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

Burners Tested

Asus DRW-1604P

Asus, the famous manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and other PC components, also offers optical peripherals. Since Asus is not a drive manufacturer, they rely on the services of a recognized specialist, Pioneer. The DRW-1604P has the same characteristics as the DVR-108 and the DVR-A08XLA. To protect against write failures, Asus has built in FlextraLink technology. The FlextraSpeed system adjusts and optimizes the burning speed to suit the quality of the media.

Main characteristics:

  • Reading
    • CD: 40x
    • DVD: 16x
    • DVD-RAM: 5x
  • Writing
    • CD-R: 32x
    • CD-RW: 24x
    • DVD-R: 16x
    • DVD+R: 16x
    • DVD-RW: 4x
    • DVD+RW: 4x
    • DVD+R DL: 4x
  • Buffer: 2 MB
  • Firmware: 1.10

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