In the following tests we examined the DVD reading capabilities of the Philips DVDR1648P burner with scratched / defective DVD media. For the tests, we used CDVD Benchmark and Nero CDSpeed. The reference test media comes from ALMEDIO.
- Single Layer media
This is a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM with a 4.7GB capacity, and its surface has an artificial scratch of dimensions varying from 0.4 to 3.0 mm.
The following transfer rate picture comes from the CDVD Benchmark v1.21 transfer rate test.
Very good performance. Some minor speed deviations at the end
of the disc can be considered as unimportant, and they no way present any
problems for the drive. No errors were reported, even at the maximum reading
speed of 16X.
This is also a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM of 4.7GB capacity. The data structure of the disc is exactly the same as that of the TDR-821, with the difference that there are no scratches on it but instead, defective areas of dimensions ranging from 0.5 to 1.1 mm.
There are also fingerprints sized between 65 and 75 micrometers.
Once again some speed fluctuations at the end of the disc while
reading speed approaches 16X. No problems however.
- Dual Layer media
This is an 8.5GB dual layer single sided DVD-ROM disc with artificial scratches of dimensions ranging from 0.4 to 3.0mm, on both layers.
Artificial scratches were simply invisible for the BenQ DW1640. The reading
speed reported by CDVD Benchmark utility was the same as with error-free Double
Layer media. Once again, excellent performance.
Perfect, smooth reading graph. Excellent DVD error correction at 12X with
our DL test disc.
The disc is a single sided, dual layer DVD-ROM disc of a capacity of 8.5GB. The only difference between the TDR-845 and the TDR-841 is that the first includes defective areas and fingerprints.
The dimensions of the defective areas range from 0.5 to 1.1 mm and the fingerprints are sized from 65 to 75 micro meters.
Flawless reading. No errors or speed drops of any kind over
the defective areas.
The TDV-541 is a single sided, dual layer DVD-VIDEO disc, with a capacity
of 8.5GB. The disc is based on the TDV-540 series which is designed for inspection
and adjustment of DVD-VIDEO players. The disc checks the layer switch operation
from layer 0 to layer 1 and also includes test pictures and test signals for
DVD sound files.
The current TDV-541 also checks the error correcting capabilities of
the drive and includes scratches from 0.4 to 3.0 mm.
This disc was not a problem for the Philips drive. Excellent DVD error correction
The TDV-545 disc is based on the TDV-540 series. It is a single sided, dual layer DVD-VIDEO disc with a capacity of 8.5GB. The TDV-545 includes artificial black dots on the data surface, sized from 0.4 to 1.0 mm. It has also 65 - 75 micro meter fingerprints.
As smooth a reading graph as you can get, indicating once again strong DVD error
The Philips drive is definitely a very good DVD reader. Most common scratches
are not a problem for the drive while even the larger defects could not shake
its solid performance. There's nothing more you can expect from a drive.