NU DDW-163 Dual layer DVD burner


Dual layer dvd burners are slowly getting more popular but the problem is that the media is still expensive. I was not able to get ahold of an empty dual layer dvd so we have done read testing and a few test burns with this product. If you are in the market for a new dvd burner you might want to pay extra attention.

About NU:

Nu Technology Inc. is founded in May of 2003 by Quanta Computer (one of the best Notebook IT groups worldwide) and Quanta Storage Inc. Located in the center of the Silicon Valley; we are an optical storage drive manufacturer. Our company is proud to produce a full range of both internal and external, Half-Height and Slim optical storage products. Some of our internal and external optical products include IDE CD/DVD ROM, CD re-writer, CDRW plus DVD combo drive, and DVD writers.


Interface IDE (ATAPI)
Data buffer 2 mb
Access time CD: 120 DVD: 120
Read CD-ROM/Read DVD-ROM 40x/16x
Write CD-R/Re-write CD-RW 40x/24x
Write DVD+R/Re-write DVD+RW 16x/4x
Write DVD-R/Re-write DVD-RW 16x/4x
Write DVD+R Double layer 2.4x
Disc sizes 80 and 120
Writing modes Disc-at-once (DAO); track-at-once (TAO); packet write
Compatible formats DVD: DVD+R 4.7GB; DVD+RW 4.7GB; DVD-R 4.7GB; DVD-RW 4.7GB (closed session); DVD Video; DVD-5; DVD-9; DVD-10; DVD-18
CD: CD-DA; CD-ROM XA (m1, m2f1,/m2f2); CD-R; CD-RW; Bootable CD, Photo CD (single & multisession); Video CD; Super Video CD; Super Video CD; CD-Extra; Mixed-mode CD; CD-text; CD-graphics
Dimensions142(w) x 42(h) x 198(d) mm
Weight1 kg
System requirements PC/Notebook Windows 98SE, ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP
100MB free HDD space for CD/DVD recording related software installation
1GB free HDD space for CD Image recording (10GB for DVD authoring) is recommended
IBM PC compatible Pentium III 550MHz CPU 128MB DRAM
System requirements MAC PowerPC Processor (G3, G4, G4 Dual), MAC OS 9.2, 128MB RAM or above recommended
Buffer underrun Seamless Link�
Package contents Drive burner drive, quick installation guide, screws for mounting, software bundle
�2004 New Universe B.V. All rights reserved.

Double Layer Recording:

The DDW163 supports 2.4 DVD+R double layer, which allows you to record up to 8.5GB on one single disc, which is approximately 4 hrs of DVD video quality and 16 hrs of VHS video quality for TV recording.

The product:

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The product is very well packed and on the back of the box you can see the specifications in several different languages. On the front they have a picture of the burner itself and the NU logo.

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So what is included with the burner? Well we have four small screws, audio cable, manual, and two cds with software. The burner itself looks alot like the other NU burners I have looked at but this one has a big button on the front which I personally think looks a bit ugly.

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Remember to tighten the burner in the case with the screws. You have four holes on each side so it should fit pretty much any case. In the back you have to remember to jumper the product right so it’s found by your computer.

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Jumper the device either to master, slave or cable select. You also need to plug in the power cable and the IDE cable so your computer can find the device.

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