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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Memorex 16X-DDL-IN

1. Introduction

Memorex was established back in 1971 and since then has been offering quality products such as memory sticks, blank media, iPod Accessories, and various other electronic products. Recently, we received from Memorex their latest 16X internal burner, which supports up to 8X burning speed for DVD+R DL and 6X for DVD-R DL media.

Let's check the drive's features...

The table below shows the supported reading and writing speeds.

Read DVD-ROM (SL) 16x
DVD-ROM (DL) 12x
DVD+/-R 16x
DVD+/-R (DL) 7x
DVD+/-RW 13x
CD-ROM 48x
CD-R 48x
CD-RW 40x
Write DVD+R 16x
DVD+R (DL) 8x
DVD-R 16x
DVD-R (DL) 6x
CD-R 48x
CD-RW 32x

Below are the main specs as given by NeroInfoTool and DVDInfoPro:

- Nero InfoTool

The RPC II region control is enforced, allowing the user to change the drive's region no more than five times.

- DVD InfoPro

- Retail Package

We received the retail version of the Memorex 16X that includes:

  • the black-silver Memorex 16X internal tray load mechanism burner,
  • E-IDE (ATAPI) cable
  • Audio cable
  • mounting screws
  • installation manual
  • software guide for Nero Suite 6

Bundled version of:

  • Nero Express 6
  • Nero InCD
  • Nero Vision Express 3
  • Nero InCD
  • Nero BackITup
  • Nero Showtime
  • Nero Recode 2
  • Nero Cover-Designer
  • Nero Tool Kit
  • Photoshow Elite

Memorex in their retail package, also provides one blank DVD+R media. :-)

- The Drive

The front panel has a typical Memorex color combination. Black face plate and silver tray door. The activity led shines green when the device is active while on the silver tray door, the Memorex logo is located at centre. Actually, the whole design of the drive reminds us of a NEC drive...

- Front panel view

- Rear panel view

As usual, on the rear panel you will find the analogue and digital outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connector as well as the power input.

- Top view

We do not recommend removing the drive's cover, since this will void the manufacturer's warranty. You can take a look inside the drive with the pictures below. Click on the image below for a larger and more detailed photograph.

Inside the Memorex 16X, we notice that the drive uses the "NEC D6364" chipset which can be also found in the ND-4550A. However, the Memorex does not support DVD-RAM, as Nero Info Tool and DVDinfoPro indicate.

- Installation

The drive came with firmware 1.A3, which at the time of the review was the latest available. The drive was identified as the "Memorex 16X-DLL-IN" under WinXP. Below is a screenshot of Nero Burning Rom's specs for the drive.

We compared the performance of the Memorex 16X against two other latest available drives, the BenQ DW-1655 and the LiteON SHM-165P65.

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