Conclusion: Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below: The Plextor PX-B940SA performed extremely well in our tests. Reading performance with BD media was very strong, offering the fastest reading speeds and performance currently available. The Plextor PX-B940SA was able to burn all our tested CD-R/RW media with excellent/very good quality. DVD±R/RW writing quality was also of a very high standard and on most media very good/excellent.
Pros: Excellent and fast Blu-ray reading performance at 8x max., Very good DVD burning performance., Excellent DVD±R DL writing performance for a Blu-ray burner., Excellent/very good DVD±R writing quality., Excellent/very good CD-R/RW writing quality., Supports DVD-RAM read and write at 5x., Supports BitSetting (BookType DVD-ROM) on DVD+R DL., Excellent Blu ray and DVD-Video ripping performance., Excellent build quality., Good software package., Near silent operation when p...
Conclusion: As a leader in the industry, we've come to expect a lot from Plextor. Over the years, the company has introduced some of the fastest and most feature packed optical drives available. With the PX-B940SA, Plextor has tried to continue this trend. While lacking support for many of their more advanced technologies, Plextor's new 12x Blu-ray Disc writer offers a number of useful features as well as some of the fastest BD reading and writing speeds available.
Pros: Writes to BD-R and BD-R DL media at 12x, Writes to BD-RE and BD-RE DL media at 2x, Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 16x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Writes to DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media at 8x, Reads single layer BD-ROM's at 8x, Reads BD-R, BD-RE and BD-R DL media at 8x, Reads BD-RE DL media at 6x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 16x, Reads DVD±R media at 16x, Reads DVD±R DL and DVD±RW media at 12x, Features 40x CD-R and 24x CD-RW wri...
Cons: Questionable writing quality with some DVD+R DL media, Had a hard time reaching its rated BD and DVD read speeds, Reads CD-RW media at only 24x, Cannot set the book type of DVD+R and DVD+RW media, Overburns to only 94:27, Not supported by PlexUtilities software
Summary: With good BD drives like the Pioneer BDR-203BK not having fallen in price, the Plextor PX-B940SA finds itself hitting the market at a, relatively speaking, attractive price point. You probably wonâ€™t be able to use its twelve-speed capabilities to the full for some time yet â€“ but even on existing media, itâ€™s much the fastest drive available.
Summary: Now that we've seen that the PX-B940SA is a capable reader, we'll follow up with some writing tests on both DVD and BD-R media. We used a limited selection of media, but the drives performance seems to be consistent on older media as well as brand new disks. It managed better than rated write speeds on everything except the BD-R DL media. It was rated at 4x and the drive fell a bit short of that.
Pros: Fast 12x BD-R write speed (rated), Full software bundle, Excellent warranty support, Fast reader and writer of all media (tested) except BD-R, Support for +/- DVDs, CD-R, CD-RW, BD-R, BD-RE media
Cons: BD-R SL and BD-R DL Write Tests:, Wasn't able to write BD-R SL and DL media at rated speed, A little expensive compared to other similar drives, 12x BD-R media not available so fast speeds are moot at this point
Excerpt: Blu Ray writers are finally starting to come down in price and today we are reviewing the Plextor PX-B940SA drive. Plextor have been producing some of the finest drives on the market for the last decade and their optic quality has always been a primary selling point.
Conclusion: Whether the Plextor PX-B940SA is worth its price of close to £200 depends on personal use, and whether the user required 25GB of optical storage for their files. If you’re in the market for a Blu-Ray drive, and want to make sure it’s not outdated any time soon, the PX-B940SA could be a viable option.