You can find it here: http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/188

Feel free to comment the review in this thread.

You can find it here: http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/188

Feel free to comment the review in this thread.

Jan70, nice review, well done !

Yes, a lot of information, particularly about LightScribe. Some of us were wondering who was going to support it in software. It’s encouraging that you can revisit the disc and burn additional text/graphics in line with content.

Any ideas on media pricing though? I wouldn’t like to think the hardware was being sold cheaply with the consumables expensive (ie like inkjet printers)…

Germany:

5 pack - Philips DVD+R 8x LightScribe 5.70 EUR

5 pack - Philips DVD-R 8x LightScribe 5.70 EUR

10 Pack - Verbatim CD-R 52x LightScribe 10.90 EUR

Ist the Hardware of the drive the same as BenQ 1625 and is HP 640c identical to the BenQ 1625?

The main PCB should be the same on Philips, BenQ and HP. However the 2nd PCB where the LEDs and the tray motor in located should be different compared with the Philips and BenQ/HP.

The BenQ and HP should be identical (inside hardware). But somebody needs to open their BenQ and Hp to prove it 100% though.

Thanks for the info jan.

I ordered a HP640i in Germany and already have it. The Philips or BenQ weren’t available here. “HP640i” is printed on a label on the drive, but I also find “BenQ” on it. Windows (and my BIOS) says it is called HP640c.

This is really confusing cause I read the BenQ drives have the eject button in the middle. On my drive it is on the right!

Are you sure that you are not mixing up the eject button with the emergency eject hole?

Hpâ€™s LightScribe drives:

Emergency eject hole on the left side â€“ Lite-On OEM

Emergency eject hole in the middle â€“ BenQ/Philips OEM

Emergency eject hole on the right side - LG OEM

Ah got it! That sounds more clear, thx again. So 640c is really a BenQ/Philips drive.

Do you know if there are plans to release a P3.4-like firmware for the BenQ/Philips drive? Then I could remove my Philips 1640

According to Ala42â€™s MCSE (Media Code Speed Edit) the support for DVD+R9 DL at 4x and DVD-R at 16x, are already included/implanted in the firmware P1.4. So I guess they just need to be activated/turned on.

