Conclusion: The BenQ DW1625 is the first rewriter we've seen that features HP's LightScribe disc-labeling technology, which uses the drive's CD laser to etch the surface of specially prepared media. The DW1625 also boasts competitive performance and ships with a terrific Nero 6.6 software suite.
Pros: Good performance. One of the first drives to incorporate LightScribe disc-labeling technology. Excellent Nero software bundle.
Cons: Lacks 16X DVD-R and 4X DVD+R DL support. LightScribe labels will fade with time. No color labeling.
Conclusion: Before the introduction of LightScribe, disc labeling has always been a sticky affair involving either self-adhesive labels or printers with special tray insert to get the job done. Although these are fast and typically provide decent quality for the purpose of disc labeling, they are unfortunately solutions that are not as tightly integrated or complete as a LightScribe-enabled DVD writer due to an external printer.
Conclusion: Throughout this review, we saw some of the main capabilities of the DW1625 BenQ burner, apart from the LightScribe feature. Although similar to the 1620, a previous release from BenQ, it can not write -R media at 16X speed, as its max supported speed is 8X for that media type. The drive supports a wide range of media brands and has not shown a conflict with any of the known brands used for this review. Its reading speed is quite good, both with the CD and DVD formats.