NEC ND-3550A DVD±RW Drive

Double-layer - DVD±R/±RW - EIDE/ATAPI - Internal - MPN: ND3550AKITBLN
Product Details
Description
ND-3550A is a half height optical drive with 16x write speed that supports DVD plus, minus formats and +R/-R dual layer disc. It delivers high performance for writing and reading while being compatible with 10 optical disc varieties.
Quick Glance
Type of Drive DVD-Writer
Internal/External Internal
Interface Type 1 x 40-pin IDC Ultra ATA/33 (ATA-4) - EIDE/ATAPI
User Reviews
ND-3550A
5 Star Review   By member Napoli60 - Jan 4, 2008   

Strengths: Works Everytime

Weakness: No Lightscribe

I bought it last year because it was silver and matched my case. Was the best buy I ever made only complain is it will not read DVD-RAM.I would highly recommend one of these to anyone with the need for a DVD Burner.

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workable
3 Star Review   By member horsie - Mar 11, 2007   

Strengths: cheap,fast,writes very good dvd +r's

Weakness: cant read or write some dvd -r

i have had this for about 6months now.. excellent wrte spped and quality for cd's and dvd+r's but cant say d same for -r... i cdnt read a couple f dvd-r's...which i cld in friends dvd rom.. and although i have been able to write on dvd -r twice,it jst cdnt read...... otherwise an amazin choice...esp if u have dvd+r or cd's..havent tried DL...

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Fails to read some scratched discs
2 Star Review   By member stryke3 - Jan 2, 2007   

Strengths: None of note

Weakness: Fails to read some scratched/dirty discs

I am generally happy with this drive, though I've noticed it fails to read some scratched/dirty discs that I can read with my SONY drive. It burns discs reliably and has no trouble with most clean discs. I use a mail-order DVD service and around 8-10 of the discs in the last several months have been unreadable with this drive. Please note that I have not mentioned any strengths because I feel that the drive is fairly standard for a dual-layer DVD+/-RW burner.

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Wow Dual Layer Writer at this price?
5 Star Review   By member tersew - Dec 18, 2006   

Strengths: Fast, Cheap, Dual layer, Reliable

I just found out that this drive can write dual layer disks (8.6 GB!!) so you can copy, er i mean back up, an unencrypted Hollywood feature DVD with all the menus and special features at 100% quality. I just bought this as a cheap replacement for an OEM drive that went kablooey on me but this is better than my original drive. I got it on sale at tigerdirect, normally only $40 but they had a $20 rebate so I got it for $20, pleased that it could even write single-layer (not just read) at that price! It works great and I am amazed that I got it at this price, it is even a bargain at the non-rebate price.

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LEMON or NOT?
1 Star Review     

Strengths: The first 2 dozen DVD burns went flawlessly

Weakness: DURABILITY: The DVD RW laser failed after two dozen burns.

This drive was great during the first five weeks of ownership. During this time, I must have burned two dozen discs with it. After about five weeks, the drive would no longer read nor write DVDs; it still reads and writes CDs w/o a problem. Neither NEC nor SuperMediaStore.com offer support for the product, so I'll probably look to avoid both the manufacturer and the vendor in the future. My first DVD drive was a Lite-On, which performed wonderfully. The NEC Lemon was my second drive. I recently purchased a Plextor, which also has been performing wonderfully now for months...

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Great Drive
5 Star Review   By member Kingkoopa1904 - Aug 29, 2006   

Strengths: Price, reliability, speed, quiet

Weakness: none so far

I have had this For 3 months now and it hasn't failed once. For the price you can't beat it. I wasn't sure about buying it, but after reading the reviews I gave it a shot.

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Decent but NOISY
4 Star Review   By member QuickOwl - Jul 2, 2006   

Strengths: Nice read / write feature set

Weakness: NOISY

This drive out-noises my CPU fan, my hard drives, and every other device in my system. Good thing I ordered a floppy drive yesterday--I imagine that the floppy drive will manage to be nosier. I'm satisfied with every other aspect of the DVD player.

