PG0) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 16xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Budget 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Bulkpak 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Bulkpaq 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dataware 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite (Printable) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Titanium 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Dvision 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Dynex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dysan 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Elgin 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 eProformance (epro) 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Esperanza 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fly 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD-R (MBI 03RG40..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD+R (PRODISC.R05) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD+R (RITEK...F16) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (TTG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intact 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG.AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Iomega 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Kodak 4xDVD-R (MAM8XG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Konco Professional 8xDVD-R (POSG06......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 8xDVD-R (INFODISC-R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Magnavox 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD+R (MAXELL..002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxtech 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Melody 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mitsubishi 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD+R (AML.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 16xDVD-R (UME02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Octron 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Panasonic 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Panasonic 16xDVD-R (TYG03.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Playo 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Playo 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Plextor 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Plextor 16xDVD+R (YUDEN000T03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Q-DAQ 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Raxon 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB002) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ritek Excellent 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP4) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 SmartBuy 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SmartBuy 2.4xDVD+RW (PRODISC.W01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 SmartLine Premium 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sonic 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Sony 16xDVD+R (SONY....D21) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Sony 4xDVD+RW (SONY....S11) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Supermedia 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 16xDVD+R (YUDEN000T03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (TDK.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD-RW (TDK601saku..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 8xDVD+RW (RITEK...008) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tuff Disc 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 2 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 XDisc 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Great drive at unbeatable low price, value for money. It reads and writes all discs I purchased. Writing quality is also execellent


Comments posted by William from Palau, July 03, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This is a very good and reliable DVD writer. Manufacturer, Benq, is active to upload new firmwares to improve writing quality. The supplied software, Qsuite, is a good companion to use with this writer.


Comments posted by TC from Hong Kong, July 02, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Great drive for a very reasonable price (<$50). Does not have any problems with various media types (reading, writing, etc.). Firmware easily upgradable.


Comments posted by Alparslan from Turkey, March 05, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This burner is amazing! I got the Made in China version. So far I did 25 burns with no problems using +R and -R media. The qsuite 2.0 software learned disk is 5 so far. I have burned everything in 16X with no problems in overspeed mode.


Comments posted by gga_bliss from United States, November 15, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





$38 with free shipping from newegg.com when I purchased this drive a few weeks ago, amazing deal. This drive is unbeleivable for the price. It's burned everything so far and setting book type is a breeze, it comes with DVD-ROM as default from the factory.

I have one manufactured in August from China, which some people are making a fuss over but I have not encountered any issues thus far.

Mostly using TDK DVD+R TTYG02 on the drive for now, but will be trying out some Verbatim DVD+R DL.

The only low part about it is that it's a bit noisy, but what can I expect from something that is reving up a disc at super high RPM then burning into it with a laser! ;)


Comments posted by outspoken from United States, November 14, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This baby was only $38 including shipping at newegg.com a couple weeks ago. Because of it's booktyping ability,my backups play virtually anywhere!

I was hoping to close the same performance on this 1640 as to both my benq 1620s and they are all phenomenal.

$38, This burner may be priced cheap,but she'll perform up to the plextor level,even plextor is using this drive in their budgeted drives! Phillips is another brand using this same drive!A lot of major brand names using this drive?Says something about their performance.

Burning MCC-004 verbs,the PI/PO scans look way better at 8x and 12x burn speed compared to the 4x burn speeds. Q-suite 2.0 is awesome.Quiet,fast,and loves MCC-004/MCC-003/Yuden000-T02 media. Even cmags burn ok,but the scans are poorer.

If you pick up this drive,download the Q-suite and update the firmware,being BSMB.

PS: If you have any trouble playing backups on some picky stand alones/game consoles/or other peeps pc drives:These benq booktyped plus format media into DVD-ROM will play in more of those players.

The Q stands for quality!


