Panasonic SW-5582 Blu-ray Burner Review Zevia .

The new Panasonic SW-5582 Blu-ray drive is an advanced computer Blu-ray burner that uses Blu-ray writable (BD-R) and Blu-ray re-writeable (BD-RE) 25GB single layer and 50GB double layer Blu-ray discs for high density and secure data storage, computer backup, high-definition movies, audio videos, photos and anything else you can imagine. With Panasonic Blu-ray drives you get backwards compatibility with all the most popular DVD media formats such as DVD RAM discs, Dual Layer DVD, Double Layer DVD, DVD+R/RW, and DVD-R/RW with CD-R/RW support too!

The new Panasonic SW-5582 Blu-ray drive is an advanced computer Blu-ray burner that uses Blu-ray writable (BD-R) and Blu-ray re-writeable (BD-RE) 25GB single layer and 50GB double layer Blu-ray discs for high density and secure data storage, computer backup, high-definition movies, audio videos, photos and anything else you can imagine. With Panasonic Blu-ray drives you get backwards compatibility with all the most popular DVD media formats such as DVD RAM discs, Dual Layer DVD, Double Layer DVD, DVD+R/RW, and DVD-R/RW with CD-R/RW support too!

Panasonic SW-5582 Blu-ray Burner Review

Posted 03 August 2006 10:33 CET by Zevia



Review: Panasonic SW-5582
Reviewed by: zevia & Wesociety
Provided by: SLI Direct - USA
Firmware: BZC3
Manufactured: n/a

SLI Direct USA was kind enough to send us the first Panasonic Blu-ray drive: the Panasonic SW-5582. This drive incorporates most of the existing optical media formats into one powerful machine. It supports the next generation Blu-ray media, DVD-RAM, Dual/Double Layer DVD recording and CD burning. Single layer Blu-ray recordable (BD-R) and Blu-ray re-writeable (BD-RE) 25GB and Double Layer BD-R/BD-RE 50GB are supported at 2X burn speed. As this is a first generation Blu-ray drive, single layer 4.7GB DVD burning is supported at 8X max, while Double Layer and Dual Layer Recording speed is 4X max. DVD-RAM recording is supported at 5x max and DVD Rewriteable speeds are 6X max. 24X max CD-R burning and 16X max CD-RW support means that you no longer need a separate CD Burner for high performance CD burning.

In this article we will show the performance of the SW-5582 Blu-ray drive by running the drive through many tests on a considerable amount of various CD/DVD/BD media.


Corporate Information:

We took a quick look at the company information found at Panasonic web pages:

Panasonic\'s vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of our business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use our products every day. We share their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances.

As we move forward together with our customers into the uncharted future of the 21st century with the prospect of future technologies and systems yet to be thought of, Panasonic\'s standards are still firmly grounded in the philosophy of company founder Konosuke Matsushita. He began our journey in 1918 by inventing a two-socket light fixture. Profound in its import yet elegantly simple, Konosuke Matsushita\'s breakthrough led to what is now one of the world\'s largest electronics companies. As he built Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., he never lost sight of the importance of putting the needs of his customers and the public first.

Panasonic will continue its Customer First tradition of creating new products that resolve the challenges in business and personal life, helping us all enjoy more of what life has to offer. The name Panasonic is synonymous with innovation, quality, performance and ease of use. We look forward to a bright and shining technological future, and to playing a leading role in the digitally networked society, propelled by the creativity and dedication of our employees here and around the world.

We develop \'? We devise solution \'? We help broadcast
We entertain \'? We lead \'? We are Panasonic

We manufacture

Panasonic takes pride in being one of the world\'s premier electronics manufacturers. Not only do we make the DVD players, televisions and dozens of other consumer electronics products enjoyed by millions, but we are also a supplier of electronics components. From tiny semiconductors, to DVD-ROM drives for PCs, to flat screen plasma TV displays, Panasonic engineers are always pushing the technological envelope. In fact, many companies use our high-volume, high-speed manufacturing expertise and know-how to create even better products, just one more way Panasonic enhances lifestyles around the world.

Panasonic is not only a premier maker of electronics hardware, it is also one of the largest global manufacturers of DVD entertainment software. The growing state-of-the-art Panasonic disc replication plant in Torrance, CA, supplies many of the DVD video discs Americans bring into their homes every night.

We develop

The popular DVD format is an excellent example of Panasonic\'s engineering and marketing prowess. Panasonic developed many of the key technologies that make possible DVD, the format that is now transforming home entertainment and the computer industry. Our engineers took that technology from the laboratory and created high-quality, affordable components for the industry. At the same time, we used our expertise in storage media to make DVD discs a reality.

For our DVD efforts, we were awarded a technical Emmy Award by the television industry. While we are proud of that award, it hasn\'t stopped the technological advances. Panasonic was first to introduce recordable DVD for the PC and is moving forward with recordable DVD players for video enthusiasts. And this is only the beginning.

