[QUOTE=negritude;2178642]What are your thoughts on the amount of burn time a used Plextor has, and how do you tell the difference between when a drive has been used like a crack whore, and when it is still like a virgin? What general ranges of burn times for CDs and DVDs would you consider acceptable?[/QUOTE]
For me a used drive should only have a few hours burn time. This is the only way to be sure the laser is not too much degraded. The burn time is only one point of the drive “mileage” for me. I think most burners are used as DVD-ROM drive also. Therefore the laser was used for media reading and this times were not “documented”, but the laser degrades.
ID 0 (G) PLEXTOR DVDR PX-760A V1.04 TLA:0104 (S/N:XXXXXX) (0.0.14A - 5.40.4D)
ID 0 (G) PLEXTOR DVDR PX-760A V6.06 TLA:0106 (S/N:XXXXXX) (1.37.26C - 0.0.0A)[/QUOTE]
Both looks good for me, the second better, but finally 5.40h is really not bad. The 5:40h I’d say that could be ~50 disks. I assumed a average burn time of ~7min. If all disks was made @16x if would be a few more disks
[QUOTE=negritude;2178642]Those are pretty low accumulated burn times, especially for the second drive which was previously installed in a Rimage duplicator.[/QUOTE]
Yes that’s a not often used duplicator. I think you made a good deal.
Now, I recently obtained my first Plextor Premium, and PXinfo told me this:
ID 0 (H) PLEXTOR CD-R PREMIUM V1.02 (S/N:XXXXXX) (8.40.56D)
That seems kind of middle of the road, not abused, but not as new as I would have liked either. What do you think?[/QUOTE]
I think around 8-10h should be ok if the price is fair. Here in Germany the prices for PX-760 drives are climbing high @ebay. And I’d never pay 80-100EUR for a drive with more than 10 hours burn time. The best way is still get unused drives. One year ago I got a unused Premium not factory sealed but in original box, packed in original plastic bag, and never used for ~40EUR.
At this time I bought one used PX-760SA with a black bezel (all my other “SA’s” have beige bezels and Plextor doesn’t have black SA bezels anymore). I asked the ebay seller making a log file with PXInfo and sending it to me. The drive had ~2h CD burn time and ~5h DVD burn time. That was ok for me. BTW this drive still works fine and I payed ~45EUR if I remember correctly.