Plextor PX-716A DVD Writer

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Plextor PX-716A


OEM:
Plextor
Chipset:Sanyo
48xCDR CAV
24xCDRW PCAV
16xDVD-R CAV
4xDVD-RW CLV
6xDVD-RDL CLV
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 ActiveJet 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BeAll 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 BenQ 16xDVD-R (DAXON016S...) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Commax 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Commodore 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 CompUSA 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD+R (AML.....001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 CompUSA 4xDVD+R (INFOME..R20) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dataware 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite (Printable) 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Classic Grey 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Red (V3) 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Titanium 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dotcom 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Egital 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP2) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Esa 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 ESN 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Extreme 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD+R (PRODISC.R05) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Gigatain 8xDVD+R (Plasmon1C01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Infiniti 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Infiniti 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Infiniti 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intenso 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 JVC 16xDVD-R (MJC M005....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 KHypermedia 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 LG 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Linkyo 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD+R (MAXELL..002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (MXL RG02....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Miracle 2xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Miracle 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Mitsubishi 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsubishi 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mydata 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Nashua 2.4xDVD+RW (SENTINELW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Octron 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Max 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR4) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Playo 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 ProMedia 8xDVD+R (SONY....D11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ricoh 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiDisc 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiDisc (Xtreme) 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Ritek 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+RW (SONY....S11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Taiyo Yuden 16xDVD-R (TYG03.......) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD-RW (TDK601saku..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TX (Think Xtra) 4xDVD+R (NANYA...CHX) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vakoss 16xDVD+R (PRODISC.R04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW11n9) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 5 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (Pearl White) 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I just bought the plextor 716A a few weeks ago and immediatly updated the firmware to 1.04 and have not experienced any problems what so ever. This is the onyl burner I know of with 8mb of cache on board and has many built in write quality improvement features that make it virtually impossible to write a bad quality disc...as long as the media you use is of good quality that is. Can't find one complaint about this drive. has 6x DVD+R DL with latest firmware and will have 6x DVD+/-R DL support with the next firmware update sometime in march '05.


Comments posted by Hadley Sanford from United States, March 02, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





just replaced my 708 plextor with this one. so far so good. its burning every disc i put in it(why i love plex over picky nec) but i hvae not been able to locate any 8x disc to burn at 16x. bought it for $119 from memorylabs.com (retail drive) and sent in my $30 rebate!


Comments posted by roman from United States, March 01, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Hard to believe this is a Plextor. My negative experience is very much like that of some of the other reviewers: Okay at first, then slows w-a-y down. Today it couldn't even install a program from CD. My Plextor 708UF installed the program just fine. Trying to get email response from Plextor--their RMA policy is to make the *user* pay shipping??!! On a defective, one-month old drive? You can bet I'll holler about that! I'll update if/when this situation gets resolved. In the meantime, I've ordered an NEC ND-3520A from Newegg.


Comments posted by Dave from United States, February 16, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





i bought this not to long ago and it is one of the best out there no problems so far. i was told plextor and lite on is the top burners out there couldent beat the price eather.


Comments posted by Brian from United States, January 31, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





The Plextor is one of the best i think, i also used them for CDs years before. For example i had an LG 8x DVD+R here which had problems on the PX-716A at finalizing with firmware 1.03. Yesterday the 1.04 firmware came out and now these media are also working fine, that's plextor also a fine support after creating a drive and that's for writers more then important! And also i can burn Verbatim 8x DVD+R at 12x so why should i buy the expensive 16x ??? That's also Plextor, so go get it.


Comments posted by Liberator from Germany, January 27, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Replaced my old pioneer 106 for the plextor 716A. What a mistake. In the beginning it burns good but now after a while it burns no media good anymore.
The good thing about plextor is the service today DHL picked up my drive to bring it to plextor. The same with my neighbour, he have two plextors and both returned to plextor.
For me no more plextor.


Comments posted by Chap from Netherlands, January 26, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





My '716A is as good as or better than ANY DVD burner out there. It costs more than any burner out there. No suprises. Plextor makes the best optical drives, period. My Plextor SCSI drives are 10 years old, used evey day and work as advertised. If you want the best, buy Plextor, otherwise, roll the dice.


Comments posted by follenre from United States, January 15, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I was buy this driver 3 weeks ago,firs working right,but if you ,used more then 10 hours ,then get read only 1.9X
and burning is faild.I trial contact Plextor ,take me hold
1 hours.DON'T BUY THIS DRIVER!!!


Comments posted by George from United States, January 14, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





For Information

This drive is planned to support 2x DVD-R Dual Layer Media from firmware 1.04 onwards. The firmware is currently in BETA test and can be found on variuos forums.

Because its BETA, *** USE AT OWN RISK *** Until its fully released


Comments posted by Qwakrz from United Kingdom, January 02, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





I picked up the new PX-716A at Best Buy for $129 + a $30 mail in rebate a couple of months ago. It replaced my PX-708A. I've been using Plextor drives for the last 8 years, they cost a little bit more, but you always pay more for the best.

Some would argue my prior point, but there really is no arguement to be had. This drives smokes everything out there from performance to reliability to quality. I buy all of my media at meritline.com and I have yet to find a disc that my Plex won't burn to. So if you're looking for a high quality burner that will last, don't look any further.


Comments posted by serpentx from United States, January 02, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





after trying out this drive, i ask:
why would you want something else?

plextor is hands down the best!
don't buy anything else...
just look at the box and you'll know why...


Comments posted by antabaka from United States, December 27, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





The Booktype is with Firmware 1.02 possible
(Infos of the page are right)
[-> Nero 6/ Recorder / Recorder setting / Optionen]

I't works perfect and very fast - great !


Comments posted by Stan_Laurel from Switzerland, December 19, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Just picked this up @ BestBuy here in DE for 139.99 with a 30$ mail in rebate. Burned about 3 discs so far using DVD-R Ritek G05 media took about 9 1/2 minutes to burn a disc @ 8x speed. Haven't had a chance to use any of the faster media out there. But for the price I couldn't help but upgrade from my Pioneer A05.


Comments posted by Mocfu from United States, November 02, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Picked up the Plextor 716A at BestBuy for $179 with a $30 mail in rebate. It replaces a Plextor 708A. It burned 4.4GB of data in a little over 6 minutes using the included Plextor 16X DVD+R blank disc. I'm still looking for 8X media that will burn at 12 or 16X. Plextor's website says certain 8X will do that, but provide no list that I can find. I've tried Memorex 8X DVD+R and Sony 8X DVD-R but both only burn at 8X.
My TDK 4x DVD+R burn at 8X just like they did in the 708A.

CDR burn at 48X compared to 40X in the 708A. You wouldn't think that would make much difference but it sure seems a whole lot faster burning CDR's on the 716A vs. the 708A.

I really like the drive so far, I'll be happier when I can burn at more than 8X since my 708A would do that. The only advantage I get right now is DVD-R at 8X vs. 4X on the 708A.


Comments posted by BoBear from United States, October 27, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested


Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes


DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.


Connection
Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)


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The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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