BenQ DW1655 DVD Writer

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BenQ DW1655


OEM:
Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Philips
48xCDR CAV
32xCDRW PCAV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW CLV
4xDVD-RDL CLV
16xDVD+R CAV
8xDVD+RW ZCLV
8xDVD+RDL PCAV
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$60 8.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BenQ 16xDVD-R (DAXON016S...) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bigoš 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 DataTresorDisc 4xDVD+R (ARCHIVE1001) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Grey 16xDVD-R (ProdiscF02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Grundig 16xDVD+R (FTI.....016) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 16xDVD+R (MBIPG101R05) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Linkyo 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Linkyo 8xDVD-R (ProdiscS04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MMore 16xDVD+R (MBIPG101R05) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Playo 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Playo 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Playo 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Playo 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 16xDVD+R (RITEK...R04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Smart 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Speed 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Staples 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 8xDVD+R (MKM.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 8xDVD+RW (MKM.....A03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Very good at reading discs for tests. A disc burned by a Lite-On 20A1H and read back at 16x only scored a 78 where this drive can read that same disc at 16x with a 94 quality score. On the other hand its WOPC technology which is aimed to help lazer accuracy with the average disc doesn't work too well (using newest firmware BCIB). Burning good quality Taiyo Yuden 8x Valueline dvd-r the drive creates large amounts of errors towards the end of the disc, and even unreadable data that causes the disc to fail testing. However, with WOPC disabled through the QSuite tool, the burns have PIE error spikes towards the beginning and the quality score goes from 0 to 97. I think that if technology meant to improve actually degrades, then the product needs more work.


Comments posted by kristiXS from United States, September 04, 2007. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Installed without issue. Looks great nice shiney face. Firmware is newer than what is offered online. The BenQ firmware identifier can tell you all your drives firmwares. This thing has ate everything I tossed at it. Mutliple types of DVD-R and CD-R not a single coaster. Fast and QUITE. Did I say quite compared to my Lite-on. Great drive a bit faster than my NEC 3540a in areas and slower in some. Overall A great drive if it lasts like my NEC has I would say its a comparable drive across the board.


Comments posted by blake711 from United States, August 14, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





verbatim 16x dvd-R Good
Retail Plus (wal mart brand) DVD-R BAD


Comments posted by Alain from Canada, August 09, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Good DVD writer. Burned everything without any problem, but I didn't burn bad media - only Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim. I really don't know how it will work with poor media. All media I burned play very well on my Pioneer DV-355 DVD player even DVD-RW and DVD+RW. I am going to try DVD-R DL also. I used Lightscribe and it was pretty well.


Comments posted by Raouf from United States, July 07, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I goofed up. with a little help from BENQ customer service, the DW 1655 is working perfectly. Excellent results so far. I'm ordering another one.
Ignore my previous comments.


Comments posted by Alan from United States, January 25, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Defective. All play and no burn.Well, it burned, but nothing that would play on a DVD player. Returned product after speaking with the BENQ company.
Chinese made.


Comments posted by Alan from United States, January 23, 2006. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Worked out the box, burns good media very well, burns poor media well.

The drive also supports media scanning using Nero's CDDVDSpeed so you can see how well it likes the discs & if those discs are going to cause you problems later in life.

Highly reccomended.


Comments posted by Chris from United Kingdom, January 09, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I am still new to this, but I installed today and used for a while, burning one disc. Worked flawlessly. All of the settings will take me a while to master, so that I can increase burn speed, reliability, etc. At one point, I put in a disc that I had previously burned, and it froze the player up, to the point, where i had to reboot computer to get disc out. Hasn't happened again, but the burned disc doesn't play smoothly. Could be because I burned it on my last burner, or something else I did...


Comments posted by jmatteis from Canada, January 07, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I bought it as a replacement to my slowly failing Pioneer DVR-109, and I'm impressed with the speed and quality of burns and tools provided. You can disable WOPC, booktype setting works out of the box, and 16X media actually burns at 16X unlike my previous burner.


Comments posted by Martin from Canada, December 31, 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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