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Verbatim 4x BDXL 100GB Blank Media

Verbatim 4x BDXL 100GB Blank Media

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I received my very first BDXL media. These are way more expensive than BD-R and about twice the cost of BD-R DL media.

For my first BDXL recordable media, I decided to get the Verbatim 10-pack spindle. These seem to be one of the lowest-priced media when compared to 3-packs or 5-packs variants of other manufacturers.

These BDXL discs are rated at 4x, but my LG WH14NS40 crossflashed to the WH16NS60 firmware detects them as having a write speed of up to 8x.

The Media ID is VERBAT-IMk-000.

On my Panasonic UJ260, these have a maximum write speed of just 2x.

I added files to burn using ImgBurn, and made sure to use the most space possible. I then started the burning process on my WH14NS14 at the maximum supported speed of 8x.

Añadí archivos a ImgBurn y me aseguré de llenar el disco lo más posible. Luego, comencé a quemarlos con mi LG WH14NS14 a la velocidad máxima de 8x.

It seems the drive use a Z-CLV (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity) strategy to burn these discs. The write pattern was as follows:

  • Layer 0: 4x -> 6x -> 8x
  • Layer 1: 8x -> 6x -> 4x
  • Layer 2: 4x -> 6x -> 8x

We can see the pattern below:

Some times, when the writing was at 4x, the drive would go down to 3.3x for about 1 second or 2:

The same happened when the drive was recording at 6x, going down to 5x for a second or 2:

The drive successfully burned this media, having an average speed of 5.7x:

Burning VERBAT-IMk-000 Average speed 5.7

Verification was slower than the writing itself, as it limited the read speed to 6x:

The verification was successful and no errors were reported:

The average read speed was 4.3x, slower than the 5.7x average when writing to it. It also seems that while ImgBurn set a read speed of up to 6x, the drive went all the way to 9x, according to the Maximum Verify Rate.

Here, we can see the written disc with its Z-CLV zones:

Conclusion

These discs seem to be compatible with the LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray writer. They also burn at a faster 8x speed which is more than its rated speed of 4x. The drive was able to successfully burn them and read them. These discs, while expensive, allow us to write up to 100GB (about 93GB of actual storage) on a single medium. It would have taken us 4 25GB BD-R or 2 50GB BD-R DL media to write an equivalent amount of data.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any BDXL scanner I can use to test the quality, but the media can be read back on the LG drive as well as on my Panasonic UJ260. The latter seems to read the disc in Z-CLV too, but it was able to read the data back successfully too. It is just slower than the LG drive.

If we compare the price of having 10x 100GB Blu-Ray discs to owning a 1TB Hard Disk Drive, we can see that the BDXL media is a couple dollars more:

The BDXL media on eBay (It was at $53.15 at the time of puchase):

On Amazon. They seem to have lowered the price to $49.99 at the time I took this screenshot:

The price of 1TB Hard Disk Drives on Amazon:

Ultimately, it all would depend on your needs. Personally, I like to write data that will not be used frequently on optical media, while having frequently-changing data on the discs. I’ve also had a bad experience of having Hard Drives fail, and while I’ve had optical media fail too (Some bad Blu-Ray batches that deteriorated in a couple of years), the data loss is not as much as losing a whole hard drive. Remember to back-up your data!

Ritek Mini CD-R Photos and Quality Tests

Ritek Mini CD-R Photos and Quality Tests

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I received some Pocket/Mini CD-R I purchased on eBay, which were being sold for cheap due to them not being branded or not having their specs listed.

The seller was selling 3 packs of 100 unbranded silver surface Mini CD-R, and since the price was lower compared to other branded media, I decided to buy all 3.

Ritek Pocket CD-R 210MB media - 1

The discs were wrapped with no spindle.

Ritek Pocket CD-R 210MB media - 2

The discs have a silver surface:

Ritek Pocket CD-R 210MB media - 3

Here we can see a single CD-R:

They have the usual light green color on the data side.

The disc loaded fine on my LiteOn iHAS524 drive. I launched ImgBurn which says that the discs are made by Ritek. Their media ID is 97m15s17f:

Pocket CD 97m15s17f Ritek Media 1

They also have a capacity of 210MB or 24 minutes and a maximum write speed of 24x.

Pocket CD 97m15s17f Ritek Media 2

This is the first Mini CD I use with this LiteOn drive, which has the unique LabelTag feature to add labels to the data side. The software detected the disc and a label can be created:

Pocket CD 97m15s17f Ritek Media 3

I burned some of these CD-R with Nero Express, which allows the creation of the label on the same run. I also burned them at its maximum speed of 24x without any failure.

Quality tests

I ran a Disc Quality test using Nero DiscSpeed. Below you can see the results of those tests. I limited the test to the first session of it, as the second one is the label produced with the above software and contains unreadable data. This makes the test fail. By limiting it to the first session, we can get the actual data track quality.

