CDFreaks First Look at the NEC ND-3540A

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#1

Greetings,
The NEC ND-3540A First Look article is now online.

http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/206/1

This article should have been up much sooner but we were investigating some of the results with NEC.


#2

Thanks for the preview. It’s a pitty that a real review is not available yet :sad:

I suspect there still are issues with this drive which make that CDFreaks has not released a real review yet (the same holds for the Benq 1640 unfortunately).

Like many others I want to buy either the Nec 3540 or the Benq 1640.
I’m still waiting for the reviews to make up my choice.
We’ll just have to be more patient…


#3

Not quite.
Full reviews take much longer since the amount of media tested increases more than ten-fold.
Don’t worry, we will of course have full reviews of the NEC ND-3540A and the BenQ 1640A. :smiley:


#4

[joke] O nice… you will re review BenQ 1620 ? =)) [/joke]


#5

The “first look” from Wesociety is better than a full review from some people working for different domain names. :slight_smile: I know a lot of paid reviewers and website owners that write DVD writer reviews of less tests, less pages, and no PIE/PIF scans.


#6

Could we please have a head-to-head comparison of these two fine specimens?


#7

Head to head?

You can compare the supported features, specifications and writing speed performance by reading the First Look articles.
First Look: BenQ DW1640 DVD burner
First Look: NEC ND-3540A DVD burner

Our full reviews on both drives will analyze burn quality with PI/PIF scans on LiteOn hardware and 16x transfer rate/read tests. At that time, you will be able to compare the writing quality “head to head”. :slight_smile:


#8

On the full review, are you going to use FW 1.01 or 1.W3?


#9

Official NEC firmware. :slight_smile:


#10

I’ll just quote the responses that I wrote at the article’s page:

Reaction Posted by Ron the 2nd on 15 June 2005 - 21:26 | Moderated @ 1 |
And according to the picture it was manufacturered in May, not March…

Reaction Posted by Ron the 2nd on 15 June 2005 - 21:35 | Moderated @ 1 | [I]
Why does the name of the drive (in the system) begins with a “_” ? Meaning that the name is: “NEC DVD_RW ND-3540A"?
Why did the guys at NEC put this "
” at the beginning of the name?
(I myself have this drive, and also my drive has the _ in its name…)

I know that it’s not important - but I’m curious… [/I]

Reaction Posted by Wesociety on 16 June 2005 - 04:28 | Moderated @ 1 |
@Ron, thx for that. I’m not sure why they use an underscore in the drive ID string, but I shall ask NEC.


#11

Hehe, i don’t think NEC would be pleased if the drive was reviewed with unofficial firmware. Or the management here for that matter. :slight_smile:


#12

You have management :rolleyes: :rolleyes: say it aint so :rolleyes: :rolleyes: I so want to see this forum as a bunch of aging hippies with ideals. :bow: :bow:


#13

Nice work, but you should use .png for more clear shots, usually size is smaller than with .jpg too for text/apps. For photos .jpg is better.


#14

Yes, testing them on the same platform, with the same media and comparing the results against each other.
Two drives reviewed in the same article. Why should it be a problem?

Unfortunately, you tested the drives with different hardware (and possibly different media).

So far, I can see the following differences:

Average             BenQ                NEC
-------             ----                ---
Pressed CD read     35.57X              34.19X
CD-R read           36.41X              35.66X
CD-RW read          30.64X              31.43X
Audio CD read       37.29X              30.95X
99min CD read       38.17X               --
DVD video read      11.95X              5.99X
DVD video DL read   9.02X               5.46X
DVD ROM read         ??                 11.90X
DVD+R read          12.07X              11.92X
DVD+RW read         9.33X               9.90X
DVD-R read          12.07X              11.99X
DVD-RW read         9.33X               9.88X
DVD+R9 read         9.05X               5.46X
DVD-R9 read          --                 5.47X
CD-R Write          35.02X (2:59)       36.65X (2:46)
CD-RW write         30X (3:10 P-CAV)    29.58X (3:07 Z-CLV)
DVD+R Write         11.4X (5:46)        11.82X (5:53)
DVD+RW Write        7.7X (7:51)         8X (7:18)
DVD+R Write         11.28X (6:07)       11.78X (5:54)
DVD+RW Write        5.90X (10:28)       5.79X (10:38)
DVD+R9 write        7.5X (15:04 P-CAV)  6.54X (18:31 Z-CLV) [issues]
DVD-R9 write         --                 5.65X (20:42 Z-CLV) [issues]

Spec.
DVD access time     120ms               140ms

#15

@alexo, thanks for the comparison table!

Our review team will consider doing a head-to-head article. :slight_smile:
But as I stated earlier, once the full reviews are published, you should be able to make some good comparisons between the two drives.


#16

The S-B-S Comparison is impressive but couldn’t NEC’s drive by Flashed with new Firmware to give it better numbers?


#17

I’m a newbie and I’m confused. Is the 3540 and 3540A the same?


#18

Perhaps, but somebody has to test it, no?

Here’s a summary of a BenQ review:
http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=14268&PageId=24


#19

yes


#20

I just ordered the 3450 from newegg. $50 shipped was to difficult to turn down. Given the success with the 3500, I’m hoping the 3450 turns out just as good.