Plextor PX-740A DVD Writer

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Plextor PX-740A


OEM:
Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Philips
48xCDR CAV
32xCDRW PCAV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW CLV
4xDVD-RDL CLV
16xDVD+R CAV
8xDVD+RW ZCLV
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$80 7.3/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BeAll 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Dynex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dysan 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Linkyo 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Philips 16xDVD+R (INFOME..R30) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKP01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 4xDVD-R (MKM 01RD30) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Burnt over 200 dvd-r and 3 dl +r Great!!!


Comments posted by John from United States, April 05, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.







Comments posted by carlosroadrunner from Canada, February 25, 2006. Rated this writer 4 of 10.





I know that this Burner is a BenQ 1640 with a Plextor case but I would have had to get the BenQ shipped to me and after all the trouble I just had with Pioneer's DVR-R100 (3). I bought the Plextor PX-740A at BestBuy and am glad I did. So far I have been able to burn to all the media I have 4,8 & 16X both + & -, no problems at all but I tried to burn a movie to a +RDL disk (fujifilm) and it was loaded with mistakes or errors. SlySoft said I should be able to do this but the Disks are to much money to play with right now, so it could be the media not the writer.


Comments posted by Dodgeboy from United States, November 26, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I'm very happy with this DVD-Writer. A good price vor a good product.


Comments posted by Shakal from Switzerland, November 14, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This is a great DVD burner. I use TDK blanks and so far it has burned all of them without a single coaster. The 16x burn speed is great. Haven't tried writing CDs, but it does read CDs and DVDs just fine. All in all an excellent product.


Comments posted by Karen from United States, October 12, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





my px-740a failed within one month of purchase. now i get to ship it back to plextor on my own dime, so i can get back a refurbished drive. very unhappy with this situation, and disappointed after years of devoted plextor use. this drive just sucks. period. my 708a has rocked and has been trouble-free with the exception oif not liking a small selection media. the 740a should, however, be avoided altogether in my opinion.


Comments posted by alex verhoeven from United States, August 16, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





This is a really over priced drive. if you want the same drive for almost half the price, and with a better suite of software, get the real maker of the oem drive the BenQ-DW1640. Atleast then you have and extra 40 dollars to spend on good media. Plus this maker BenQ is know to update firmware for support of new write speeds and in the past media types ie -r or +r that the drives didnt support before. this drive or the benq drive might also support Direct Current Erase or DC Erase. www.dvdinfopro.com which i just emailed Benq about. Basicly it means you can get a rw disk to be back to its original state from the store. so if you have old media thats been damaged you might be able to reveive it to life. if anything the Benq has always supported more error check then other drives. Such as PI/PO errors and jitter check with there software. i might get this drive soon if im not to lazy to sell off my old nec drive, though i still love it!!


Comments posted by D_Trizzy from United States, August 11, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Installed PX-740A into external Firewire/USB 2.0 case for use with Dell Inspiron 8500 and Sony VAIO notebooks. Updated firmware to 1.01 and installed Nero 6.6.0.8 (Plextor edition).

PX-740A works great *reading* DVDs. Had major problems *burning*, using TDK 8x DVD-R and Memorex 2.4x DVD+RW media. Burn attempts lock up Nero software. Showing 4% burn before timeout. DVD locked in tray.

CD-Rs (using Nero 6.6.0.8) burn successfully in PX-740A.

PowerDVD5 does *not work* with PX-740A, although WinDVD4 and Nero Showtime 2 play DVDs fine.

DVD X Copy XPress *incompatible* with Plextor PX-740A burner. Burns fail.

NEC ND-6500A DVD +/-RW drives are installed in both notebooks, and have no problems
(a) burning DVDs with either Nero 6.0.6.08 or
DVD X Copy XPress software; or
(b) playing DVDs using PowerDVD5 and WinDVD4.

Finally, the inability to burn DVDs using the Plextor PX-740A are not a result of installing unit in an external case, and using the Firewire connection. I am using older Phillips and LiteOn burners in external cases, connected via firewire - and have no problems buring DVDs with either notebook.





Comments posted by crystallakegary from United States, July 16, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





Tested MCC001 Verbatim +R, very powerful 16x ( 4Min16sec ) without problems.
Ritek05 labeled 8x, burned 4x okay.



Comments posted by Michael from Germany, July 15, 2005. 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)


Rating
The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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