BenQ Rebadges

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#1

I’ve been searching for a comprehensive summary of rebadged BenQ drives, but haven’t found one yet. If one exists, I would love to have the link. Not having found one, I put together the following preliminary list. Please let me know of any omissions or errors, or if there’s a more detailed summary somewhere. Thanks in advance.

BenQ DW1620
Enlight 1620
HP 630c
HP 630i
HP 630VI (some)
I/O Magic IDVD16DDBE
MSI DR16-B
Philips DVD8631
Philips DVDR1640p
Philips PBDV1601
Shuttle CR40

BenQ DW1625
HP 640I
Philips DVD1620
Philips DVDR 16LS
Philips DVD8651

BenQ DW1640
Philips DVD1628
Philips DVD1648
Philips DVD8701
Philips PBDV1648
Philips SPD2410SK
Plextor PX-740A
Sony DRU-810A
Sony DRX-810UL

BenQ DW1650
Lite-On DW1650-488
Norwood Micro 1650
Philips DVD1660
Philips DVD8801

BenQ DW1655
I/O Magic IDVD16DLS
Norwood Micro 1655
Philips DVD1668
Philips SPD1400

BenQ DW1670
Sony DRU-820A
Sony DRX-820UL


#2

[QUOTE=jadburner;2465585]
[U]BenQ DW1650[/U]
Lite-On DW1650-488
Norwood Micro 1650
Philips DVD1660[B]P1[/B]
Philips DVD8801
Philips SPD1400BD
Philips PBDV1660P1
Sony DRU-810A (some drives are based on DW-1640, some others are DW-1650 based)

[U]BenQ DW1655[/U]
I/O Magic IDVD16DLS
Norwood Micro 1655
Philips DVD1668[B]P1[/B] <-- Important since there is also a DVDR1668L1 (Liteon drive)
Philips SPD1400 <— no
[/QUOTE]
For Philips branded drives, see http://www.storageupdates.philips.com/en/dvdrw.html
Oh, and we also have the FAQ :wink:

Michael


#3

Thank you, Mciahel! I had not seen the Philips site.


#4

An updated list of rebadges based on the the above and other info. As before, comments on omissions or errors welcome.

[U]BenQ DW1620[/U]
Enlight 1620
HP 630c, 630i, 630vi (some)
I/O Magic IDVD16DDBE
MSI DR16-B
Philips DVD8631, DVDR1625, DVDR1640, DVDR1640P, PBDV1601, PBDV1640P
Shuttle CR40

[U]BenQ DW1625[/U]
HP 640c, 640i, 640v
Philips DVD1620, DVDR16LS, DVDR1628, DVDR1628P, DVD8651, PBDV16LSP

[U]BenQ DW1640[/U]
Philips DVD1648 DVDR1648P, DVD8701, PBDV1648, SPD2410SK
Plextor PX-740A
Sony DRU-810A (some), DRX-810UL

[U]BenQ DW1650[/U]
Lite-On DW1650-488
Norwood Micro 1650
Philips DVDR1660, DVD1660P1, DVD8801, PBDV1660P, SPD1400
Sony DRU-810A (some)

[U]BenQ DW1655[/U]
I/O Magic IDVD16DLS
Norwood Micro 1655
Philips DVDR1668, DVD1668P1, DVD8851

[U]BenQ DW1670[/U]
Sony DRU-820A, DRX-820UL


#5

Pacific Digital Mach-16 is DW1620 rebadge. I got one a couple of years ago at either Staples or Office Depot close out sale.


#6

[QUOTE=bevills1;2466416]Pacific Digital Mach-16 is DW1620 rebadge. I got one a couple of years ago at either Staples or Office Depot close out sale.[/QUOTE]

Thanks!


#7

Like mciahel said the Sony DRU 810A-[B]R[/B] is a BenQ DW 1650.:wink:


#8

[QUOTE=alan1476;2466448]Like mciahel said the Sony DRU 810A-[B]R[/B] is a BenQ DW 1650.;)[/QUOTE]

Thanks! Here’s an updated list.

