10 DVD Burners: 16x and Dual-Layer - or Nothing!

Philips DVDRW-1640P

The DVDRW-1640P is the first burner from Philips that writes both DVD-R and DVD-RW media. The Dutch manufacturer, a staunch defender and active member of the DVD+RW alliance, had avoided the DVD Forum's format until now. Developed on the same base as BenQ's DW-1620 burner, the 1640P is built around Philips' Nexperia PNX7860E chipset. This means the same technologies we described for the BenQ DW-1620 - Seamless Link and WOPC (Walking Optimized Power Control) - are also used for protection on the DVDRW-1640P.

Main characteristics:

Reading CD: 40x DVD: 16x Writing CD-R: 40x CD-RW: 24x DVD-R: 16x DVD+R: 16x DVD-RW: 4x DVD+RW: 4x DVD+R DL: 2.4x Buffer: 2 MB Firmware: P2.2

The burner's compatibilities and specifications according to DVD Info and Nero Info Tools:


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  • sasquatch451
    Please report noise levels in optical drive reviews. This is a big factor in which drive to buy for some people. My current DVD burner sounds like a jet engine for 5 minutes after putting a disc in.
  • Ubrales
    Very informative article. Now I have a better understanding of Dual Layer DVDs