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Old 2nd August 2005, 12:31   #1
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Default The fastest BENQ DW1640 meets the past king PLEXTOR PX-712A

Last year, my friend bought me a PLEXTOR 712A from Japan.
At that moment, I got some good quality DVD+R for testing, however, itíŽs not finished, as I was too busy...

The recording industry changes with each passing day.
2 weeks ago, I bought a BENQ 1640, which owns the highest spec DVD burner.
LetíŽs see them both at the same time.

First, PLEXTOR 712A
Packing looks very heavy


The accessories inside, manuals, and bundled softwares.



712A outlook



Backside and birth data



Next, BENQ 1640
Package is smaller, even smaller than 800A.



The accessories only include CD, simple manual and warranty card.
As cheap burner time, we can understand this.



1640 outlook



Short body and special radiator design



712A, firmware1.07
[DVD+R/RW]
12xDVD+R Write
4xDVD+RW ReWrite
[DVD-R/RW]
8xDVD-R Write
4xDVD-RW ReWrite
[DVD-ROM]
16xDVD-ROM Read
[CD]
48xCD-R Write
24xCD-RW ReWrite
48x Read

1640, firmware BSJB
[DVD-R DL]
4xDVD-R DL Write
[DVD+R DL]
8xDVD+R DL Write
[DVD+R/RW]
16xDVD+RWrite
8xDVD+RW ReWrite
[DVD-R/RW]
16xDVD-RWrite
6xDVD-RW ReWrite
[DVD-ROM]
16xDVD-ROM Read
[CD]
48xCD-RWrite
32xCD-RW ReWrite
48x Read

PS:
1. Using the same files to burn in each writer.
2. Using 1640 read burning discs.

First step, test CD

Using Ryder CD-R



Fixed 16X burning

712A



1640



Full speed 48X burning

712A



1640



Using Mitsubishi 8X+R




8X+R burning

712A



1640




What I learned:

712A
Good
1.Low noise
2.Firmware is very stable
3.Burnning quality as usual
4.PLEXTOOLS powerful utilities
4.8MB buffer

Bad
1.Not made in Japan
2.Price too high

1640
Good
1.Special radiator design
2.Lower price
3.Made in Malaysia
4.Highest spec till now
5.Low noise
6. 1640 OEM for 754A. The quality should be good.
7.Burnning quality is great

Bad
1.Less accessories (Low price burner effect)
2.Firmware is not stable. (BENQ is advanced in firmware modification. They still have great room to improve.)

There is no good or bad.
Different time, different price and different position.
Depending on personal like.


PS2:
This test is overview only.
There are so many CD and DVD discs in the market and I didníŽt test íVR, only test +R and CD-R for reference.
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Windwithme, there is a 16x speed model out from Plextor for ages now!

http://www.plextor.com/english/products/716A.htm

should compare apples with apples

or their top product also
http://www.plextor.com/english/products/740A.htm
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Using BenQ, Samsung and Rosewill Dual Layer 8.5GB 16X here, the choice of DVD burner is BenQ in an Intel System. My Venice at 2.7Ghz is slower in ripping DVD than a 3 GHz Intel.
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