Plextor's Vanilla PX-W5224TA

Article Index
Plextor's Vanilla PX-W5224TA
Drive, Bundle and Installation
Test Setup, Info and Media Compatibility
CD Read Performance
CD Write Performance
Final Thoughts and Conclusion


A couple of weeks ago, I received the Plexor PX-W5224TA burner. This is Plextor's second 52X burner - the first being the PlexWriter Premium. I was incredibly impressed with the Premium, so I was quite interested to see what features they chopped in the release of this drive. I also wondered if they sacrificed some performance or quality. After all, what makes a budget burner cheaper? If you are a DAE enthusiast, can this drive stand up to the challenge? If you insist on making backups of your $70 CAD games, can this drive pull it off? Exactly how fast can it rip up a 709MB DivX? All these questions and more will be answered if you just read on. . .

Specs and Features:

First off is a list of specs from Plextor:

  • Writing Speed (KB/s): 7,800 (52X Max)
  • Rewriting Speed (KB/s): 3,600 (24X Max)
  • Reading Speed (KB/s): 7,800 (52X Max)
  • Burst Read/Write: 33.3 MB/sec (UDMA Mode 2), 16.6 MB/sec (PIO Mode 4/DMA Mode 2)
  • Average Random Access: <65 ms
  • Buffer 2 MB
  • Error Rate: CD-ROM Mode 1: block/1012 bits, CD-ROM Mode 2: block/109 bits
  • MTBF: 60,000 POH (Over 6.5 years)
  • Useable Formats: CD-DA, CD-Extra, CD-ROM Mode 1, Mix Mode CD, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Video CD,
    CD-I, Multi-session, CD-TEXT, CD+G, UDF
  • Recording Modes: Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multi-session, Fixed and Variable Packet Writing,
    Mt. Rainier Support

Additional Features:

  • PowerRec - For The Best Recording Quality.
  • VariRec - Provides Direct Laser Control.
  • Buffer Underrun Proof - Prevents Buffer Under Run Errors.
  • SpeedRead - Provides Maximum Read Speed With Data Reliability And User Safety In Mind.
  • Mount Rainier Function Supported.
  • Black CD Tray Minimizes Jitter And Reduces C1 Error Rates.
  • Wide CD-R/RW Media Compatibility.
  • Horizontal and Vertical Mounting Orientation.


According to the specs, it looks like a well rounded drive. Nothing super-special about the specs and features, but Plextor may have a surprise or two up it's sleeves. . . then again, it may not.

Next, we'll take a look at the drive itself, the bundle 'o goodies, and installation.