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All the loyal followers of Plextor now have something to exult over as the company has rolled out new models of external optical drives.

Not only willing to please its fans, the company surely pursues pecuniary goals, too. When its competitors are receiving profits from their external DVD-burners, it would be unwise not to offer alternative products. Considering the reputation of the manufacturer, these alternatives will surely find their target audience.

In this review we will discuss one of the new external drives from Plextor; it has a standard form-factor.

Closer Look

Its case made of black plastic, the device has a cute and individual appearance. On the front panel, under the disc tray, there is an eject button, a LED operation-mode indicator, and a few symbols indicating the device class. The manufacturer’s name and labels for the connectors on the rear panel are located on the top of the drive. A LED-based power indicator is built in between the top and right panels. The back panel carries two FireWire and one USB port, an interface selection switch, a power connector, a power-on button, and a cooling fan.

Now, what about the technical characteristics of the drive? The model is based on the standard PX-750UF optical drive and has almost the same parameters as the result. The manufacturer specifies the maximum read speeds as 16x for DVD-ROM and 48x for CD-ROM media. DVD+R and DVD-R media can be read at up to 16x speed. DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs can be recorded at 8x (you need to update the firmware to use this speed with dual-layer DVD-R media). The maximum speeds for writing DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R and CD-RW are 8x, 6x, 5x, 40x and 24x, respectively. The drive’s buffer is 2MB big. The access time is 130 milliseconds for CD and 140 milliseconds for DVD media. The drive supports USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 interfaces. The following DVD media formats are supported: DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, Multi-Border, Multisession, DVD+VR, DVD-VR. And these are the CD formats supported: CD-DA, CD-ROM Mode-1, CD-ROM Mode-2, CD-ROM XA, CD-Extra, Photo-CD, Video-CD, Multisession, CD TEXT, CD-I, Mixed CD, and CD+G (read only). The dimensions of the device are 167.1 x 53 x 253.5 millimeters; its weight is 1.5kg.

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