Plextor PX-708A DVD Writer

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Plextor PX-708A


OEM:
Plextor
Chipset:Sanyo
40xCDR PCAV
24xCDRW PCAV
4xDVD-R CLV
2xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
8xDVD+R ZCLV
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 01ne 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Acer 4xDVD+R (NANYA...RJB) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Akai 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Arita 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 AVB 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 AVB 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 AVB 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BeAll 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BeAll 4xDVD+R (BeAll000P40) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Budget 4xDVD-R (GSC002......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Bulkpaq 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Centrios 2.4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD+R (AML.....001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
3 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datasafe Media 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 DataTrack 2.4xDVD+R (DATATRAK001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Datawrite Classic Grey 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Datawrite Red (V2) 4xDVD-R (AN35........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Digital Matrix 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Digital Matrix 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 DMS 8xDVD+R (AML.....002) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 DVDPro 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynamax Protection 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 E3Works 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 EMTEC 4xDVD-R (MAM8XG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 1xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 eProformance (epro) 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Esperanza 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ever Media 4xDVD-R (NANYA-JC001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2xDVD-RW (MCC 01RW11n9) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 16xDVD+R (PRODISC.R05) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
6 Fujifilm 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 6 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Fujifilm 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (VANGUARD....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GigaStorage 4xDVD-R (GSC002......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD+R (LD......S03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 GreatAZO 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GreatAZO 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hawk Professional 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 HP 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
7 Imation 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 7 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Infiniti 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Infiniti 2xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Infotech 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intenso 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 JVC 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 JVC 8xDVD+R (WFKA11..211) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Kapi 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 KHypermedia 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Kodak 8xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Lead Data 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lifetec 1xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Liquid Video 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 MAM-E 4xDVD-R (MCI4XG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Matrix 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
5 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 3 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MDA Technology 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
7 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 6 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
8 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 3 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (MBIPG101R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (ProdiscDVDRW) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
15 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 13 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (SKYMEDIAR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2xDVD-RW (TDK502sakuM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memory Line 4xDVD+R (POMSC001002) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mirror 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Mitsumi 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MMore 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 MMore 4xDVD+R (MBIPG101R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MMore 2xDVD-R (MCC 00RG200) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MMore 1xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 MMore 2xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 4xDVD-R (MCI4XG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Newegg.com 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optical Storage 2xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optimum 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Panasonic 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Philips 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (INFOME..R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Philips 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 5 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Pine 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Piodata 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Playo 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
5 Plextor 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 5 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Plextor 16xDVD+R (YUDEN000T03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
8 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 4 poor.
1 Princo 1xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Prodisc 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Prodisc 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodye 4xDVD+R (POMSC001002) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Promedia Bulk 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prostore 4xDVD+R (MBIPG101R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Ricoh 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
12 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 10 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiVision 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Samsung 4xDVD+R (BeAll000P40) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 4xDVD-RW (OPTODISCW004) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sentinel 1xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sentinel 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sentinel 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 SKC 1xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
2 Sonic 2xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sunstar 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Supermedia 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Swisstec 8xDVD+R (Plasmon1LC0) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Swisstec 4xDVD+R (POMSA0010R.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Swisstec 2.4xDVD+R (SKYMEDIAR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Swisstec 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
10 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 10 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 4xDVD-R (TTG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Teon 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tevion 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 That's 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Traxdata 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ultra 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Velocity 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2xDVD-R (MCC 00RG200) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
8 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 7 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
6 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 5 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+RW (MCC.....A01) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (Pearl White) 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 White Label 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 XDisc 1xDVD-R (GSC001......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 XP DVD 4xDVD-R (Dvsn........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Comments
149 comments, Showing 26 to 50 comments

Plextor Sucks!!!! Do I need to say anything more!!


Comments posted by Mark from United States, March 14, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Had lot's of compatibility issues compared to my previous drive. It was inconsistent at reading discs that where created with other drives as well as with it. Used media from different MFG and all where inconsistent. I returned it and got a SONY DRU530 which BTW can now write both DVD+R AND DVD-R at 8x with the new firmware. The drive could not consistently read discs that where burned on it.

I would not recommend this Plextor drive.


