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NEC ND-4550A DVD-Writer Review

Posted 14 February 2006 20:07 CET by Jan70



Review: NEC ND-4550A
Reviewer: Jan70
Provided by: NEC Germany
Manufactured: October 2005

NEC Germany, was kind enough to send us one of their latest DVD-writer the NEC ND-4550A. This drive supports 16x DVD+R/-R, 5x DVD-RAM, 8x/6x DVD+RW/-RW writing and 8x/6x DVD+R DL/-R DL writing technology - allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5GB to be written.

Company information:

Let us take a look at some of the company information found at the NEC Germany site:

NEC Deutschland GmbH, based in Ismaning near Munich, was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation in 1987.

The product portfolio includes the most modern presentation technology, such as Video, LCD and DLP™ projectors and plasma monitors as well as peripherals such as CD-ROM, DVD drives and floppy disks. Telecommunications products and biometric security solutions round off the product range.

The sales territory covers Central Europe, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as the Benelux countries and Eastern and South East Europe


NEC Deutschland GmbH is founded.

NEC offers one of the first 24-pin printers, the legendary P6, which is still used and asked for by many users throughout the world. 



With the LC series, NEC offers the first heavy-duty laser printers for office applications.


The MultiSync® models 2A, 3D, 4D and 5D are the first monitors with 360° design and digital control technology for easy screen adaptation to individual tasks and user requirements. 




NEC introduces the MultiSync® FG series, offering the first 15" monitor on the market. 


NEC revolutionises the laser printer market with GDI and offers the first GDI laser printer under 1000 marks. GDI is still used in a similar form by many other manufacturers.



NEC creates a price sensation with the Superscript 3000, a thermosublimation colour printer with photorealistic printing quality.



NEC develops CromaClear™ technology and sets a new standard for picture quality in 15"- and 17" monitors. The CromaClear™ slot mask combines the advantages of previous hole and aperture grill masks to provide an extremely clear, brilliant and uniformly bright picture.



NEC, together with Adobe, develops a new generation of laser printers by introducing PrintGear* technology. This page description language, which is similar to Postscript and optimised for office applications, results in previously unheard of printing performance at extremely economical prices.



NEC is the first manufacturer to mass produce 20" LCD monitors. The LCD 2000 will be offered on the German market in August, again putting NEC well ahead of the competition in innovation.



On the 1st July this year, the new enterprise NEC-Mitsubishi Electric Visual Systems Corp. (NMV) went operational in Europe and the USA. The joint venture between NEC and Mitsubishi Electric involves the amalgamation of the monitor manufacturing activities and know how of both companies, with the aim of obtaining greater market share through a stronger presence in the market. Since then, NEC Deutschland GmbH focuses exclusively on sales and marketing of hi-res plasmadisplays and projectors, rotating memories and telecommunication products.


NEC is the first manufacturer to supply the world-wide largest in series 61-inches plasma display with diagonals up to 1.55 meters.


Facts & Figures:

NEC Group Structure

NEC Corporation will position its business on "providing integrated solutions (including services) for mission critical systems in open environments" and concentrate further on IT and network integrating solution businesses.

NEC Electronics Corporation which concentrates its management resources on system large-scale integration (LSI) business will strengthen its global competitiveness, expanding its business as a specialist enterprise that empowers its global customers by providing semiconductor solutions for high-end system needs.

Through this new NEC group structure, NEC aims to increase the corporate value of the entire NEC group.

If you are interested in reading more company information, please visit: NEC GERMANY

Drive specifications:

The official listed specification of this drive was found on the NEC Germany website:

What's inside the box?

On this page we will take a look at the drive and its technology.

Below you will see the contents:

  • The internal ND-4550 drive itself
  • NEC Writer CD-ROM:
    • Documentation for NEC DVD Writer
    • Software documentation
    • NeroExpress 6.6 for Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and 2003 Server
    • NeroVision Express 3 & ShowTime 2 for Windows 98SE, ME, 200 and XP
  • MPC Audio cable
  • Screw set
  • IDE Cable

Now it's time to take a look at the drive itself:

The NEC ND-4550 uses the same bezel that previous NEC DVD Writers have used. A simple and clean design that includes a few logos, a single green coloured LED, an emergency eject hole and an eject button. (We would prefer different LED colours to distinguish between reading and writing operations). The logos located on the right side of the drive tray include a DVD Forum logo, a DVD Alliance DVD+R DL logo, and a CD-RW Ultra Speed logo.


On the top-side of the drive we found one sticker and we can read it was made in Malaysia '“ October 2005.


On the underside of the drive we can see a pattern of holes, which is used for ventilation.


On the back of the drive starting from the left, we can see a digital audio connector; analogue audio connector; pins and jumper to set the drive to cable select, slave or master; IDE connector and finally the power connector.

We installed the drive without any problems and here is a screenshot from Nero InfoTool:


Our drive came shipped with firmware 1.06 and was later updated to 1.07 (see below):

A screenshot from Nero InfoTool after the firmware update:

From the screenshot of Nero InfoTool above, we miss Mt.Rainier and a larger buffer size.

Another shot from Nero Burning ROM:


But let us continue this review and see how it really performs.

On the next page we will take a look at the test machine, the software, the drive features………… settings

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