Something interesting and misleading about plextor 712A

I was looking through some Ebay auctions for the PX-712A drive and it sees that someone at Plextor claims that the drive is dual format.

Is dual format and dual layer the same thing? If not, what is the difference?

here’s part of the ad from an ebay auction:

The PX-712A extends Plextor’s family of award-winning dual-format DVD drives into the high-speed realm of 12X recording, said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and
marketing for Plextor. ?It offers the enhanced set of recording tools of our PlexWriter
Premium CD-R/RW drive family, including GigaRec, SecuRec, Q-Check, Silent Mode, and VariRec.

PlexWriter Premium drive users who require user-controllable recording tools now can easily migrate to dual-format DVD recording with the new PX-712A drive and PlexTools Professional software.

what does this all mean? I just bought this drive and got it in the other day

Dual Format means it can write to either +R or -R media.
Double Layer is not Dual Format.

ok, Thank you for telling me that. I’m new to the DVD burner world.

Dual format means you can write: DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+R, DVD+RW.
Dual layer means you can write 8.5Gb discs! So you can backup your movies without compression.

There are also triple format burners! :iagree: :iagree:

Check out the LG GAS-4160B or the new upcoming LG GSA-4163B.
Great drives and they can read/write DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM.

Check this thread.