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CDRLabs DVD Writer Poll - January

DVD-R/W, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM

Choose Your Favorite DVD Writer

Poll ended at Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:18 pm

BenQ DW1640
11
33%
BenQ DW1655
5
15%
Lite-On SHW-1635S
1
3%
Lite-On SHW-16H5S
0
No votes
LG GSA-4166B
2
6%
LG GSA-4167B
4
12%
NEC ND-3540A
1
3%
NEC ND-3550A/3551A
0
No votes
NEC ND-4550A/4551A
1
3%
Pioneer DVR-110/A10
3
9%
Plextor PX-716A
5
15%
Plextor PX-740A
0
No votes
Plextor PX-755A
0
No votes
Samsung SH-W162C
0
No votes
Sony DRU-810A
0
No votes
Toshiba SD-R5372V
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 33

CDRLabs DVD Writer Poll - January

Postby Ian on Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:18 pm

We skipped December but the poll is back for the New Year.

Once again, vote for your favorate DVD writer. By doing so, you'll hopefully help those looking to buy a new drive.

For this list, I tried to chose original drive designs that are currently available or will be soon. I also threw in a few rebadged drives from Plextor and Sony just to make it interesting.

Feel free to leave comments and an explanation as to why you voted the way you did. Also, if there's a drive you'd like to see added to the poll, let me know.

For reference, here's the top 5 drives from November's poll:
#1 (tied) BenQ DW1640 and Plextor PX-716A
#2 (tied) LG GSA-4167B and Pioneer DVR-110/A10
#3 NEC ND-3540A
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Postby Ian on Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:19 pm

Would it be worth creating a separate poll for "Super-Multi" drives?
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Postby ItalianJob on Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:43 pm

I vote for my new drive, a LG 4166 doing LS and DVD-RAM.

This is my third burner, after a NEC 2510 (first 2.4X DL burner - retired) and a BenQ 1620 (excellent PI/PIF scanner and good burner).

As I want to test LightScribe, and as I don't like the implementation of "solid burn" in the BenQ 1640 (...1650/1655) and overspeed (a function, not true write strategies in firmware anymore...), I decide not to wait for 1655.

LG 4166 seems a good new burner (got excellent and fast results with MCC004), but lakes an official firmware update (there's different 1.01 firmwares running around...).
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Postby hoxlund on Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:09 pm

Plextor px-716
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Postby nothoxlund on Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:10 pm

Plextor px-716

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Postby Dartman on Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:59 pm

Well I have 110, 1640, and 4550 so its kinda hard to pick. I just got the 1655 and considering its brandy new and first firmware I think it might just outdo my 1640. I like the NEC based drives for DL, for everything else I use the BenQ, the 1655 seems to be able to do great disks at fast speeds so far, a few updates ought to really bring it even better quality I hope. LS might be a fun diversion too but didn't get it for that.
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Postby Ankerson on Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:31 pm

I will stick with my Plextors. :D
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Postby ItalianJob on Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:23 pm

Com'on, vote for my LG 4166, he is a good super-multi burner with LS and can even do the coffee :wink:

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Postby DeltaLima on Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:01 am

ItalianJob wrote:I don't like the implementation of "solid burn" in the BenQ 1640 (...1650/1655)


Why? Just bought a 1655 and it's my 1st DVD drive, I had no real need before today. Why you don't like that feature?
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Postby DeltaLima on Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:02 am

ItalianJob wrote:(Two 24 minutes best-quality passes on a Verbatim CD-R LS 52X.)


You had to do the LS twice? Why? The 1st resulat was not good?

I hope I will get great reasult with only one (loooong) pass...
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Postby ItalianJob on Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:08 am

DeltaLima wrote:
ItalianJob wrote:I don't like the implementation of "solid burn" in the BenQ 1640 (...1650/1655)


Why? Just bought a 1655 and it's my 1st DVD drive, I had no real need before today. Why you don't like that feature?


Why ? Not stable. In 1640, you have to clear the memory sometimes to get good burns (to say the less). Well, is this a correct implementation of learning ?
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Postby ItalianJob on Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:15 am

DeltaLima wrote:
ItalianJob wrote:(Two 24 minutes best-quality passes on a Verbatim CD-R LS 52X.)


You had to do the LS twice? Why? The 1st resulat was not good?

I hope I will get great reasult with only one (loooong) pass...


The 1st pass was correct, but the second is darker. A 45 minutes x 2 time was reported before, so I was supprised to wait only 24 minutes for each pass.

Moreover I decide to launch again to see if my LG was working ok ( good synchro 8) ) ...

The 4166 is very cheap for a 16X LS & DVD-RAM drive. I remember the BenQ 1625 price (129 / 99 euros) :oops: Now the 1655 is here, but it wasn't a month ago.
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Postby Ian on Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:43 pm

We're into our last week here. It looks like the BenQ DW1640 is going to take it again.
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Postby Ian on Tue Jan 31, 2006 6:22 pm

Last day! Vote!
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Jan 31, 2006 6:52 pm

Heh... once again the DW1640 dominates. I really wish BenQ had not discontinued that drive so soon!
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Postby Scour on Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:19 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:Heh... once again the DW1640 dominates. I really wish BenQ had not discontinued that drive so soon!


Hehe, the 1640 dominate because most guys here have the 1640, much more than the 1650 or 1655 ;)
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Postby thegdog on Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:50 pm

ItalianJob wrote:Why ? Not stable. In 1640, you have to clear the memory sometimes to get good burns (to say the less). Well, is this a correct implementation of learning ?

It could be the media. If the media is significantly different, than what the drive learned could also be very different. I've noticed that with some of the 50- and 100-packs I've purchased. The media quality varies throughout the stack.
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Postby AxBattler on Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:22 pm

Interesting. Should I get the 1640 before it can't be found any longer, or is the 1655 a definite upgrade? I know that the 1640 goes well with the TYG02 that I have, but I don't know much about the 1655 (and it seems like some folks here have issues with it).
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