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Before Buying a DVD Writer Read This

by Shivaranjan on July 18, 2006

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If you are planning to buy a DVD writer then you should what is the pro and cons of each drive. The aim of the information provided below is to help you decide purchase the best DVD writer.

I recently purchased Asus DRW-1608P2S which is nothing but a rebadged Pioneer DVR-110 drive. So I crossflased the Pioneer firmware over my Asus Drive :mrgreen: . I recommend you to buy a Pioneer drive as it is one of the best DVD burners available in the market, if you are not able to get a Pioneer drive then opt for Asus drives which are nothing but rebadged Pioneer drives.
Recently Kalpik and Harsh bought a Benq DW-1650 and they say the drive rocks, so you can give Benq DW-1650 also a try.
Some of you may not be able to understand the jargons used here, in that case please feel free to ask via comments.

BenQ:
* DVD write quality: Good and fast
* Reading: Good but slow (riplock can be removed by MCSE)
* Bitsetting: Yes
* PI/PIF scanning: Yes
* Misc: Good customer support/focus; official media overspeeding support (no need to use patched firmwares for overspeeding); the use of PCAV for 8x and 12x allows it to burn discs very fast, good 16x speeds, also

NEC:
* DVD write quality: Good (slow burning speeds at lower speeds)
* Reading: Good and fast (riplock can be removed with a hacked firmware)
* Bitsetting: Yes (requires hacked firmware)
* PI/PIF scanning: Yes (at the moment only in the 3520)
* Misc: Very poor customer support/focus, though there is a strong die-hard community that makes up for it; media overspeeding is available through the use of hacked firmwares; the use of ZCLV for 8x makes it the slowest burner when burning at 8x (though its 12x and 16x speeds are up to par)

LiteOn:
* DVD write quality: Average at 16x. Good at 12x or slower
* Reading: Excellent but slow (riplock can be removed with OmniPatcher)
* Bitsetting: Yes
* PI/PIF scanning: Yes
* Misc: One of the few DVD burners that excels at overcoming CD copy protections; strong community; hacked firmwares that allow for limited amounts of overspeeding; the use of PCAV for 8x allows it to burn 8x discs very fast, conservative 12x is a bit on the slow side, decent 16x speeds

Pioneer:
* DVD write quality: Good
* Reading: Good and fast
* Bitsetting: Yes but only with Piodata or Buffalo firmware
* PI/PIF scanning: Yes
* Misc: Strong community support (at rpc1.org)… >NIL:’s hacked firmwares allow for overspeeding; the A08/108′s has gotten poor press about its ZCLV use (not just for 8x) and its 16x burn speed, which is slower than its 12x burn speed (effectively making the A08/108 more of a 12x burner than a 16x burner)

LG:
* DVD write quality: Good and fast (esp. with the latest models)
* Reading: Good, but there is a riplock (no hacked firmware to remove riplock exists yet)
* Bitsetting: Partial (not all plus media types)
* PI/PIF scanning: No
* Misc: Good customer support; no hacked firmwares for media overspeeding; DVD write speed can be quite good, depending on which model it is; newer models seem to do quite nicely in the 8x/12x/16x speed department…supports DVD-RAM

Samsung:
* DVD write quality: 552B poor/552U good
* Reading: Good but slow (no rip unlock)
* Bitsetting: No
* PI/PIF scanning: No
* Misc: Good CD-R write quality; good at CD copy protections; 552U has 6x +R DL; no hacked firmwares for media overspeeding

Plextor:
* DVD write quality: Good and fast (needs latest firmware)
* Reading: Good and fast (supplied software allows read speed increase)
* Bitsetting: Partial (not all plus media types)
* PI/PIF scanning: Yes (scanning software provided)
* Misc: Rich on features; Poor -R media compatibility; Good DAE speed; 8MB buffer; Expensive; no hacked firmwares for media overspeeding

Via Club CD Freaks

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