Plextor Announces 16x Speed DVD+/-R/RW Drives

Plextor, Inc. introduced Monday the PX-716 series DVD+/-R/RW drives, featuring 16X DVD+R and 16X DVD-R recording.

The new drives burns at 16X speed on 8X DVD+R media, the company said in a prepared statement, and will burn a 4.7GB DVD in less than six minutes.

Available in both internal (ATAPI) and external (USB/FireWire) versions, the new 9-in-1 drive also supports dual-layer DVD media, enabling users to burn up to four hours of high-quality 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 achieve high-quality recordings.

The Plextor PX-716 is a 9-in-1 drive supporting 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; as well as high-speed 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.

The external PX-716UF includes a dual interface that supports both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and full-speed compliant IEEE-1394 FireWire, enabling a Plextor customer to share a single external high-performance DVD/CD recorder among multiple Macs and Windows-based PCs. 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.

The Plextor PX-716 drive is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America on October 15 and will retail for US$149.00. The external PX-716UF is $239.00.