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Plextor PX-740A Announced - 8x DVD+R DL Writing Speeds

Postby Ian on Tue May 10, 2005 12:34 pm

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Press release - http://www.plextor.be/press/releases/px ... ce=PX-740A

Specs - http://www.plextor.be/products/px-740a. ... ce=PX-740A

Writing Speeds:
DVD±R: 16x CAV
DVD+RW: 8x P-CAV
DVD+R DL: 8x P-CAV
DVD-RW: 6x Z-CAV
DVD-R DL: 8x Z-CAV
CD-R: 48x CAV
CD-RW: 32x P-CAV

Read Speeds:
DVD-ROM: 16x Max
CD-ROM: 48x Max

Buffer Size: 2MB

Access Times:
DVD-ROM: 150ms
CD-ROM: 100ms
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Postby Ian on Tue May 10, 2005 12:36 pm

Maybe it's just me, but this drive screams rebadge for some reason.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue May 10, 2005 12:54 pm

Ian wrote:Maybe it's just me, but this drive screams rebadge for some reason.


I have the same feeling :o
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Postby Scour on Tue May 10, 2005 3:42 pm

Ian wrote:Maybe it's just me, but this drive screams rebadge for some reason.


Don´t understand what you mean

Do you think of the "740"?
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Postby Ian on Tue May 10, 2005 3:56 pm

Scour wrote:Don´t understand what you mean


I meant that its manufactured by someone other than Plextor.
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Postby GTMan on Tue May 10, 2005 5:32 pm

"More affordable" than the 716. Plus it supports some faster speeds. So it is faster but cheaper and not as good? That doesn't make sense.
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Postby Scour on Tue May 10, 2005 6:13 pm

Ian wrote:
Scour wrote:Don´t understand what you mean


I meant that its manufactured by someone other than Plextor.


Because it´s cheaper? Because only 2MB Buffer?
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Postby raygay27 on Tue May 10, 2005 11:54 pm

Z-CAV? not typo, as in Z-CLV?
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Postby dodecahedron on Wed May 11, 2005 12:54 am

raygay27 wrote:Z-CAV? not typo, as in Z-CLV?

yeah it's a typo but it's in Plextor's own product description page. 11 ZCAVs there!
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Postby Scour on Wed May 11, 2005 7:13 am

Hello!

Saw that in a german forum:

http://www.brennmeister.com/forum/jump2 ... ost=902225

And it seems to be a Benq, the look of the Plextor 740 is very similar to the MSI 16B
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Postby Wesociety on Wed May 11, 2005 12:27 pm

Rebadge-orama :robot:
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Postby tazdevl on Wed May 11, 2005 12:35 pm

Well, maybe after their experience with the 716, they decided to change their strategy up a bit.
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Postby Scour on Wed May 11, 2005 2:25 pm

tazdevl wrote:Well, maybe after their experience with the 716, they decided to change their strategy up a bit.


I think they only want to reduce the cost.
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Postby Ian on Wed May 11, 2005 2:32 pm

Scour wrote:I think they only want to reduce the cost.


Absolutely. The PX-716A is overkill for most consumers and priced considerably higher than the drives from the competition. With the 740A, they're going to go head to head with the mid range drives.

At 79 EUR ($101US), the 740 is still more expensive than a lot of drives out there. It will be interesting to see if consumers shell out the extra $$$ for the Plextor name.
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Postby Scour on Wed May 11, 2005 4:35 pm

Ian wrote:
At 79 EUR ($101US), the 740 is still more expensive than a lot of drives out there. It will be interesting to see if consumers shell out the extra $$$ for the Plextor name.



I think that all drives are cheaper than the price that the manufacturer said
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Postby Ian on Mon May 16, 2005 1:11 pm

Ian wrote:
Scour wrote:At 79 EUR ($101US), the 740 is still more expensive than a lot of drives out there. It will be interesting to see if consumers shell out the extra $$$ for the Plextor name.


I was close. Official MSRP is $109.

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050516/165414.html?.v=1

Still.. it makes you wonder what Plextor is thinking. To me a $109 drive is still fairly expensive.
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Postby Scour on Mon May 16, 2005 8:10 pm

Ian wrote:
Ian wrote:
Scour wrote:At 79 EUR ($101US), the 740 is still more expensive than a lot of drives out there. It will be interesting to see if consumers shell out the extra $$$ for the Plextor name.


I was close. Official MSRP is $109.

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050516/165414.html?.v=1

Still.. it makes you wonder what Plextor is thinking. To me a $109 drive is still fairly expensive.


Maybe Plextor decreases the price when Nobody buys the 740 but the Benq 1640 :)
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Postby Intlel on Wed May 18, 2005 2:17 pm

It is a BenQ drive.
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Postby Scour on Wed May 18, 2005 4:59 pm

Intlel wrote:It is a BenQ drive.


I know :)
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Postby Ian on Wed May 18, 2005 5:31 pm

Scour wrote:
Intlel wrote:It is a BenQ drive.


I know :)


Me too! \:D/
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Postby Ian on Mon May 23, 2005 7:58 am

I think the 8x DVD-R DL writing speed on Plextor Europe's website is a typo... at least if it is based on the DW1640. After talking to BenQ, they said they currently have no plans to support 8x writing speeds.
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Postby RJW on Mon May 23, 2005 8:32 am

Hmm Plextor could add it themselves.

Guess we have to see when the drive is out there.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Mon May 23, 2005 1:33 pm

RJW wrote:Hmm Plextor could add it themselves.

Guess we have to see when the drive is out there.


Heh, that would be a good way for Plextor to confuse everyone about if they made it or not :D
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Postby ItalianJob on Mon May 23, 2005 3:33 pm

It clearly looks like my 1620 OEM :
http://plextor.jp/product/px740a/index.php

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Here is the faceplate of my BenQ 1620 OEM :
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I think it's a 1640...
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Postby Ian on Mon May 23, 2005 3:49 pm

ItalianJob wrote:It clearly looks like my 1620 OEM :
http://plextor.jp/product/px740a/index.php


Yep, it totally does.. which makes me think the 8x -R DL writing speed is a typo on Plextor's behalf.
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