Disc 1

The first test gave us a maximum of 14 C1 errors with a total of 58. The average was 0.11. There were no C2 errors reported. The Quality Score was 98%.

Disc 2

This test was perfect! No C1 or C2 errors were reported, making the Quality Score be 100%.

Disc 3

This disc had a maximum of 9 for the C1 Errors with a total of 13. The average was 0.07. No C2 errors were reported. The Quality Score was 99%.

Disc 4

This final disc I burned had a maximum of 13 C1 errors with a total of 27. No C2 errors were reported. The Quality Score was 98%.

Final Thoughts

These blank CD-R media seems to be good to write small amounts of data. This could be an MP3 album, some photos, or software you’d like to archive. The burns seem to be of good quality and the 24x burning speed is adequate. This sure was a great find on eBay!

Unboxing Photos of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Unboxing Photos of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I got the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, with its 108MP and 8K recording being the main features that led me to purchase it. I intend to use its camera to take lots of photos and take early advantage of its 8K recording mode. The photos on this post were taken with my previous phone: the Samsung Galaxy S9+.

Let’s begin the unboxing with the box, which is similar to previous Samsung Galaxy phones:

As soon as we open it, we see the Samsung S20 Ultra 5G phone:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 3

We then see the charger, as well as its other extras:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 5

Taking everything off the box, here’s the content, which also includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C headset tuned by AKG:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 7

With the phone flipped:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 8

Here we have a closer look to the cameras:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 20

The phone charger has a USB-C port:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 9

Here’s a closer look to the USB-C cable:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 10

And here’s a closer look to the USB-C headset tuned by AKG. They look similar to the headset that came with the Samsung Galaxy S9+, but with a USB-C connector instead of the 3.5mm jack:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 11

On the other part of the box, the documentation is included:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 12
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 13

After the SIM card is inserted, it’s time to turn it on:

It prompted us to restart the phone as soon as it turned on:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 17

We can then migrate the data from our previous phone to the Samsung S20 Ultra 5G:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 18
Photo taken with my Sony FDR-AX33 camera.

After this process is finished and we have also finished configuring the phone, we can start to use our new phone:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Unboxing - 19

I’ll be posting images taken with the S20 Ultra so you can see the quality of them. Note that this site is configured to scale large pictures and that they are optimized for web display, but you should still be able to get an idea of how the pictures looks on this brand-new phone.

Until next time!

The M Way USB External DVD Drive

The M Way USB External DVD Drive

Hi everyone,

In this post, I’ll show you the M Way USB External DVD Drive.

This is a slim External CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo drive, which is quite interesting, given that most units today are DVD writers. This one just reads and writes CD-R/RW, and reads DVD’s, but can’t write them.

The brand is unknown, too, but it was on sale a few days ago and decided to get one, just to have just in case one of my other drives goes bad. While CD/DVD usage has degraded over time, I do have music CD and I listen to them sometimes, so having a drive is handy to listen to them.

Unboxing

Let’s start with the box:

It is pretty colorful, and has a description of what it contains, as well as its features.

Opening the box we find the drive inside a bag:

We then find that the drive is wrapped in bubble wrap, and that there are some cards inside:

We can see that the faceplate of it is generic, with no CD or the actual DVD logo.

Taking off the bubble wrap, we see the DVD drive:

On the back, there is the USB cable:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - 10

The USB cable contains a USB-A 3.0 plug as well as a USB-C plug. Both can be used depending on the device you wish to use this DVD drive.

The documentation included is a manual, a thank you card, and another card telling to send an email to get a free 32GB USB drive.

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - 12

Once the drive is plugged in the PC, I’m able to open the tray:

The drive is detected as a TEAC DW-224E-C drive:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - 15

The following is a screenshot of the capabilities of the drive as shown in ImgBurn:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - 16

As we can see, it reads most major CD and DVD formats and can write CD-R and CD-RW. Interestingly, it reports that it can’t read double-layer DVD+/-R. I’ll need to test this to confirm if this is in fact true.

I tested the drive with my Music CD collection and it reads and plays them fine. This is really great, and will be my main usage for it.

You can get this External CD-RW/DVD Combo drive on Amazon here.

Unboxing Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack

Unboxing Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack

Hi everyone,

Here, I will be showing you pictures of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack, which got released today:

Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack - Front
Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack – Front

As you can see in the above picture, that is the front of the box. Let’s take a look at the back:

Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack - Back
Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack – Back

And the sides:

Let’s open the box:

Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack - Opened
Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack – Opened

And take out the contents:

Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack - Unboxed
Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack – Unboxed

We can see the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield game box. We can also see it came with a download code to get some Dynamax Crystals.