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NEC ND-3550A Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer - Black
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Speed, price, stability

Weakness: A bit noisy at full speed. No DVD-Ram (if you need try 4550; i don't need it). OEM look (no NEC logo).

I've bought one 3550 and i'm fully satisfied with it. Maybe it could be more silent and this was the aspect i noticed the first time i use it. Its strengths justify absolutly its aquisition.

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Good...But
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Quick, reliable burner

Weakness: Will not read the NERO CD that came with it....WILL read everything else

Popped the NERO CD into an older PC with just a CD reader and it ran fine...not sure what's going on with that one CD. Otherwise this is a great drive for the price

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Pain, and more pain.
2 Star Review   By member LeCarre - Mar 31, 2006   

Strengths: Great Capabilities. Great Price.

Weakness: Support, Compatability.

First experience was bad. Burned a CD, and a few DVD's they all appeared to be coasters. Odd behavior in XP Pro. Would not read any DVD type. Game, Movie, burned. RMA time. Got a replacement Drive. Same thing. Put the baby in my Macintosh and it runs like a champ. Searching the net i found a Firmware update 1.06 and it flashed fine. No changes. Found discussion forums that shows i'm not alone in my sorrows. At least i was lucky enuf to be able to use the drive in the mac. For the PC. I think XP's Drivers or OS is not working. This drive seems to work for some machines, but not all from what i've seen on forums. It's a dice roll.

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Product Details
Description
ND-3550A is a half height optical drive with 16x write speed that supports DVD plus, minus formats and +R/-R dual layer disc. It delivers high performance for writing and reading while being compatible with 10 optical disc varieties.
Quick Glance
Type of Drive DVD-Writer
Internal/External Internal
Interface Type 1 x 40-pin IDC Ultra ATA/33 (ATA-4) - EIDE/ATAPI
Summary
Product Title NEC ND-3550A DVD±RW Drive
Manufacturer NEC
Power Score 4.0 | 29 Reviews
General
LightScribe Labeling: No
Load Type: Tray
Performance
Maximum DVD Read Speed: 16x
Cache Size: 2 MB
Maximum CD Write Speed: 48x
Maximum DVD Write Speed: 16x
Maximum DVD Rewrite Speed: 8x
Maximum CD Read Speed: 48x
Dimensions
Height: 1.65 in
Weight: 2.20 lbs
Width: 5.83 in
Depth: 7.48 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
CD-ROM Read Speed: 48 X (CD,CD-R)
DVD+R DL Speed: 8 X (DVD, DVD-R)
DVD+R Speed: 16 X (DVD, DVD-R)
DVD-ROM Read Speed: 16 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Access Time: 160 ms
Maximum Read Speed: 16x DVD/48x CD
Host Transfer Rate: 33 MBytes/sec
DVD-R Speed: 16 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Product Model: ND-3550A
Maximum Write Speed: 16x DVD/48x CD
Brand Name: NEC
Media Layer Supported: Double-layer
Drive Interface: IDE Ultra ATA/33 (ATA-4)
CD Write Speed: 48 X (CD,CD-R)
DVD+RW Speed: 8 X (DVD, DVD-R)
System Type: PC
SKU: DND3550A
Description: ND-3550A Format DVD+/-R/RW/DL Burner
Compatible Drive Bay Height: 1/2H
DVD-R DL Speed: 6 X (DVD, DVD-R)
DVD-RW Speed: 6 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Maximum Rewrite Speed: 8x DVD
CD Rewrite Speed: 32 X (CD,CD-R)
Chassis Color: Black
User Reviews
ND-3550A
5 Star Review   By member Napoli60 - Jan 4, 2008   

Strengths: Works Everytime

Weakness: No Lightscribe

I bought it last year because it was silver and matched my case. Was the best buy I ever made only complain is it will not read DVD-RAM.I would highly recommend one of these to anyone with the need for a DVD Burner.