[U]BenQ DW1620[/U]
Enlight 1620
HP 630c, 630i, 630vi (some)
I/O Magic IDVD16DDBE
MSI DR16-B
Pacific Digital Mach-16
Philips DVD8631, DVDR1625, DVDR1640, DVDR1640P, PBDV1601, PBDV1640P
Shuttle CR40

[U]BenQ DW1625[/U]
HP 640c, 640i, 640v
Philips DVD1620, DVDR16LS, DVDR1628, DVDR1628P, DVD8651, PBDV16LSP

[U]BenQ DW1640[/U]
Philips DVD1648 DVDR1648P, DVD8701, PBDV1648, SPD2410SK
Plextor PX-740A, Plextor PX-740UF
Sony DRU-810A (some), DRX-810UL

[U]BenQ DW1650[/U]
Lite-On DW1650-488
Norwood Micro 1650
Philips DVDR1660, DVD1660P1, DVD8801, PBDV1660P, SPD1400
Sony DRU-810A-R

[U]BenQ DW1655[/U]
I/O Magic IDVD16DLS
Norwood Micro 1655
Philips DVDR1668, DVD1668P1, DVD8851

[U]BenQ DW1670[/U]
Sony DRU-820A, DRX-820UL


#9

you should search for "pinto2"s Excel file.:bow: I used it to find my 8 Benqs and even found a Hi-Val HDVD168DL (1640) and a I/O Magic IDVD16DLSE (1655ext.):bigsmile:


#10

[QUOTE=dave.evill;2468168]you should search for "pinto2"s Excel file.:bow: I used it to find my 8 Benqs and even found a Hi-Val HDVD168DL (1640) and a I/O Magic IDVD16DLSE (1655ext.):bigsmile:[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the tip, dave.evill. I’ve been looking for the file, but haven’t found it yet. I’ll keep looking, unless someone has a link for it?


#11

[QUOTE=dave.evill;2468168]you should search for "pinto2"s Excel file.:bow: I used it to find my 8 Benqs and even found a Hi-Val HDVD168DL (1640) and a I/O Magic IDVD16DLSE (1655ext.):bigsmile:[/QUOTE]
:o I’M AN IDIOT!
I got 2 stop posting up early in the morning when my brain does’nt work .I [U]apologize [/U]to all 3 of you!
:bow:Parato Optimal :clap: is THE MAN with the excel sheet start your search> [U]here[/U]


#12

Hey, don’t worry about it. You might have jogged the minds of people late to the party who are trying to find old drives, or new leftovers, and now they know where the list is again :bigsmile:


#13

I agree with Dartman. :iagree: No need to worry. I’m just thankful someone else has put together a list, and thankful to dave.evill for pointing those of us late to the party towards it. And thanks of course to Parato Optimal for assembling the list! :bow:


#14

Please remove the DW1670 from the list. That is not a real BenQ drive. It has a Panasonic chipset, it can’t scan, and it doesn’t burn as well. Plus, the Sony DRU-820 series were also Samsung SH-S182 drives.

There is no such thing as a Norwood Micro DW1650 or DW1655. Norwood Micro, along with Connect Computer, Hi-Val, Pacific Digital, CompUSA, and I/O Magic, are just brand names under which BenQ OEM drives were sold. However, the drives are never identified as being BenQs on the box, and you have to be careful because not every one of the boxes that are sold under these names is going to be a BenQ drive. Sometimes it might be a Lite-On, or an AOpen, or something else, so be careful.

The I/O Magic IDVD16DLS and IDVD16DDBE are NOT automatically going to be a BenQs. Beware. You have to pay careful attention or you will get stuck with some other drive. The same goes for the Pacific Digital model. They are NOT all BenQs.

Please correct these Philips models: 1628, 1648, 1660, 1668, 1668P1. They should start with DVDR not DVD, and they are European models only. North American models start with DVD, European models start with DVDR.

