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

NEC ND-3500A

NEC's ND-3500A is directly derived from the ND-2500A and has the same minimalist design. While it's based on the same chipset as the Pioneer DVR-A08, it has different characteristics. The protection and laser management system is called ACT OPC (Active Optimized Power Control).

Main characteristics:

  • Reading
    • CD: 48x
    • DVD: 16x
  • Writing
    • CD-R: 48x
    • CD-RW: 24x
    • DVD-R: 16x
    • DVD+R: 16x
    • DVD-RW: 4x
    • DVD+RW: 4x
    • DVD+R DL: 4x
  • Buffer: 2 MB
  • Firmware: 2.17

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