In addition to high-speed DVD±R, the PX-712UF also offers 4X DVD+RW and 4X DVD-RW rewriting; and 16X max DVD reading. The DVD/CD burner also has high-speed 48X CD-R writing, 24X CD-RW rewriting, and 48X max CD reading. The drive includes a bundle of Windows-compatible software from Roxio, including Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 DVD Edition, and Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE. For Macintosh users, Toast Lite versions 5 & 6 are also included.
The PX-712UF has an 8MB buffer and features Buffer Underrun Proof Technology to prevent buffer underrun errors and allow multitasking. Burst data transfer rates of 480Mbps (USB 2.0) or 400Mbps (IEEE-1394 FireWire) allow users to burn a 4.7GB DVD+R disc in approximately six minutes.
Lossless Linking/Zero Link technology enables users to perform basic editing tasks directly on the DVD disc, so there is no need to reload DVD content back to a PC to make minor changes, and no need to re-burn an entire DVD after making small edits.
The PX-712UF also includes PlexTools Professional software to enable a unique combination of user-controllable CD recording and CD/DVD media test features, including:
- GigaRec allows high capacity storage up to 1GB on a 700MB CD disc.
- SecuRec offers password protection for CD discs.
- Q-Check for CD media checks and graphs the results of written disc quality -- C1/C2 errors, track and focus errors, and beta/jitter errors.
- Q-Check for DVD media checks and graphs the results of written disc quality including PI/PO.
- Silent Mode enables users to vary tray load/unload speed, spin up/down speed and write/read speeds.
The Plextor PX-712UF DVD±R/RW drive is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America in August 2004. The PX-712UF drive has an MSRP of $299. All retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty.