HP DVD300i DVD Writer

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HP DVD300i


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Chipset:Philips? or NEC
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$250 8.2/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Arita 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BeAll 4xDVD+R (BeAll000P40) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bencole Platinum Series 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Classic 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 HP 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 HP 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD+RW (RITEK...004) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
5 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Monarch 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 4xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA040) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.010) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (DigitAll) 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Supermedia 4xDVD+R (AML.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Swisstec 4xDVD+R (POMSA0010R.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 5 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ultra 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Value Disc 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MCC.....001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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Comments
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HP dropped the ball on this drive. They not only discontinued support for it, but they removed all the drivers and firmware from their webpage. Continued support would have been useful, because the drivers often cause a BSOD on XP.

The rumor is that the 300i is really an NEC ND-1100a. Another rumor is that the ND-1100a supported both +R and -R writing, but -R writing was disabled in the firmware before release. Yet another rumor is that the hardware is the same as (dual format) ND-1300a; and that the only difference is in firmware. So if the ND-1300a firmware could be flashed onto the HP 300i, the claim is that it would then become a dual format drive.


Comments posted by Justin Gombos from United States, September 17, 2006. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





I've had a 300i for about 5 months now. Burned about 50 dvd+r's with it and I was very impressed. Quiet, fast, with no compatability issues. Would have rated it a 10 EXCEPT
The drive died on me. Finished burning one dvd, went to do another and suddenly the drive would not work. Won't recognize any discs at all (commercial discs or burned, cd or dvd).


Comments posted by Drew Schmidt from United States, December 09, 2004. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





Have had this unit for 6 months, has never burnt a coaster yet. Have had some problems with some DVD+RW not playing in other players. I believe this is more the players fault then the HPs fault.

Use mainly Maxell DVD+RW with no problems. Burns CD+R no name brand flawlessly. What can I say very satisfied with this product. I don't usually use HP products as they are low quality, I used to work for HP, I know what goes on with this company, but I got this DVD burner so cheap I could not pass it up.


Comments posted by Lee from Canada, May 23, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Had no problems writing to CD-R's but I burned a whole lot of coasters trying to write to DVD+R's (got errors at the end of the writing sessions). After trying a bunch of software combinations & reinstalls, I talked to HP and they sent me another drive. Turns-out the drive was defective (or unreliable).

My opinion of this drive changed from "not good" to "very good". Reliability is good with RecordNow and Easy CD/DVD Creator 6.

Successfully used Verbatim DVD+R's with no coasters yet (with my new drive).

I'm having audio/video synchronization problem when authoring with Showbiz so I'll probably be using something else...


Comments posted by eric from France, February 29, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





RE: 4X burning with DVD300n (firmware update)
http://h20015.www2.hp.com/en/softwareDownloadIndex.jhtml?reg=&cc=us&softitem=dv-17727-1&prodId=hpdvdwrite241023&lc=en&plc=&sw_lang=en&pagetype=software


Comments posted by racoban from United States, February 20, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought an HP 300i in January. It worked really well for 2 days, and then refused to recognize any media whatsoever, so I took it back, and they gave me a new drive.

The interesting thing is that the replacement drive was completely different to the first one. They were both in identical boxes (HP DVD 300i), identified themselves as HP 300i, and had 300i writen on the faceplate's. That aside, they were not the same.

The first drive was black inside, and the faceplate had a different layout (LED on the far right). Very strange.


Comments posted by Ryan from South Africa, February 05, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I'm a noob and have burned 25 dvds using CloneDVD, TMPGEnc, and so far no coaster. I'm using Imation 4x+R discs. It's a very quite drive. Only "problem" I have is that it can't read a few DVD-Rs made by my friend, but I think this is due to my friend's bad disc (media), I don't know if it's the -R media, but the HP seems to read other -R discs from other people fine, so it's prolly my friend's fault.

This is a very quite drive. I can't hear a thing. I'm giving it a 9 rating.


