For years, Plextor took an approach to optical storage that was only duplicated by a few manufacturers. 8MB buffers, extra features and rock solid performance put Plextor on the high end of CDR and CDRW drives. Today, Plextor sent us a drive that truly claims to revolutionize DVDR burning for at least the remainder of the year, and probably some time into the next.

Back in July, Philips (DVD+R forum) officially announced the DVD+R format specification, part of which was to increase the recording speed standard to 8X. DVD+R 8X is a little different from other recording speed standards, as the drive starts burning at 6X CLV, then jumps to 8X CLV for the outer surface. So even though, technically, the drive does not obtain a sustained 8X burn, we see burn times around 8 or 9 minutes for full 4.38GB of data. What really sweetens the pie is that 4X capable DVD+R media should burn fine at 8X.

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  • tazdevl - Monday, September 15, 2003 - link

    TDK is just a rebadged NEC. Only difference is that TDK updates their firmware a tad bit more often and does a better job supporting their drives in general than NEC.

    In any case, both are not in the same league as Sony, Pioneer, Plex or TEAC.
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  • Anonymous User - Monday, September 15, 2003 - link

    Can someone please do a review on the Plextor 708A, Sony DRU510, the new Pioneer and the new Lite-On DVD+-R/RW. Somebody tell Anand. Reply
  • tazdevl - Monday, September 15, 2003 - link

    Litle light reading... according to NPD Sony has a 39% share of the DVD burning market.#1.

    http://www.cdfreaks.com/news/7974
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  • Ian@CDRlabs - Monday, September 15, 2003 - link

    Ah yeah. You guys wanted to get the "first exclusive look." :)

    I have to agree with tazdevl about Sony's DVD writers. While they have used drives from other companies in the past, the DRU-5xx series is their own design. A design just as ground breaking as the Plextor.

    Ian

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  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, September 14, 2003 - link

    #23: They did sent it to us. Unfortunately, they sent it to us UPS ground ;) Rather than wait around for our sample I thought it best to go grab one before every review site on the net had a unit.

    I believe the unit is still in transit =)

    Kristopher
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, September 14, 2003 - link


    If you had to buy it, why did you say they sent it to you? Just curious. Anandtech is a well-respected site -- you certainly don't have to pretend like manufacturers are doing you favours. In fact, the idea that you guys go out and buy stuff to review just makes you look more impartial and might shame a few people into giving you review samples in the future.
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  • Falco. - Sunday, September 14, 2003 - link

    KristopherKubicki

    if u have to buy the tdk.. u can have mine relatively cheap :-)
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  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, September 14, 2003 - link

    #20: I have the OEM drive here. Its in an upcoming review.

    Kristopher
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  • tazdevl - Sunday, September 14, 2003 - link

    #7 I think you're getting into semantics. Your point makes no sense.

    Sony doesn't manufacture their own drives, they outsource manufacturing to other companies, which is not unusual. However, the design is their own and they don't private label anyone else's drives.
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  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, September 14, 2003 - link

    I will see if TDK can send us a drive. We actually went out and bought our 708A, so we may end up doing the same for the TDK.

    Kristopher
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