Let’s start unboxing Pokémon Sword, taking a closer look at the front of the box:

Pokémon Sword - Front
Pokémon Sword – Front

And the back:

Pokémon Sword - Back
Pokémon Sword – Back

Let’s open it:

Pokémon Sword - Opened
Pokémon Sword – Opened

We can see the game cart. Let’s take a closer look:

Pokémon Sword - Game Cart inside the box
Pokémon Sword – Game Cart inside the box

Now, let’s take the game cart outside:

Pokémon Sword - Game Cart
Pokémon Sword – Game Cart

And that’s it for Pokémon Sword. Let’s start with Pokémon Shield.

This is the front of the box:

Pokémon Shield - Front
Pokémon Shield – Front

And the back:

Pokémon Shield - Back
Pokémon Shield – Back

Let’s open it:

Pokémon Shield - Opened
Pokémon Shield – Opened

And let’s take a closer look at the game cart:

Pokémon Shield - Game Cart inside the box
Pokémon Shield – Game Cart inside the box

Finally, let’s take it out of the box:

Pokémon Shield - Game Cart
Pokémon Shield – Game Cart

And that’s it! We have now unboxed and taken out both game carts. Here is a final picture with both carts side by side:

Pokémon Sword and Shield - Game Carts
Pokémon Sword and Shield – Game Carts

You can buy the games on Amazon using the following links:

What Pokémon version did you get?

Unboxing the MagaBolt MagX Magnetic USB-C Cable

Unboxing the MagaBolt MagX Magnetic USB-C Cable

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m sharing my unboxing video of the MagaBolt MagX Magnetic USB-C Cable which was a campaign that ran on Kickstarter.

This is a Magnetic USB-C cable that resembles Apple’s MagSafe connector. It is compatible with all USB-C devices, so you can use this cable to charge your phone, for instance.

Watch the video below to see how the cable looks:

Unboxing the BaseUs USB-C Hub for Phones (NuDock on Kickstarter)

Unboxing the BaseUs USB-C Hub for Phones (NuDock on Kickstarter)

Hi everyone,

I uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel. This time, I present you the BaseUs USB-C Hub, also called NuDock when it ran on Kickstarter. The final product turned out to be this BaseUs USB-C Hub, with identical features to the Kickstarter project.

The project creator told us that because NuDock was already being used, they had to rename the dock to BaseUs.

Watch the unboxing video below:

The Hidizs Mermaid MS1 and MS4 IEMs with their cables and accessories

The Hidizs Mermaid MS1 and MS4 IEMs with their cables and accessories

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I received the brand-new Hidizs Mermaid MS1 and MS4 In-Ear Monitors Absolute Kits.

Hidizs Mermaid MS1 and MS4 IEMs with their cables and accessories
Hidizs Mermaid MS1 and MS4 IEMs with their cables and accessories

The Hidizs Mermaid MS1 is an IEM with 1 Dynamic Driver, while the Hidizs Mermaid MS4 is an IEM with 1 Dynamic Driver and 3 Knowles Balanced Armatures.

Hidizs Mermaid MS4
Hidizs Mermaid MS4

My initial impressions are excellent. These IEMs do a lot to reproduce the music. I found that the MS1, with just the Dynamic Driver, produces a warm sound with great mids and smooth bass and treble. The MS4, on the other hand, improves the bass and treble while having great mids. Since the MS4 uses 3 balanced armatures for the mids and treble, they do a great job, and since the Dynamic Driver is focused on the bass, it also does a great job. The MS1, on the other hand, produces a warmer sound since the Dynamic Driver needs to reproduce the entire frequency spectrum.

The Hidizs Absolute Kits come with a choice of a 2.5mm or 4.4mm balanced cable, USB-C 2-pin cable and an aptX Bluetooth Cable using a CSR8645 chipset. They are also compatible with other 2-pin 0.78mm IEMs and you can also use other aftermarket cables due to their 2-pin connectors.

The IEMs can be driven easily since the MS1 only has an impedance of just 15Ω while the MS4 has an impedance of just 12Ω. However, you can use your favorite DAC like the Hidizs DH1000/Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus and use the balanced output to enjoy an even better sound. You can also use them with the 3.5mm cable with the Hidizs AP80.

Now, here’s my unboxing video I recorded yesterday where I unbox both kits, their cables and accessories:

I personally like the MS4 due to their more punchier bass and their extended treble. The MS1 have more forward vocals, so if you’re looking for that, the MS1 is for you, but if you want the treble and a bit more bass, go for the MS4.

Here’s the review video I also recorded with my thoughts on the IEMs and the cables:

Overall, Hidizs did a great job with these new In-Ear Monitors.

You can purchase these 2 Hidizs IEMs at Amazon using the following links:

Unboxing the KZ AS16 In-Ear Monitor

Unboxing the KZ AS16 In-Ear Monitor

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m sharing my unboxing video of the KZ AS16 In-Ear Monitor. This IEM has 8 balanced armatures per side, for a total of 16. In the video, I compare the size of it with the KZ ZS10 Pro, which is also another of their newer IEM.

I’m currently listening to the KZ AS16 and will soon give my impressions of it. In the meantime, here’s the unboxing video: