Pioneer DVR-111 DVD Burner Review




 


Positive:







  • Very good write
    quality with CD-R media

  • Excellent write
    quality with most DVD±R/RW media

  • Supports DVD+RW/-RW at
    8x/6x

  • Supports DVD+R DL/-R
    DL at 8x/8x writing speed

  • Supports DVD-RAM
    read/write at 5x

  • Can write DVD±R/DL
    media at higher than its rated speed

  • Supports 32x CD-RW
    writing speed

  • Supports auto
    Bitsetting for DVD+R DL (BookType to DVD-ROM)

  • Can read Pressed
    DVD-ROM/DVD-Video SL/DL at 16x/12x

  • ‘Two Sheep”
    writer

  • Very good build
    quality

  • Supports DAO-RAW
    writing

  • Supports Mini DVD-R
    discs

Negative:







  • Read speed is locked
    at 12x/8x for DVD±R/RW media

  • Write quality on Ultra
    Speed CD-RW media could be improved

  • Media compatibility on
    DVD±R media could be improved

  • Media compatibility on
    CD-R media could be improved

  • Single coloured LED
    for read/write

  • Does not support
    Bitsetting on DVD+R/RW (BookType to DVD-ROM)

  • Not a lead free
    product

Conclusion:






Let us summarize
the most important positive and negative points below:


The main
positive points:

The Pioneer DVR-111 can produce excellent quality burns on DVD±R media. Every
one of our tested media had a perfect read-back curve and our KProbe scans
demonstrated how well the media had been written.


The Pioneer DVR-111 was
also able to burn CD-R media with very good quality, again our KProbe scans
showing us how well the media had been written.


The Pioneer DVR-111 can
also read and write DVD-RAM media, thus covering all common media types
currently available. The Pioneer DVR-111 was also able to write this media using
a fast 5x CLV writing method.


The Pioneer DVR-111
during this review proved to be a fairly quiet and unobtrusive drive. The drive
also run very cool, which may be important if the drive is housed in a cramped
PC case, or used in a hot climate.


The build quality of the
Pioneer was also of a very high standard, with solid construction and smooth
operating media drawer.






The main
negative points:  
There are not that many negative
things to say about the Pioneer DVR-111. Media compatibility with CD-R and
DVD
±R could be
better. Many of our 16x rated media was only burned at 12x. Having said that,
the media that did burn at 12x did burn with excellent quality, so perhaps this
was a wise decision on Pioneer’s part, and I would chose quality over speed
every time.


The Pioneer DVR-111
reading performance could be better, although the drive performed well enough in
our tests. We would like to see DVD±R media being read at 16x and DVD±RW media
being read at 12x, instead of the present DVD±R/RW 12x/8x


We would also like to see
some improvements in writing quality when burning ‘Ultra speed” CD-RW media.
This at present is one weak point with the Pioneer DVR-111.






To sum it
all up:
Although
some areas of the drive need some improvement, the
Pioneer DVR-111 is an excellent writer for DVD
±R media, and
produced some of the best quality burns we have seen here in CDFreaks labs.
With this in mind
we decided to award the Pioneer DVR-111 our CDFreaks ‘safe buy” award.







By using our price
grabber feature cdfreaks.pricegrabber we were
unable to locate a listed price for the Pioneer DVR-111, however we found one UK
online retailer had the drive listed for £30.98 UK pounds including VAT (April 2006).
 


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Thanks
to:






Bell Technology spol s.r.o. ‘“ Czech
Republic for providing the media used in this review.


 


SVP Communications ‘“ The United Kingdom for
providing the media used in this review.


 


Conrexx Technology B.V./RITEK Europe ‘“
The Netherlands for providing the media used in this review.


 


Medea International ‘“ United
Kingdom for providing the Infiniti and HP media used in this review


 


 Plextor SA/NV (B) for providing the Plextor
media used in this review.


 


Ricoh Europe ‘“ For providing the media used
in this review.


 



E-Net Distribution ‘“ United Kingdom
for providing the media used in this review.


 


 


Verbatim
– Germany and United Kingdom for providing the media used in this
review.


 


For providing the Memorex media used in this
review.
Memorex is one of the largest providers
of all types of media for larger parts of the world.


 


Daxon (Taiwan) for providing
the Daxon media used in this review.