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Plextor 48x24x48 - any reason not to buy?

Postby MadMerc on Sun Apr 13, 2003 5:45 pm

I know i started a thread about which 52x24 to buy, pretty much a lg vs liteon question, but since then i discoverd that the plextor comes with a 2yr warranty unlike everyone elses 1yr. given the amount of cdrom drives i have had go bad on me, this is quite a big selling point, even given the big price premium on the plextor.

anything else i should be aware of before i buy?
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Postby Ian on Sun Apr 13, 2003 6:32 pm

I'm not sure where you're from, but its 2 year in Europe only. It's 1 year everywhere else.
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Postby Inertia on Sun Apr 13, 2003 6:39 pm

The Plextor has a 2 year warranty only from Plextor Europe if purchased in their distribution area. This warranty is mandated by a European Union law regarding computer peripherals (effective January 1, 2002) and should apply to all burners sold in that area made by any manufacturer.

If you live in the U.S. or Plextor USA's distribution area, the warranty is 1 year as is typical for all ATAPI devices like burners and CD-ROM's.

The bottom line is that Plextor has no warranty advantage in the same marketing and distribution area.
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Postby MadMerc on Sun Apr 13, 2003 7:19 pm

i'm from uk, and i guess im back to the drawing board
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Postby banzibaby on Sun Apr 13, 2003 9:10 pm

Hi MadMerc

Id go for the LiteOn

They damn fine Burners

I made the mistake of going for a cheap Artec & ended up with a Duff drive

Got it swapped 4 the LiteOn & not had a problem since

Don'tt know much about the LG though

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Re: Plextor 48x24x48 - any reason not to buy?

Postby tlotz on Sun Apr 13, 2003 9:39 pm

MadMerc wrote:I know i started a thread about which 52x24 to buy, pretty much a lg vs liteon question, but since then i discoverd that the plextor comes with a 2yr warranty unlike everyone elses 1yr. given the amount of cdrom drives i have had go bad on me, this is quite a big selling point, even given the big price premium on the plextor.

anything else i should be aware of before i buy?

Do not buy a Plextor 48x24x48 drive. I had 3 of these drives and they all had defects. The first Plextor 48x24x48 drive, which was TLA #0000, had excessive noise--it sounded like a jet engine. Compared to the noise that my rebadged LiteOn LTR-52246S drive (which replaced the Plextor 48X in my machine) makes, the first Plextor drive was *much* louder. The early Plextor 48X drives (as I found out after buying the drive) had an unbalanced disc/excessively loud seek problem, that Plextor was aware of and admitted to some hardware website. I returned the first drive to the vendor who sold it to me, and bought the second drive from a retail store here in the U.S. This drive intermittedly failed to write to/full erase 24X CD-RW discs. So I, after going through hell with Plextor tech support, got Plextor to return the second drive and give me a third drive. The third drive did the same thing as the second drive. Both the 2nd and 3rd Plextor 48X drives I had were relatively quiet, so they didn't have the excessive noise problem the first drive had.

In short, please do not buy this drive. Plextor quality has gone down the toilet. Someone who buys a Plextor spends the extra money required to buy a Plextor to get better quality and reliability. Instead, when you get a Plextor these days, you get an overpriced piece of junk. I replaced the last Plextor 48X drive (I only ever wanted one CD-RW drive) with a TDK 5200B CD-RW drive--this is the rebadged LiteOn LTR-52246S unit I mentioned above. This drive is superb in quality and performance and costs significantly less than the Plextor 48X drive. I recommend buying any LiteOn LTR-52246S drive--regardless of whether the drive is a real LiteOn, or a rebadged LiteOn. You can easily get a real LiteOn LTR-52246S drive in a retail kit here in the U.S.--I'm sure you can do the same in the U.K. So remember, don't buy the Plextor!! Buy the LiteOn LTR-52246S instead.
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Postby stupidass on Mon Apr 14, 2003 6:30 am

All I can say is that I have no (0) problems what so ever with my 48xer so far.I am 100% satisfied with this burner,no jet sounds ,no vibrations no problems at all.This is one burner I would recomend to any one,sorry to say tlotz :I do not agree with you ,sorry that you are disapointed with your plexx.
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Postby aviationwiz on Mon Apr 14, 2003 7:49 am

I don't know if this is true for the 48x24x48, but the 48x12x48 I have heard is a POS from many reviewing sites.
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Apr 14, 2003 8:35 am

aviationwiz wrote:I don't know if this is true for the 48x24x48, but the 48x12x48 I have heard is a POS from many reviewing sites.

are you talking about a Plextor drive?
there is no 48/12/48 Plextor drive. only 48/24/48.
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Postby Scour on Mon Apr 14, 2003 9:47 am

Hello!

Some friends have the 4824A. It´s not the fastest 48x-writer, but it burns good quality and read the most protected Audio-CD´s

I know not a reason, to buy this writer not :)
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Postby MadMerc on Mon Apr 14, 2003 2:26 pm

checked with my usual supplier for things computery, and they say that most of the cdrw's they sell only have 12mth warrantys.

anyone have anymore info on this warranty thing? i read the article on cdrlabs where plextor talk about it, cant find anymore info except some contradictory stuff at the register.
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Postby Harrier on Tue Apr 15, 2003 5:29 pm

It can't record all protected cds for back up purposes.
No drive can, but others do better.
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Postby Scour on Tue Apr 15, 2003 7:09 pm

Harrier wrote:It can't record all protected cds for back up purposes.
No drive can, but others do better.


Only SD2.5x and higer SD2-versions can´t backuped by the Plextor.

But other drives had more problems with reading protected dics, specially audio-dics and the Plextor can do that better :wink:

It´s all a question, what´s more important for the User
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