BenQ DW822A DVD Writer

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BenQ DW822A


OEM:
Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Philips
24xCDR PCAV
10xCDRW CLV
4xDVD-R CLV
2xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
8xDVD+R ZCLV
4xDVD+RW CLV
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EIDE, 8MB
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$150 7.4/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Acro Circle 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gate 24 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (ONIDTECH....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 0 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigatain 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Hello Disc 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 K-Classic 4xDVD+R (DDDessauV20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Kodak 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Lamaxa 4xDVD+R (LONGTEN.002) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lite-On 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (MXL RG02....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 4xDVD+R (IS01....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Octron 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Primeon 4xDVD+RW (RITEK...004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodye 4xDVD+R (POMSC001002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SmartBuy 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Swisstec 8xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (TDK.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (TDK.....003) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD-RW (TDK601saku..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 That's Write! 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 UL-Tran Media 4xDVD-R (ONIDTECH....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vakoss 4xDVD-R (NANYA-JC001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Velocity 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW11n9) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (Pearl White) 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (Pearl White) 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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Combine PLUS, MINUS & DL+R writing capability into one firmware.
B3KC.zip 909 KB Version: B3KC 09-12-2004

http://www.benq.de/ServiceAndSupport/downloads/downloads.cfm?product=616&type=B


Comments posted by Weissnicht from Germany, December 28, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





excellent burner! had problems with memorex dvdrw traced it to info-disc media.besides that 350 perfect burns. 1x,2x,2.4x,4x,8x anything but info-disc burns fine. used force aspi 1.7, nero, vso,dvdshrink. all works fine.
athlon xp 2800, 1gb corsair, seagate 200gb, gigabyte board. xp sp1 and now sp2. 3 customers report about the same.have not upped firmware to dual-layer just b3ic. paid 59.00
+4.99 shipping at newegg and 61.34 shipped at dell.


Comments posted by skayleth from United States, December 09, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





BenQ DW822A Double Layer Upgradeable Firmware B3JCY 13.10.04


Comments posted by Weissnicht from Germany, October 14, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Love this burner! Did a LOT of research at clubcdfreaks on this and others. This drive is well known to prefer + disks. It also allows bitsetting to DVD-ROM. I burn Arita/Ridata (RICOH JPNRO1 4x disks at 8x (patched firmware B3IC) and get perfect burns as per KProbe scan. PI average under 9 and PO (PIF) under 3-4. 10000/500 or so for both respectively. About 8 min and 40 sec. for full disk burn.

Do your research. All drives do not burn all media the same, and some are very fussy! Don't use crap/cheap media. Do your research!

P4 3.0
1GB PC 3200
WinXP SP1 and SP2


Comments posted by Pinan from United States, August 19, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Some quick comments;
This drive is supported by Nero ver. 6.3.0.6 and up (6.3.1.17).
Use Nero General clean tool to clean up old versions of Nero if installed previously.
I've had some media combatibility problems with both CD and DVD's. Burnt a few CD & DVD coasters. Using firm. B3IC.
Prodisc S03, 4x -R's work very well. Maxell 4x +RW's work fine as well.

Finding a media this drive likes is important.

The price is right and dual layer upgradable.....we'll see.


Comments posted by nivek from Canada, August 05, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.







Comments posted by sirphilip from United Kingdom, August 04, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





It's a good drive. Write very well in DVD's-R princo. the only problem is that sometimes when i put an cd/dvd in the drive she freezes my computer, so i will ask for replacement.


Comments posted by Red_Beret from Portugal, July 12, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Yahoo...got this at fanspc.ca for Canadian $92 tax included and it can burn my 4X DVD+R (Maxell, Memerox) at 8X with good results, also no problem at 4X with my cheapo $25/50pieces UL-Tran disk, and it is offically upgradeable to DL DVD+R, no complaint.


Comments posted by albert128 from Canada, July 12, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Had 2 LG within the last 6 months and both failed to burn DVD after around 3 months, trying this one since I heard it can upgrade to DL burning in September and $20 cheaper than the Pioneer 107D.

So far so good, Tried a DVD and my good old Apex 1500 played them.

Let's see if they last longer than my previous LG4040 and 4081


Comments posted by apvm from Canada, July 08, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I have had few problems with this drive turns out it was Nero giving me the problems not the drive and Memorex-r media.
I'm still in the process of determining wether or not it is a problem burning -r media but I've done "some that worked.

