The end of the year is near and 2005 is just around the corner. The year 2004 brought us a lot of improvements in DVD burning and we can certainly say that in 2004 DVD burning became a common thing to do. Increased speeds and dual layer burners are probably the most exciting things to mention about the year 2004 but will 2005 be boring?
Philips Europe (NL) was kind enough to send us the Philips ED16DVDR external DVD-writer. This drive supports 16x DVD+R writing, 8x DVD-R and 2.4x DVD+R9 DL writing technology, allowing dual layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written.
Mad Dog Multimedia was kind enough to send us their latest DVD-Writer; the MD-16XDVD9. Mad Dog drives have become quite popular in the United States, so it will be very interesting to see how their latest DVD writer performs. You\’ll have to read this review to find out!
Samsung Europe was kind enough to send us the Samsung TS-H552B DVD-writer. This drive supports 16x DVD+R writing, 12x DVD-R and 2.4x DVD+R9 DL writing technology, allowing dual layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written.
Pioneer Europe was kind enough to send us their latest DVD-Writer; The Pioneer DVR-A08XLA. This writer is a much anticipated drive and our expectations are very high. In this review we will run the drive through several advanced tests, and try to test as many aspects as possible.
It has been a while since last time we looked into a BenQ drive. The drive they sent us was their latest DVD-Writer; the BenQ DW1620A. The drive supports both DVD+R and DVD-R at 16x as well as double layer technology and is thus a very interesting drive. Let us see how it performs compared to some other drives.
Handy Backup is a small yet powerful program designed to allow people to automatically back up their critical data to virtually any type of storage media or even to an FTP server.
For anyone who has important documents on a computer that you can’t afford to lose but with a tendency not to make the backups when they should be done, this is a program that will do everything you need it to do and more.
MSI was kind enough to send us their DR8-A2 DVD-Writer for a closer look. MSI is a large and known manufacturer of other computer products such as Mainboard and Video cards, so it will be interesting to see how their optical drives perform.
This drive supports 16x DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVDÂ±RW writing and 2.4x DVD+R9 DL writing technology, allowing dual layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written.
With the recent explosion of affordable DVD±RW drives on the market there are more and more people becoming interested in DVD burning. Although a DVD±RW drive is a great method for data backup many people also want to use their drive to backup their home DVD movie collection. To do this you will need DVD backup software.
One recent addition to the DVD backup scene is 123 Copy DVD. They promise to be the easiest DVD backup program yet. Today we are going to take an in-depth look and see how well the software lives up to this claim.
Philips was kind enough to send us their latest DVD-Writer; the Philips DVDR1640P. This drive supports 16x DVD+R writing and DVD+R9 DL writing technology, allowing dual layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written. Philips has enjoyed a long history of developing optical drives and has in the past joined up with BenQ for manufacturing and development. This strategic alliance seems to benefit both parties. BenQ has the production facilities, while Philips designs chipset/electronic components as well as being one of the main DVD+R/RW developers.
Compatibility is a large issue when it comes to DVD recording. Not every DVD recordable disc plays on every DVD player. Fortunately there is a method, called the bitsetting (Booktype changing) that is able to increase the compatibility of DVD+R discs.
LaCie was kind enough to send us their latest DVD-Writer, the LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer (300757). This drive supports the new Dual Layer DVD+R writing technology, allowing dual layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written.
BTC was kind enough to send us their latest DVD-Writer; the BTC DRW1108IM. BTC is growing in the optical market due to competitive prices and large OEM contracts, so it will be interesting to see how their latest DVD-Writer performs. Read on to see our test results and opinions on this writer.
The Philips DVDRW885 drive supports the new Dual Layer DVD+R writing technlogy, allowing dual layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written. Philips has a long history for developing optical drives and lately has joined forces with BenQ for manufacturing and developing optical drives. The synergy that results seems to benefit both BenQ and Philips, in that BenQ has the production facilities, while Philips designs the chipset and electronic components as well as being on of the main DVD+R/RW developers.
We have just seen the first 12x DVD-writers appearing in stores, and here we have it; the first 16X DVD-Writer! Big thanks to BenQ for sending out an early pre-release drive of their upcoming DW1600A DVD-Writer. This is not a finished product yet and the full specifications are just released. So in this short preview we will only take a look at how fast 16x speed is and look at how the writing quality is at 16x. And we will of course answer the question everyone has: Will any 8x DVD+R media work at 16x?
Last month Plextor launched their third DVD recorder, the Plextor PX-712A, at which we’re going to take a look at in this review. As the model number of the drive suggests, it supports 12x DVD+R recording speeds, a world\’s first.
It has been a while since last time we looked into a BenQ drive. The drive they sent us was their latest DVD-Writer; the BenQ DW822A. This drive is the first drive on the market that has hardware capable of writing dual layer DVD+R discs. The firmware is not ready for dual layer yet, but you have the promise to get a firmware upgrade on 30. September 2004 that supports it. Read on to find out how this drive compares to other competing drives on the market.
We will take a quick look at the BenQ DW830A DVD-Writer and its dual layer writing capabilities in this article.
Lite-On IT was kind enough to send us their latest 8x dual format DVD-Writer; the Lite-On SOHW-812S. We have pretty good knowledge with Lite-On drives, as we have reviewed several of their drives earlier. Lite-On IT is one of the main players in the optical market; Lite-On IT is actually just one part of the large Lite-On Company. The Lite-On company produces a lot of different products: keyboards, power supplies and optical drives are just a few of them.
Just like last year CD Freaks has visited the CeBit event, held in Hannover Germany. This large technology exhibition is a great opportunity to meet the people we’re writing about. Almost all important companies from the Optical Storage Industry are displaying their new products during this event and thus it’s a great opportunity to ask the companies some questions. Read here what they had to say.
Three years ago the Taiwanese Ritek company, one of the world\’s largest manufacturers of recordable media, created the Ridata brand. This new brand was created to focus on Optical Storage Devices so that Ritek could provide the market with both optical storage products and the accompanying media.
NU Europe was kind enough to send us their latest DVD-Writer; The NU DDW-081, we applied a firmware upgrade to make it dual format which changed the name to NU DDW-082. NU Tech is a very new brand on the market so we do not know what to expect from this writer. But we will discover more about this drive as we test it.
Pioneer Europe was kind enough to send us their latest DVD-Writer; The Pioneer DVR-107D. This writer is a much anticipated drive and our expectations are very high. In this review we will run the drive through several advanced tests, and try to test as many aspects as possible.
Tages is a French copy protection with all kinds of quotes on their website coming from our forums and visitors. So it was about time for one of our editors to investigate if the copy protection really does what it promises (“there will never be one-to-one copies. It is physically impossible”)