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CDRLabs DVD Writer Poll - October

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

Choose Your Favorite DVD Writer

Poll ended at Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:23 am

BenQ DW1640
18
55%
Lite-On SOHW-1693S
1
3%
Lite-On SHW-1635S
0
No votes
LG GSA-4165B
0
No votes
LG GSA-4167B
0
No votes
NEC ND-3540A
4
12%
NEC ND-4550A
3
9%
Pioneer DVR-109/A09
0
No votes
Pioneer DVR-110/A10
2
6%
Plextor PX-716A
4
12%
Plextor PX-740A
0
No votes
Samsung TS-H522C
0
No votes
Samsung SH-W162C
0
No votes
Sony DRU-800A
0
No votes
Sony DRU-810A
1
3%
Toshiba SD-R5372V
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 33

CDRLabs DVD Writer Poll - October

Postby Ian on Sat Oct 01, 2005 8:23 am

I'm going to try something new this month. To help those looking to buy a DVD writer, I've set up a poll where you, the readers, can vote for your favorite.

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. :D

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.
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Postby Bhairav on Sat Oct 01, 2005 10:00 am

Okay, two results up as I post this : one for the Benq 1640, and one for the Plex 716. I'm going out on a limb and saying that was Aviationwiz's vote :lol:

Reasons for my vote : Awesome drive, the Benq. Step up from my 832S, which is still serving duty with my dad, but this is FAST, with good utilities like QSuite and excellent reading capabilities. Recommended without reservation.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sat Oct 01, 2005 12:47 pm

The BenQ DW1640.

Reasons:
- Great burn quality
- Better media support then any other DVD burner in the world
- Excellent media tester for DVDs
- Incredible extra features built in and with QSuite
- Great fan support hacking tools (Media code speed edit)
- The fact that you don't NEED to use hacking tools
- Excellent customer service (they fix firmware problems when you ask!!)
- One of the cheapest DVD Burners on the market at any time

In my opinion, for overall performance, there isn't a single drive that can compare with the DW1640. It may not always have the highest burn quality on a given media when compared with every competing drive, but the quality is still very good in most cases. It may not always be the absolute fastest when compared against every drive (although it *IS* for DVD+RDL :P), but it's within a few seconds usually, and the quality of the burned disc is almost always superior. And the only drive that can compare in the amount of features the BenQ DW1640 offers is the Plextor PX-712a/PX-716a, and they are 2x-3x the price of the BenQ (and don't offer NEARLY as good firmware support).

So my vote is easy for me :wink:
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Postby yuki chan on Sat Oct 01, 2005 3:30 pm

NEC 4550

NEC fan as always, plus DVD RAM

i have had really good writing performance from NEC drives
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Postby Gabe on Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:28 pm

Benq 1640

Great features like SB, quality-scanningand great write-quality with most media.

Hard to beat, but much new drives are on the way
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Postby dodecahedron on Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:00 am

dolphin, any chance you'll be reviewing the new BenQ with DVD-RAM ?
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Postby aviationwiz on Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:13 am

dodecahedron wrote:dolphin, any chance you'll be reviewing the new BenQ with DVD-RAM ?


Not sure about him, but I'm interested in getting that drive myself. I'd do a review for it given permission from the powers that be.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:16 am

aviationwiz wrote:
dodecahedron wrote:dolphin, any chance you'll be reviewing the new BenQ with DVD-RAM ?


Not sure about him, but I'm interested in getting that drive myself. I'd do a review for it given permission from the powers that be.


Fat chance!! I've had dibs on that drive for a while :wink:

I've already e-mailed BenQ about it, and they've told me that it isn't ready for worldwide release yet, so they don't have drives ready to send for review.

Probably we'll see it on shelves everywhere but North America for a while... again :o
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Postby dodecahedron on Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:36 am

i really want to get a DVD-RAM drive, and it seems like the wait for 16x DVD-RAM is going to be longer than i'd thought.
at the time i seriously thought about the LG but...
now i might go for one of these current generation - NEC, Pioneer or BenQ.

hey, dolph, why not do a triple-review shootout between those 3 ? or ever a quad- with the LG thrown in [-o<
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sun Oct 02, 2005 2:35 am

dodecahedron wrote:i really want to get a DVD-RAM drive, and it seems like the wait for 16x DVD-RAM is going to be longer than i'd thought.
at the time i seriously thought about the LG but...
now i might go for one of these current generation - NEC, Pioneer or BenQ.

hey, dolph, why not do a triple-review shootout between those 3 ? or ever a quad- with the LG thrown in [-o<


Well... it'd be nice... but it'd probably take me 3-4 months to do it, and it'd drive me crazy in the end, and probably burn me out. Besides, Ian gets the NEC drives, and I get the BenQ drives...

