HP dvd630e review: HP dvd630e

DVD movie rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
4.4GB Video burn test  
4.4GB DVD Video rip test (from DVD)  
LaCie 16X d2 (16X DVD-R) *
07:35 
HP dvd630e (8X DVD-R)
08:15 
LaCie 16X d2 (16X DVD+R)
08:24 
15:56 
HP dvd630e (16X DVD+R)
08:39 
09:09 
Memorex True 8X (8X DVD+R)
09:26 
15:59 
Memorex True 8X (8X DVD-R)
09:37 
HP dc4000 (8X DVD+R)
11:14 
15:59 
HP dc4000 (8X DVD-R)
11:26 
Note: * As 16X DVD-R media were not available at the time of testing, 8X media were used--which the LaCie drive writes to at 12X.

Double-layer DVD movie rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
7.9GB DVD Video burn test  
7.9GB DVD Video rip test (from DVD)  
LaCie 16X d2 (4X double-layer DVD+R) *
42:18 
30:39 
HP dvd630e (2.4X double-layer DVD+R)
44:57 
17:35 
HP dc4000 **
N/A
N/A
Memorex True 8X **
N/A
N/A
Note: * The LaCie drive was unable to write to our 2.4X DVD+R DL Verbatim media at 4X. LaCie was unable to provide alternate media, so the LaCie drive was tested at 2.4X. ** Neither the HP nor the Memorex drive writes to double-layer media.

CD audio rip/burn tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
74:35 CD audio burn test  
74:35 CD audio rip test  
LaCie 16X d2 (32X CD-R)
02:52 
06:35 
HP dvd630e (40X CD-R)
03:20 
06:40 
Memorex True 8X (32X CD-R)
03:28 
06:35 
HP dc4000 (24X CD+R)
03:54 
11:24 

RW read/write tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
4.22GB RW write test  
4.22GB RW read test  
HP dc4000 (4X DVD+RW)
13:23 
10:01 
Memorex True 8X (4X DVD+RW)
13:25 
10:07 
LaCie 16X d2 (16X DVD+R)
13:33 
09:47 
Memorex True 8X (4X DVD-RW)
13:45 
09:50 
LaCie 16X d2 (16X DVD-R)
13:50 
09:47 
HP dc4000 (4X DVD-RW)
13:54 
10:09 
HP dvd630e (4X DVD+RW)
14:02 
09:52 
HP dvd630e (4X DVD-RW)
15:13 
09:34 

Unless otherwise mentioned, all write tests are run with Verbatim media, rated at the drive's maximum speed. Find out more about how we test optical drives.

HP backs the dvd630e with an industry-standard one-year warranty and provides 24/7 toll-free phone support to augment the very competent printed documentation. The company's Web site offers a decent amount of information, though when we checked, most of the FAQs were software related, and we couldn't find a downloadable manual. E-mail support is provided, and you can also subscribe to an e-mail list to alert you to firmware and driver updates.

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HP dvd630e

Part Number: Q6761A#ABA Released: Nov. 1, 2004
MSRP: $233.32 Low Price: $176.34 See all prices

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  • Release date Nov. 1, 2004
  • Write Speed 40x (CD) / 8x (DVD-R) / 16x (DVD+R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)
  • Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)
  • Type DVD±RW (+R DL)
  • Read Speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD)