I hope you'll pardon the joy of an insufferable newbie.....
I know weâ€™re all focused on DVD media here, but I just had to relate this BenQ story. I donâ€™t know if any other DVD drives do this as well, but certainly not the IOMEGA 8x drives (probably a rebadged BTC) my father had.
A while back (maybe two years now), my father (a master of computer technologies in his own right) picked up a deal on â€œduplicator gradeâ€ CD-Râ€™s, which weâ€™ve been using for a while now (he shared 200 of them with me). On my old Memorex CD-RW drive, they couldnâ€™t be cut beyond 4x (600Kbytes per second). The ID is CMC magnetics. Anything above 4x would produce an unreadable CD.
Now since Iâ€™ve had my BenQ for a few weeks, Iâ€™ve been very happy with 4x DVD media, because thatâ€™s about the same as 32x in CD speeds, relative to backing up data. On a lark, I popped in one of the old CMC Mag CD-Râ€™s, and wrote a 600Mbyte backup of some material. The BenQ wrote these CD-Râ€™s at 16 X â€“ and the scan is quite good! All data verified correctly!
So, I tried a music CD at 16x, and the thing plays on all of my players, including the old one in the car!
This is just TOO good!
That Memorex, a Lite-On rebadge, was once considered a fair CD burner.
The BenQ, on the other hand, is just outstanding at it!
I had to wait nearly 20 minutes to cut 700Mbytes on these discs before! Iâ€™m getting reliable burns on the same CD-R media in under 6 minutes!
I realize thatâ€™s not impressive compared to 4Bytes in 6 minutes, but when I need to backup a 400Mbyte graphics project, this is ideal â€“ for about 2 cents!