NEC, the well known burner manufacturer, recently announced their newest model, the NEC ND-3530A. Although there are already many NEC models that can burn DVD+R and DVD-R media at 16x, which is considered the maximum speed that single layer media can achieve, the new ND-3530A has even more to offer. Re-Writing speed is increased to 8x for DVD+RW and 6x for DVD-RW media. The drive supports both -R DL and +R DL media at 4x and 6x burning speeds respectively.
As with any other NEC based burner, WOPC is introduced to further improve burning quality. You can see a simple WOPC
schematic here. The drive can also use overspeed burning for a wide range of media to support higher burning speeds than any disc's given speeds.
|Transfer Rate Write
16x (9 - 22MBytes/sec)
|4x (5.5 MBytes/sec)
|2.4x (3.3 MByte/sec)
||8x (11 MBytes/sec)
||16x ( 9 - 22MBytes/sec)
||4x (5.5 MBytes/sec)
|Transfer Rate Read
||DVD-R 16x CAV (max 22000 kb/s)
||CD-R 48x CAV (max 4800 kb/s)
|DVD+R 16x CAV (max 22000 kb/s)
||CD-RW 40x CAV
|DVD+R9 4X CLV (5500 KByte/s)
||motorized Tray load mechanism for horizontal and vertical use
||IDE / ATAPI
|Burst Transfer Rate
||PIO mode 4 / Ultra DMA 33
||digital-out and line-out at the back (MPC compatible)
||DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-Video, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-Audio, CD Extra, CD Text, CD-IReady, CD-Bridge, Photo-CD, VideoCD, Hybrid CD
||DAO(disc at once), SAO(session at once), TAO(track at once) with zero gap, variable or fixed packet, multi-session
||MPC Level 3, MultiRead, PC2001
||148mm x 42mm x 190mm
Unfortunately, Mount Rainier is not supported and the drive cannot read/write DVD-RAM media. The RPC II region control is used, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times. Below are the drive's main specs as given by NeroInfoTool, VSO Inspector and DVDInfoPro:
- The Drive
We received the bulk version of the drive in our labs and as you can see below, the drive is black in colour.
The drive unit uses the same casing that former NEC models did. You can see the eject button, the activity led and the eject hole.
On the rear panel you will find the analogue and digital audio outputs (SPDIF),
the IDE master/slave/cs selector pins, the IDE connector and the power input.
Opening the device case will void the warranty, so we advise against it. Instead, use the photos in this review for a closer look under the hood. Clicking on the image below will reveal a high resolution image.
Bad news for all ND-3500A owners is the fact that the drive uses a new NEC
D6364 chipset series, which is known for its good burning quality capabilities.
The drive we received came with firmware version 2.10. Since there was a firmware update available, we updated the drive to firmware version 3.01 with no problem. Below you can see the writing strategies that this latest firmware supports.
The device was connected to our test PC and was identified as "NEC DVD_RW ND-3530A" under WinXP, with firmware version 2.10. Below is a screenshot of Nero Burning Rom's specs for the drive.
In this review, we will compare the new NEC ND-3530A with the Plextor PX-716A and
the Pioneer DVR-109 drives, since all these burners have similar specifications.
You can always post your opinion about this burner by clicking here.
- Testing software
In order to perform our tests, we used:
- Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.70
- CDVD Benchmark v1.21
- Nero Info Tool v3.00
- PlexTools v2.21
- DVDInfoPro v2.63
- Nero Burning Rom v18.104.22.168
- CopyToDVD 3.0.51