Comments posted by shinnycoaster from United States, January 31, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





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Comments posted by test from Other, January 31, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I've had the drive for a month now, it's wonderful. Haven't had any problems. Not a single coaster. I've burned the HP discs it comes with and about 25 Verbatim discs. I software that comes with the drive is simple and works good as well


Comments posted by Marvin from Other, January 14, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I've had this burner for 10 months. I have over 20 movies and over 30 PS2 games. This DVD writer is great. I use FUJI and Philips media. I've never had a problem with this unit.


Comments posted by B the G from Other, January 02, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I give it a 10 because any dvd that I have backed up has played in EVERY player I have stuck them in, including my PS2. I rate it as a 10 because I have only had 2 newbie coasters and that was in the first week I bought it. Now I NEVER get a coaster and thats with any media I have bought(too many to name). Quiet drive, I just wonder how many dvd's it will burn before it peters out. As for only being a '+' drive only doesnt matter to me as I have said....they ALWAYS play! Oh...and I gave $149.99 at Walmart for it.


Comments posted by Randy from Other, December 29, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Have had this drive four a couple of months now. Got it on sale at CompUSA; I believe price was $149 after rebates.

One of the quietest burners I've had, CD or DVD. You can hardly know when there's a disk in it. Have successfully burned many CD-R and CD-RW discs as well as numerous DVD's, both +R and +RW. Never made one coaster with it.

Using Windows XP, Roxio EasyCD creator 5.3.5.10n (only for CD's not DVD's), TMPGenc DVD Author v1.5.15.49 and Acronis software all write to the drive no problems. Only complaint I have is that you have to have HP's software loaded on your system in order to get the firmware downloads successfully uploaded to the drive. I would have much rather had a self-run utility to perform that as I desired. (Otherwise I have no use for the software that came with the drive.)


Comments posted by R P McCormick from Other, December 21, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





System: HP Pavilion 321n, AMD Athlon 1600+, XP Pro

I've had my 300i for about 2 months. I've burned Imation and Fujifilm discs (about 100 total) with only one coaster. I use DVD Decrypter for ripping and Intervideo for burning those 8+ gigs onto the 4.7 disc. No problems so far. The discs played great in JVC, Samsung, and Pioneer players, along with a couple of lesser-known systems.

I'm now using un-branded 4X discs (50-disc spindle for $39.95 from digitalcomputersolutions.com) and have not had one problem. I purchased 100 DVD cases for $16.00 at mediadiscountstore.com.

I totally satisfied with my purchases.


Comments posted by JeeMac from Other, December 08, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





So so burner. I also found it won't burn to cheaper DVDs, like Fujifilm and Pengo. Wish I knew that before I boaught a slew. Else, it burns OK to the more expensive (HP--of course--and JVC were tested).

Also, my buddy bought one and it died after 200 DVDs, roughly. I learned all this too late!

You've really got to ask yourself about these factors before you buy one. Wished I'd found this forum before I purchased.

regards,

g


Comments posted by gspears from Other, November 16, 2003. Rated this writer 4 of 10.





Good burner. However, cant get a 4x speed burn out of it on DVD movies. HP sells it as a 4x speed burn, but the firmware they flash it with doesnt support 4x burn. They keep telling me call back next week to see if they have released the 4x burn speed firmware. Other than that, no problems, very dependable.


Comments posted by Mxbubs from Other, October 19, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





I got a smokin deal on this DVD+RW Writer at Staples about 3 weeks ago. They were selling it for $199 ($269 - $70 instant rebate), but they had a misprint on the in-store label and they sold it to me for $99! Can't go wrong with that. The drive is super quiet, you can't tell when the disk is spinning most of the time. I haven't gotten around to burning a dvd yet, but I can say that it burns cd-r's really well and fast (this burner has buffer underrun protection too). If I have any problems with it, it's just that it doesn't like black cd-r's and now I have a spindle of them to get rid of. For the price, i'm happy even just the 16x burner part considering I was only using an 8x before. NOTE: THIS DVD WRITER CANNOT BURN, NOR READ THE BLACK MEMOREX CD-R'S.


