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Is New BenQ Finally Here In USA?.

Postby TCAS on Tue Nov 29, 2005 6:45 pm

Look like New BenQ 1650 with DVD-RAM capability long anticipated for introduction in US market is here already?.


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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Nov 29, 2005 7:00 pm

That's the DQ60, not the DW1650.... VERY different!

The DQ60 is known for not having nearly as good writing quality as the DW1640... but I would be lying if I said I didn't want one anyways :wink:
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Postby Justin42 on Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:20 pm

Is this drive an OEM from someone else? I am looking for a good DVD-RAM drive that also will be a good general burner. I've been leaning towards the LG 4167 (or the Pioneer A10XL, if it ever exists).. but this is interesting.

Will the 1650 hit US shores?
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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:33 pm

It's good to see that the DQ60 has finally started to ship in the US. What is that, only 2 months after the Japanese release?

The DW1650 will ship in the US... eventually. If I had to guess, I'd say we'll see it in January.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:05 am

This is what I heard back from BenQ regarding their new drives (DQ60, DW1650 and DW1655):

Speaking of the sample, I’m actually preparing DW1655 for you. For DQ60 and DW1650, I’m afraid there is no sample for review.



Though you maybe able to find DQ60 in the US, it’s still not a global launch product which may confuse users if there is any review.


It makes me wonder if maybe the DQ60 was not expected to "launch" in the US... maybe NewEgg is importing it "Grey Market" in order to fill demand?

As for the DW1655, I'll have it fairly soon... but the review (as always) will take a while :wink:
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 30, 2005 12:30 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:It makes me wonder if maybe the DQ60 was not expected to "launch" in the US... maybe NewEgg is importing it "Grey Market" in order to fill demand?


By launch, they probably mean a retail product. Like NEC, they probably have no problems selling to the OEM market.

I am kinda surprised that BenQ hasn't released a firmware update for the DQ60. Almost 2 months and nothing?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:00 pm

Ian wrote:
dolphinius_rex wrote:It makes me wonder if maybe the DQ60 was not expected to "launch" in the US... maybe NewEgg is importing it "Grey Market" in order to fill demand?


By launch, they probably mean a retail product. Like NEC, they probably have no problems selling to the OEM market.

I am kinda surprised that BenQ hasn't released a firmware update for the DQ60. Almost 2 months and nothing?


It doesn't seem like a drive they really want to support :o

I'm expecting much better from their DW1655 and DW1650 drives though.... but I'm getting the impression BenQ wants to push the DW1655 as thier dominant drive, and just have the DW1650 as a secondary drive in smaller volumes. That's just an assumption on my part. At the very least, I just hope they keep the firmware updates equal for both drives (since they've told me about 10 billion times it's the same hardware for both drives, +/- the lightscribe stuff).
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:45 pm

Yeah, the DW1655 seems to be their flagship drive. I'll probably buy one for myself.. just for the sweet ass bezel.
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Postby Scour on Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:10 pm

Ian wrote:
I am kinda surprised that BenQ hasn't released a firmware update for the DQ60. Almost 2 months and nothing?


Maybe they really don´t want to support a drive with Matsushita-chipset :o ?

The writing-quality looks not good, so this is maybe the reason that Benq don´t shipping a drive for a review?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:33 pm

Scour wrote:
Ian wrote:
I am kinda surprised that BenQ hasn't released a firmware update for the DQ60. Almost 2 months and nothing?


Maybe they really don´t want to support a drive with Matsushita-chipset :o ?

The writing-quality looks not good, so this is maybe the reason that Benq don´t shipping a drive for a review?


There may be some truth to that.... I may get one anyways though :P
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Postby Scour on Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:33 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote: I may get one anyways though :P


But not from Benq, I guess?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:12 pm

Scour wrote:
dolphinius_rex wrote: I may get one anyways though :P


But not from Benq, I guess?


It depends, if the DQ60 has Canadian distribution, then I'll get BenQ Canada to send it to me :wink: I normally deal with BenQ Taiwan for quicker/better answers and support, but I'll go local if I need to also :D
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