We devise solutions

As you click through the Panasonic Web site, you\'ll quickly see the broad range of consumer, business, industrial and broadcast products offered. Business customers, seeing this wide range of expertise, have asked us to provide entire systemwide solutions for all their electronics needs. Our engineers are rising to the challenge. The demand for this  one-stop shopping  is becoming a major growth area for the company as technology becomes more sophisticated and omnipresent. No matter if it\'s a giant hotel, a stadium or a major metropolitan transit system, Panasonic is meeting customers\' needs.

We help broadcast

Panasonic is playing a major role in digital television broadcasting. High-definition and digital TV will have a major impact on the way we all watch television, and it\'s a dramatic change for the better, with vivid images that make you feel you\'re looking through a window instead of a TV screen. Panasonic is helping TV stations across the country as they make the transition to digital capability. We provide the broadcast cameras, video recorders, video format converters, editing consoles and other tools that make great programming possible. When ABC Sports decided to broadcast "Monday Night Football" and the Super Bowl in HDTV, Panasonic made it happen by providing an entire HD production mobile unit.

Panasonic also led the way in making the dream of digital TV a reality for consumers with the introduction of the first all-format digital TV set-top receiver/decoder and first consumer HDTV both of which were developed in the U.S. as well as other cutting edge displays, including flat panel plasma televisions that incorporate technology from our U.S. development center.

We entertain

Delve further into the Panasonic Web site and you\'ll see a wealth of consumer technologies that were unheard of a few years ago: High-Definition TVs, Digital TVs, the first HD VCR, progressive scan DVD players, Internet-capable cordless phones and the list goes on. You\'ll also find video and audio gear that simply deliver excellent sound and picture quality at affordable prices. That, too is part of the Panasonic promise.

We lead

As we move into the 21st century, people look to true innovators, technological leaders for products to enrich their personal lives and make their work life easier. Panasonic, as one of the world\'s premier technology companies, is devoting the resources in its global research laboratories and production divisions to make that bright future a reality.

Panasonic is leading the way with products and systems that are as obvious as our High-Definition TV systems. High-Definition Digital TV delivers picture and sound so realistic you feel like you\'re front row center in your favorite movie theatre. More subtly, we also make the cameras and broadcast equipment that record and edit HDTV shows that are transmitted to your home. Panasonic integrates and installs the security systems in major hotels and stadiums - and designs the cutting-edge, postage-stamp sized semiconductor memory that\'s revolutionizing the consumer electronics industry. Panasonic is the Emmy Award winner behind the DVD format that\'s transforming home entertainment. In fact, we not only helped create the format with breakthrough technologies but are also one of the top manufacturers of players and discs in the world.

And everything with the Panasonic name is backed by world-class customer service with team members who deeply believe in the philosophy of putting the customer first.

Our employees not only take care of their customers but they also contribute to their communities across the country. Panasonic takes pride in being a good neighbour. We invest in educational outreach that is so vital to vibrant communities everywhere. Panasonic is meeting the challenge of the new Digital Age in so many ways and on so many different levels. We welcome the dramatic and positive changes transforming the world around us.

Join us on the journey.

We are Panasonic

Panasonic is much more than a well-known brand name. It stands for the depth and diversity of our research capabilities, manufacturing expertise and product selection. It stands for the advanced technology of products, from easy-to-use consumer goods to sophisticated medical, broadcast, business and industrial systems.

More importantly, Panasonic stands for a commitment to quality, value and innovation. In North America, this commitment is backed up by employees working in research and development centers from California\'s Silicon Valley to Video Valley in New Jersey, state-of-the-art manufacturing plants, one of the country\'s largest customer call centers in Virginia and sales and service organizations that deal with the public and business-to-business relationships in nearly every state. In all of our dealings, the customer is always first. This was our bedrock philosophy through the 20th century and it will carry us through the 21st century.


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Drive Overview:




The Panasonic Blu-ray SW-5582 drive is capable of reading data from and writing data on CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, and BD-R/BD-RE formats. The Panasonic Blu-ray SW-5582 is the next generation of storage offering 25 to 50 GB of data on one Blu-ray disc. Blu-ray drives will lead the way for data and high definition movie storage.

The new Panasonic SW-5582 Blu-ray drive is an advanced computer Blu-ray burner that uses Blu-ray writable (BD-R) and Blu-ray re-writeable (BD-RE) 25GB single layer and 50GB double layer Blu-ray discs for storage of data, computer backup, high-definition movies and more. With Panasonic Blu-ray drives you get backwards compatibility with all the most popular DVD media formats such as DVD RAM discs, Dual Layer DVD, Double Layer DVD, DVD+R/RW, and DVD-R/RW with CD-R/RW support too!

