You guys have no love for the DQ60.
I had the DW1620 and after 5 months of use it died on me. It was the best DVD burner I ever owned right up until it died while changing disks. I liked it so much I went to buy another one. Nobody has 1620’s or 1640’s etc in stock. NOBODY. I mean I spent an hour and a half looking and nobody has them.
So I opted for the DQ60 which looked like a 1640 with better features like DVDRAM. I bought it on Newegg for $39 and paid for 2 day shipping. That was Sat. I got the drive today.
Yesterday I did some research on the drive here and was shocked to see that Benq apparently made a stinker. I couldn’t find one positive remark on these forums about the drive. I immediately began to regret my decision.
Well after performing various tests, rips, and burns with the drive I have some preliminary comments.
I’m using the newest firmeware from benq japan. version MRDC.
8x DVD video takes about 8 minutes.
Not any worse than my Plextor 708a.
It appears to be a CAV drive.
There is no riplock. I got a max of 8,426KB/s in DVD Shrink on Fight Club.
There is no book setting option
It burns my 8x Verbatims at 8x while my 1620 burned them at 12.
No coasters or read errors. Clean scandisk bill of health in Nero CD/DVD speed.
Burns CDR’s fast. Windows XP SP2 only took 3 minutes, start to finish to burn.
Rips 700MB CD’s in around 2 minutes.
It’s dirt cheap.
I know how fussy people can be about the chipset not being Phillips. I’ve personally never cared about the chipset. But so far the drive seems allright. It’s not as good as my 1620 in terms of raw speed or utility. But it’s not that much worse either. Certainly not a big enough diff to keep me up at night.
It’s also a brand new drive so as they release new firmware the disc writing speeds and compatibility will increase and with any luck it should burn 8’s at 12 or 16x.
It’s kind of unfair to arbitrarily compare it to the 1640 because it’s been out longer and the firmware is more developed with a wider media table. Give it some time.
So far I’m not regreting my decision. And with any luck, booksetting won’t be far behind on the list of features.
Also, it’s undocumented in the specs but the drive supports the Mount Rainier drag and drop format.