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”)
Lite-On IT was kind enough to send us their 8x dual format DVD-Writer; the Lite-On LDW-811S. We have pretty good knowledge with Lite-On drives, as we have reviewed several of their drives earlier.
This time we\’ll take a look at the latest and greatest DVD-Writer from NEC with the model number ND-2500A. This is our first experience with DVD-Writers from NEC so we are unable to compare it to earlier NEC models. But NEC is a large and popular brand due to the low prices, so keep on reading to find out our experiences with this drive.
I/O Inerconnect was kind enough to send us their latest drive. Actually it’s so new that it’s just a pre-release sample and everything we got with the drive refers to another model, you will for sure notice this during the first pages of this review. The drive is a feature filled external drive, first it’s a dual format DVD-Writer based on a BTC DRW1004IM writer, and second it’s a flash card reader supporting all the flash card formats currently on the market, and least it also have a built in two-port USB2.0 Hub. All this sounds great, so let’s continue with the review to see if it really lives up to our expectations.
Today, thanks to TDK Europe, we\’ll take a look at the LPCW-100 CD/DVD label printer. According to the press release TDK Europe send out, the printer is incredibly easy to use and discs will be printed with dry ink which should prevent smudging. We\’ll of course test if this is indeed the case.
Ahead has recently released their Nero Digital video compression codec to the public. According to the press release, Nero Digital offers superb audio and video encoding quality. Is this really the case? Read this review to find out!
Op 28, 29 en 30 november van dit jaar was CD Freaks weer aanwezig op de HCC dagen in de jaarbeurs te Utrecht. Met een stand van 60m2 gaven we de bezoekers meer informatie over CD en DVD producten, deelden we ons gratis ‘CD Freaks Magazine’ uit en waren we aanwezig met de CD Freaks […]
Recently Philips Research announced the feasibility of dual layer DVD technology and their announcement was quickly followed by an announcement of competitor Pioneer in which they announced that they were also planning to bring dual layer DVD technology on the market. The announcements raised many questions by our visitors. For more information on the dual layer DVD recordable formats we contacted both Philips and Pioneer.
Specification wise the LDW-411S seems to be a clear winner as few other drives are able to provide such high CD-R/RW read/write speeds and 4X DVD+RW write speeds. Our expectations for this drive are very high due to the fact that our previous Lite-On drives have been very good performers.
This time we’re going to take a look at the LG GSA-4040B Super multi DVD Writer. Since it supports DVD-RAM in addition to DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW it could in fact be called a triple format DVD-Writer. Our expectations for this DVD-Writer are very high, so let’s see if it lives up to them!