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workable
3 Star Review   By member horsie - Mar 11, 2007   

Strengths: cheap,fast,writes very good dvd +r's

Weakness: cant read or write some dvd -r

i have had this for about 6months now.. excellent wrte spped and quality for cd's and dvd+r's but cant say d same for -r... i cdnt read a couple f dvd-r's...which i cld in friends dvd rom.. and although i have been able to write on dvd -r twice,it jst cdnt read...... otherwise an amazin choice...esp if u have dvd+r or cd's..havent tried DL...

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Fails to read some scratched discs
2 Star Review   By member stryke3 - Jan 2, 2007   

Strengths: None of note

Weakness: Fails to read some scratched/dirty discs

I am generally happy with this drive, though I've noticed it fails to read some scratched/dirty discs that I can read with my SONY drive. It burns discs reliably and has no trouble with most clean discs. I use a mail-order DVD service and around 8-10 of the discs in the last several months have been unreadable with this drive. Please note that I have not mentioned any strengths because I feel that the drive is fairly standard for a dual-layer DVD+/-RW burner.

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Wow Dual Layer Writer at this price?
5 Star Review   By member tersew - Dec 18, 2006   

Strengths: Fast, Cheap, Dual layer, Reliable

I just found out that this drive can write dual layer disks (8.6 GB!!) so you can copy, er i mean back up, an unencrypted Hollywood feature DVD with all the menus and special features at 100% quality. I just bought this as a cheap replacement for an OEM drive that went kablooey on me but this is better than my original drive. I got it on sale at tigerdirect, normally only $40 but they had a $20 rebate so I got it for $20, pleased that it could even write single-layer (not just read) at that price! It works great and I am amazed that I got it at this price, it is even a bargain at the non-rebate price.

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LEMON or NOT?
1 Star Review     

Strengths: The first 2 dozen DVD burns went flawlessly

Weakness: DURABILITY: The DVD RW laser failed after two dozen burns.

This drive was great during the first five weeks of ownership. During this time, I must have burned two dozen discs with it. After about five weeks, the drive would no longer read nor write DVDs; it still reads and writes CDs w/o a problem. Neither NEC nor SuperMediaStore.com offer support for the product, so I'll probably look to avoid both the manufacturer and the vendor in the future. My first DVD drive was a Lite-On, which performed wonderfully. The NEC Lemon was my second drive. I recently purchased a Plextor, which also has been performing wonderfully now for months...

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Great Drive
5 Star Review   By member Kingkoopa1904 - Aug 29, 2006   

Strengths: Price, reliability, speed, quiet

Weakness: none so far

I have had this For 3 months now and it hasn't failed once. For the price you can't beat it. I wasn't sure about buying it, but after reading the reviews I gave it a shot.

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Decent but NOISY
4 Star Review   By member QuickOwl - Jul 2, 2006   

Strengths: Nice read / write feature set

Weakness: NOISY

This drive out-noises my CPU fan, my hard drives, and every other device in my system. Good thing I ordered a floppy drive yesterday--I imagine that the floppy drive will manage to be nosier. I'm satisfied with every other aspect of the DVD player.

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NEC ND-3550A Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer - Black
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Speed, price, stability

Weakness: A bit noisy at full speed. No DVD-Ram (if you need try 4550; i don't need it). OEM look (no NEC logo).

I've bought one 3550 and i'm fully satisfied with it. Maybe it could be more silent and this was the aspect i noticed the first time i use it. Its strengths justify absolutly its aquisition.

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Good...But
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Quick, reliable burner

Weakness: Will not read the NERO CD that came with it....WILL read everything else

Popped the NERO CD into an older PC with just a CD reader and it ran fine...not sure what's going on with that one CD. Otherwise this is a great drive for the price

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Pain, and more pain.
2 Star Review   By member LeCarre - Mar 31, 2006   

Strengths: Great Capabilities. Great Price.

Weakness: Support, Compatability.

