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drpino said: "interesting that they released another FW for this drive"
and zevia added : "Yes interesting, I thought 708 and 712 are already "end of life""
We know nowadays product rotations are quite fast and 708, became before 712 and well before 716, but is end of life the usability of the device?
As we know that firmware deals with the list of usable media, and new maximum speeds are coming to the market, as well as new brands, aren't we entitled to use the recorder with them (within the machine's limitations, of course...)
It is (or shall I say it WAS) normal that a manufacturer is supposed to guarantee spares for a certain number of years after dewcontinuing a product (how long was 708 discontinued on a world basis?), and firmware is no more that usubility conditions maintenance.
Sony still issues firmware updates for "old" 500...so, if there is something wrong with previous versions or the need to add new media, I consider is still time for Plextor to keep 708 in the list...with no favour at all!!!!!