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External USB2/FireWire Double Layer DVD Burner Burn 4 hours of high quality movies on a Double Layer DVD

Plextor today launches the PX-716UF, its first external double layer, dual format DVD burner that sets the standard for external writing speeds - following on from the recently announced internal PX-716A drive. It is capable of burning four hours of high quality MPEG 2/DVD, up to 8.5GB and burns a single layer DVD under six minutes. This stylish, silver external USB2.0 and IEEE1394 (FireWire) DVD burner is ideal for users who want the convenience of an external unit together with ultimate performance - 16x for DVD +/- and 4x for DVD + R DL (Double Layer).

Not only is this one of the fastest external drives in the market, but as Plextor is renowned for premium quality equipment, it comes complete with new 'Intelligent Recording' technology to ensure the quality of reading and writing functions:

  • 'AutoStrategy' is a self-learning writing technology to optimise the writing quality on any type of media
  • 'IntelligentTilt' controls the laser in three dimensions, to ensure high quality writing and reading if the disc surface has imperfections
  • Finally, 'PoweRec', is a complex piece of writing intelligence ensuring superior recording quality at high speeds on certified media

The Double layer format means that you can burn 4 hours of high quality MPEG-2/DVD video on one 8.5 GB DVD, almost double the capacity of standard DVD's. So now you need fewer discs to back up your favourite DVD's, CD collections, MP3 collections, photo albums and other data. Additionally, the PX-716UF is also a fast CD burner - writing and reading at 48x and rewriting at 24x. The PX-716UF includes useful technology that enables older 8x media to be burnt at a speed of 16x (see recommended media list at

In addition to Plextor's own PlexTools Professional software, also provided is a comprehensive range of full and trial software versions from Ahead, Pinnacle, Cyberlink, Sonic and Ulead.

Useful Extras
To prevent underruns, the PX-716UF uses 'Buffer Underrun Proof technology'. Direct recording on a DVD is possible with DVD±VR (Video Recording). Also to save time, the 'Background Formatting' function and an 8MB buffer memory enable the PX-716UF to format while writing.

'VariRec technology' allows the user to change the laser intensity to improve and personalise sound recordings. 'GigaRec' also allows the storage capacity of CDs to be decreased or increased by between 60% and 130% of the stated media capacity.

Data protection is also possible via 'SecureRecording' hardware password protection. This key directly burns an inscription on the CD, ideal for creating and saving master copies of important data, for example.

To lengthen the life of the drive and to reduce the sound of the drive in operation to near silence, 'Silent Mode' can be used, which determines the access time, reading and writing speed and ejection time. Additionally, a 'Q-Check' or quality control check before or after the burning process produces the necessary information about the quality of the DVD/CD. The following tests are available: C1/C2 error test, FE/TE test, Beta/Jitter test, PI/PO error test and Time Analyser (TA).

Reading/writing speeds
  Write ReWrite Read
DVD+R/RW 16x 8x 12x
DVD-R/RW 16x 4x 12x
DVD+R DL 4x   8x
DVD-ROM     16x
CD-R/RW 48x 24x 48x

The PX-716UF will be available from end of November at the network of Plextor dealers. It is covered by Plextor's Fast Warranty Service (2-year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Collect & Return); 1 year in other countries).

For more information or photo material contact: Jim Buchanan or Ella Callaghan, Blitz PR - / on 01869 240045
Inge Spoelders (International Marketing Responsible Plextor - on +32 2 725 55 22)

About Plextor Plextor is a leading international manufacturer of extremely reliable, high quality recording equipment and is also one of the pioneers in the field of CD technology. From its parent company, Shinano Kenshi Co. Japan, Plextor has a built up tradition in the development and manufacture of advanced hardware and electronic precision equipment going back to 1918. With head offices in Japan, Europe and the United States the company mainly sells its products through a network of specialised computer dealers. Plextor Europe, established in Brussels, takes responsibility for sales, marketing and technical support in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since opening its Brussels office in 1994, Plextor has introduced a number of award winning products, including CD/DVD-ROM drives, CD/DVD recordable drives, CD/DVD media and USB Flash Memory Drives (PlexFlash). In addition, Plextor has recently launched an analogue to digital video converter, ConvertX, which uses MPEG 1,2,4 and DivX formats.

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