This being my first post I might as well let you know that today I purchased a new TDK IndiDVD Internal 8X DVD +/- R/RW drive. The model # is 840G and is not listed on any TDK website yet. In fact, I’m not sure it was even announced.
I purchased it at a local Best Buy, who also doesn’t have it listed at their Website, for $250 US (which was cheaper than the Plextor at the store at $280 US. I suspect online prices will be cheaper.)
The drive comes with a Roxio suite of software, a 4X DVD+R and 4X DVD-R TDK branded disc, and lots of paper docs.
The specs of the drive (8x DVD+R, 4X DVD+/-R, 4X DVD+RW, 2X DVD-RW, 12X DVD-ROM, 40X CDR, 24X CDRW, 40X CD Read) mirror the Plextor 708A because, well, it IS the 708A (with a black bezel and TDK logos.) Though the drive shows up as a TDK in Nero, etc… I am 100% positive it is a Plextor 708A because the drive looks identical and also functions identically.
The drive ships with Firmware 1.02, which I assume is the same as the Plextor 1.02 firmware but rebranded to read “TDK”. It shows as manufactured in October, 2003 in China.
The drive ships with a list of recommended media for all speeds, including 8x +R, and it too is identical to Plextor’s 708A list.
I tested with a number of different discs. I used Ritek G03s DVD-R discs (which burned at 2X), TDK 4X DVD+R discs (Ricohjpnr01 I believe), which burn consistently at 8X, Apple 4X DVD-R which burned at 4X, and Fuji DVD+RW (which burned at 2.4x).
I tested with Nero, and DVDXcopy Express… latest versions, and had no problems.
I wonder if I can upgrade to the latest Plextor firmware… or if it is even worth it?