Plextor 712A coming the 8th? :iagree: maybe next week they say 04/08/04 Now to decide if I wanna get it right off the bat or wait a couple weeks for some reviews and the price to drop.

So far my A07 has been flawless, I just like newer and faster toys to play with.

On the website they list both the internal and external versions of the drive. It writes DVD+R media at 12x, and DVD-R media at 8x. Of course, there’s no media on the market it can write to at 12x at this time. Says they’re taking advance orders on it currently. The internal is going for $199 so it may help to push the prices down on the “old” 8x drives. Isn’t progress wonderful?

Just as with the Plextor PX-708A the PX-712A will be able to write certain media at higher speeds. The 8x Plextor DVD+R media will, for instance, work at 12x in this new Plextor drive.

Dell Home and Home office has the 712A for $189.

Looks like atacom changed the ETA to 4/28 :confused:

Well according to this Plextor website it is available!

Leading Edge Performance

Plextor, one of the leading companies for the development and production of CD-ROM drives, CD-Recorders and CD-ReWriters is expanding its range with its second Dual Format drive: PX-712A, which writes DVD’s at 12-speed, rewrites at 4-speed using the DVD plus format. With the DVD minus format, this drive writes at 8x and rewrites at 4x.
The PX-712A reads DVD-ROMs at 16x.

The PX-712A comes in internal version with a Tray load mechanism.
The Retail package includes: PX-712A (DVD Recorder), E-IDE (ATAPI) cable, Plextor CD/DVD Utility Software (PlexTools Professional), Nero 6 and InCD recording software, Pinnacle Studio 9 software, PowerDVD software, 16-language manual.

The PX-712A is supported by a unique two-year On-Site Collect & Return** guarantee by Plextor, by which any inconveniences resulting from a defect are reduced to a minimum. The firmware is stored in FlashROM which makes it possible to quickly and easily upgrade to the latest version. CD TEXT is also completely supported.

With the PX-712A, the user has a perfect all-in-one product for creating own home videos, back-ups, composition of photograph collections, saving music…

PX-712A Benefits

Writing DVD+R: 12x
DVD-R: 8x
CD-R: 48x
Rewriting DVD+RW: 4x
DVD-RW: 4x
CD-RW: 24x
Reading DVD-ROM: 16x
CD-ROM: 48x
Buffer Underrun Proof Technology: Stops buffer underrun errors
GigaRec Technology
SecuRec Technology
Silent Mode
VariRec Technology
PoweRec Technology (Plextor Optimised Writing Error Reduction Control)
Supports Lossless Linking (DVD+R/RW)
Zero Link (DVD-R/RW)
Supports Background Formatting
Access Time <100 ms for CD; 150 ms for DVD
8MB Buffer
E-IDE (ATAPI) interface
PC Compatibility:
Pentium III 700Mhz or higher
128MB Memory
1GB of free disk space
Compatible with:
Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP
MultiRead Compatible
Supports SPDIF (Digital Audio Output)
High Quality Digital Audio Extraction
A black tray, to reduce the jitter and to increase the quality of the burned CD
Two year* full-warranty (parts, labor and replacement) with On-Site Collect & Return** service
Compatible formats: CD (Read/Write)
CD-DA, CD-Extra, CD-ROM Mode-1, CD-ROM Mode-2, CD-ROM XA, Photo-CD, Video-CD, Multisession, CD TEXT, CD-I, CD+G, Mixed CD
CD-R/RW (Write)
Track at Once, Disc at Once, Packet Write (variable and fixed), Multisession, Session at Once, CD-MRW (Mt. Rainier) DVD (Read/Write)
DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, Multiborder, Multisession, DVD+VR, DVD-VR
DVD+R/RW (Write)
DVD+R:Disc at Once, Multisession, Incremental Recording
DVD+RW: Sequential Write, Random Access Write
DVD-R/RW (Write)
DVD-R: Disc at Once, Multiborder recording, Incremental recording
DVD-RW: Disc at Once, Multiborder recording, Incremental recording, Restricted Overwriting, DRT-DM

Wide CD-R and CD-RW media compatibility
Wide range DVD+R/RW media compatibility
Includes PlexTools Professional

Specifications PX-712A
Usable Formats Write ReWrite Read Play Write ReWrite Read Play
– CD-DA * * * *
– CD-ROM * * *
– CD-ROM + CD-DA * * * *
– CD-ROM XA * * *
– CD-I * * *
– PHOTO-CD * * *
– VIDEO-CD * * *
– CD-Extra * * * *
– CD-TEXT * * *
– DVD-ROM * * *
– DVD-VIDEO * * * *
– CD+G * * *

Writing Modes Track at once
Session at once
Disc at once Disc at once
Multisession Multisession (only for DVD+R)
Packet writing Packet writing
Random Access Write
Sequential Write

Media list link
PoweRec Explanation link
Buffer Underrun Proof Technology
Lossless Linking
Zero Linking

Data Transfer Rate
– Burst (UDMA/33) 33MB/s
– Write DVD+R DVD-R CD-R
12x: 16.620KB/s (PCAV) 6-8x: 8.310-11.080KB/s (PCAV) 48x: 7.200KB/s (PCAV)
6-8x: 8.310-11.080KB/s (PCAV) 6x: 8.310KB/s (CLV) 32x: 4.800KB/s (PCAV)
6x: 8.310KB/s (CLV) 4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 16x: 2.400KB/s (CLV)
4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 2x: 2.770KB/s (CLV) 8x: 1.200KB/s (CLV)
2.4x: 3.324KB/s (CLV) 4x: 600KB/s (CLV)
4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 24x: 3.600KB/s (PCAV)
2.4x: 3.324KB/s (CLV) 2x: 2.770KB/s (CLV) 10x: 1.500KB/s (CLV)
1x: 1.385KB/s (CLV) 4x: 600KB/s (CLV)
6-16x CAV 20-48x CAV
5-12x CAV 17-40x CAV
3-8x CAV 14-32x CAV
2-5x CAV 10-24x CAV
2x CLV 8x CLV
4x CLV
Access Time <100ms (CD) <150ms (DVD)
Data Buffer 8MB
Error Rate Mode1: less than 10-12bits
Mode2: less than 10-9bits

Front Panel
Eject Auto Eject/Manual Emergency
Disc Loading Tray, Auto load/auto eject

Rear Panel
Power Supply DC +5V and DC +12V
Audio Connector Rear: Analog output
Rear: Digital SPDIF output

Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions 146 x 41,3 x 190 mm
Weight 1 kg

MTBF 60.000 POH
Tray Loading Eject 50.000 times
Warranty 2 year *
Service On-Site Collect&Return Service **

*only valid in Europe, Middle-East and Africa.
**(EU-Countries + Norway and Switzerland)

Ack! I just checked the USA plextor site and ROXIO software is included in the retail version for the 712A.

I dunno about the rest of you, but I’m holding out for the PX-712SA, that way this computer will be all SATA, no PATA whatsoever.

Originally posted by DVD_ADDICT
Ack! I just checked the USA plextor site and ROXIO software is included in the retail version for the 712A.
All the American Plextor drives are shipped with the Roxio software right? Well at least the drive does come with a copy of the PlexTools software…

AFAIK they implemented Plextools Pro’s Q-Check for DVD media with the 712A as well … nice one, Plextor !

Plextor PX-712A price in Finland 179.90 €

Roxio is so poor a software they cant even give it away!!