I've used Optodisk,Khypermedia,maxell and even some cheap dvd+r 4x media and they are all working fine they even play on my JVC standalone DVD.
Bitsetting works well and eliminates alot of incompatability issues with +r's.
I give this drive an 8


Comments posted by carl g. from United States, June 20, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I didn't find any media yet that works. Princo and Maxell both had fail outs of over 80%.


Comments posted by Martin from Germany, June 08, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Has worked with all media thus far. Great drive for price and features.


Comments posted by jay from United States, June 07, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I'm rating this writer a 8 because it does it's job well for the money spent. It's only given me 2 coasters out of 25+ 4X DVD-R's so far and I think that was more related to some PC issues than the writer itself.
I haven't tested the 8X DVD+R yet but so far this was a good uprade from my old single mode 2X DVD-R LG4020 writer.
It was easy to use right out the box and I use Nero for my burning needs.
Not sure if maybe some of these are being shipped faulty or not as I see others have negative experiences with this writer.




Comments posted by thelimper from Canada, June 05, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I must agree, this is truly a piece of CRAP! First, the one I bought was defected. So I sent it back and waited for over a week for the replacement. The replacement came, I still had problem - it couldn't even read the DVD-R it just written. So I called the store and they told me to upgrade to the latest firmware (B3HC) which I did. It then could see the DVD-R it burned, but that was it. No other DVD-ROM or DVD players can read it. So I called for support again and this time, I was told to use PRINCO brand. I went out and bought couple of PRINCO 2x DVD-RW for testing. Guess what? I burned it successfully with Nero 6, but when I tried to read it back, it said "invalid function" and none of other DVD-ROMs could read it either. This is my first product from BENQ and probably a last one. Too much hassle for me to return it (bought it out of town so with restocking fee and shipping, not worth it) or else I would have done it.


Comments posted by ltp2k3 from United States, June 04, 2004. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





DAMN !!

This writer is pure CRAP !!!!
Up-graded the firmware and still only made me toasts, using Nero Ulead Dvd Workshop and Veritas, tried SEVERAL media brands +/- r/rw (even get me errors writing -Rw !)

Going to take it back rigt now !!!


Comments posted by Dcent from Portugal, June 03, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





I had a lot of compatibility problems at first, couldn't get anything to play on my set-top dvd player or ps2 no matter which media I used, then I upgraded the firmware and everything is working much better now, so I recommend that to anyone having problems (went from B3Bc (original) to B3HC (newest at this time) upgrade. Can't wait for the DL firmware now :-)


Comments posted by Sterling from Canada, May 30, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





It should be noted that most (99%) of incompatability issues occur primarily with Windows XP (pro or otherwise). Most new cd/dvd-writers will be automaticly shunted to a secondary slave position by windows XP even with SP2, and even if the new cd/dvd writer is phyicaly (hardware) on secondary master. This occurs even if you are replacing an old drive or adding another.

Unfortunately the "right click on MY COMPUTER select manage drives" change drive letters will amost never work even in safe mode. Which will then require one to access the windows registry and carefuly alter the mounted drive devices.

It solves most media compatibility problems.

When it get's down to it. It's MS windows XP that has the most problems of the OS's. Even the slightest conflict in interfacing with a cd/dvd drive's ID will cause any number of problems.

Also software such as Roxio EZ cd/media creator (direct CD)
will cause major problems in XP if you don't have the exact update that matches your cd/dvd writer.





Comments posted by Flame from Canada, May 04, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





The manual is pretty useless. When I tried to use it as slave on the primary IDE, I had some issues. So I moved it to master on the secondary IDE. Compatability is not as good as my old Pioneer A06, but it's not terrbile. I had - what turns out to be - a media incompatability issue when I tried to use up my old Ritek's that burned perfectly at 4x on the Pioneer - they just wouldn't work using Nero 6.3.16. I did burn one using RecordNow, but since that program is not my first choice... I'm looking for cheap media alternatives. It does burn my Fujifilm and Imation 4x DVD's at 8x. It works well with DVD Shrink and TMPGenc DVD Authour. It's nice to have the advantage to upgrade the writer to dual layer.


Comments posted by Earl from United States, April 28, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





video -Rs (Ritek, Memorex, Optodisc) burned by this don't work on my Philips DVP642/17, but they work fine on Cyberhome CH505. Note that the same media, same movie, if burned by Sony DRU 510A, works fine on both Philips DVP642 and Cyberhome CH505. I emailed BenQ Tech Support and waiting for their reply.


Comments posted by nguyen from United States, April 18, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Very nice, does a much better job than a Lite-on 851s uising the smae type of media. Nanya 4X/RW.


Comments posted by Howard Grizzard from United States, April 14, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.




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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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