I wouldn't bank on that 'yet' if I were you!
Just look what happened with the PX712 'support' after PX716 got out! No new firmware update for 5 months and a half ... then they finally release FW1.06 which was more like a PR excercise, since it hasn't added any DVD media support ... and then fw1.07 which FINALLY added some newer DVD media support.
Conclusion: Only two firmware updates since the end of August 2004! That was 9 and a half months ago! So, it took an average of almost 5 months for pLEXTOR to release a FW update for PX712!!! :eek: and this, while the drive is still less than a year old!!! :eek: . Of course, I was kind enough to even consider FW1.06 as being a REAL update!
Now, I would not call that support at all! It is a disgrace!
NEC which is known for its poor support, did better than this ... and I haven't paid a premium for it either! How does this fit with the fact that you have to pay a significant premium for a pLEXTOR?
You are far too forgiving! You were fortunate that your drive worked as it supposed to ... for many other people it didn't!
I fully agree that all drives from all manufacturers have problems, however pLEXTOR drives seem to have more problems than any other major drive featured in the CD/DVD Burner section, and unfortunately this is a fact.
I don't want to play the number game again, since this is useless, but I will bring only one argument in favour of my statement ... this (pLEXTOR section) is the only place in the CD/DVD Burner section of CDFreaks which features questions like: "How many Plextor PX-716's does it take to get a good one?" ...
I'm yet to see a mention of several people having to RMA their NEC, BenQ, LG, LiteOn or Pioneer, two or more times in order to finally get a working unit! And this is in spite of the fact that some of these other manufacturers have a larger market share, e.g. more drives sold and more people using them. This should say something about our kING's monumental Quality Assurance failures ... and yet pLEXTOR sells the most expensive drives!
Let's not even mention PX740 ... a half featured BenQ rebadge, and almost twice more expensive than the real thing (BenQ 1640 that is) ...
pLEXTOR really worth the money??? Now, please don't make me laugh :bigsmile: :bigsmile: :bigsmile: