NEC ND-3550A DVD Writer

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NEC ND-3550A


OEM:
NEC
Chipset:NEC
48xCDR CAV
32xCDRW ZCLV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW ZCLV
6xDVD-RDL ZCLV
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$50 8.9/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Aone 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Cursor 8xDVD-R (GSC003......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dataware 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Classic Grey 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Grey 16xDVD-R (ProdiscF02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Elite M 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+RW (DAXON...D42) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD+R (PRODISC.R05) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 16xDVD+R (ISSM....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Great Quality (GQ) 16xDVD+R (OPTODISCR16) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HQ 8xDVD-R (MUST 003....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Kodak 4xDVD-R (MAM8XG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Linkyo Taiyo Yuden 16xDVD-R (TYG03.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MAM-A Archive 4xDVD-R (MAM4XG02....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD-R (ProdiscF02..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (PHILIPS.C16) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 MicroNet 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Nexxtech 16xDVD+R (AML.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 16xDVD-R (UME02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Max 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG.AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Philips 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Pioneer 1xDVD-RW (TDK401saku=3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Playo 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (Auvistar....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Princo 8xDVD-R (PRINCO8X02..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Prodisc 16xDVD-R (ProdiscF02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 16xDVD+R (RITEK...F16) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 16xDVD+R (RITEK...R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKP01....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 SilverLine 8xDVD-R (INFOMEDIAR20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD+R (SONY....D21) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+RW (SONY....S11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Staples 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Staples 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Tesco 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Value Disc 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
6 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 6 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 8xDVD+R (MKM.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (Pearl White) 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Zero Defex 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
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This has been the best DVD burner I have owned so far. It rips DVDs, both from retail and burned disks at an average of 8x to 16x, depending on the conditions. I have not really had any complaints about this burner, as it has worked flawlessly with every DVD-R, DVD+R, and DVD+R DL that I have burned. Still going strong after about 400 DVD burns.


Comments posted by ScrawnyB from United States, December 27, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have used Great Quality CD's and DVD's....they were CHEAP...need I say more. You get what you pay for. Better to spend a little more on DVD's if you want good copies....or keep buying the cheap ones if you need more 'COASTERS '. I have friends that did the same thing...so it doesn't matter which burner or software you are using.


Comments posted by Al C. from United States, December 25, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





I just bought one to replace an aging Pioneer 8x burner. Having burned a few discs on it(about 10), about half are coasters. I'm running a Dell 2.5Gig, 512mg, XP Prof SP2 rig with Nero 7 Ultra and DVD Decrypter. The discs are 8x Ritek (one of the best according to popular opinion and my limited personal experience --tried about 4 to 5 brands). I've checked the firmware (1.05, the latest) and the DMA channel (Ultra DMA Mode 2), but cannot figure out why discs are failing on verify (both Nero and DVD Decrypter).

Anyone having this problem? How are they solving it?



Comments posted by Ken from United States, December 24, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





This DVD Burner is awesome!! I have burned over 100 DVD's of many various brand names and no coasters. Some of the brand names were; Pro Disc, Ritek, Taiyo Yuden, Sony, Verbatim, Nexxtech, Maxell, and Compusa brand discs. All of them supported various write speeds and all worked beautifully. I had the NEC 2510a and was very pleased with that one, but this drive is a very nice step up.


Comments posted by Nathan from United States, December 21, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Works Great! No coasters and 16x works fine. Got it from Newegg and love it since they were sold out of 3520A, this drive is awesome.


Comments posted by Cameron from United States, November 30, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Looks like no one has posted a review or comment for this drive yet . . .

After having my Plextor PX-716A die on me (suddenly refused to read ANY CD media), I reluctantly (at first) received the unexpected delivery of 3ea of the ND-3550A drives. My intention was to get the well reviewed and highly praised ND-3520A, but the vendor (AtoZ Computers), I'm guessing, felt it necessary to ship me this next generation drive (3rd in the line I think), without asking me first. Current media PC has a ND-3500AG, and it's performed surprisingly well. Instead of getting my feathers in a ruffle, and after researching for about an hour on the web for possible reviews and information on this drive, I decided to, for a change, to take on the challenge of testing and reviewing this newest line from NEC. I guess that's what separates the true geek from the anal retentive nerd. (that's a joke - please laugh).

Like a Civ4 animated foe, I gave this drive the glare and raised eyebrow, not knowing what to expect. First I verified the current firmware (1.05). The next thing I did was visit the fine folks at cdfreaks.com and get the region code removed . . . prep done - NOW it's usable!

I decided to push the envelope and burn a CD at 48x, using TDK media - as with my ND-3500AG, the ND-3550A performed wonderfully, breaking my media PCs record for burning (just a few seconds over 2 minutes) - playback was clean and no errors that I can detect.

Next challenge was to see how fast I could clone one of my properly purchased DVDs and managed to get a nicely working copy, the entire process only taking 24 minutes (but it was defaulting to 8x, as I was using the TDK 8x DVD media). Again, pushing the envelope, I then threw in one of my precious 16x Memorex media and forced Nero to 16x for the burn for a nearly full media burn, and, again, no problems.

Conclusion: It's only been a day, but, it looks like NEC is keeping up the high standards for this fine line of burners. Sorry to say that I will probably not buy another Plextor for a long time, if ever again. After touching base with a number of friends and co-workers, since the PX-708A days, their quality has gone down the tubes.

end of line . . .


Comments posted by Redshift21 from United States, November 25, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.




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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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