Comments posted by Ivan from United States, March 14, 2004. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





Response to Comments posted by LOUIE on February 21, 2004.

Louie: as for problems you reported earlier:

1) Upgrade a firmware. Plextor has new firmware now.

2) In NERO-6 click "choose recorder" - expend "options" then uncheck "PowerRec enabled" box. That will prevent speed determination process and will burn straight at 8x, with out jumping in speed.

3) Also do next in "New Compilation" wizard: while "DVD" on the top of the wizard frame is chosen - single click on "DVD-video" icon, then click on "Burn" tab on the top. In "Burn" tab uncheck "Determine maximum speed" box. After you complete all that - you will burn at straight 8x with no problems!

I burn Memorex 4x, TDK 4x and Verbatim 4x - AT 8X, all of them with no speed changes what so ever. Full disk takes 8 MINUTES to complete! With steady speed 8x. Beautiful! I burn a lot of movies too so you can trust me - it works the way it meant.


Comments posted by nick13 from United States, March 13, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Love the drive but I must be a dolt as all burns that I complete only play back on the pc that created them. Using XP Pro w/DVDXCOPY Express. What the heck am I missing here?

Cant knock the drive because I am missing something here...Couldnt find similar issue in FAQs. Help appreciated.


Comments posted by bamboozled from United States, March 07, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





great Drive!!!!


Comments posted by Ken from United States, March 07, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





5 stars for Plextor..My dvd copy was exact..even the preview and trailers were perfect..I haven't had to use 2 discs yet as I check the time..but has Roxio with it and they have a file set up so I may try a rip/shrink on a long dvd..Hard to find 8x media but Newegg.com has mail order


Comments posted by Jack from United States, March 07, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I've had this drive for a couple of weeks and it's been perfect for data storage. TDK+R's 4x burning at 8x. Haven't tried DVD video backups yet tho.
Also a tip that some people might not know.. If burning is taking way longer than it's supposed to, make sure the drive is set to DMA mode. After a computer stall/restart, I was burning TDK +R's at 8x and it was taking 30+ minutes. Thought my drive/hardware was messed up until I realized that all of my optical drives were reset to PIO mode. Changed it back to DMA and I got my 8 minute burns back =). If you have trouble changing it to DMA, check out http://sniptools.com/vault/getting-back-to-dma-mode-in-windows-xp.htm


Comments posted by Gibb from United States, February 27, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





You need to make sure that your version of Nero is no less than 5.5.10. I had the same problem (Image recorder).


Comments posted by Robert R. from Other, February 23, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





louie, i bought tdk/imation/memorex/arita dvd+r's, which are all ricoh pr01 disc's, if i was you i'd burn at 4x for now. or buy a nec 2500 for $100 at newegg.


Comments posted by Bud-man from United States, February 23, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Wow no support for for -8x media plextor???? Cheaper drives do? When I read that in the e-mail I got from plextor thats when say said I'm going to buy a cheaper driver!!! So back went the plexcrap and in the pc went a Optorite DD0401. Which is a great drive. This drive is way over priced!!!


Comments posted by Mat from United States, February 22, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





i have this writer since christmas and it really works perfectly...writes at X4 speed dvds TDK - R or Samsung -R perfectly without any problem. My home cinema DVD player (Sony, 2 years old) plays them to perfection as do all my friends players without any problems. Even worked perfectly on DVD-RW Samsung discs. I will try the TDK +R DVD to see if it can burn at X8 speed. Someone also told me that phillips dvd-R also burns at X8 on the Plextor. I wil try them both.


Comments posted by sandman_gr from Greece, February 22, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





i will try that drive you have. Im losing money everytime i have a return and have to burn again. I wouldnt mind trying more expensive discs like Toyo.. but they are hard to find! I wrote plextor an email describing exactly the situation, lets see if they update that issue in the firmware. Even if they dont, the dual layer burners are do out in a few months and im going to upgrade there anyways.
Ill also try your ricoh discs, youy say you got them at office max ? or did you mean the ricoh burner for $100?