First experience was bad. Burned a CD, and a few DVD's they all appeared to be coasters. Odd behavior in XP Pro. Would not read any DVD type. Game, Movie, burned. RMA time. Got a replacement Drive. Same thing. Put the baby in my Macintosh and it runs like a champ. Searching the net i found a Firmware update 1.06 and it flashed fine. No changes. Found discussion forums that shows i'm not alone in my sorrows. At least i was lucky enuf to be able to use the drive in the mac. For the PC. I think XP's Drivers or OS is not working. This drive seems to work for some machines, but not all from what i've seen on forums. It's a dice roll.

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ND-3550A
4 Star Review   By member oldfathair - Mar 25, 2006   

Strengths: A real multi-tasker drive at a great price, doesn't task the processor at speed. Simple styling and compact package.

Weakness: Compared to my other drive, an LG 4167, makes more noise and fails the Nero test drive test on scratched CD's that the LG passed. It failed at about 32X and above.

This drive works fine with new media, so will combine the talents of both drives. Haven't tested the faster DVD DL disks yet, but works without a hitch with Nero in copying movies with the 2.4X disks.

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nero express cd cannot be installed
1 Star Review     

Strengths: do not know

Weakness: the software from cd disk ( nero express) cannot be installed

I bought it from Tiger direct. The nero express from the cd disk cannot be installed.It looks that cd disk is damaged and cd disk looks rough. call tiger direct and cannot send another cd and can only return the whole box and charge restocking fee.The retailed version should not be bought because of cd quality.

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Doesn't seem to want to play movies!
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Easy installation, pretty quiet

Weakness: Under Windows 2000, doesn't seem to want to play Region 1 DVDs?

I've installed an OEM version of this drive, and it doesn't seem to want to play Region 1 DVDs, even though I set it to do so (under Properties). Otherwise, burning stuff has been pretty cool. I use InCD (Nero?) to make this drive look like an extra drive, so that is cool...

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Price was great.Performs very well
3 Star Review   By member ahndrianto84 - Feb 17, 2006   

Strengths: This DVD+-RW has worked FANTASTIC! I have not had any problems burning onto any brand of DVD media. Fast and quite efficient. Also, received the drive pretty fast. Thanks newegg!...

Weakness: None that I can think of

I burn slower than the drive/media will allow me to becuase I would rather it take 3 minutes longer and be sure to get a quality burn. So all of mine have turned out great!!

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Dream Come True
5 Star Review   By member V_Master - Jan 11, 2006   

Strengths: Burns everything from DVD±R to CD±R/RW fast! I have had this drive since November and have been burning like a maniac with NO errors. On top of that, it has dual layer capabilities!

Weakness: The Nero software that comes with it has a program called Nero ShowTime. It's a movie viewer that CAN'T play DVD's without downloading a plug-in YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR?!?! NEC should have gone elsewhere.

It burns music, data and dvd's nice and fast with no fuss. I have owned other burners, but this one takes the cake. It's cheap and it rocks! You owe it to yourself to buy this drive.

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Simply doesn't ask what media is in...
5 Star Review     

Strengths: long list... reliable, quiet, price...

Very good work from Nec. I do not really have the one in question but I can give a good recommendation to by Nec product 'cos i've been having one for more than 3 months Nec drives don't ask what media is inserted in. It simply accepts averything and writes. It also managed to read every media written on other burners. Highly recommended.

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Simply doesn't ask what media is in...
5 Star Review     

Strengths: long list... reliable, quiet, price...

Very good work from Nec. I do not really have the one in question but I can give a good recommendation to by Nec product 'cos i've been having one for more than 3 months Nec drives don't ask what media is inserted in. It simply accepts averything and writes. It also managed to read every media written on other burners. Highly recommended.

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Simply doesn't ask what media is in...
5 Star Review     

Strengths: long list... reliable, quiet, price...

Very good work from Nec. I do not really have the one in question but I can give a good recommendation to by Nec product Nec drives don't ask what media is inserted in. It simply accepts averything and writes. It also managed to read every media written on other burners. Highly recommended.

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Excellent dvd burner
5 Star Review   By member 786akr - Dec 21, 2005   

Strengths: Fast,Easy,Reliable

Weakness: none I can think of

I have been using this device for a week .I have ripped and burnt several dvds with it.I had no problems with coasters and process is very fast.Installation into my pc was a snap.

