BenQ 5224W/WU, 5232W, 5232X

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#1

Drive info and capabilities (5224W)…


#2

WTSmedia Ink Saver 3 52x CD-R
White inkjet hub printable
97m15s05f
5224W (F.FZ)
Burned at 4x


#3

WTSmedia Ink Saver 3 52x CD-R
White inkjet hub printable
97m15s05f
5224W (F.FZ)
Burned at 8x


#4

WTSmedia Ink Saver 3 52x CD-R
White inkjet hub printable
97m15s05f
5224W (F.FZ)
Burned at 12x


#5

WTSmedia Ink Saver 3 52x CD-R
White inkjet hub printable
97m15s05f
5224W (F.FZ)
Burned at 16x


#6

WTSmedia Ink Saver 3 52x CD-R
White inkjet hub printable
97m15s05f
5224W (F.FZ)
Burned at 24x


#7

WTSmedia Ink Saver 3 52x CD-R
White inkjet hub printable
97m15s05f
5224W (F.FZ)
Burned at 32x


#8

WTSmedia Ink Saver 3 52x CD-R
White inkjet hub printable
97m15s05f
5224W (F.FZ)
Burned at 40x


#9

WTSmedia Ink Saver 3 52x CD-R
White inkjet hub printable
97m15s05f
5224W (F.FZ)
Burned at 48x


#10

Very interesting. I thoroughly enjoy these tests of old drives. :flower:

I would suggest that the thread title is amended to remove the ‘P’ and consider including the 5232W.

The Benq 5224W & WU (external USB) use an ALI chipset. There was also a 5232W, which appears to be virtually identical to the 5224W apart from the higher CD-RW write speed.

But the older Benq 5224P is completely different and uses a Mediatek chipset.

The later 5232X is also ALI-based. It performs similarly to the W drives, but uses a completely different mechanism (similar to the DW1640) which is much quieter & smoother.

It is worth mentioning that (being ALI-based) the W drives share the 5232X’s fantastic ability to read many scratched CDs that defeat other drives.


#11

[QUOTE=Ibex;2786800]Very interesting. I thoroughly enjoy these tests of old drives. :flower:

I would suggest that the thread title is amended to remove the ‘P’ and consider including the 5232W.

The Benq 5224W & WU (external USB) use an ALI chipset. There was also a 5232W, which appears to be virtually identical to the 5224W apart from the higher CD-RW write speed.

But the older Benq 5224P is completely different and uses a Mediatek chipset.

The later 5232X is also ALI-based. It performs similarly to the W drives, but uses a completely different mechanism (similar to the DW1640) which is much quieter & smoother.

It is worth mentioning that (being ALI-based) the W drives share the 5232X’s fantastic ability to read many scratched CDs that defeat other drives.[/QUOTE]

Thank you for your interest and insights, Ibex. I’m fine with changing the thread title as you suggested. I knew the W and X drives had ALI-based chips, but didn’t realize the P model didn’t. Thank you for clarifying.


#12

Thread title tweaked. edit: … accidentally locked the thread, too. :o fixed.


#13

[QUOTE=jadburner;2786804]Thank you for your interest and insights, Ibex. I’m fine with changing the thread title as you suggested. I knew the W and X drives had ALI-based chips, but didn’t realize the P model didn’t. Thank you for clarifying.[/QUOTE]
These are really solid, dependable drives. Every CDFreak should own [S]one[/S] [I]a few[/I].

About 8 years ago I bought my sister a brand new old stock 5224WU. Her stuff is not treated kindly, takes a real battering and usually has a rather short life. (I insist she cleans her laptops before I look at fixing them, but I still have to work in a well ventilated room at arms length while holding my breath.) But this drive has behaved faultlessly.

Her only interest in optical drives was to make copies of audio CDs. [Tut-tut :cop:] These are usually heavily scratched and she only uses cheap & crappy blank CD-R (mostly some Datasafe CMC :Z I was sent in error), invariably written at the fastest possible speed. (She’s impatient & doesn’t know how to change the speed.)

This should be a recipe for coasters galore, but this Benq has performed faultlessly. In over 200 discs I don’t think she has had a single failed write! Nor encountered any problems playing the discs in any of her CD players. (A perennial complaint back in the days when I was daft enough to copy CDs for her using my good discs. :rolleyes:)

Throw in the fact that the drive can read all but the very worst CDs without audible errors or slowing down, and you have the perfect drive for this highly popular (but illicit :cop:) activity.


#14

It’s not much I can but will add to the topic.
I have two BenQ CDRW-5232X - cream and black, including a new one from the year 2006.
Drives actually have a sacred reading and error correction.









#15

The second my copy.
Hardware= chipset ALi M5505 + OPU Sony KRS-360C







#16

BenQ CDRW-5232X fw.KPDY
Fortis CD-R Made in Tajwan CMC 97m26s66f
Nero 2015 x 16





#17

Verbatim DataLifePlus 16x CD-R
Branded
97m34s21f (Made in Singapore)
5232X (KPEY)
Burned at 4x


#18

Verbatim DataLifePlus 16x CD-R
Branded
97m34s21f (Made in Singapore)
5232X (KPEY)
Burned at 8x


#19

Verbatim DataLifePlus 16x CD-R
Branded
97m34s21f (Made in Singapore)
5232X (KPEY)
Burned at 12x


#20

Verbatim DataLifePlus 16x CD-R
Branded
97m34s21f (Made in Singapore)
5232X (KPEY)
Burned at 16x