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Which drive is the best?

Postby h-goku on Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:52 pm

I want to buy a dvd+/- rewriter but i do not know which one is the best?
I have narrowed it down to four, and now I need your help, which one is the best one from these (overall)?

-BenQ DW1620A
-Philips DVDR1640P
-Philips DVDRW228
-Pioneer DVR-108

Please make your own recommendations too!

Thank You
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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:12 pm

Here's my suggestion. Use the search function and see what people have said about those drives.
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Postby rdgrimes on Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:26 pm

Or, read some of Ian's outstanding reviews. =D>
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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:54 pm

rdgrimes wrote:Or, read some of Ian's outstanding reviews. =D>


Thanks. There are also a lot of other people in the forum with valid opinions on these drives.
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Postby hoxlund on Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:50 am

starting threads like these are asking for wars between members

so why wait any longer #-o

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Postby h-goku on Tue Nov 30, 2004 5:50 am

thank you for the replies everyone, can anyone give me a site with a review of the nec 3500a
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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:58 am

Wait a day or two and we'll have one. Otherwise check this one out:

http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/164
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Postby ramlin on Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:19 am

Wait a day or two and we'll have one. Otherwise check this one out:



Ian, in your review, will you be comparing this drive to the benq dw1620 with the latest firmware (BP7N) - cdrinfo just revised (today) their review of this drive based on this new firmware. Also, in your review which firmware are you going to use - the latest official firmware and/or the various hacked firmwares that Liggy,TDB, Dee et al have put together at cdfreaks?

I am looking forward to the review.

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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 30, 2004 11:08 am

ramlin wrote:Ian, in your review, will you be comparing this drive to the benq dw1620 with the latest firmware (BP7N)


>> No. Not unless dolph wants to go back and rerun some tests. However, he's probably like me and already working on a new review.

Also, in your review which firmware are you going to use - the latest official firmware and/or the various hacked firmwares that Liggy,TDB, Dee et al have put together at cdfreaks?

>> Official. I never used hacked firmware in reviews. It does not give an accurate representation of the drive's capabilities.
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Postby h-goku on Tue Dec 14, 2004 9:49 am

does anyone know when pioneer dvr-109 is coming out.
also when does the nec 3520 come out?
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Postby Ian on Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:29 am

No idea about the 109. It hasn't even been officially announced. I've heard that the ND-3520 is being sold by some OEM's already in Asia.
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Postby RJW on Tue Dec 14, 2004 3:09 pm

THe dvd-r 109 will not be out for next year. (Rumours indicate that a launch at the end of January might be an option.)
If your lucky we get a press release this month. However that one might be moved to january.
From the drives you list The Benq 1620 is the best drive.
However the 16x Philips is not bad to. But don't forget that Benq is most times a bit earlier with firmware updates.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:35 pm

ramlin wrote:
Wait a day or two and we'll have one. Otherwise check this one out:



Ian, in your review, will you be comparing this drive to the benq dw1620 with the latest firmware (BP7N) - cdrinfo just revised (today) their review of this drive based on this new firmware. Also, in your review which firmware are you going to use - the latest official firmware and/or the various hacked firmwares that Liggy,TDB, Dee et al have put together at cdfreaks?

I am looking forward to the review.

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I don't really have the time to do another review of that drive... there are too many other things in the works at this time to re-cover the same hardware. HOWEVER, I could be persuaded to take a look at the BenQ DW1620 Pro I suppose (technically a different model sort of).
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Postby h-goku on Thu Dec 16, 2004 3:00 pm

there's a benq dw 1620 pro?

never heard of that before
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Thu Dec 16, 2004 4:06 pm

h-goku wrote:there's a benq dw 1620 pro?

never heard of that before


It's the same hardware as the BenQ DW1620 pretty much.
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Postby TCAS on Thu Dec 16, 2004 11:29 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:
h-goku wrote:there's a benq dw 1620 pro?

never heard of that before


It's the same hardware as the BenQ DW1620 pretty much.


This is unbalanced question, except for Ian no one could answer this with honesty unless have possession of all the drive in the market. If I happen to have one brand of drive, how could I be in position to make judgment that which drives is the best when I haven't tried the other brand?
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Postby h-goku on Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:49 pm

that is true but i needed an answer and now i have got one from ian, so thank you ian
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Postby agulfer on Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:55 pm

After lots of research....I narrowed it down to the NEC 3500 and the BenQ DW1620. Based on + reviews, decided to purchased the BenQ DW1620 (oem) at newegg. Flashed with latest firmware b7p9 (converting it to the retail version). Fast, quiet....works Great !
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Postby benjamin on Tue Jan 11, 2005 8:14 am

Latest firmware is now B7T9.
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