The box tells BENQ from BTC for the I/O Magic

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#1

I found out that the box tells the story whether your getting a BENQ or the BTC.

The BTC should have:
16x DVD+/-R Write, 4x DVD+R Double Layer Write
-8x DVD+RW/4x DVD-RW Rewrite, 16x DVD-ROM Read

  • 48x CD-R Write, 24x CD-RW Rewrite,48x CD-ROM Read

The BenQ should have:
16x DVD+/-R Write, 2.4x DVD+R Double Layer Write

  • 4x DVD+RW/4x DVD-RW Rewrite, 16x DVD-ROM Read
  • 40x CD-R Write, 24x CD-RW Rewrite,48x CD-ROM Read

#2

luckyjdr, you are correct. When I was at Staples, I noticed that there were two different boxes. I compared the boxes and found that one of them had faster numbers listed on the box. I thought that I was being smart picking the one with the better numbers…NOT!


#3

luckyjdr,
Slight correction on the BenQ box: should be “40X CD-Rom Read”
Actually shows in this order, under the title, Specifications: (on side of box)
E-IDE / ATAPI Interface
Write- (40X CD-R)
(16X DVD+R)
(16X DVD-R)
(2.4X DVD+R DL)
ReWrite- (24X CD-RW)
(4X DVD+RW)
(4X DVD-RW)
Read- (40X CD)
(16X DVD)

Wish someone had posted this before Black Friday!
Thanks, dishinit


#4

Yeah, me too. :iagree: :iagree:


#5

If you folks haven’t return the BTC, wait a while and exchange it with BenQ within 14 days (return period). I exchange my BTC yesterday succesfully after browsing four different Staples.


#6

Actually, because of the holidays, the return date is before January 8th. Of course, verify it before you take my word.


#7

True, but exchanging (assuming they don’t just swap them out with no paperwork) will probably screw up the easyrebate I already submitted, no?


#8

It seems that the I/O Magic switched over to BTC from BenQ because BTC drives offered higher specs (4x DVD+R DL, etc). If true, this may mean that only older stock of I/O Magic will have the BenQ.

I have both boxes sitting in front of me. So here are some more easy ways to distinguish whether the I/O Magic box contains a BTC or a BenQ :

  1. BenQ box shows a picture on the drive with two dark grey “RW” symbols on the drive’s drawer faceplate, the BTC shows “16X” instead;

  2. BenQ box is the SMALLER of the two boxes;

  3. BenQ box does not have a serial number sticker on the top, the BTC does;

Hope this helps…


#9

Also, the BenQ clearly shows in the specs 2.4X DVD +R DL specs as well as 40X CD-R speeps, BTC shows 4X and 48X respectively for this specs.


#10

Thanks to all you guys. I used this information to find the Benq i/omagic at local staples stores. Found it in the fourth store that I stopped at. I had a $20 coupon and the drive was for $90 with $30 rebate. So, I was able to match the black friday deal of $40. :bow: :bow: :bow:

The drive was the original Benq retail with B7C9 firmware. I have upgraded the firmware to B7P9 now.


#11

That’s a steal; especially for a retail BenQ DW1620. Cheers to you for finding that deal. :bigsmile:


#12

I thought $60 US was good for a rebadge.

THAT’S just wonderful.