Plextor's PX-M402U ConvertX - The Second Ed.

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Plextor's PX-M402U ConvertX - The Second Ed.
Software and Setup
Test Setup and Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Product: Plextor PX-402U ConvertX (Digital Video Converter)
Provided By: Plextor USA

Introduction:
 

First off, I'd like to thank Plextor for sending up this unit for a review. It's nice to be able to follow up on the original.

Plextor has really broken new ground in the past 6 months. Back in October I took a look at their very first Digital Video Capture device, the ConvertX (PX-M401U). I've received more feedback regarding that review that any other review I have done. That's why I'm excited and pleased to bring you a review of the PX-M402U - the successor to the original ConvertX.

Until the ConvertX, Plextor has mainly focused on Optical Storage drives, such as CDRW's and DVDRW's. The ConvertX completes the circle and gives you a total solution for capturing and burning your Analog video onto a long-lasting digital media. Without further delay, let's take a look at the M402U.

 
System Requirements:
 
  • CPU: Pentium® III 800 MHz (minimum)
  • Pentium® IV 1.6 GHz or above(suggested)
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • HDD: 10 GB free disk space
  • Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768, 24-bit color
  • Graphics Card: Video card with 24-bit resolution capability and DirectX® support
  • Sound: Windows® compatible sound card that supports 48KHz playback (PCI recommended)
  • DirectX: DirectX 9.0 (included in the WinDVD Creator application)
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • CD-ROM: A CD-ROM drive for installation (CD installation)
  • CD-RW: To burn CDs, Video CD S-VCD or miniDVD(DVD format on CD)
  • DVD+/- RW: To burn DVDs
  • OS Support: Windows® 2000/XPâ„¢
 
Key Features:
 
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Video Capture Peripheral
  • Composite Video, Composite Audio and S-Video Inputs
  • Hardware Encode to DivX®, MPEG-4, MPEG-2/DVD, MPEG-1/VCD Formats
  • Includes InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2 Video Editing and DVD Authoring Software
  • Hardware and Software Certified by DivX Networks

More Advanced Video Features can be found here.

 
What's In The Box:

Upon opening the box, you will be greeted by enough hardware and software to get you started. Most importantly, you get a schpankity PX-M402U Video Capture device, along with a power adapter, a thin S-Video cable, a cheap set of RCA-Audio and RCA-Video cables, and a 3' USB cable.

 

Also in the box, is a very informative manual, and a software CD. On the CD you get some drivers (updated drivers are available here), as well as WinDVD Creator 2, WinDVD 5, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and a PDF Manual. Enough to get you going for sure. I'm getting more and more impressed with WinDVD Creator 2. This is a later version than the one the shipped with the PX-M401U, and seems a bit more complete.

Plextor's big claim to fame with this device is that the hardware and software are certified by DivX Networks. This is a big bonus as they are the only certified DivX encoding hardware around. Kudos to Plextor. The big question is, does it work, and does it look good? Answer: Heck yeah, baby! but we're getting ahead of ourselves. . .
 
The Unit:
 
Here are some shots of the ConvertX M402U itself. . . not much explanation necessary here.
There is a blue power LED as well as an amber "Record" LED on the front.
 
 
 
Very slick and simple device. Just a standard USB connector on the back as well as a jack for the 9V DC power source.
Now that we've got the hardware covered, let's take a look at the software.