Benq 4012P


Review: Benq 4012P
Reviewer: OC-Freak
Provided by: Benq
Firmware: V.OW
Production date: March 2002

About Benq

Benq is a relativly new name in the optical storage industry, but the people behind Benq are not. In fact they were part of one of the larger high tech companies of the world: Acer. However since 5 december 2001, Acer communications and Multimedia group has been spun off and is from then on called Benq. The company has about 10.000 employees world wide and has its main office in Taiwan. Besides making optical storage products, Benq also makes mobile phones, monitors, digital camera’s and scanners. The company has its own research and development division located in the USA, China, Taiwan and this has made that the company currently has 400 global patents.

Benq has chosen to be in the optical storage industry because as the company states on their website: CD-ROM drives play a leading role in the multimedia world. To run CD-R disks or video games and data DVD disks, or record a large volume of personal or commercial information, you need high-efficiency storage equipment. BenQ storage products include internal and external CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM and Combi (CD-R/RW and DVD-ROM) drives.

According to Benq the company is dedicated to bring enjoyment and quality to live, in this review we will take a look if the company has succeeded in this regarding their optical storage products.

Our review computer:


  • Mainboard: Microstar K7T Turbo-R Limited Edition VIA KT133A
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 1,4GHz
  • Memory: 512Mb PC133
  • Harddisk: 2 Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 80Gb 7200rpm ATA100 harddisks at a Promise fasttrack 100 IDE controller
  • USB Controller: NEC USB 2.0 Controller

System set-up:

DMA (Direct Memory Access) was enabled for all devices and all devices have the newest firmware currently available. Auto insert notification and Autorun was disabled for all devices during this review. The drive was connected as Primary master and identified itself as ATAPI CD-RW 40X12.


  • Operating Sytem: Windows XP Professional English with all updates from windowsupdate installed and servicepack 1 beta build 1068 installed. (The last tests is made on windows 2000 pro with service pack 2)
  • VIA 4in1 driver: Version 4.40 build P3
  • ASPI Layer: Adaptec ASPI layer version 4.71

Used Software:

For the tests we will be using the following software:

  • Ahead Nero Burning ROM version
  • Ahead InCD version 3.31
  • Ahead Nero InfoTool version 1.01
  • Ahead Nero CD-Speed version 0.85e beta
  • Elaborate bytes CloneCD version
  • Exact Audio Copy version 0.9 beta 4
  • G&M CDR Identifier v1.63
  • An Chen Computers CD-Mate version
  • Feurio 1.65

What did the package contain? Continue to next page and find out…