Plextor PX-750A - Plextors Super Multi - DVD Tests and Final Thoughts

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Plextor PX-750A - Plextors Super Multi
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DVD Tests and Final Thoughts

DVD Tests:

These DVD Read tests are more interesting than the CD Read tests.  DVDRW drives always list their maximum DVD Read speed on the box.  The truth is, different types of DVDs are read at different speeds.  DVD+R and DVD-R disks are always read slower than the maximum drive speed, and DVD+RW and DVD-RWs are read slower yet.  Generally speaking, Single Layer DVD Video and DVD-ROM disks are the only disks that can be read at the drives rated maximum speed.  Keep that in mind as we look at DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD-RAM and DVD+R DL tests below.

PX-750A - DVD-ROM Read
 PX-750A - DVD-ROM Read

PX-750A - DVD+R Read
 PX-750A - DVD+R Read

   

PX-750A - DVD-RAM Read
 PX-750A - DVD-RAM Read

PX-750A - DVD+R DL Read
 PX-750A - DVD+R DL Read

All of the tests above follow along with how Plextor rates this drive for performance.  The DVD-ROM that was read in the first test is the Oblivion DVD and it drops off a bit at the end of the disk, but finishes in good time.  DVD+R and DVD-R disks are rated to be read at 10x, and the drive pretty much nails it at 9.98x.  DVD-RAM disks on the other hand can only be read and written at 5x.  These seem a bit slow in this day and age of blistering fast drives, but 5x DVD-RAM is quite respectable and the PX-750A does a fine job and has no trouble reading our DVD-RAM media.  Dual Layer writing has come a long way since its initial 2.4x, and this drive claims speeds up to 8x.  Thanks to Howdy, we were able to test this drive on some Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL media.


The PX-750A has proven itself to be more than an adequate CD/DVD Reader and now we'll take a look and see how it does in the writing department.

PX-750A - DVD+R Write
 PX-750A - DVD+R Write

PX-750A - DVD-R Write
 PX-750A - DVD-R Write

   

PX-750A - DVD-RAM Write
 PX-750A - DVD-RAM Write

PX-750A - DVD+R DL Write
 PX-750A - DVD+R DL Write

The PX-750A has a much smoother writing curve than the PX-760A that we reviewed a few months back.  It has only a couple of drop-offs on our DVD+R 16x test media, and a few more on the DVD-R test media.  This helps the drive finish the disk faster - which is a good thing as long as the quality is preserved.  The test media read back fine in every other drive we tested so we are confident about the quality.

As I mentioned previously, this drive is rated at 5x for DVD-RAM media when both reading and writing.  The DVD-RAM disk was completed in just over 11 minutes which is consistent for 5x writing.  In our final screen shot we have a look at some DVD+R DL Writing.  Although Nero CD/DVD Speed states that the drive can write the sample media at 8x, the drive stays at a solid 4x throughout writing.  When I ran this test, the drive took a long time to start writing and just before it started to write, I could hear it slow down.  This is both a good and bad thing.  The drive is made to determine the maximum speed that it can safely write on a disk with quality, and the PX-750A determines the 8x media is only safe to write at 4x.  The quality of the disk is excellent, and that makes it worth the extra time it takes to write.  Perhaps in newer firmware and as fast media matures, the drive will indeed write DVD+R DL disks at 8x.  For now we settle for a 4x write with good quality.

Conclusion:

Overall, I'm extremely impressed with this drive from Plextor.  While it may not be the fastest unit on the plant, in testing it has been rock solid.  If this is the drive that begins to bring Plextor back to the forefront of the "King of Quality", this is a good start.  We had absolutely no issues with this drive during testing and the benchmarks above reflect our experience.  It's not 100% perfect in our tests as it does have some slowdowns when reading disks, but it bounces back up and finishes in top form.

Pros:

  • DVD-RAM from Plextor.
  • Solid Drive performs as rated with no issues in our tests.
  • Plextor Quality once again back on top.
  • Smooth, quiet operation.

Cons:

  • 8x DVD+R DL media was written at 4x.

It's been a while since we've been so impressed with a Plextor drive.  The breakdown below should say it all.

 

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
10/10
Performance:
9/10
Software Pack:
9/10
Stability:
10/10
Features:
10/10
Value:
9/10
Total Score 9.5

 

I'd like to thank Plextor for firing this drive over to us for a review and also Howdy for providing me with some fast DVD+R DL media.

If you have any comments or questions regarding this review, please feel free to head on over and post them in the forum at the Comments link below.  Sweet.