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Plextor PX-716A
4.0 out of 10

Plextor PX-716A

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Reviews and Problems with Plextor PX-716A

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Overall 2
2.0

Unreliable and overpriced.

Anonymous, Newegg
29 April 2006
  • Summary: I bought this drive based on the percieved quality of the brand. Everyone would always recommend Plextor as the best drive money could buy. Since Plextor charges a premium of 2 or 3 times their competition, I thought that naturally the drives features and performance would match the price.
  • Pros: When it worked, it was fast, smooth, and quiet. Plextor's customer service is quick to respond with an RMA #. They have alot of experience handing out RMA #'s.
  • Cons: Reliability issues. First drive died in 9 months. It would burn CD's with digital distortion and bad tracking data. DVD's would pixelate and freeze. The second RMA drive worked for a week. Now, it just spins and grinds when you insert media.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Ralph D., Newegg
28 April 2006
  • Summary: Do NOT try the 1.09 firmware upgrade. Its a deathtrap.
  • Pros: Works for a while.
  • Cons: Dies after a while.
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Overall 2
2.0

Gone through 4 and none of them work

Anonymous, Newegg
27 April 2006
  • Summary: After talking to tech support I finally got it to read and write. Won't write good though, all video is distorted and choppy and the audio sounds like nails on a chalk board. I have Plextor Premium CDR and it works flawlessly. My first 716a didn't give good burns either.
  • Pros: It's a DVD writer
  • Cons: First one died after 11 months, SO I was able to RMA it. Second one was DOA, third one was DOA, fourth one wouldn't read any DVD's (commercial or burned).
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Overall 8
8.0

2nd unit as good as the first.

Anonymous, Newegg
20 April 2006
  • Summary: I've noticed the negative reviews of this unit from several users but I have not experienced any problems with either drive yet. As my title says the second unit is as good as the first.
  • Pros: 2nd unit works well so far. Quiet when burning. Works flawlessly with Easy Media Creator 8. Plextools Professional gives you a lot of options for tweaking.
  • Cons: Does not burn at full 16X on 16X media. I may need to tweak the drives using Plextools Professional. Cannot burn at 6X on dual-layer media not expressly rated as such. I ruined a Memorex 2.4X disc finding this out :-( Must be very, very careful when replacing the beige faceplate with the black on...
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Overall 4
4.0

not a good buy

steven a., Newegg
1 April 2006
  • Pros: none.
  • Cons: owned three 716a in the past year and all went bad after a couble of months, they produce a grinding sound or not able to reconize a disc that inserted, also unable to read date correctly.
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Overall 10
10

Long term use

Randy W., Newegg
1 April 2006
  • Summary: Recommended purchase, good drive.
  • Pros: I've used this drive in my main pc for over a year now, and its working flawlessly. I probably use it less than most, but its never burned a coaster, mis-read a disk, or had any problems at all.
  • Cons: Only con I can think of is the eject button is flush, and hard to eject only by feel.
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Overall 2
2.0

Plextor PX-716A

Anonymous, Newegg
27 March 2006
  • Summary: You can buy another drive for about one third of the cost of the PX-716A and it will most likely perform better.
  • Pros: This drive has a high buffer memory which is the main reason I purchased it. I have an older Plextor CD-RW drive which works flawlessly
  • Cons: This drive does not always read CD R's, although it writes fine. Sometimes I have to re-insert the CD's multiple times to get it to read them. This drive is un reliabble. I purchased an NEC drive for about onr third of the price of the Plextor and it outperforms the Plextor
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Overall 6
6.0

Good Performance, Short Lived

Justin G., Newegg
27 March 2006
  • Summary: It may be a short life on the product but I am a high end user and I am always burning everyday. I had a Sony before this and it didn’t last as long either. But I know other people with the same products and it still works as the same day they got it (but they don’t burn that much).
  • Pros: Great for burning. Great quality.
  • Cons: Short life span.
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Overall 2
2.0

dont buy it

Yunsheng L., Newegg
21 March 2006
  • Summary: I have this drive for about 15 months. I used it to burn about 30 DVDs. One day I turned my computer on and it's not reading any CD and DVD at all, just keep blinking amber lights
  • Pros: worked great when it worked.
  • Cons: It's life is too short.
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Overall 6
6.0

Problem with RWs

Harry Y., Newegg
20 March 2006
  • Summary: Plextor used to be the best and one of the most expensive, and now, I'm even consider getting another brand like NEC.
  • Pros: Works very well with DVD+/-R disc. Also CD-R. No problem whatsoever with them.
  • Cons: Tons of problem with rewritable discs. CD-RW or DVD+RW. It is not able to read the RW (especially DVD+RW) discs. It simply can't read them (rarely able to since I bought it.) I erased the discs using a Sony drive then put into Plextor for burning. It completed but the disc is not readable. Plexto...
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