Plextor Corp. announced the new PX-716 series DVD+/-R/RW drive. With high-speed 16X DVD+R and 16X DVD-R recording, the PX-716 gives users the ability to create, edit, and share customized DVDs and CDs.
The drive uses 16X CAV performance on recommended 8X DVD+R media, and burns a 4.7GB DVD in less than six minutes. Available in both internal (ATAPI) and external (USB/FireWire) versions, the new drive also supports dual-layer DVD media, enabling users to burn up to four hours of MPEG-2 video on a single 8.5GB DVD disc in approximately 28 minutes.
The PX-716 features Intelligent Recording, a combination of technologies designed to record across a broad spectrum of media with varying grades of quality:
- Intelligent Tilt -- Laser and three-dimensional tilt control to reduce jitter and allow recording and reading on uneven disc surfaces.
- PoweRec -- A write strategy providing recording at maximum speed for certified media
- AUTOSTRATEGY -- A technology that determines the standard deviation of any blank disc and automatically adjusts the write strategy for unknown media.
The Plextor PX-716 is a DVD/CD burner with a 9-in-1 drive that supports 4X DVD+R Double-Layer, 16X DVD+R, and 16X DVD-R Writing; 8X DVD+RW and 4X DVD-RW Rewriting; and 16X max DVD-Reading. The burner also includes 48X CD-R Writing, 24X CD-RW Rewriting, and 48X max CD-Reading. The PX-716 has an 8 MB buffer and features Buffer Underrun Proof Technology to prevent buffer underrun errors and allow multi-tasking.
The internal PX-716A drive features an ATA/ATAPI-5 (EIDE) interface for broad based PC-compatibility. A short drive length of 6.7-inches accommodates small form-factor PCs, while a replaceable black front bezel allows a user to change the appearance of the drive to match a computer. Burst data transfer rates for the internal drive are 16.7 MB/sec for PIO Mode-4, 16.7 MB/sec for DMA-2, and 66.7 MB/sec for Ultra DMA33.
The external PX-716UF includes a dual interface that supports both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and full-speed compliant IEEE-1394 FireWire(R), enabling a Plextor customer to share a single external high-performance DVD/CD recorder among multiple Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows-based personal computer systems. Burst data transfer rates of 480 Mbps (USB 2.0) or 400 Mbps (FireWire) allow a user to burn a 4.7GB DVD+R disc in approximately six minutes.
Lossless Linking/Zero Link technology enables users to perform basic editing tasks directly on the DVD disc, so there is no need to reload DVD content back to a PC to make minor changes, and no need to re-burn an entire DVD after making small edits. The PX-716 also includes PlexTools(R) Professional software, which is capable of determining good discs from bad discs before beginning the burn process. In addition the software enables a combination of user-controllable CD recording and CD/DVD media test features, including:
- GigaRec allows storage up to 1 GB on a 700 MB CD disc.
- SecureRecording offers password protection for CD discs.
- Q-Check for CD media checks and graphs the results of written disc quality, including C1/C2 errors, track and focus errors, and beta/jitter errors.
- Q-Check Time Analyzer (TA) for DVD media checks and graphs the results of written disc quality including PI/PO.
- Silent Mode enables users to vary tray load/unload speed, spin up/down speed and write/read speeds.
- VariRec allows adjustment of the laser power to produce the highest quality audio recording possible.
Plextor's bundled software package offers ease-of-use and extensive functionality for Windows platforms. The PlexWriter PX-716 ships with Easy Media Center 7, Basic DVD Edition. Roxio's DVD/CD-recording software lets users create movie DVDs, data DVDs, music CDs, photo slide shows synchronized with music, data CDs, and backup copies of personal discs.
The PlexWriter PX-716 drive also includes Roxio PhotoSuite 7 for capturing, organizing, editing, and sharing digital photos; and a 30-day trial version of Dantz Retrospect data backup software. For Macintosh users, Toast Lite versions 5 & 6 are also included for the PX-716UF.
The Plextor PX-716 DVD+/-R/RW drive is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America. The internal PX-716A drive has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $149.00 USD. The external PX-716UF is $239.00 USD. All retail packages include a one-year full warranty.