Whats the difference?

vbimport

#1

After lurking around here for awhile. I decided to buy a External USB 2.0 NEC 3520A because my laptop only had the stock CD-RW/DVD-Rom…

Anyways, I ordered it brand new off of ebay through a ebay store who was selling tons of them Brand New. I received it today and when I plugged it in it said “NEC 3540A.”

Is the 3540 a 3520 with a firmware update? If so I assume the guy is flashing all of them before he ships them??

Or is the 3540 a totally new drive? If so he sent me a newer version?

Is the 3540 better than the 3520?

What is the difference between the two?Speeds?Formats?

Thanks!


#2

Check the sticker on the drive… it says there which drive it is. But since there is no known way to flash a 3520 with a firmware of 3540 (and still have a workable drive) I guess it’s a real 3540.

EDIT: But only the sticker on the drive will tell you if it’s really a 3540.


#3

Thanks, I opened it up and checked the sticker and it says it is a 3540A.

I read a few reviews on it and it sounds like a good drive. I backed up 3 of my movies with it so far and all came out good.


#4

hmm. NEC 3540 is not officially out in the US yet…


#5

Zevia: Hehe… I also found that a bit strange. You envy him ? :stuck_out_tongue:


#6

Dell Dude posted that the 3530 and 3540 were being shipped at Dell.
I have a 3530 and some have received 3540s as replacements! Will update you guys tommorrow on my replacement.


#7

I was wondering where do those ebayer got their stuff… :slight_smile:
clownman: the ebay seller name starts with megaxxxxx? If yes, he also claims with 1 year warranty. hmm… Does it have a serial number?


#8

I can imagine OEMs drive being shipped to big PC manufacturer like Dell, but don’t know how this ebayer dude get his stuff.


#9

Well its $93 including shipping, I guess thats an alright price for an external drive. funny though the seller doesn’t know what he has. Maybe it fell off the boat :slight_smile:


#10

Interesting… =) here Nec 3540 is the cheapest drive available along with 3520 leftovers. =)


#11

zevia: No the guys name isnt megaXXXX. I saw there stuff on there and almost went with them but I went for another guy.

I went through this guy and thought I was getting a 3520 until I received it today. Im not going to complain cause its a newer drive. As soon as I installed it it said 3540 and then when I took apart the external case as recommended by you guys the sticker said 3540A.

I can post the guys ebay store name as long as it is o.k to do here on the forums!!. I will give you guys a hint though he is one of the major guys on ebay selling DVD-RW’s with dual layer. (toshiba, NEC and I think a few pioneer) After I sent my payment I saw his name and it is definately of a asian background so that might give us a hint of where he gets his stuff…

Now you guys got me wondering. I thought maybe he goofed because the external case hides all the info and he shipped it to me in the external case box.

eric93se: Did you get one too fromt eh same guy? Thats the same price I payed for mine?


#12

Here is the info of of the tag:
ND-3540A
Made in Malaysia
Serial: 5505R805111
Manufactured: May 2005

If a moderator gives me permission I will post his ebay user name or a link. I dont want to violate any forum rules…


#13

nice he prolly got it from a dell or lives somewhere in europe