After reading many posts on cdfreaks.com I decided to purchase a BenQ 1620. I followed the BenQ forum closely as I waited for my DVD writer to arrive. When it was finally delivered I had no problem flashing my oem drive to the latest BenQ firmware because of the many informative posts on this site.
Thanks for all the help from someone who lurks in the background.
I’m glad that the BenQ forum made it a snap for you to flash your drive from OEM to BenQ retail firmware. Hopefully, we can see some scans and posts regarding the performance of your new BenQ drive. Happy burning to you.
I can so agree with this thread. I left my LG 4120 in the dust, and picked up a new DW1620. I am EXTREMELY happy with the purchase, and can only say, I was a retard to not get one sooner? AWESOME drive. Better support then LG, they added too little too late, and the support from BenQ is what finally convinced me.
the thing is, when searching for the ‘best’ replacement drive, it’s almost impossible to get objective advice - everybody in every forum loves their drive It took me a week of reading through all the reviews and comments on all the drives in all the forums here to make a decision. And I’m delighted with the 1620.
Reading comments like “poor -R writing” isn’t encouraging when you have just bought a stack of 50 -R discs! But “overspeeding as standard” is very attractive.
Anyway, what really made my mind up about this drive, other than the scores of positive comments, were:
[li]Regular OFFICIAL firmware updates
[/li][li]Cross-flashing is so easy
[/li][li]The drive is a PHENOMENAL reader
[/li][li]…and an incredibly fast writer
[/li][li]It writes to every media code I can throw at it
My first drive was an NEC 1100… very very slow.
Next came a Nu… dual format? Couldn’t write to -R properly.
Then NEC again… couldn’t read the disks it wrote, and very slow.
And now BenQ… can’t find fault with it (yet). Fast, writes to everything, doesn’t get stressed if I use the PC at the same time as burning, reads everything.
To those who come across this post and are wondering if it’s the drive for them… Add it to your shortlist at the very least. This IS an exceptional drive. You won’t be disappointed
I took the advice to get a 1620 too. My crappy Lite-Off 812S finally started dying and I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go. I had a bunch of different brands of media laying around it just couldn’t write to worth a crap but my BenQ has been producing very good results. Hell, I’d get a couple of those media sampler packs just to see if I could find something it can’t do well but I’ve already tried so many brands in the thing there’s no point as I could have made up my own sampler packs. I’m so glad I got this drive.
I have to agree with the BenQ sentiments. If it wasn’t for this forum I would’ve never gotten it after my NEC ND2500A died on me. The BenQ does very well for me and I am not in the least bit upset with it. I guarantee if this drive ever died I’d be right out on the 'net ordering another BenQ or the new drive from BenQ if one was out without a second thought to it.
Well, my two BenQ 1620’s are not exactly new, but they have certainly stood up to a lot of use. One of them spends each and every night writing video transferred live from tape. As it gets done about 5 a.m., I get up and put in another disc (backup copy). It does nothing through the day, but in the evening it is a music player and serves up movies for the home cinema. For a device that has worked hard and ran nonstop since going into service, I have had very little trouble (issues are related to environmentals and media). The other drive is used as a backup device. While it’s not backing up photos or making multimedia slideshows, it is serving up music for entertainment, and it has never made an error. I can’t believe it either, but it hasn’t scratched yet. yay!
I use Blankmedia as well. I use DVDDecrypter to rip to hard drive and DVDShrink to make an ISO image of main movie only, then burn the ISO using DVDDecrypter. I use mostly Verbatim 8x DVD+R printables at 12x and use an Epson R200 to print the inserts and the discs (I get my DVD cases from Blankmedia as well). Email me if you wish other info Cantley.