Comments posted by Kevin from Other, October 03, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have tried 2 of these and have problems with Both They cannot record to disc using included software i can burn cds can burn data but cannot capyure video either from my ati imputs even thoug its recoginized also will not burn even there sample movies Bought one at Walmart in Bellingham 189 us returned it Bought second At london Drugs in Vancouver 179.00 cdn no help from HP support they hire rookies and have no real help


Comments posted by dave from Other, September 09, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





I just bought the HP dvd300i. It's a great writer. I haven't tried DVD media with it yet, they're too expensive. I have tried normal CD-R and it seemed to burn fine and fast. I bought it at an excellent price at Office Depot. Apparently it was selling for $249.99, and they had it on clearance for $99.03!!!! I picked it right up, and payed $120.19, with the product replacement for 1 year. My only bad feeling about it is the fact that its only DVD+R/RW compatible. It would've been nice to get a +/- drive. I'm extremely happy everything worked out though, my DVD player ONLY plays DVD+R. So why am I complaining?
Overall, great writer, burns fast, works well. I dont like the software HP packages with it but, we've all got our preferences. I recommend you get this.


Comments posted by Jim from Other, September 08, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





this is a good dvd burner i ever own, i bought this one about couple month ago at office depot. i had had burned about almost 100 dics karaoke and music video for my family and all the dics came out perfectly fine except 2 or 3 of them was bad cause by the original disc.so far this burner had not give me no problem yet.


Comments posted by dragonle_2000 from Other, August 29, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.







Comments posted by Johan from Other, August 04, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I bought this drive from Office Max with @ 299.99 - 100 Instant Rebate. Great Price. I then took my external USB CD Writer and cracked the case put this one in and my laptop recognized it at a HP DVD300N (Don't know what the N means) but now I have an external for 199.99


UNIT ROCKS!!!


Comments posted by Mike from Other, July 15, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I have been burning with this drive, HP DVD300i, which came with my custom built HP 2.66Ghz Pavilion for about 1 month now. I've had good success with Memorex DVD+RW but it's only a good deal when there on sale. I've since bought a 50 splindle pack of Optodisc 2.4 DVD+RW from Supermediastore and paid only $1.89 each incl shipping. Burned about 12 DVDs and so far they have played perfectly in my Sony DVPNC665 5-Disk DVD Player. You will need to buy some cheap cases but they are on the net cheap too. Great thing with the +RW is if it doesn't play right the first time you can burn it again and not waste $$ on a coaster. I haven't seen just plain +r disks enought below $1.89 to be worth buying.


Comments posted by Dave J. from Other, July 02, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





This is a fairly good DVD+R/+RW burner based on the NEC ND-1100A hardware and Firmware. But NEC added a feature only for HP, the possiblity to change the Compatibility Bit DVD-ROM <> DVD+RW.
A disadvantage: With the actual FW the drive cannot read DVD-RW, oh well.

BTW, how stupid must someone be, buying a DVD+R/+RW only burner and then asks for software-upgrades to enable DVD-R/-RW burning????????

The Sony Dualburners arent based on NEC drives!

Go for 1 of them or wait for the P.x06 or buy a NEC 1300/TDK indiDVD 440 or a LG 4040 to get a dualburner.


Comments posted by _chef_ from Other, June 05, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Hi,

I use this burner from a couple of weeks and I want to know if there is a firmware update who will make it compatible for DVD-R/-RW disks.

He's on ND-1100A chipset based like the Sony DRU500AX. So why not ???

But where can I find Updtae ???


Comments posted by LFreeman from Other, June 05, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I've had mine for almost a month. I have not had any problems with it. It is very fast and seems to burn 1x media at 8x speed without any compatibility problems.


Comments posted by Jeff from Other, May 29, 2003. 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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