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Friday, December 10, 2004
Philips ED16DVDR external

1. Introduction

Philips ED16DVDR DL Recorder - Page 1

has released its first external 16X recorder, the ED16DVDR, with support for both DVD+R and DVD-R writing as well as dual layer.

- Drive Features

Seamless Link was initially introduced by Acer CM (now BenQ). This technology allows a CD-RW/DVD+RW drive to automatically monitor the recording status to prevent buffer under run from occurring.

Seamless Link allows the drive to store the RecEnd address, the point in the data to which the recording mechanism has progressed, and pause the recording before a buffer under run occurs. When the buffer is again full, a Seamless Link-enabled drive locates the RecEnd address and resumes the recording process. The gap between the stop and restart point is closed, while managing the recording process precisely and transparently-eliminating under run errors while maintaining recording accuracy.

- Specifications

Recording speed
16x DVD+R, 2.4 DL, 8x DVD-R
ReWriting speed 24x CDRW, 8x DVD+RW, 4x DVD-RW
Access time (typical) 120ms
Disc capacity 4.7 GB DVD R/RW, 700 MB CD-R/R
Disc size 120 mm
Mass storage class compliant yes
Reading speed : 48x Read CD, 16x read DVD
Recording media 8cm CDs, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R double layer, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
Supported formats CD-Audio, CD-Recordable, CD-Rewritable, CD-ROM, CD-Text, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM, DVD/R, DVD/RW, Photo CD, Video-CD, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-RW
Write modes Disc at once (DAO), Fixed packet, Multi session (MS), Over-burn writing, Packet writing, Raw mode burning, Session at once (SAO), Track at once (TAO), Variable packet
USB :  USB 2.0
AC/DC adaptor
Install CD Nero 6
USB cable
User manual
Ahead Nero Suite 6 :  Nero Burning Rom 6, InCD 4, Nero Vision express 2, Nero media Player 1, EasyWrite Reader 4, Nero Burning Rights 1
System Requirements
Hard disc space :  500 MB
PC OS :  Windows 98 SE, 2000, ME, XP
Processor :  Pentium 4 1 GHz or faster

The drive does not support Mount Rainier and it uses the well known RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times. The drive that arrived in our labs was set for Region Code 6. DVD-RAM media is not supported for either reading or writing. Below are the drive's main specs as given by NeroInfoTool and DVDInfoPro:

Since this is a Mediatek based drive, we used the Kprobe utility in order to remove the RPC lock. As you can see below, we managed to successfully make the drive region free.

- Tested Kit / Software Bundle

The included accessories with the retail package are as follows:

  • AC/DC adaptor
  • CD-ROM with software
  • Quick install guide
  • manual
  • and a USB cable.

As for software, included is Ahead's Nero Suite 6 :  Nero Burning Rom 6, InCD 4, Nero Vision express 2, Nero media Player 1, EasyWrite Reader 4, Nero Burning Rights 1.

The front bezel differs from the ordinary Philips front panels. This one is black with a small indicator light in the middle. The DVD+R DL is placed on the left side and indicates the drive's support for this format while below it there is another logo indicating 16X support. Finally, the eject button is located on the right.

On the rear of the drive itself, there are the analogue and digital outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connection and the power input while on the rear of the case that houses the drive, there are the an audio output, the USB and the ******** AC power connections.

Removing the screws and opening the drive unit's cover voids the warranty. For reference reasons, we post the following images. You can click on the mainboard picture for a higher resolution image:

The drive is Mediatek based using the following chipsets.

The following labels are those found on the drive itself and on the case, respectively:

- Installation

The drive was installed as secondary master and under WindowsXP and was recognized as "PHILIPS ED16DVDR ". The drive arrived with firmware revision B5S6.

Below is a screenshot of Nero Burning Rom's specs for the drive.

In this review, we will be comparing the drive with the Freecom FX-50 and the Memorex D², all of them 16X external recorders.

- Testing software

In order to perform our tests, we used:

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.55
  2. CDVD Benchmark v1.21
  3. ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
  4. Nero Info Tool v2.27
  5. KProbe v2.4.2
  6. PlexTools v2.17
  7. DVDInfoPro v2.63
  8. BenQ Booktype Management v8.30
  9. Nero Burning Rom v6.6.0.1
  10. CopyToDVD 3.0.35

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