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Media Code Speed Edit (VERSION NUMBER REMOVED)
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Firmware: PHILIPS DVDR16LS LS__TAD__4119___
Bootcode:
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Overall supported media types: 245
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DVD+RDL supported media types: 8
DVD+R supported media types: 79
DVD+RW supported media types: 17
DVD-R supported media types: 122
DVD-RW supported media types: 19
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DVD+RDL supported media types: 8
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CMC MAG D01 2.4x
INFOME D01 2.4x
MKM 001 4x,2.4x
PHILIPS CD2 2.4x
PHILIPS PD2 2.4x
PRODISC D01 2.4x
RICOHJPN D00 2.4x
RITEK D01 2.4x
DVD+R supported media types: 79
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AML 002 12x,8x,4x
AML 003 16x,12x,8x,4x
BeAll000 P80 12x,8x,4x
BeAll000 PG0 16x,12x,8x,4x
CMC MAG E01 8x,4x
CMC MAG M01 16x,12x,8x,4x
DAXON AZ2 12x,8x,4x
DAXON AZ3 16x,12x,8x,4x
DAXON CY3 16x,12x,8x,4x
DDDessau V30 12x,8x,4x
DT-D03 004 12x,8x,4x
EMDP 000 8x,4x
EMDPAZ01 000 16x,12x,8x,4x
GSC503 H01 16x,12x,8x,4x
GSC503 H01 8x,4x
IMC JPN R01 16x,12x,8x,4x
INFODISC R20 12x,8x,4x
INFOME R20 12x,8x,4x
INFOME R30 16x,12x,8x,4x
IS01 002 8x,4x
ISSM 001 8x,4x
ISSM 003 16x,12x,8x,4x
LD M04 16x,12x,8x,4x
LD S03 12x,8x,4x
LD S04 16x,12x,8x,4x
LGEP16 001 16x,12x,8x,4x
LONGTEN 002 8x,4x
MAM M02 8x,4x
MAM M04 16x,12x,8x,4x
MAXELL 002 12x,8x,4x
MAXELL 003 16x,12x,8x,4x
MBIPG101 R04 12x,8x,4x
MBIPG101 R05 16x,12x,8x,4x
MCC 003 12x,8x,4x
MCC 004 16x,12x,8x,4x
MJC 003 12x,8x,4x
MPOMEDIA 080 8x,4x
MUST 002 8x,4x
MUST 006 16x,12x,8x,4x
NAN YA FLX 16x,12x,8x,4x
NANYA ALX 16x,12x,8x,4x
NANYA CHX 12x,8x,4x
NANYA CLX 12x,8x,4x
NSD R40 16x,12x,8x,4x
OPTODISC F16 16x,12x,8x,4x
OPTODISC OR8 8x,4x
OPTODISC R16 16x,12x,8x,4x
PHILIPS C08 8x,4x
PHILIPS C16 16x,12x,8x,4x
POS R01 8x,4x
POS R05 16x,12x,8x,4x
PRODISC R03 12x,8x,4x
PRODISC R04 16x,12x,8x,4x
PRODISC R05 16x,12x,8x,4x
Philips 081 12x,8x,4x
Plasmon1 C01 12x,8x,4x
Plasmon2 C01 16x,12x,8x,4x
RICOHJPN R02 12x,8x,4x
RICOHJPN R03 16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEK P16 16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEK R03 12x,8x,4x
RITEK R04 16x,12x,8x,4x
SKC P16 16x,12x,8x,4x
SKYMEDIA R03 8x,4x
SONY D11 12x,8x,4x
SONY D21 16x,12x,8x,4x
TDK 002 12x,8x,4x
TDK 003 16x,12x,8x,4x
ULTRAN 202 8x,4x
ULTRAN 212 16x,12x,8x,4x
VANGUARD 001 8x,4x
VDSPMSAB 002 8x,4x
VDSPMSAB 004 16x,12x,8x,4x
VIVA 002 8x,4x
WFKA11 211 8x,4x
WINGSHIN 001 12x,8x,4x
YUDEN000 T02 12x,8x,4x
YUDEN000 T03 16x,12x,8x,4x
Yi Jhan 004 16x,12x,8x,4x
DVD+RW supported media types: 17
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CMC MAG W01-000 2.4x
CMC MAG W02-000 4x,2.4x
INFODISC A01-002 4x,2.4x
INFODISC A10-000 4x,2.4x
MBIPG101 W03-000 2.4x
MCC A01-000 2.4x
OPTODISC OP4-001 4x,2.4x
PCAV_DVD _ZO-078 2.4x
PRODISC W01-002 4x,2.4x
PRODISC W02-000 4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN W01-001 2.4x
RICOHJPN W11-001 4x,2.4x
RITEK 001-001 2.4x
RITEK 004-000 4x,2.4x
RITEK 004-048 4x,2.4x
SENTINEL W02-000 4x,2.4x
SONY S11-000 4x,2.4x
DVD-R supported media types: 122
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1FUJIFILM 4x
4M SYS 202C1 4x
AML 4x
AN31 4x
AN32 4x
BeAll G00001 4x
BeAll G16001 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
BeAll G40001 4x
BeAll G80001 12x,8x,4x,2x
CMC MAG. 4x
CMC MAG. AE1 12x,8x,4x,2x
CMC MAG. AF1 4x
CMC MAG. AM3 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
DATA TRACK 4x
DAXON004 4x
DAXON008S 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
DAXON016S 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
DKMZ01 8x,4x,2x
Dvsn A001 4x
Dvsn-160 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
Dvsn-80 8x,4x,2x
FORNEX101 4x
FUJIFILM02 4x
FUJIFILM03 8x,4x,2x
FUJIFILM04 12x,8x,4x,2x
GSC001 4x
GSC001 4x
GSC001 4x
GSC002 4x
GSC003 8x,4x,2x
GSC004 8x,4x,2x
IMC JPN 8x,4x,2x
INFODISC-R01 4x
INFODISC-R20 8x,4x,2x
INFOMEDIAR20 4x
INFOSMART01 8x,4x,2x
ISSM 01 4x
ISSM R01 8x,4x,2x
LEADDATA S03 8x,4x,2x
LEADDATA S04 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
LEADDATA01 4x
LGE08 8x,4x,2x
LONGTEN 001 4x
LONGTEN 003 4x
LONGTEN 009 4x
MAM4XG01 4x
MAM4XG02 4x
MAM8XG01 8x,4x,2x
MBI 4x
MBI 01RG20 4x
MBI 01RG40 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
MBI 01RG40 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
MBI 03RG30 8x,4x,2x
MBI 03RG40 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
MBI03RG30 8x,4x,2x
MCC 00RG200 4x
MCC 01RG20 4x
MCC 02RG20 12x,8x,4x,2x
MCC 03RG20 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
MCI4XG01 4x
MJC ME 8x,4x,2x
MUST 001 4x
MUST 003 4x
MUST 007 8x,4x,2x
MXL RG01 4x
MXL RG02 4x
MXL RG03 12x,8x,4x,2x
MXL RG04 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
NAN YA F02 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
NANYA-JC001 4x
NSDR40 12x,8x,4x,2x
ONIDTECH 4x
OPTODISCK001 4x
OPTODISCK001 4x
OPTODISCR004 4x
OPTODISCR008 8x,4x,2x
OPTODISCR016 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
POMS3A 8x,4x,2x
POMSI002 8x,4x,2x
POSG04 4x
POSG06 8x,4x,2x
PRINCO 4x
PRINCO8X02 8x,4x,2x
PRODISCG02 4x
Plasmon1A 8x,4x,2x
ProdiscF01 12x,8x,4x,2x
ProdiscF02 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
ProdiscS03 4x
ProdiscS04 12x,8x,4x,2x
ProdiscS05 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
RITEKF1 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
RITEKG03 4x
RITEKG04 4x
RITEKG05 8x,4x,2x
RITEKG06 12x,8x,4x,2x
RITEKM02 4x
SKC Co.,Ltd. 4x
SKC M801 8x,4x,2x
SONY 4x
SONY04D1 4x
SONY08D1 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
SONY16D1 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
TAIYOYUDEN 4x
TAROKO-MX4 4x
TAROKO-MX8 8x,4x,2x
TDKG02000000 4x
TTG01 4x
TTG02 8x,4x,2x
TTH01 12x,8x,4x,2x
TTH02 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
TYG01 4x
TYG02 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
TYG03 16x,12x,8x,4x,2x
ULTRAN102 8x,4x,2x
UME01 8x,4x,2x
VANGUARD 4x
VDSPMSAB 01 4x
WFI A40001 4x
WINGSHING04 4x
WINGSHING08 8x,4x,2x
Yi Jhan 001 4x
Yi Jhan 003 8x,4x,2x
DVD-RW supported media types: 19
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CMCW02 2x
CMCW03 4x,2x
DAXON_RW2X01 2x
INFOMEDIA 2x
JVC0VictorD7 4x,2x
JVC_VictorW7 2x
MCC 01RW11n9 2x
MCC 01RW4X 4x,2x
OPTODISCW002 2x
OPTODISCW004 4x,2x
PRINCO 2x
PRINCORW0004 4x,2x
PRINCORW2X01 2x
Prodisc DW04 2x
Prodisc DW06 4x,2x
RITEKW01 2x
RITEKW04 4x,2x
TDK502sakuM3 2x
TDK601saku 4x,2x
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Well then i hope they activate it soon or release it as new firmware and some is able to get me a .cvt that i can flash my HP640c to Philips 16LS

