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In House Review - Plextor PlexWriter PX-W5224TA 52/24/52A

Postby Ian on Mon Sep 15, 2003 10:55 am

To start off the week, we've taken a look at Plextor's new budget priced CD-RW, the PX-5224TA. Designed with the cost conscious consumer in mind, the PX-W5224TA reads and writes at 52x, rewrites at 24x and rips audio CD's at a blazing 52x. The drive also has many of the features we've come to expect from Plextor including technologies like PoweRec, VariRec and BURN-Proof.

Can the PX-W5224TA deliver the type of performance Plextor is known for? Is it the best drive for the user on a budget? You'll have to read the review to find out.

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Postby Bhairav on Mon Sep 15, 2003 11:28 am

Thanks for the review Ian. One gripe: Are Plextor becoming so cheap that they don't even include blank CDs with the drive? I know that this is supposed to be their budget drive, but still!
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Postby Ian on Mon Sep 15, 2003 1:07 pm

bhairavp wrote:Thanks for the review Ian. One gripe: Are Plextor becoming so cheap that they don't even include blank CDs with the drive? I know that this is supposed to be their budget drive, but still!


Yeah, they stopped including CD-RW media while back. This is the first drive I've seen with no media at all.. not even a CD-R disc.
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Postby Bhairav on Tue Sep 16, 2003 8:20 am

Ah,economy of scale, the great equalizer! My new 52327S just had a blank multispeed CD-R bundled. No CD-RW media, and 24X/32X RWs are as rare as hen's teeth around here.
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Postby Scour on Tue Sep 16, 2003 6:00 pm

Hello!

Again a great review, Ian :)

But you wrote that it has high media-requirements; but it burns all media in less than 3 minutes. I think it´s better than my MSI CR52-A2 and that´s not bad :wink:
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Postby RoyHarv on Wed Sep 17, 2003 4:38 pm

Thanks for the review.

Can anyone explain the relative merrits of the PlexWriter 52/24/52A and the PlexWriter 48/24/48A? Both are still current according to the Plextor site. When I check on-line retailers, the slower 48/24/48A is more expensive. Is there some feature of the 48/ that I have missed which explains this? Or is it just a matter of newer -> cheaper?

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Postby vsekh on Thu Sep 18, 2003 8:38 pm

The 48/24/48a is more expensive because Plextor is offering a $30 mail-in-rebate for this drive. In the end it will come out cheaper than the 52/24/52a drive.
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Postby RoyHarv on Sat Sep 20, 2003 6:11 pm

$30 mail-in-rebate


I guess that could explain it. Thanks!
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Postby Scour on Mon Sep 22, 2003 2:19 pm

Hello!

Has anyone experiences with the 5224A?
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Postby RMerlin on Thu Sep 25, 2003 1:09 pm

I have one. Burned maybe 15-20 CDs with it so far, works reliably. Only gripe is with the very slow MRW performance, I end up using plain old UDF 1.50 packet writing instead (my MP3 player doesn't handle MRW anyway).
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