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BenQ DW1620pro - 4x DL writing speeds

Postby Ian on Thu Oct 28, 2004 10:26 am

It looks like the rumor was true about the DW1620 getting 4x DVD+R DL writing speeds. According to this press release, you're going to get it in the form of the DW1620pro:

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/sit ... ewsLang=en

Hopefully BenQ releases a free upgrade for the DW1620 as well.
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Re: BenQ DW1620pro - 4x DL writing speeds

Postby dodecahedron on Thu Oct 28, 2004 12:39 pm

Ian wrote:It looks like the rumor was true about the DW1620 getting 4x DVD+R DL writing speeds. According to this press release, you're going to get it in the forum of the DW1620pro:

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/sit ... ewsLang=en

Hopefully BenQ releases a free upgrade for the DW1620 as well.

did you mean for the DW1600 as well ?
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Re: BenQ DW1620pro - 4x DL writing speeds

Postby Ian on Thu Oct 28, 2004 12:45 pm

dodecahedron wrote:did you mean for the DW1600 as well ?


No, I meant the DW1620. While I doubt they will, BenQ could easily say "buy the new drive if you want 4x DL speeds".
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Postby dodecahedron on Thu Oct 28, 2004 1:58 pm

OK, i didn't understand...the DW1620pro is a different drive than the DW1620.
your typo threw me off...
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Postby Hef on Thu Oct 28, 2004 2:59 pm

I wonder if it's physical different?
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Postby Ian on Thu Oct 28, 2004 3:34 pm

Hef wrote:I wonder if it's physical different?


Good question. I emailed BenQ USA about it, but I don't expect a reply. If I have time later, I'll email my contact at BenQ's HQ.
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Postby burninfool on Thu Oct 28, 2004 3:55 pm

"BenQ's 16X DVD rewritable drive will be available on the market end of October 2004"

They better hurry...there's only three days left. :wink:
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Postby jberry on Fri Oct 29, 2004 6:59 am

this mean that the 1620 will not have 4x dl burning
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Postby uknown1234 on Fri Oct 29, 2004 9:32 am

jberry wrote:this mean that the 1620 will not have 4x dl burning

no one knows for sure yet
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Postby Ian on Fri Oct 29, 2004 10:11 am

Good news. Here's what our contact at BenQ said:

It's true that BenQ is working for the 4x DL writing firmware for DW1620. After firmware upgraded, the specification of it (DW1620) is the same as DW1620 Pro which is going to launch next month.

Apart from the 4x DL and bundle software (Nero Suite), the retail packing is the only difference between DW1600 and DW1620 Pro. The production for DW1620 will be stopped once DW1620 Pro is ready.

Consider to the DW1620 users, there is a FREE firmware for such upgrade
which likes the FREE firmware for DW1600 upgrade to DW1620. In a word, both DW1600 and DW1620 users can enjoy the new specification (4x DL) of DW1620 Pro via an easy FREE firmware upgrade.
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Postby crea78 on Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:57 am

When the DW1620 Pro comes out with the Nero pkg, will it include the most recent version (6.6.0.1) & not be a 30 day trial like most other "pkg deals" are. I currently have 6.6.0.0 on my computer now but cannot upgrade to the latest version. :(

Also, where can I get the firmware flasher for BenQ drives. Just recently started became interested in the DW1620 and haven't looked around much on this drive compared to the NEC ND-3500A. ** Does anyone know how much the Pro version will cost as well?
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Postby Ian on Mon Nov 08, 2004 11:03 am

30 day trial? I don't think I've ever seen a trial of Nero bundled with a drive. An OEM version yes.. trial no. As far as upgrades go, if the drive comes with Nero 6.x you should be able to upgrade to Nero 6.6.

It isn't surprising you can't upgrade from 6.6.0.0. That's the pre-release version that was given out to editors. Uninstall it and install the latest version from Ahead's website.
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Postby crea78 on Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:11 pm

Ian, I used the Clean Tool Nero provides and wiped out 6.6.0.0. I then downloaded the newest version, but on Nero Vision Express pkg (NVE3014) I get an error halfway thru the setup. Here is what the error says: Error during installation of component "NeroPhotoSnap". Any suggestions for d/l NVE pkg.
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Postby Ian on Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:55 pm

No idea. If you haven't already, I'd ask in the Ahead Software section of our forum. Hopefully Craig will have an easy fix for you.
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Postby crea78 on Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:10 pm

Ian wrote:No idea. If you haven't already, I'd ask in the Ahead Software section of our forum. Hopefully Craig will have an easy fix for you.


Ok thx, I'll mention it in the Ahead Forum.
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Postby Hef on Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:26 am

Someone posted in the other forum that the new firmware will have some more testing tools like no other burner. I got the feeling they were talking about something more then the TE/FE tool. Anyone have any idea what these new tools may be?
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Postby uknown1234 on Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:50 am

i think it is the te/fe tool. I dont think other burners have such a tool.
btw its out now new tool and fw for 4x dl
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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:10 am

uknown1234 wrote:i think it is the te/fe tool. I dont think other burners have such a tool.


PlexTools can test for this as well. Keep in mind that this tests the media BEFORE writing.
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Postby Hef on Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:26 am

But here's what another frequent poster posted over at the other forum after someone posted the TE/FE tool:

keep a lookout...this is just the begining of a whole new series of tools....if i am not wrong...7 more to go...
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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:28 am

I wouldn't be surprised. The documentation for QScan mentions that FE/TE testing for CD-R/RW media is coming as well.
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Postby uknown1234 on Wed Nov 10, 2004 10:37 am

so far the smart scan function is not all that great. won't recommend certain speeds on some media that the drive and firmware are able to do. might have to do some of the longer test to get a better evaluation of the media.
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Postby eleewhm on Thu Nov 25, 2004 6:49 pm

here..http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=18256

or personel review here http://forums.hardwarezone.com/showthread.php?t=877463

1620Pro version comes with nero...
1620A comes with sonic..but firmware can be upgraded to Pro versoion ( to enable 4x DL )

watch out for a review on a new drive soon...8xRW...:D
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Postby crea78 on Thu Nov 25, 2004 10:35 pm

eleewhm wrote: watch out for a review on a new drive soon...8xRW...:D


eleewhm, I doubt your talking abt the DW1620Pro since that drive doesn't support 8xRW :wink:
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Postby eleewhm on Sun Nov 28, 2004 11:31 am

crea78 wrote:
eleewhm wrote: watch out for a review on a new drive soon...8xRW...:D


eleewhm, I doubt your talking abt the DW1620Pro since that drive doesn't support 8xRW :wink:


of course DW1620Pro does not support 8xRW...it will be a totally new drive....in terms of model and components..
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