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.
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).
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...
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
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).
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...