While it's nice to see CDFreaks testing with a drive other then a LiteON, I really don't like how all the quality testing was done on the BenQ DW1640 itself.... since no one knows how well it tests discs for quality. Now it could be argued that we should expect it to be roughly equivilant to the BenQ DW1620.... but I for one prefer NOT to assume such things until they can be at least partially proven.
However, this *IS* only a pre-review, so I'm not going to be too harsh
If nothing else, the recording times are quite nice! And if the DW1640 *does* test in the same ballpark as the DW1620, then those figure blow away any other competing drive for 16x recording! (looking at the jitter scores specifically).
I am looking forward to getting my own test unit and seeing just how good the drive is on a very wide variaty of media
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media