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BenQ Introduces DW1800 & DW1680 DVD Re-Writer

Postby Ian on Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:01 pm

BenQ has been teasing us with the DW1800 for months now. The DW1680 is new to me though.

http://www.benq.com/press/news.cfm?id=1 ... &year=2006

BenQ today expands its optical storage lineup with the DW1800 and DW1680 DVD Re-Writer. The DW1800 and DW1680 offer 18x and 16x writing speed respectively and both feature BenQ's exclusive SolidBurn technology and convenient QSuite application package. The DW1800 offers a fast DVD RAM writing speed of up to 12x, currently the fastest available on the market and supports both DVD+R and DVD-R Double Layer recording at 8x.

Equipped with BenQ's exclusive SolidBurn technology, the DW1800 & DW1680 DVD Re-Writer offer superior optical writing with over-speed burning while maintaining at an excellent burning quality. Users can take advantage of the QSuite application package which includes a variety of convenient functions such as QScan function and Test Write function.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Oct 31, 2006 1:19 pm

W00h00, drives none of us will ever see....

Maybe I should import one from Japan? :-?
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Postby LoneWolf on Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:14 pm

I thought BenQ was getting out of optical drives completely. Why release new models? :-?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:15 pm

LoneWolf wrote:I thought BenQ was getting out of optical drives completely. Why release new models? :-?


They only officially quit from the European market, and unofficially quit the North American market. Japan however is another matter I believe.
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Postby bob11879 on Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:21 pm

A Lite-On by any other name is...
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:16 pm

bob11879 wrote:A Lite-On by any other name is...


LiteON is just handling manufacturing. The technology was all Philips to begin with. As long as LiteON isn't in charge of the firmware or technology aspects, they can make it just as good I think.
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Postby Ian on Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:10 pm

I've been testing a Lite-On LH-18A1P based drive and I've been pretty impressed so far. It's not quite up to old school BenQ standards but its a big improvement over Lite-On's earlier drives... at least with the media it supports. Media support is one area they need to work on.
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Postby Dartman on Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:35 am

Well if it's still a Nexperia chipset I'll be all over it if any show up...Otherwise forget it. I agree about LiteOn not writing the firmware but are any BenQ people left? The last few firmwares for the older BenQ's sure seemed like Litey cranked em out, poor update desciptions and maybe not quite as many or as good as the updates used to be.
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Postby dodecahedron on Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:35 am

Ian wrote:I've been testing a Lite-On LH-18A1P based drive and I've been pretty impressed so far. It's not quite up to old school BenQ standards but its a big improvement over Lite-On's earlier drives... at least with the media it supports. Media support is one area they need to work on.

is it better than the 6S drives in your opinion?
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Postby Scour on Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:25 pm

dodecahedron wrote:is it better than the 6S drives in your opinion?


Want to know it, too :)
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:05 pm

Ian wrote:I've been testing a Lite-On LH-18A1P based drive and I've been pretty impressed so far. It's not quite up to old school BenQ standards but its a big improvement over Lite-On's earlier drives... at least with the media it supports. Media support is one area they need to work on.


Does Hypertuning work on it?
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:11 pm

I haven't tried the latest firmwares for the 6S drives, but I'd have to say that overall, it is a bit better, at least when it comes to writing quality. Media support though... only two media types work at 18x and a few 16x discs are limited to only 6x.

I posted a few scans last night:

http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=22487

A few things I've noticed:

- When testing with the BenQ, the jitter rates are a bit lower than what I've seen on previous Lite-On drives

- With DVD+R discs, there are a bunch of spikes in the beginning. I'm guessing this is caused by some sort of write calibration.
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Postby Scour on Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:17 pm

I´m not s impressed with the scans :-? , can u scan this burns also in a Liteon?
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:51 pm

Scour wrote:I´m not s impressed with the scans :-? , can u scan this burns also in a Liteon?


I uploaded a few Lite-On scans.
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Postby Scour on Thu Nov 02, 2006 3:08 am

Thanks, Ian :)

Looks better, but still not good enough for the used media, my opinion
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Postby Bhairav on Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:30 am

Ian, the 1800 seems to be off an MTK chipset.

http://www.pcdvd.com.tw/showthread.php?t=664383&page=3

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Postby ala42 on Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:12 am

The firmware version ZB34 sounds like it is a Liteon LH-18A1P clone.
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Postby Ian on Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:24 am

ala42 wrote:The firmware version ZB34 sounds like it is a Liteon LH-18A1P clone.


Yeah, if that's the case, its definitely an MTK chipset. I can't read Chinese, but it looks like someone in that thread says its based on the Lite-On LH-18A1P.
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:47 am

The DW1800 will ship in Japan at the end of November.

http://benq.co.jp/press/News.cfm?id=1611&cat=0
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