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Equipped with FireWire and Hi-Speed USB

Plextor today announced its new PX-755UF external DVD±RW/CD-RW burner. The new PX-755UF features FireWire and Hi-Speed USB interfaces for universal compatibility with systems running Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. New to the Plextor PX-755UF is a faster DVD + R dual-layer burning capability. The new PX-755UF is capable of burning DVD+R dual-layer media at 10X while DVD-R dual layer media is limited to 6x. Regular single-layer DVD±R media is burnt at 16x while CD-R media is burnt at 48x.

Other notable features of the Plextor PX-755UF include a 2MB buffer with Buffer Under run Proof Technology. This time around Plextor only bundles software for Windows. The software bundle includes Roxio Easy Media Creator 8 and PlexTools Professional. Mac OS X users will have to look elsewhere for a burning application.

The Plextor PX-755UF is expected to ship in mid-November. MSRP has been set at $159.

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By hubajube on 10/30/2006 4:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
And this is significant, how?

RE: Soooooooo
By h0kiez on 10/30/2006 4:19:42 PM , Rating: 5's like 2x faster (2x...not twice as fast) than the next fastest one on the market. This means that I can now burn a dual layer DVD in like 17 minutes instead of 20. I must have it.

RE: Soooooooo
By deeznuts on 10/30/2006 5:30:08 PM , Rating: 3

I have yet to even use DL yet, just because of media prices. Get me some inkjet printable dl cheap and then maybe.

RE: Soooooooo
By sxr7171 on 10/30/2006 9:36:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I was loathe to invest in a DVD burner until they hit this speed. I thought that 8x wasn't going to cut it and finally they came out with the speed I need. So off I go to finally take the DVD burner plunge. I'm so thrilled.

RE: Soooooooo
By redmenaceHLP on 10/31/2006 8:27:16 AM , Rating: 2
You can never go wrong with Plextor. Their burners are high quality and are reliable.

RE: Soooooooo
By jp7189 on 10/31/2006 11:47:02 AM , Rating: 2
Truly.. I bought a 760 a long while ago, and I just noticed it's up to 18x/10x through a firmware upgrade. Plextor costs a bit more, but its a good investment.

RE: Soooooooo
By tygrus on 10/30/2006 6:51:12 PM , Rating: 2
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I'd still run it at 4x max.
External connection (USB/FireWire) and only a 2MB buffer @ 16x for DVD+/-R you're just asking for trouble.
If you look at past reviews, price competition has sidelined quality and performance. Sure the marketing numbers look good but error rates and the time taken to burn 3GB hasn't changed that much. I want 16MB+ cache and more reliable burn & read = faster performance. A poor quality write slows disk reading.
I don't mind having more data on disks such as Blue-ray but a scratch here, dust there and a bit of typical use can make DVD's useless. How much more so with the higher data density of Blue-ray et. al.

RE: Soooooooo
By hannons on 10/31/2006 9:18:14 AM , Rating: 2
I've got my NEC 3550A on external USB and never have a problem burning disks at 16X single layer or 8X for DL. 16X = roughly 22MB/s, USB can easily handle 30MB/s. With buffer underrun technology, that much cache is just not necessary.

RE: Soooooooo
By Flunk on 10/31/2006 10:29:26 AM , Rating: 2
I think I need to point out that both USB 2.0 and Firewire provide more than 400mbps bandwidth in their current itinerations. Maybe your trouble with external burners is that yours is a parallel port CD burner from 1997.

RE: Soooooooo
By Simullacrum on 11/1/2006 7:02:00 AM , Rating: 2

I find it amusing how peope mix up Megabits with Megabytes.
They are two different standards.

megabits are not megabytes.

and with very basic arithmetic [which a 12 year old can do]
one can convert the two.

8 bits = 1 byte
1024 bytes = 1Kb
1Mb = 1 048 576 bytes.

1Mb = 8388608 bits [8 * 1048576]

so 400Mbits = 47.68MBytes
[400,000,000bits / 8,388,608bits = 47.68Mbytes]

So 400Mbits equtes to 47.68Mbytes.

That is the maximum theortical speed limit, but incase of external drives such as CD/DVD and even HD will not hit that.

22MB/s sounds about right for an external DVD writter.

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