I *DO* have a plan for some future reviews that is sorta along those lines... but you'll just have to wait and see what happens :wink:
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Postby Bhairav on Sun Oct 02, 2005 3:28 am

dolphinius_rex wrote:
dodecahedron wrote:i really want to get a DVD-RAM drive, and it seems like the wait for 16x DVD-RAM is going to be longer than i'd thought.
at the time i seriously thought about the LG but...
now i might go for one of these current generation - NEC, Pioneer or BenQ.

hey, dolph, why not do a triple-review shootout between those 3 ? or ever a quad- with the LG thrown in [-o<


Well... it'd be nice... but it'd probably take me 3-4 months to do it, and it'd drive me crazy in the end, and probably burn me out. Besides, Ian gets the NEC drives, and I get the BenQ drives...

I *DO* have a plan for some future reviews that is sorta along those lines... but you'll just have to wait and see what happens :wink:


In the meantime :
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sun Oct 02, 2005 3:54 am

Bhairav wrote:In the meantime :
http://homepage2.nifty.com/yss/dq60/DQ60.htm


Judging by those results, I think we know why it's not ready for international release :wink:
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Postby Bhairav on Sun Oct 02, 2005 10:04 am

dolphinius_rex wrote:
Bhairav wrote:In the meantime :
http://homepage2.nifty.com/yss/dq60/DQ60.htm


Judging by those results, I think we know why it's not ready for international release :wink:


Hehe, agree! Some more translations from the original Japanese, by koba:
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Postby Ian on Sun Oct 02, 2005 11:56 am

dolphinius_rex wrote:Judging by those results, I think we know why it's not ready for international release :wink:


No kidding. It's odd too. It gives good results with some of the lesser known media but is down right poor with TYG02. I can't wait until he adds some DVD+R media tests.

Isn't it amazing that BenQ says a drive will come out on October 1st and it actually does? That sort of thing never happens in the US. :evil:
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Postby Scour on Sun Oct 02, 2005 3:29 pm

Hello!

Back to topic ;) ?

My good old LG 4082 wan´t on the list, so I vote for me new Benq DW 1640 :)

I´ve burned some media and tested it, works nice in any way.

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Postby aviationwiz on Sun Oct 02, 2005 4:55 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:Besides, Ian gets the NEC drives, and I get the BenQ drives...


You know as well as I do that getting a drive from Ian would be a piece of cake, :wink:
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sun Oct 02, 2005 10:43 pm

aviationwiz wrote:
dolphinius_rex wrote:Besides, Ian gets the NEC drives, and I get the BenQ drives...


You know as well as I do that getting a drive from Ian would be a piece of cake, :wink:


Then why not put your money where your mouth is? I'll call your bluff :D
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Postby TCAS on Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:19 am

Bhairav wrote:
dolphinius_rex wrote:
dodecahedron wrote:i really want to get a DVD-RAM drive, and it seems like the wait for 16x DVD-RAM is going to be longer than i'd thought.
at the time i seriously thought about the LG but...
now i might go for one of these current generation - NEC, Pioneer or BenQ.

hey, dolph, why not do a triple-review shootout between those 3 ? or ever a quad- with the LG thrown in [-o<


Well... it'd be nice... but it'd probably take me 3-4 months to do it, and it'd drive me crazy in the end, and probably burn me out. Besides, Ian gets the NEC drives, and I get the BenQ drives...

I *DO* have a plan for some future reviews that is sorta along those lines... but you'll just have to wait and see what happens :wink:


In the meantime :
http://homepage2.nifty.com/yss/dq60/DQ60.htm



What is the use of information you are providing that no body can understand the language to read it.
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Postby TCAS on Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:25 am

Yes my choice also is BenQ 1640 but I also love my NEC 3500 for the Quality of burning, media compatibility and vast community support.
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Postby Ian on Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:15 am

The month is more than half over and the BenQ DW1640 is way in the lead. Keep the votes coming guys!
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Postby Gabe on Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:05 pm

Yeah, the 1640 leads.

It is still a top writer, but I´m less than impressed from the -R-burn-quality of the 1640.
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Postby steven2874 on Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:57 am

[quote="TCAS]

What is the use of information you are providing that no body can understand the language to read it.[/quote]

What about 127,417,244 Japanese?
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Postby Ian on Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:24 am

Last day of the poll.. vote!
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