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NEC Burner
5 Star Review   By member Allison_1982 - Dec 19, 2005   

Strengths: brand.price

Weakness: ???

This is an awesome drive. i bought a sony DVD burner along with this drive and this is my fav of the two. Just an awesome drive, super fast burns!

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NEC 3550 Dual Layer
5 Star Review   By member bam1116 - Dec 18, 2005   

Strengths: Very fast. Dual layer. Inexpensive

Weakness: I'll let you find one. I can't.

NEC best yet. This is a very fast drive. I have burned 8X dvds in 8:00. Haven't tried 16X yet. Rips very fast. Mine got up to 12X although it says it can get to 16X. Very easy to install. Can't beat the price. Under $40.

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Awesome External DVD Burner
3 Star Review   By member premb - Dec 17, 2005   

Strengths: Good speed, max-16x.. will get cheaper blank DVD's for ths same. Double layer. Awesome price

Weakness: haven't come accross one yet

A must buy for begginers looking for a good deal. you may need ahead nero or some time of burner along to have good quality. best suited for home video burning.

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NEC ND-3550A
4 Star Review   By member dandi - Dec 16, 2005   

Strengths: Quick, Quiet, Affordable

Weakness: None so far!

Installed it and was using it within minutes. Mine shipped with Nero software that was easy to install and use. This drive seems to be quick, quiet, and so far very reliable.

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NEC, cheap, simple, awesome
5 Star Review   By member lexanoroc - Dec 15, 2005   

Strengths: Great Price, Solid product

You cannot go wrong with NEC. i have found nothing wrong with this burner, or any nec dvd burner that i own. i always have compatibility and my dvds burn at the right speed. Im very happy with this product

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Cant go wrong with NEC
5 Star Review   By member Eightball43420 - Dec 14, 2005   

Strengths: price, brand name

Weakness: none so far

This is a great drive. I also have its older brother the 3500a which also works great. I have burt about 50 DL disks in this so far as well as countless DVD-R's with no coasters!

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NEC ND-3550 Dual Layer
4 Star Review   By member lisachua - Dec 14, 2005   

Strengths: Inexpensive Fast

Weakness: Dual Layer media is still very expensive

We replaced our old 4X burner with this one and we love it. It took us 2 mins to plug it in and it worked first time. Back-ups are now so much faster. You cannot beat the price of this one.

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NEC Strikes again w/ best product on market....
5 Star Review   By member atwnsw - Dec 13, 2005   

Strengths: Replaced my NEC 2510 w/ latest 3550a from newegg for only $43 dlv'd to my door in 3 days. That is almost as fast as the drive. Quiet. Reads everything.

Weakness: none that have been found so far

After going through the generic dvd burners, I decided that quality would save me the aggravation and $$$ and time in the long run. SO, I bought my first dvd burner a coule of years ago and am sold on them. Highly recommend

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NEC ND-3550A BK DVD+/-RW Dual Layer
5 Star Review   By member jmecherul - Dec 8, 2005   

Strengths: Quiet drive. Works flawlesly. No coasters. Nice design. Extremely nice for the money. You can't beat it. Performs better than more expensive models. 16X dvd+r burning, 8X DL burning. Great Drive.

Weakness: None whatsoever.

I used this drive for about a month and it works great. I have had no coasters so far. Just plug and play. Dual layer works great, even though it takes a little longer to burn, but that's because of the increased capacity. It is worth the money. A definite item on this years shopping list, and with dual layer and 16x burning who can complain. Excellent work from NEC.

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Works Like A Miracle..
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Fast and quiet.

Weakness: none so far

I have been using this for awhile and have been burning movies like no tomorrow. Its very quiet and fast. I bought it for 39.99 and its for that price, its a really good deal. I have 2 NEC drives. The other is a ND-3520A and it works like a charm. I am planning on making this on an external drive for my laptop. I just started burning dual layer cds and the ND-3550A didn't have any problems.

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