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...
Pros: It does have 8M Cache and it is a well known company (Plextor)
Cons: As to why they made it with a Beige cover. I just don't know. Many people now of days have black cases It took me about 15mins to remove the Beige cover and add the black one. I had to almost break the Beige cover off.
Pros: Extremely fast. No problems with media thus far. Reasonably quiet. I've burned all sorts of media on this drive and no problems using it in other devices (including DVD+RW in my DVD player). As always with Plextor, great software, cables, etc. were included.
Cons: I sure hope this drive holds up. The DVD capabilities in my PX-712A just died after 14 months (2 mo. out of warranty). Plextor support said no returns, no repairs. Ticked me off. Despite my better judgement and other reviews (lots of RMA's), I gave Plextor one more try. If this unit fails, I'm ju...
Summary: I bought this drive a few months ago and have few complaints. I had never bought a DVD burner before, and hunted around for quite awhile. ALMOST bought a BenQ as they seem to do well, but was told that you can't go wrong with a Plextor. For the most part that's correct.
Summary: This drive was the best at first when i bought it a while back but now it seems like the lazer has stopped working. I have tryed everything to get it to work but it just will not read any type of disc no matter what type it is. I just dont get why the lazer died less that six months from purchase.