Germany:

5 pack - Philips DVD+R 8x LightScribe 5.70 EUR

5 pack - Philips DVD-R 8x LightScribe 5.70 EUR

10 Pack - Verbatim CD-R 52x LightScribe 10.90 EUR

Did you already see them in a shop or was this an announcement only?

We would like to buy some of these discs, but they are hard to find…

nice review…jan70…i wan those LS dvd media…

looks like i need to get this philips LS drive

An office supplies retail chain (Office Centre) in the Netherlands is offering the LS Philips dvd drive but the model seems to be different from the review… it does not have the multicolor LED but two small ones labeled Writing and Disc In. Unless they used the wrong pic in the ad… the front bezel says CDRW 2400.

I just got the dvdr16sl from pcworld for Â£69.99 (seemed a fair price) It was to replace my liteon 811s which was a right pain and far too choosy. SO I got the philips wired in (its in an external usb box) and tried to burn some data on some infiniti dvd+r disks but It never gets to finish! always burn error. This is worse than the liteon! Is there a firmware update or something to get this working? current f/w is p1.4

Hi italights, and welcome to our forum.

The Philips DVDR16LS needs at least 1.6 Ampere on the 5V and 1.8 Ampere on the 12V.

Check your power supply for the external cabinet, to see how much Ampere it gives (output).

Besides there are hardly any external cabinets that will allow true 16x DVD-writing by using the USB2.0 interface.

To make sure that your drive is not faulty, try to connect it, to the IDE-interface if possible, to see if the drive will make any burns successfully.

A firmware newer then the P1.4 should be available soon.

Thanks for that advice, you say hardly any enclosures will do the job. Does anybody know of one that will? I have to use an external box because my pc is an asus digimatrix, very small and no room to plug a full size dvdr in.

A new firmware for the Philips DVDR16LS is available, the P1.5.

Changes from firmware P1.4 (initial release) to P1.5

[ul]Improved WOPC (Walking Optimum Power Calibration) to improve writing quality on all DVD media.

[li]Improved writing quality on DVD+R Double layer discs.

[/li]

[li]Improved writing quality on DVD+R 16x discs.[/ul]

[/li]

You can download it here.

Nice one.

Any info if overspeed works now and is not disabled?

Someone make a .cvt file please and I will crossflash my HP640i

It is not mentioned in the changes nor in the media list, so I think we will have to wait a bit longer for overspeed. But I hope the writing quality gets even better with this upgrade.