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Press Releases - PX-716UFL & PX-740UF

Brussels, July 2005

- Plextor launches first black external DVD Rewriters

Plextor today announces two new 16x external DVD rewriters - the PX-716UFL and PX-740UF.
In a departure from its usual silver and mirrored finish, Plextor has for the first time designed them both in a stylish matt black chassis. In addition, the PX-716UFL is the company's first external slot loading drive.

The new drives are designed for today's PC, movie and audio enthusiasts to complement the trend for black PC cases. The slot loading PX-716UFL has a particularly stylish chassis including a minimalist front face. For extra flexibility, both drives can be positioned vertically and offer dual interface connections - both USB 2.0 and FireWire.

While the two units offer similar recording speeds, they are aimed at different sectors within the market. The high-end PX-716UFL, pictured right, is for professional users and comes with a much larger 8MB buffer, 16x +/- single layer DVD writing and up to 6x dual layer DVD writing. This drive features a high quality slot loading mechanism, which supports the regular 12 cm discs as well as 8 cm discs. In addition, it also includes the following extra features:

  • Intelligent Recording - a self-learning technology, where the drive automatically creates a writing strategy for new media in the market, or to improve writing quality on poor quality media
  • GigaRec - allows recording up to 1GB on 99 minute CDs
  • SecureRecording - password protection (CD)
  • VariRec - adjusts laser power for professional recordings (CD & DVD)
  • Silent Mode - adjusts rotation speed and tray speed for silent operation
  • Q-Check functions - several functions to test quality of media and recordings on CD and DVD
  • Slot loading: Advantage; no tray, also works with 8cm media

The PX-740UF, pictured left, is a mid-market drive designed for the cost-conscious buyer who does not want to compromise on speed. It offers 16x +/- single layer DVD writing and up to 8x dual layer DVD writing.
As a result, it does not come with the extra features listed above, however both drives include Buffer Underrun Proof Technology as usual.

Both drives will be available from August 2005 at Plextor's network of dealers.

They are covered by Plextor's Fast Warranty Service (2-year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Collect & Return); other countries 1-year carry-in).

A comprehensive range of full and trial software is included from: Plextor (PlexTools Professional & PlexTools Professional XL), Cyberlink, Nero, Pinnacle, Sonic and Ulead (PX-716UFL only).

Plextor dual-layer DVD recorders

Features and specifications:

Function PX-716UFL PX-740UF
Positioning High end, professional drive Mid-market drive
Interface USB2.0
IEEE 1394
IEEE 1394
Loading mechanism Slot Tray
Write speed DVD+R DL 6x 8x
Write speed DVD-R DL 6x 4x
Write speed DVD+R 16x 16x
Write speed DVD-R 16x 16x
Write speed DVD+RW 8x 8x
Write speed DVD-RW 4x 6x
Read speed DVD-ROM 16x 16x
Write speed CD-R 48x 48x
Write speed CD-RW 24x 32x
Read speed CD-ROM 48x 48x
Buffer size 8 MB 2 MB
Buffer Underrun Proof Technology:
Stops buffer underrun errors
Yes Yes
Intelligent Recording:
Self learning technology, where the drive creates by itself a writing strategy for new media in the market, or improve writing quality on poor quality media
Yes No
Record up to 1GB on 99min CDs
Yes No
Password protection (CD)
Yes No
Adjust laser power for professional recordings (CD & DVD)
Yes No
Silent Mode:
Adjust rotation speed and tray speed for silent operation
Yes No
Q-Check functions:
Several functions to test quality of media and recordings on CD and DVD
Yes No

All our products are offered with this market-leading service offering customers the fastest assistance: 2 year Collect & Return warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Other countries 1 year carry-in)

For more information or photo material contact:
Inge Spoelders (International Marketing Responsible Plextor - on +32 2 725 55 22)

This press release is also available on the Plextor website at
High resolution photographs can also be seen at

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 to to optical storage, flash memory and, more recently, digital video converters, Plextor is now offering portable hard disks for any users requiring extra mobile storage and a professional network hard disk for small businesses that need a NAS solution.

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