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What is the best DVD-RW with Lightscribe? I only know of 5

Postby jlaavenger on Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:07 pm

What is the best DVD-RW with Lightscribe? I only know of 5 with lightscribe capability.
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Who makes the best?
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Re: What is the best DVD-RW with Lightscribe? I only know of

Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:59 pm

jlaavenger wrote:What is the best DVD-RW with Lightscribe? I only know of 5 with lightscribe capability.
HP
Lacie
Benq
I/O Magic
LG

Who makes the best?


Only BenQ and LG actually MAKE the drives listed above.... I'd say probably the LG 4166B at this point... but the new BenQ DW1655 may change my opinion in the next month or two :wink:
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Postby Ian on Wed Dec 07, 2005 3:08 pm

What about Lite-On? Then again, I heard that their drive has been delayed again.
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Postby Scour on Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:48 am

Ian wrote:What about Lite-On? Then again, I heard that their drive has been delayed again.


The LiteOn SHW-16H5S is avaible since weeks in Germany
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Postby MediumRare on Thu Dec 08, 2005 6:16 pm

The LiteOn super-multi LightScribe drive, the SHM-165H6S, has just shown up on their website.

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Postby Ian on Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:12 pm

You know, Lite-On has a ridiculous number of drives available right now. Out of the last five announced, the SHW-1635S is the only one available in the US.
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Postby MediumRare on Fri Dec 09, 2005 4:09 am

Ian wrote:You know, Lite-On has a ridiculous number of drives available right now. Out of the last five announced, the SHW-1635S is the only one available in the US.

Do you know if that has something to do with the MediaTek embargo? (what's the current status on that anyway?)

Of the newer drives, the 16H5S is readily available in Germany and the 165P6S is starting to show up.

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Postby DReborn on Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:29 pm

can someone just build the black version of the benq 1655 and ship it to me?

no? dammit...

when will this sexmolicious drive come out? Stop teasing me with it's black face plate, 1640 or better performance, and lightscribing-ness.
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Postby Scour on Sun Dec 11, 2005 10:02 am

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Postby MediumRare on Sun Dec 11, 2005 11:16 am

Scour wrote:Very strange and not nice :o

Why that? Looks good to me.

Also, it seems to be in stock now at alternate for 64 Euros (no information though :o), a bit more than that guy in Holland paid (52.50).

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Postby Scour on Sun Dec 11, 2005 1:10 pm

MediumRare wrote:Why that? Looks good to me.



Looks not like the nice design at the Benq-page
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Postby Ian on Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:57 pm

Scour wrote:Looks not like the nice design at the Benq-page


The drive pictured at CD Freaks is the OEM version of the DW1655. The retail version has the nice bezel.
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Postby Ian on Sat Dec 17, 2005 12:37 am

It looks like the DW1655 will be shipping at the end of the month. Shop4Tech has preorders up already.

Retail - http://www.shop4tech.com/?go=view_item&id=4729&r=249

OEM - http://www.shop4tech.com/?go=view_item&id=4728&r=249

I'm going to wait until they actually get the retail in stock before ordering.
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Postby Bhairav on Sat Dec 17, 2005 2:05 am

1655 is out in Europe, Ian. Any idea when you are getting yours?
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Postby Ian on Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:16 am

Bhairav wrote:1655 is out in Europe, Ian. Any idea when you are getting yours?


Yeah, but that doesn't do those of us in the US any good. :-?

I think Dolph said ours was going to show up in the next week or so.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:32 am

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Bhairav wrote:1655 is out in Europe, Ian. Any idea when you are getting yours?


Yeah, but that doesn't do those of us in the US any good. :-?

I think Dolph said ours was going to show up in the next week or so.


Yup, it's already on it's way :D

Which means I'll be doing 3 reviews at once :o
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Postby robneal81 on Mon Dec 19, 2005 11:04 am

Hey guys,

Do we have an agreement on what's the best lightscribe DVD burner out?

Also, I wanted to clarify something. I was definately looking for one that can burn Dual Layer discs at high speed. I use the Verbatim 2.4x DVD+R DL discs and my Sony burner can burn then at 4x. Can any Lightscribe drive overburn?

So I guess what I'm asking is what is the best drive that can burn a fast, high quality lighscribe disc, while supporting fast Dual Layer overburn? From the looks of things, it seems the Benq 1655 is the way to go.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:24 pm

robneal81 wrote:Hey guys,

Do we have an agreement on what's the best lightscribe DVD burner out?

Also, I wanted to clarify something. I was definately looking for one that can burn Dual Layer discs at high speed. I use the Verbatim 2.4x DVD+R DL discs and my Sony burner can burn then at 4x. Can any Lightscribe drive overburn?

So I guess what I'm asking is what is the best drive that can burn a fast, high quality lighscribe disc, while supporting fast Dual Layer overburn? From the looks of things, it seems the Benq 1655 is the way to go.


The BenQ DW1655 is probably the lightscribe drive with the overall highest tech. specs.... but I am not overly keen on recommending a drive that has still not been tested much.

One thing I should point out is that overburning DVDs has never worked properly... and over burning dual layer media is asking for even more trouble. I doubt any drive can do it.
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Postby robneal81 on Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:10 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:One thing I should point out is that overburning DVDs has never worked properly... and over burning dual layer media is asking for even more trouble. I doubt any drive can do it.


Actually, I got one of the first drives that could burn a 2.4x DL disc at 4x (not a lightscribe drive) and it has NEVER given me problems. I've only burnt about 25 - 30 discs(mostly data backups, some movies), but that's still a pretty good amount for 0% failure.

I'll wait for you guys to post your reviews of the new Benq drive, but it sounds like the best drive out.
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Postby robneal81 on Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:13 pm

Hold on a second, I think I'm confusing my terminology. I'm simply talking about burning a 2.4x DL DVD at 4x or 6x.

Isn't overburing where, for example, you'd try to burn 720MB on a 700MB CD?

Sorry for the mistake. Is there a word used to describe buring a CD or DVD at speeds faster then they are rated for?
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:17 pm

overspeeding.
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Postby robneal81 on Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:43 pm

dodecahedron wrote:overspeeding.


AHH!!!! Overspeeding!!! Thanks.

Dolph,

You are 100% right about overburning. Sorry.


Anyway, back to my original concern....does the Benq 1655 support overspeeding? How about any of the existing lightscribe drives?

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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:21 pm

robneal81 wrote:
dodecahedron wrote:overspeeding.


AHH!!!! Overspeeding!!! Thanks.

Dolph,

You are 100% right about overburning. Sorry.


Anyway, back to my original concern....does the Benq 1655 support overspeeding? How about any of the existing lightscribe drives?

Thanks!


Pretty much every drive can overspeed Verbatim 2.4x DVD+RDL to 4x or faster. One or two drives can overspeed Ricoh or Ritek code DVD+RDL media... but it's usually a bad idea.
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Postby KenW on Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:50 pm

i/o magic idvd16DLS is a oem benq 1655 with GCAB fw

retail BenQ 1655 has BCAB fw and this fw scans pie pif but oem fw does not
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Postby DeltaLima on Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:48 pm

KenW wrote:i/o magic idvd16DLS is a oem benq 1655 with GCAB fw

retail BenQ 1655 has BCAB fw and this fw scans pie pif but oem fw does not


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