As the Plextor homepage states the PX 230 burn rewritables in Z-CLV mode. All previous drives have done this in P-CAV. If they managed to callibrate laserpower for P-CAV RW in previous drives why not now? Z-CLV is quite a bit slower!
An even more basic step backwards is releasing a new CD-only burner in the first place. You had to wonder what made them think there would be any profit in that when DVD burners are $100 or less these days.
There’s a BenQ 52/32/52 CDRW on sale here for $19.99 (about US$16) now. I can’t even be bothered buying one even at that low price.
My impression of the PX-230 is that it’s meant to be a solid, stable and high quality “workstation” type burner.
Perhaps they felt this is a concession to high quality yet economically priced?
(I’m grasping I know…I’m very curious to know if this drive ends up being a re-badge and/or it can meet the quality standards of their previous 482448A and 522452 drives…)
I understand where you’re coming from. Nowadays cd-burning seems passe. However, I still find myself burning a lot more CDs then DVDs. Between SVCDs, basic data CDs, car mp3 CD mixes, etc I would guess my burn ratio is 3:1 CDs to DVDs.
I’m hoping this is Plextor’s economical long term replacement for the Plextor Premium drive, maintaining a high quality solution for audio extraction and basic day to day burning to provide a mix for home and business use…
(I’m NOT in Plextor’s marketing dept btw )
not a replacement for the Premium (which doesn’t indicate “end of life” on the website yet). it’s exactly what agentk7 said, a lower cost yet high quality burner aimed more towards the corporate sector than home end users.
Heh, CD burning in a corporate environment? One corporate client of mine had CDs in their office PCs … that were specially disabled from playing audio CDs! I can just imagine what they would think of their 'droids actually burning CDs!
cd burners are used for much more than just audio cd playing, ripping and copying in corporate environments.
I’m more interested in the new DVD Rom, the 130 i think. I want a SATA DVD Rom, Right now my DVD ROM and BUrner are on the same IDE channel and it’s annoying. And no, i didn’t get the 716sa because only NEw Egg had it and i didn’t want to go through the RMA process if it did not work correctly with my MOBO.
PS i dont know if it will be SATA, just hoping.