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Plextor PleXWriter PX-W2410A

Specification of the Plextor PX-W2410A:
Firmware version 1.01
Recording modes Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-Text, CD-I, CD-Extra,Video CD
Read/write support in Raw-mode RAW-DAO supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation supported
CD+G RAW-DAO supported
RAW-SAO supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation supported
Average access time 140 ms
CD-R recording 1x, 4x 12X, 16x (CLV)
20x, 24x (Zone-CLV)
CD-RW recording 4x, 10x
Buffer underrun error prevention technology BURN-Proof
Interface UltraDMA 33
Reading 40x max (6000 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 4096 KBytes
Production date July 2001
Manufacturer Japan
Guiding release price up to $280

The drive ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • Quick Installation Guide in 16 language
  • Warranty card and Warranty RMA procedure recommendations
  • CD with Nero Burning Rom, InCD 2.26.1 from Ahead Software
  • CD with PlexTools
  • CD-R Plextor for high-speed recording and High Speed CD-RW disc 4X10X
  • 4 screws, a spare bridge and an Eject Stick
  • Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card
  • IDE cable

ATIP: 97m 27s 66f
Disc Manufacturer: Ricoh Co. Ltd.
Reflective layer: Dye (Short strategy; e.g. Phthalocyanine)
Media type: CD-Recordable
Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
nominal Capacity: 654.49 MBytes (74m 30s 00f / LBA: 335100)
ATIP: 97m 27s 00f
Disc Manufacturer: Digital Storage Technology Co. Ltd.
Reflective layer: Phase change
Media type: CD-ReWritable
Recording Speeds: min. 4X - max. 8X
nominal Capacity: 651.86 MBytes (74m 12s 00f / LBA: 333750)

Character and technique of recording:

What the PX-W2410A differs in from its closest competitors 24x TDK and Sanyo is its ability to record at 1x (!) and 20x. Besides, the PleXWriter carries 4 MBytes of buffer memory, unlike 2 MBytes of its competitors.

The PleXWriter supports such technologies as Zone-CLV and PowerRec II.

Zone-CLV (Zone Constant Linear Velocity) is a method when a disc is divided into three parts which are burnt at different speeds starting from 16X, then 20X, and, at last, 24x. The BURN-Proof is activated to get onto the next stage without damaging a CD-R. According to Sanyo, you won't get burn-through here.

PowerREC II (Plextor Optimized Writing Error Reduction Control) this technology is identical to the JustSpeed from Ricoh intended to get the optimal quality on any media type in the whole range of speeds.

The set of accessories is not abundant but it is sufficient.

Here is what the Nero says about the PX-W2410A:

We were lucky to get two drives in question, and one of them was demounted.

The CD-RW doesn't make much noise, and even at high speeds it doesn't vibrate.

Its appearance is not outstanding, except the impressive label.

Apart from standard connectors and a digital-out the rear panel has a fan which works rather quietly.

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