Philips DVD burners - what are the differences

I was thinking of picking up a Philips DVD burner, but it is very difficult to actually tell the difference between the various models (1628, 1640, 1648, …).
I went to the Philips site, but they didn’t have any info on any of these models. Is there any place where I can see some sort of comparison table and reviews on the various models?

the 1628 and 1648 are both rebadged benq dw1640. the philips 1660 is a rebadged dw1650. benq writers are cheaper and have more features than philips.

Where I live they don’t sell BenQ, which is one of the reasons I was looking into Philips. If both the 1628 and the 1648 are “rebadged benq dw1640”, then what are the differences between them (1628 + 1648)? What are the differences between these models and BenQ 1640? What features are they missing?
Thanks again

you can crossflash both models to a benq dw1640 by using BQFlasher and an official benq firmware for the 1640. the philips drievs lack support for QSuite, which is a benq made program. if you crossflash (voids warranty!) you’ll be able to use QSuite to enable/disable overspeed, wopc and solidburn. there’s also a tool called WOPC Utility which offers the same functions for all hpilips/benq drives so you don’t need to crossflash. the 1640 is quite old now, you maybe want to get a philips 1660 which is rebadged dw1650.
read the forum to get an idea about the features and then decide which drive you need.

Depends. The xxx8 series are differentiated from the base models in different ways. For instance IIRC, 1628 has lightscribe over 1620, 1648 has solidburn over 1640, 1668 has lightscribe and solidburn over 1660 which just has solidburn.

If you really want a Philips, I’d say buy the 1660. It’s the newest, has solidburn, and seems to be getting good reviews in both this incarnation and as a Benq 1550. If you want Lightscribe, then get the 1668.

In fact, you may not have any choice in the matter as I don’t think 1620s, 1640s, and maybe 1648s are being made anymore. I just sent back a 1640 for a warranty replacment, and Philips sent me back a 1660. I’ve not played with the 1660 yet, but I’ve been using the same drive in the form of a Benq 1550 for the last few weeks, and it’s a good drive.

I think the difference between the 1628 and the 1648 is retail vs OEM. The 1628 is retail.

No, the 1648 is a newer drive that also comes in retail. I just installed one for a friend a couple of weeks back that came in a retail pack. It’s the same as a Philips 1640, but it has the newer chipset that can do Solidburn. It doesn’t have lightscribe. I don’t think it has the 1550/1660s cooling system, but I can’t remember that for sure.

First of all Philips 1628 is not a LS drive, Philips DVDR 16LS (aka DVD8651) is.
Second, 1628 and 1648 are internally the same.
Third, BenQ DW1655 is also a LS drive.

[I]Edit[/I]. Yes, Philips 1648 also has the internal cooling, AFCS/ADCS (introduced with benQ 1640).

Wahh! It’s all too confusing!

the 1628 and the 1648P1 are exatly the same!!! it is just a matter of package. In fact I baught a 1628K, and it is a 1648P1 in a box with nero OEM only!!!

Hi folks!

Let’s clear up several things!

First of all, bichonn is right! The only difference between the 1628 and 1648 is the type of Nero: 1628 comes with only Burning Rom SE, 1648 comes with full Nero. The drive is the 1648P1 in both packages.

QSuite works with Philips drives too, but with limited functionality only. Most importantly, you [B]can[/B] adjust the SolidBurn settings with it. As a matter of fact, you can do it in the special edition of Nero, which comes with the drive, as well as the overspeed settings.

Eventually, there are two things, whereat the 1648P1 is not capable:

  1. QScan
  2. Satisfying PIE/PIF testing (It cannot report PIF, and terribly slowly tests.)

Best wishes,

Ok, let me get this straight…the Philips 1648 is the same as BenQ 1640?

Now, is the Philips 1648 the same as Philips 8701?

And the BenQ 1660 is the updated version of the Philips 1648?

So in the end does the 1628 support SolidBurn? I assume that if 1648 is not capable of using QScan and PIE/PIF testing, that is true for 1628 too? Is that a big minus? All and all would the 1628 be a good choice if I can’t get a hold of a BenQ?


Yes, link .

Maybe you mistyped, Philips 1660 is same as BenQ DW1650. Call it an “updated” Philips 1648, it’s okay for me at this stage.

Just to add to the confusion, Philips is now stocking major Dutch outlets with their latest models:

  • SPD 6000FD (internal), which seems to be compatible with BenQ 1655, and
  • SP3200CC (external USB), which seems to be a LiteOn rebadge.
    Both are LS models. The only obvious difference in specs I see is 32x cdrw for SPD6000 and 24x cdrw for SP3200.

My new SPD 6000 with L5P2 firmware is supported as a PI/PIF scanner in CD DVD Speed, but shows erratic results with giant spikes in both PI and PIF on burns that my BenQ 1620 gives top marks. Maybe I will try flashing a BenQ firmware, if I feel lucky. :slight_smile:

I did not feel lucky. Quite the opposite, the drive is going back after first cooking two coasters, then not recognizing any media anymore. Also, Philips does not include any utility to test, set or modify the operation of the drive.
TY 8x media (both plus and dash) were burned at 6x, even though 8x was chosen, and still turned out horrible. :a

So as I asked a week ago, does the 1628 support Solidburn or not? If the 1628 is a “rebadged Benq dw1640”, I don’t find any info stating that the Benq 1640 incorporates the Solidburn technology.

The BenQ DW1640 supports Solid Burn also, of course.

Hi :slight_smile:
Welcome to the forum megavolt. :clap:
For some reason with the latest site updates. BenQ does not always show all features related to the 1640. Try here.

I suppose this will have to be my choice for the meantime, until something better comes along. I still don’t understand the difference between the 1628 and the 1648, if they both have Solidburn.
Does the Benq software work with the Philips (QSuite)?