The Philips models starting with PBDV are external. The BenQ equivalent models start with EW, and you seem to have left them off the list: EW162I and EW164B.


#15

@negritude (as always) - Thanks for your wisdom!
@Parato Optimal - Thanks for your excellent spreadsheet! (can be found here)

I’ve updated the list based on all the feedback I’ve received, and Parato’s spreadsheet. Here it is.

[U]BenQ DW1620[/U]
Enlight 1620
HP 630c, 630i, 630vi (some)
I/O Magic IDVD16DDBE (some)
MSI DR16-B
Pacific Digital Mach-16 (some)
Philips DVD8631, DVDR1625, DVDR1640, DVDR1640P
Shuttle CR40

[U]BenQ EW1621/EW162I (External)[/U]
Philips PBDV1601, PBDV1640P

[U]BenQ DW1625[/U]
HP 640c, 640i, 640v
Philips DVD1620, DVDR16LS, DVDR1628, DVDR1628P, DVD8651, PBDV16LSP

[U]BenQ DW1640[/U]
HiVal HDVD168DL (some)
Norwood Micro 16X DVD+/-RW DL (some)
Philips DVD1648 DVDR1648P, DVD8701, SPD2410SK
Plextor PX-740A, Plextor PX-740UF
Sony DRU-810A (some), DRX-810UL

[U]BenQ EW164B (External)[/U]
Philips PBDV1648

[U]BenQ DW1650[/U]
CompUSA 16X DVD+/-DL (some)
Hi-Val 16X DVD+/-DL (some)
Lite-On DW1650-488, 8801
Norwood Micro 16X DVD+/-RW DL (some)
Pacific Digital 16X DVD+/-RW DL (some)
Philips DVDR1660, DVD1660P1, DVD8801, PBDV1660P, SPD1400
Sony DRU-810A-R

[U]BenQ DW1655[/U]
CompUSA 16X DVD+/-DL/LS (some)
Connect Computers 16X DVD+/-RW DL (some)
Hi-Val 16X DVD+/-DL/LS (some)
I/O Magic IDVD16DLS (some)
Pacific Digital 16X DVD+/-RW DL/LS (some)
Philips DVDR1668, DVDR1668P1, DVD8851

Parato’s spreadsheet contains some specifics on which I/O Magic, CompUSA, Connect Computers, Hi-Val, etc. models may be BenQ rebadges; I’ve just generically listed them here with “(some)” appended. I also still need some help in figuring out which BenQ external models the Philips PBDV1660P and PBDV1640P were. Were there external (EW) versions of the BenQ DW1625 and DW1650? Thanks again to all!


#16

One more to add, possibly the rarest rebadge of all:

Sony DRU-815A = BenQ DW1655

It only existed for maybe a month or two.


#17

IIRC, there was a USB only version of the Sony DRX-810UL, the DRU-810UL. Also some Sony DRU/DRX-810UL were Benq DW1650 (based on DRU-810A-R), not DW1640 (DRU-810A). I suggest adding a warning about double checking before crossflashing.

Another rare drive to add, the Philips DVD8881. As far as I know the only Nexperia SATA drive (so no retail Benq equivalent or firmware ever released) and only appeared in some Dell computers. Presumed to be a PATA drive converted to SATA internally (maybe [I]negritude[/I] can confirm?).


BTW, a very useful list.


#18

[QUOTE=Ibex;2472506]IIRC, there was a USB only version of the Sony DRX-810UL, the DRU-810UL. Also some Sony DRU/DRX-810UL were Benq DW1650 (based on DRU-810A-R), not DW1640 (DRU-810A). I suggest adding a warning about double checking before crossflashing.

Another rare drive to add, the Philips DVD8881. As far as I know the only Nexperia SATA drive (so no retail Benq equivalent or firmware ever released) and only appeared in some Dell computers. Presumed to be a PATA drive converted to SATA internally (maybe [I]negritude[/I] can confirm?).[/QUOTE]

  1. All of the external models of the DRU-810A were called the DRX-810UL. Some had USB2-only and some were Firewire/USB2, but that difference was not reflected in the model number.