Comments posted by gary from United States, November 06, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





A bit sad because I just bought a 1640 when BenQ Japan announced their new SuperMulti DQ60 . But browsing some forums , it's seems to be not mature yet in term of firmware and writing quality .
So far for me 1640 is simply the best now . Good features in QSuite 2 and excellent writing quality , very fast ripping speed amd much more .


Comments posted by Antoine from France, October 02, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I feel totally satisfied with this drive though the one I just got is made in China but manufactured in July 2005 .

Great and unique features and performance , quiet operation , excellent media compatibility and burning quality , support bitsetting for DVD+R/+RW/+R DL out of the box , that's not all I can talk about this drive .

No comment about quality media , the drive manages to write any cheapest media made in China I found in Vietnamese market with very good result . Some of these media had never been successfully burned by my old Plextor PX-708A and even NEC ND-3520A , of course with newest firmwares .

Just about US$ 50 on the net , I paid US$ 81 for mine but I'm in Vietnam and it makes me happy .

Hope BenQ will maintain and improve their quality then I won't miss their next DVD burner generation .


Comments posted by Victor from Vietnam, September 24, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





great burner for a killer price ($38.99 @ NewEgg) rip speeds are the best i've ever experienced. i echo the praise of everyone else here... but i also have a warning. the DW-1640 seems to HATE burns on TDK 8X DVD-R media. i have about 20 of them that were burned on a Pioneer DVR-108. the BenQ hates these discs! 17 of the 20 won't rip. but they rip fine on the the original Pioneer drive, my iBook's Matshita DVD-Rom, and play on the set-top DVD player perfectly... so it's not the media, it's the BenQ (i'm guessing) - other than that little quip, it's a must buy!


Comments posted by Connie Lingus from United States, September 24, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





The 1640 is a superb dvd burner that burns both DVD-/+R very well. BENQ has frequent firmware upgrades to keep up with the newest dvd media. They have QSUITE 2.0 which is a tool to tweak your writing capabilities for all the different brands of dvd media one may use. WOPC, OVERSPEED & SOLIDBURN are the tools within QSUITE 2.0. With the latest NERO 7, NERO INFO TOOL will have SOLIDBURN, which is already in NERO CD/DVD SPEED 4.07. In my opinion this is the best dvd burner in the market right now. The cost is under $40.00, bitsetting out of the box for DVD+R media and is also a great reader. BENQ 1640 RULEZ!!!!! This dvd burner is 10 all the way.


Comments posted by budz from United States, September 19, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





great product I agree, also bought it for 52Can$ at ncix. superb burns according to nero proof check tools: 96-99% quality rate. I use it in an external enclosure without a problem. It's hard to beat this drive...


Comments posted by meds06 from Canada, August 10, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Awesome burner for $52 Cdn. @ NCIX Computers. Very fast reader. Can dump single layer movies in under 5 minutes. Burns great, with less errors than my Pioneer 108. Can read and write to junk Memorex-RW 1X that Pioneer could not do anything with. Bought OEM with Nero 6 included. The writeups rated it Number one and I agree.


Comments posted by Bill Dago from Canada, August 07, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I bought the OEM version and it came with retail firmware(B).Rips pressed SL @16x and DL @14x,reads SL DVDR/RW @16x and CD-R's @46x.
A great value for an awesome drive!


Comments posted by moviegeek from United States, August 04, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Great drive but don't wast your money on retail box all you get is Nero with two screws. Burns with low PIE's and PIF's. Check cdfreaks for some good feed back.
No need to buy any other over priced drive cause all you will find is you paied to much!!!


Comments posted by BenQ Lover from United States, August 03, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Full review at:

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=14268

"EDITORS CHOICE"

Looks fantastic. Decision is made. I will order the retail package ASAP and let you know how I get on.


Comments posted by family man from France, June 23, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





Found a 1st review at:

http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/193/1



Comments posted by family man from United Kingdom, May 10, 2005. 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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