I’m trying to decide between the Plextor PX-W4824TA. and the Yamaha F1. I’ve read reviews until I think my eyes are gonna bleed, and everytime I think I have made the decision… I read some comment about one that stirs the pot up again.
My selection criteria in order of precedence… product support, burn quality, ability to handle various CD protections, quality of the burner construction, noise level, speed, price.
From the review’s that I have read, this is what I understand to be true… please correct me where I am wrong. Both have excellent support. Both seem to produce good quality burns. Each drive seems to have their strengths and weakness with protections… while one is better with audio protections, the other is better with software protections. (each weakness can be made up for by just downloading the MP3 or no-CD crack)
Now to the part that is unclear to me… which is the more solid drive? I have read that Plextor is no longer a gear driven tray, and that the tray on the F1 drops down slightly as it comes out. I would really like to hear from ppl that have used both of these drives as to which drive feels more solidly constructed, and also which of the 2 is the more quiet drive.
This drive will replace my very old, but very faithful Plextor PX-R412C caddy SCSI, and Plextor PX-32TS UltraPlex SCSI. To be honest, if my new Antec Plus1080 AMG case wasn’t metallic grey, and wanting to match it with black components… I probably wouldn’t upgrade. (burning a CD in less than 20 minutes doesn’t hurt either tho )
I am a bit dishearten with Plextor in that they have not released SCSI counter parts to most of their drives. And now that the performance difference between SCSI and IDE is almost moot, they announce the 48x SCSI CDR/RW. Go figure.