Panasonic Blu-ray drives are the industries first, fastest, and most compatible Blu-ray drives. With the power of a Blu-ray burner comes the next generation of data storage technology. Able to burn 25GB on a single layer Blu-ray disc and up to 50GB on a double layer Blu-ray disc, the Panasonic SW-5582 has created a future for high density and secure computer and data storage including backup, high definition movies, photos and anything else you can imagine.


Drive specifications:

Now let us take a look at the specifications of the Panasonic Blu-ray SW-5582.



Panasonic Blu-ray SW-5582


ATAPI (EIDE) internal interface

Loading Method

Tray Load


- Write

BD-R SL/DL: 2X CLV (max.) writing
BD-RE SL/DL: 2X CLV (max.) rewriting
DVD-RAM: 5X CLV (max.) rewriting
DVD+R DL: 4X CLV (max.) writing
DVD-R DL: 4X CLV (max.) writing
DVD+R: 8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
DVD+RW: 8X Z-CLV (max.) rewriting
DVD-R: 8X Z-CAV (max.) writing
DVD-RW: 6X CLV (max.) rewriting
CD-R: 24X Z-CLV (max.) writing
CD-RW: 16X Z-CLV (max.) rewriting

- Read

BD-ROM SL/DL: 2x CLV (max.)
BD-R SL/DL: 2X CLV (max.)
BD-RE SL/DL: 2X CLV (max.)
DVD-RAM: 5x CLV (max.)
DVD+R DL: 8X CAV (max.)
DVD-R DL: 8X CAV (max.)
DVD-ROM (dual layer): 8X CAV (max.)
DVD-Video (with CSS): 6x CAV (max.)

DVD+R: 8X CAV (max.)
DVD-R: 8X CAV (max.)
DVD-ROM (single layer): 8X CAV (max.)CD-ROM: 32X CAV (max.)
CD-R: 32X CAV (max.)
CD-RW: 24X CAV (max.)
CD-DA: 24x

Burst transfer rate

PIO Mode4 (16.67 MB/s)

Multiword DMA Mode2 (16.67 MB/s)

Ultra DMA Mode2 (33.33 MB/s)

Ultra DMA Mode4 (66.67 MB/s)

Data transfer rate

BD: 9 MB/s (2x speed)

DVD: 11,080 KB/s (8X speed max.)

CD: 4,800 KB/s (32X speed max.)

Random access time

Average random stroke

BD: Typical 200 ms

DVD: Typical 190 ms

DVD-RAM: Typical 360 ms

CD: Typical 180 ms

Average full stroke

BD: Typical 400 ms

DVD: Typical 300 ms

DVD-RAM: Typical 2380 ms

CD: Typical 250 ms

Buffer memory

8 MB

Recording method (CD-R/RW)

Disc at Once, Track at Once, Session at Once, Multisession, Fixed/Variable Packet Writing

Recording method (DVD)

         DVD-RAM: Random Access

         DVD-R: Disc at Once, Incremental

         DVD-R DL: Disc at Once

         DVD-RW: Disc at Once, Incremental, Restricted Overwrite

         DVD+R/+R DL: Sequential Recording, Multi-Session

         DVD+RW: Random Write

Recording method (BD)

         BD-RE: Random Access

         BD-R: Sequential Recording, Random Recording, Sequential Recording with Logical Overwrite

Laser wavelength

Blu-ray: 405nm (blue laser)

DVD: 650nm (red laser)

CD: 780nm (infrared)



    Operating: 5 to 50 °C

    Non-Operating: -30 to 60°C


    Operating 10% to 80% [RH]

    Non-Operating: 5% to 90% [RH]

Noise: 50 dB [max] Access mode   


2.5 lbs (985g)


H: 41.3 mm, W: 146mm, D: 190mm
(Excluding front panel)

Minimum System Requirement

         Intel® Pentium® 700 MHz

         64 MB RAM or more

         One available EIDE (ATAPI) interface connection with DMA capability

         One 5.25" drive bay

         One available internal +12 V/+5 V power connecter

         Operating system:
Microsoft® Windows® ME, 2000, XP Mac OS 10.2 or higher 


What\'s inside the box?

On this page we will take a look at what the drive came shipped with and its technology.

The drive supplied was OEM version

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

Drive with Ivory front panel

With the Ivory front panel, the drive tray has a nice appearance. On the tray we can see a DVD Multi Recorder logo, Blu-ray logo, DVD Alliance logo, and Compact Disc High Speed ReWritable logo. Below the tray is a Blue LED indicator, an emergency eject hole, and finally an eject button.


Drive Sticker

On the top of the drive we found a sticker that shows it was made in Japan.


Drive Right

Drive Left


The rear connectors from right to left are a 4-pin Power Connector, a 40-pin Interface Connector, a 6-pin Master/Slave/Cable Select jumper, a 4-pin Analog Audio Connector and a 2-pin Not Used Connector. Note: CD-DA digital data is available through the IDE interface.

Panasonic MN103S98HBA chipset

Now, let us connect the drive and check out the features and writing technology on the next page… settings

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