Where have all the DW1620s gone?

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#1

Having decided to buy a DW1620 I have now found that I can’t find one.

Does anyone know of an online retailer in the UK with a reasonably priced black DW1620s in stock?

I don’t care whether it’s retail, oem, or a rebadge, so long as it can be flashed to the latest Benq firmware.

Thanks


#2

Have you tried EBUYER… They had over 500 in stock a week ago. That’s where i purchased mine.


#3

Yes I’ve tried Ebuyer and the status is ‘stock overdue’. That’s for a retail drive which is biege in the picture. The only item they have listed as black is a 10 pack which is also out of stock.

The retail drives don’t come with both black and biege facias by any chance do they?


#4

http://www.compgeeks.com should have them in-stock. Newegg I thought had the retail version in stock and the Nu Technology DDW-163 is in stock for $58 or whatever again which is an all black or all beige drive (That’s the one I have too flashed to B7T9 and it works marvelously!).


#5

Thanks for the suggestions but I’m on the other side of the Atlantic.

I need a supplier in the UK, or at least somewhere in Europe that will ship cheaply.


#6

I bought my Bblack Philips 1640 (OEM ) form Overclockers (UK) for £33.50 + Vat about a week ago.

The last time I looked, stock was still available.


#7

Ahhh, sorry about that bremen. I’d go with Rambaud’s suggestion - you could potentially try amazon.co.uk - although you may pay more for it there at least they should have it in stock hopefully. :slight_smile:


#8

If you care for a black Philips OEM 1640G
http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?lang=&gad=&photo=&product=EXS7086&session=30dc19bcb8e463f9b511afc75dca4ef9


#9

Thanks to Rambaud (and everyone else), I’ve ordered the Philips from Overclockers. I don’t know why I didn’t check their site in the first place as I visit it at least once a week.

Now I’ve just got convince my old man that he needs a DVD writer and flog him my ND2500 flashed to ND2510.


#10

I would stick with Phillips f/w. 3.2 seems to be good right now. Plus you will still have the kewl lights i keep hearing about.


#11

http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/product_summary.asp?stype=2&group=DVDRW&pgroup=DVDD&nofeat=Y


#12

I should add that the OEM version of the Philips 1640 does not come with the “kewl lights” - contrary to the Overclockers photo. :sad:

Still a good drive,


#13

Well you can get the retail beige 1620 from Elara.ie for €84/£58
http://www.elara.ie/products/detailsfull.asp?productcode=ECE957932&productID=108419

Also Kustom PC’s have the Shuttle CR40 listed which is a 1620 re-badge and actually has a much nicer front bezel that comes in black and silver and their charging £69

http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_4293.html

http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_4292.html


#14

hey, whats the difference between the philips 1640 and 1640K? (just the colour?) im about to buy one of these from OcUK… thanks :slight_smile:


#15

I’ve got a DVDR1640K on order from OcUk at the moment, it should be with me tomorrow (Tuesday, 1st).

I would guess that it will actually be a PBDV1640G without the flashy leds. I can provide the exact details when it arrives if you would like.


#16

As far as I know, there have been a shortage of BenQ drives in Europe. I have also had one on order from one of the distributors in Norway, and the shipping date to them have been unconfirmed a long time and constantly pushed back. But last time I spoke to them they now had it confirmed for close to the middle of February.


#17

What about the re-badges - Philips, MSI, Enlight etc?


#18

Not sure, have not access to these brands for optical drives.


#19

Could be BenQ is gradually emptying the channel of existing retail 1620 drives in preparation for the 1640 its replacement ?


#20

I think so too.

The drive also becomes quite scarce in french shops.