Sony DRU-810A, a rebadged DW1640?

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#1

It looks like Sony has decided to rebadge BenQ’s DW1640 instead of Lite-On’s SHW-1635S for its DRU-810A drive. Checkout these pictures:


They’re from Sony’s own website here.


#2

Interesting… :smiley:
Curious why Sony doesn’t seem to implement “BenQ’s” AFCS . The ventholes at sides (ADCS) are on place though.

Adding pic of BenQ 1640 (OEM) for comparison. :slight_smile:



#3

Probably Photoshopped. Same thing with Plextor’s product pictures of PX-740A:


#4

They might actually have the AFCS pinto2, when I saw the promo pictures of Plextors 740A it also did not have the AFCS but when I actually got the drive its casing did have the AFCS.

Edit:jsl beat me to it :slight_smile:


#5

Thanks jsl and 8T8 for the clarification about AFCS. :bow:

Wonder why Sony didn’t “Photoshop” ADCS ventholes at same time. :wink:


#6

Real boring :doh:

Another OEM of 1640


#7

Well atleast Sony will be selling something decent for a change. :wink:


#8

A little off topic but is there a list of what dw1640 drives are rebadged? Or does anyone know which ones are?

I know the plextor px 740a is one and I guess this sony is another but are there others?


#9

I think they are the only known two at the moment but no doubt there will be more down the line.


#10
  • Philips 1628 (OEM) /1648 (BOX)

#11

Thanks!

I’ve got gift certificates to two stores and I’m waiting for either place to carry the 1640 or some variant.


#12

So being that Plextor has a BenQ DD DW1640 rebadge, does that mean Plextools will be available for the PX-740A hence compatible with the DW1640?..


#13

No the functionally with Plextools is very limited (when using the Plex 740A firmware) though I confess I could not test the latest version as the update from Plextors website kept generating an error message every time I tried to run it.

Actually over at CDR Labs they are reporting on the Sony (BenQ) drives and they show an external drive called the DRX-810UL whose firmware could be handy for those who want to stick a 1640 in an external enclosure if BenQ never release such a drive themselves (of course though exclusive BenQ firmware features could be lost).


#14

I believe Sony DRU-810A is already available in Asia. (?)


#15

Success!

I have successfully cross flash a Sony DRU-810a to BenQ 1640 :bigsmile:

this is the box :smiley: (taken from my SonyEricsson P800, sorry for the blurry pic)

and yes, the AFCS is there…


#16

so it can be done, think i’ll wait till a firmware comes out that can be ran through MCSE, before i alter mine


#17

The latest version of MCSE support BSLB


#18

yes but its not the Sony firmware, and there isn’t away to dump the firmware of the benq drives/sony


#19

does the sony firmware support bitsetting?


#20

yes it does, the only difference with the sony is that it does not work fully with QSuite, you cannot enable overburn or WOPC