Plextor's PX-504A DVD+R/+RW CDRW

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After I reviewed the Plexwriter Premium, I was very excited to get a chance to review Plextor's DVD+R drive, the PX-504A. In my opinion, the Premium was the most feature packed and solid burner I'd ever laid my eyes/hand or any other appendage on, so it was with high hopes that I took at look at this next drive. I've had this drive in the test system for over a month now, so this review is based not only on a few hours of benchmarking, but also on a month of regular use, both with CDR's CDRW's, DVD+R's, DVD+RW's as well as Pressed CD Media, and DVD-Videos.

I'd like to thank Plextor for trusting me with another one of their drives.

Plextor has long had a name of quality Optical Drives. They are labeled "The King" by many when it comes to CD Burning. They are relatively new to the DVD+R market so it should be interesting to see how they are now, and how far they will go in the next few years.
Specs & Features:
As per usual, we'll start off by taking at the specs of the drive. These have been ripped from Plextor's Product page.
  • 6-in-1 drive: 4X DVD+R, 2.4X DVD+RW, 12X DVD-ROM, 16X CD-R, 10X CD-RW, 40X max CD-ROM
  • Buffer Underrun Proof Technology prevents errors in CD-R/RW writing
  • Lossless Linking prevents errors in DVD writing
  • High capacity - Holds 4.7 GB of storage on DVD media
  • 120ms Average CD Random Access
  • 140ms Average DVD Random Access
  • 2 MB Buffer
  • Black tray minimizes jitters
  • Flash ROM allows for easy upgrade over the Internet
  • Supports DVD+RW background format
  • Useable DVD Formats: DVD-ROM, DVD Video, Multi Border (closed disc read only), multi session
  • Useable CD Formats: CD-DA; CD-ROM Mode 1; CD-ROM Mode 2; CD-ROM XA, CD-I; Photo CD; Video CD; CD-Extra; CD Text; Multi-session, UDF
  • Recording DVD+R/RW Modes: Sequential write, Random access write and Disc-at-once
  • Recording CD-R/RW Modes: Track-at-once, Disc-at-once, Session-at-once, Multi-session, Fixed and Variable Packet Writing
  • Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP Compatible
  • One-Year Full Warranty and Unlimited Toll-Free Tech Support
System Requirements:
  • CPU: Pentium III 800 MHz or equivalent (minimum)
  • CPU: Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or equivalent (suggested)
  • RAM: 128MB
  • HDD: 800MB-1GB
  • Monitor display resolution: 1024 X 768 16-bit color (requires a graphics card with minimum 16MB of memory)

The specs show that this could be a pretty impressive drive. . . Let's head on over and take an closer look at the drive before we begin the benchmarking.