Comments posted by louie from United States, February 22, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





louie, i know what your saying is true,i burn probably 20-30 a week, but with my nec 2500 which burns the same media...pretty much ricoh pr01's, at 6x they playback fine..if you havent get yourself a nec or pioneer a07.
either plex needs another firmware update or use expensive toyo yuden's, i go for the 100 ricoh's at officemax for $40.


Comments posted by Bud-man from United States, February 22, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Good, reliable drive but I have yet to burn a +R in less than 20 minutes. My 708a is a week old, latest firmware, an IDE unit in a firewire box. I've used both TDK and Memorex media which has been reported to burn at 8x, but I'm getting under 4x burning speed.

Other than that issue, so far it seems to be reliable. No coasters yet. Kind of overpriced, but Plextor has a solid rep.


Comments posted by MickeyG from United States, February 21, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Hello. An issue i would like to adress regarding this burner.
First off, i burn about 200 to 300 dvds a week. So im sure i have slightly more expereince then lets say a home body who burns there home movies or creates copies of there own discs or rentals..etc...
I only bring this up as if you are burning a few discs a week for home use.. you really may not expereince problems, I however burn hundreds ans ship worldwide.
Perhaps this website is more along the lines of home users etc, but i would like to share this info as i have shared it with Plextor.
Original media i used was Memorex. Until i got this 8x burner. I noticed that it would start to burn at 6 or 7x testing the media as it goes just like it suposed to, then it determines that it can or canot burn at 8x. That is where the problem starts. First, MOST players cannot jump from a 4 or 6 x burn, then jump to 8x burn. Thats where the pixilation and freezframing comes in on some player. So even if your media suports 8x the first 18% of the burn is a test period at 6 or 7x then jumps to 8x. If it falls back to 4x, then dam there is even more problems with readability right at the point of speed change, Players just cant make that jump. SECODNLY.. and here is a where plextors testing of the media has a problem.. alot of discs especially memorex have there lables saying 4x. But if you put that media in a non plextor drive it defualts to a 2.4x. Another problem with the plextor as it will still give you the option to burn 4x or start at 8x then determine etc etc, and drop back to whatever speed, and again that is where the players cant read them.
So the real culprit hear is crappy media as they are not true 4x discs. THis has also happend on TDK media. KEep that in mind when you see wonderfull deals on ebay or at staples. as they get there products at a cheap price becasue the discs were manufactured in a lowere quality settings. SO, this burner is good for home use, to back up your rentals or so forth. but for someone like myself.. BAD. I would image that if Plextor upgrades there firmware to defualt to the proper burn speed BEFORE the burn starts then all would be well.


Comments posted by louie from United States, February 21, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





As Yarie stated he burned many memorex 4x @ 8x and without any playback problems?, if i burn most any disc memorex,tdk,arita...etc @8x the disc near the end it wil skip and sputter, bought a NEC 2500a and with the same dvd+r's it only burns at 6x but they WORK.


Comments posted by Bud-man from United States, February 20, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Works like a charm, reads/writes everything (except DVD-RAM - the reason I gave it 9/10). Excellent bundled software (retail version).


Comments posted by korisnik from Croatia, February 20, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have not found any problems with this drive. This is my second Plextor, and I am happy. No coasters, no problems at all. I've burned mostly HP+rw's as that's what was on sale. The only problem I encountered was a user error, I did a quick erase with Nero, and after I wrote over it, the stuff wouldn't play on the Sony player. Full erase took care of that.

O.


Comments posted by Orion940 from United States, February 18, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I am using this burner for 3 months.
So far I have burnt many Memorex 4X DVD+R's in an amazing 8X speed. No coasters and no compability problems with Sony, Hyundai and LG DVD players.
Also, I burnt tens of Maxell CD's, about 2 minutes for a full CD, no coasters at all!

I had some problems with Memorex DVD+RW. Wirh formware 1.2 it was burnt at 4X speed, but with the newer firmware speed was dropped to 2.4X, and I had several coasters.

Overall and excellent drive - I love it!


Comments posted by YARIE from United States, February 17, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Smooth, quiet, rock-solid, fast. I have had no problems whatsoever using this drive on my Athlon XP2000+ system under Win2K. I've used it for burning DVD-R, DVD+R, CD-R, and CD-RW. I have not yet tried DVD/RW, but given the drive's performance so far -- and past experience with Plextor drives -- I don't anticipate any problems there.