  2. There was a Macintosh specific version of the DRX-810UL called the DRX-810UL/T. The difference between that one and the regular model was probably the chipset. I believe the regular model had a Prolific chipset, which wasn’t always as compatible with PPC Macs, but the Mac specific version may have had an Oxford 912 combo chipset or something like that. Never was able to confirm it.

  3. Nothing on the label or on the outside of the enclosure would indicate to you whether your DRX-810UL or DRX-810UL/T was a DRU-810A or DRU-810A-R inside, so you have to be careful. I think the quickest way to tell which is which is by trying to burn an MKM 001. The DW1640 could burn the MKM 001 at up to 4x, but the DW1650 could only burn the MKM 001 at 2.4x (only way to fix that was with a strat swap).

  4. The Philips DVD8881 was a first generation SATA drive, with a SATA specific Nexperia chipset. It was not converted from PATA, and you could not flash the drive with PATA firmware. No downloadable firmware was ever provided.


#19

Thanks to negritude and Ibex for the additional info! :iagree: Below is the latest list. I’ve also added the Dell M9753 - some of these (older ones) were the Philips DVD8701 (BenQ DW1640), however newer ones can be from LG. Dell may have also used other brands; not sure. As always, thanks to all and additions or corrections are welcome.

[U]BenQ DW1620[/U]
Enlight 1620
HP 630c, 630i, 630vi (some)
I/O Magic IDVD16DDBE (some)
MSI DR16-B
Pacific Digital Mach-16 (some)
Philips DVD8631, DVDR1625, DVDR1640, DVDR1640P
Shuttle CR40

[U]BenQ EW1621/EW162I (External)[/U]
Philips PBDV1601, PBDV1640P

[U]BenQ DW1625[/U]
HP 640c, 640i, 640v
Philips DVD1620, DVDR16LS, DVDR1628, DVDR1628P, DVD8651, PBDV16LSP

[U]BenQ DW1640[/U]
Dell M9753 (some)
HiVal HDVD168DL (some)
Norwood Micro 16X DVD+/-RW DL (some)
Philips DVD1648 DVDR1648P, DVD8701, SPD2410SK
Plextor PX-740A, Plextor PX-740UF
Sony DRU-810A (some) [B][/B], DRX-810UL [B][/B], DRX-810UL/T (Macintosh specific) [B]**[/B]

[U]BenQ EW164B (External)[/U]
Philips PBDV1648

[U]BenQ DW1650[/U]
CompUSA 16X DVD+/-DL (some)
Hi-Val 16X DVD+/-DL (some)
Lite-On DW1650-488, 8801
Norwood Micro 16X DVD+/-RW DL (some)
Pacific Digital 16X DVD+/-RW DL (some)
Philips DVDR1660, DVD1660P1, DVD8801, PBDV1660P, SPD1400
Sony DRU-810A-R [B][/B], DRX-810UL/T (Macintosh specific) [B][/B]

[U]BenQ DW1655[/U]
CompUSA 16X DVD+/-DL/LS (some)
Connect Computers 16X DVD+/-RW DL (some)
Hi-Val 16X DVD+/-DL/LS (some)
I/O Magic IDVD16DLS (some)
Pacific Digital 16X DVD+/-RW DL/LS (some)
Philips DVDR1668, DVDR1668P1, DVD8851
Sony DRU-815A

[B]** Be EXTREMELY careful before crossflashing the Sony DRU-810A and DRX-810UL or DRX-810UL/T! Make sure you know if you have a DW1640 or DW1650 before attempting to crossflash![/B]


#20

CompUSA, Norwood Micro, Connect Computers, and Hi-Val all had boxed versions of both the DW1640 and DW1650.

There were no Pacific Digital, Hi-Val, CompUSA, or Connect Computers DW1655s. I/O Magic was really the only brand that was carrying boxed versions of the 1655.

Pacific Digital really only had the DW1620. I don’t remember any Pacific Digital 1640s or 1650s.