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Why no In house review of NEC 3500?

Postby chiphead on Thu Nov 04, 2004 8:03 am

This is the drive that's been getting a lot of accolades recently and CDRLabs, the best DVDRW site on the web, doesn't have a review yet. What's wrong with this picture??? :wink:
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Postby mpkelley20 on Thu Nov 04, 2004 8:49 am

This was discussed in another thread. I believe they are waiting for new firmware to be relased. see link below

http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic. ... 9&start=50
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Postby Ian on Thu Nov 04, 2004 9:01 am

We just got in the retail kit as well...
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Postby Wesociety on Fri Nov 05, 2004 12:11 am

Ian wrote:We just got in the retail kit as well...

What is the latest firmware you have from NEC? O:)
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Postby Ian on Fri Nov 05, 2004 1:51 am

wesociety wrote:What is the latest firmware you have from NEC? O:)


2.16 is what's on the drive and that is all they will give me. I've been bugging their engineers for months to give me something newer and they won't. It's too bad since the drive would probably do better in our testing.

While I understand that they want to test and perfect their firmware updates, NEC could really learn a lesson from Lite-On and BenQ about releasing them more often.
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Postby Wesociety on Fri Nov 05, 2004 2:23 am

I agree.
It seems that only the OEM customers can get NEC to release new firmwares more frequently.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Nov 05, 2004 5:32 am

from what I've heard, there is MASSIVE testing going on for the new firmware for the NEC 3500a. Whatever it turns out to be, it should be very good I'm told... but as you say Ian, it's too bad they can't release something now, so the review will be more favourable. Not to say that drive isn't good already... but I think it could be a little better :wink:
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Postby pchilson on Fri Nov 05, 2004 10:14 am

Ian wrote:I've been bugging their engineers for months to give me something newer and they won't.

I'll bet they backed up the new firmware work on a Princo and the development machines crashed and now they can't retrieve their work... :lol:
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Postby konsolen on Fri Nov 05, 2004 1:42 pm

i heard that nec is working on a firmware for a new drive that will burn dvd+rw with 8x and dvd-rw with 6x speed.
i think this new model is based on the 3500 hardware.
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Postby Ian on Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:57 pm

According to my contact at NEC America, the 2.17 firmware should be available later this week. They'll have it on their website.

I was hoping that they'd at least release 2.18... but this is better than nothing.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon Nov 08, 2004 4:26 pm

Ian wrote:According to my contact at NEC America, the 2.17 firmware should be available later this week. They'll have it on their website.

I was hoping that they'd at least release 2.18... but this is better than nothing.


What about people with 2.06? Will they be releasing 2.07 or 2.08? :-?
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Postby RJW on Mon Nov 08, 2004 4:48 pm

konsolen wrote:i heard that nec is working on a firmware for a new drive that will burn dvd+rw with 8x and dvd-rw with 6x speed.
i think this new model is based on the 3500 hardware.


Well they just could claim 8x DVD+RW and 6x DVD-RW write speed and then later actually fix the real support when it comes to quality. I have seen that one befor.
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Postby Ian on Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:46 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:What about people with 2.06? Will they be releasing 2.07 or 2.08? :-?


That's just the OEM version of the 3500A, right? I'm sure they'll be out at the same time as well.
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Postby TCAS on Tue Nov 09, 2004 12:10 am

Ian wrote:According to my contact at NEC America, the 2.17 firmware should be available later this week. They'll have it on their website.

I was hoping that they'd at least release 2.18... but this is better than nothing.


In another site some body has claimed that NEC in Europe has released F/W version 2.18 for the ND-3500AG drive today, I wonder if there is any truth to that?.

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=113979
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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 09, 2004 1:02 am

Thanks TCAS! I'll have to point out to NEC America that they're lagging a little behind...
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Nov 09, 2004 2:46 am

Ian wrote:Thanks TCAS! I'll have to point out to NEC America that they're lagging a little behind...


While you're at it, please tell them to release the equivilant firmware for the NEC 3500AG... this one is only for the NEC 3500A #-o
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Postby spryfly on Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:25 am

dolphinius_rex wrote:
Ian wrote:Thanks TCAS! I'll have to point out to NEC America that they're lagging a little behind...


While you're at it, please tell them to release the equivilant firmware for the NEC 3500AG... this one is only for the NEC 3500A #-o


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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:27 am

According to the readme, this one should be for the A and AG...???
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Nov 09, 2004 1:25 pm

Ian wrote:According to the readme, this one should be for the A and AG...???


Hrm, I'll have to try it later, but I doubt that 2.06 will upgrade to 2.18 :-?
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Where is the review for 3500A

Postby c2k1 on Tue Nov 09, 2004 3:01 pm

I agree with need a review for the Nec 3500A!
Also, Nec 3500 Vs 1653s.
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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 09, 2004 3:23 pm

1653S isn't out yet...
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Nov 09, 2004 3:54 pm

The NEC 3500AG review is in the works... it's still a ways away yet, since I am quite anal about how I do my testing. It will be well worth the wait however :wink:
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