Plextor took their time coming out with this drive -- took their time, apparently, to get it right. The overall feeling is of quality and solidity.

A few posters commented on some discs not being playable in some DVD drives. I expect this not a burner issue but rather a DVD-R versus DVD+R issue. From what I've seen, DVD-R media is generally more compatible with a wider range of standalone DVD players. I've seen DVD+R discs that play in some DVD players but not others, but I've not seen any players that can handle DVD+R not also be able to handle DVD-R.


Comments posted by sfordin from United States, February 16, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Great Drive
I looked at most of the other brands. Very Quiet. I have burned 8x on Verbatim Data Life ( purple Label) and Maxell DVD+R up to 4X. The Maxell are at Wallmart 19.00 for a 10 pack


Comments posted by Tony from Other, February 16, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I did an extreme amount of research before buying my first DVD burner, and finally decided on the Plextor 708A... and I could not be happier.It does exactly what it says it will, and it loves the steady diet of Memorex disks I am feeding it... and NO coasters. The only thing stopping me from giving it a 10 is the software, but anybody who knows the internet can find any software they want... no charge. I have used DVDXCopy Platinum, no problems, but prefer DVDShrink, which is free, and can burn with either CD Creater or Nero.

The disks play just fine on my Sony player.

Anybody looking for a good burner cannot go wrong with this burner... the Sexy Plexy is the best thing on the market... pay the extra and get the best, and feed it the better disks....this burner is top of the line.


Comments posted by Dave S. from United States, February 15, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Problem with firmware 1.04. After update to 1.04 some cheap DVD-R 4x media stop working and read speed for DVD-video disc was reduced to 2x (from 3-8x).
This can be speed up by Eject button, but you must push it everytime you insert DVD-video disc. Any idea?

I had no problems with 1.03 firmware.


Comments posted by penta from Czech Republic, February 13, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I give it a nifty 9... why not a 10 you ask?

Well, after visiting Roxio.com and updating the Easy CD-DVD Creator 6 Basic software shipped with the drive it will no longer recognize ANY form of CD-R or CD-RW media.

When a blank disc is inserted the amber light glows for approximately 2-3 seconds and then goes out. I searched through all the hardware and software FAQs on the Plextor.com support site with no mention of the problem.

I tried several different brands of CD-Rs but no dice. It will instantly recognize ANY and all DVD-R/RW I throw at it but nothing else, not even 'professionally manufactured' audio CDs or CD-ROMs.

I uninstalled Easy CD-DVD 6 and did a clean reinstall without adding the update patch from Roxio but it made no difference. I also have these burning apps: Nero 6 Ultra Edition, CloneDVD, CloneCD, Alcohol 120.
[uninstalled and then reinstalled Nero at the same time as EZ-CD, no change]

The drive was working fine until the Roxio software update..... AAAAAHHHHH!

Please advise of any other fix that I can try. My PC specs: motherboard is an Asus A7V333AMD, CPU is Athlon XP 1800+ with 512 MB of RAM running Windows XP Home version. The PX-708A firmware is updated to the latest version 1.04

PS. If the damn thing will recognize CD-R/RWs again I give it a solid 10.


Comments posted by J.T. from Other, February 09, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I recenlty asked plextor tech: Will you be making any firmware updates to the 708a to allow for 8x dvd-r burning or dual layer burning like other brands may be doing?

they replyed:

"Dual layer discs will require new hardware entirely.

The PX-708A was the first 8x DVD+R recorder on the market. At that time, 8x DVD-R media was not even close to being specified or produced. The hardware in the PX-708A can't be changed with a simple firmware update to support 8x DVD-R media when it eventually ships.

Plextor has chosen to devote development efforts into new products instead of making a mediocre attempt at supporting something that the drive was never designed to do. So there won't be any way to update the drive with a firmware change to support 8x DVD-R media.

Instead, watch for our new products that will be announced shortly at http://www.plextor.com I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!"



Looks like they already want me to replace a burner I got about a month ago. It is a great burner, sony disks play in everythng I try.


Comments posted by D.A.R.J.R. from United States, February 08, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.




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

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
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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
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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.


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