BenQ DW1620: An Elegant, Robust DVDR Surpriseby Kristopher Kubicki on September 29, 2004 10:32 AM EST
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FeaturesBelow, you can see the Infotool readout from Nero. We are using the B7J9 firmware released to us from BenQ internally, which also apparently upgrades 12X BenQ drives to 16X compatibility. We are not using a 12X drive, however, but rather, the actual DW1620 shipped from BenQ. The drive was almost completely unusable with the B7H9 firmware shipped with the drive, as we will demonstrate later in the analysis.
There are no stellar features on this drive. We do not have any HD-Burn capability, and Mount Rainier DVD+RW is obviously not supported either. However, DVD+R Dual Layer (DVD+R9) is fully supported, and we are excited to see such an inexpensive drive support such features.
|BenQ DW1620 16x DVD-/+RW Drive|
|CD Write Speed||40X, 32X, 24X CAV
16X, 8X, 4X CLV
|CD Rewrite Speed||24X ZCLV
16X, 10X, 4X CLV
|CD Read Speed||40X MAX CAV|
|DVD-R Write Speed||16X, 12X, 8X CAV
4X, 2X, 1X
|DVD-RW Rewrite Speed||4X, 2X, 1X CLV|
|DVD+R Write Speed||16X, 12X, 8X CAV
|DVD+RW Rewrite Speed||4X, 2.4X CLV|
|DVD+DL Write Speed||2.4X CLV|
|DVD Read Speed||16X MAX CAV|
|Supported Modes||DAO / DAO-RAW 16 & 96
SAO / RAW SAO, RAW SAO 16 & 96
|Supported Formats||DVD+R (DAO, incremental, seq)
DVD-R (DAO, incremental, seq)
DVD-RW (restricted overwrite)
CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-DA,
Mixed Mode, CD Extra
Photo CD, CD Text, Bootable CD, UDF
|Access Time||CD: 120ms
So far, this drive is on par with the NEC-3500A, and slightly faster for CD writing than the Pioneer DVR-108A that we reviewed a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the drive lacks DVD-RAM and Mount Rainer support. The drive claims slightly quicker than average access times as well.
Make a special note of some of the neater capabilities of this drive DVD DL and the 16X write capabilities. We are hesitant to claim that the 2.4X dual layer write capabilities are sub par, even though other 4X drives exist. Other drives may claim 4X dual layer write speeds at this point, but even places like AnandTech cannot get proper media for independent verification.
Our BenQ DW1620 supports BookType Management (bitsetting), which is to be expected from a Nexperia based drive.
The free BenQ BTMV 8.3 software can be obtained from the BenQ site, and it displays/sets the current book type on our drive.