Conclusion: Let us summarize the most important positive and negative points below: The Plextor PX-LB950SA is a well build drive, offers a lot of extra features in the Plex UTILITIES suite, it also comes with a good software package that will cover all your burning and viewing needs. It has very good write quality in DVD±R/RW media, reading performance is also very good. It can change the booktype on all +R/RW media.
Pros: Very good write quality with DVD±R/RW media., Stylish design., Excellent reading performance., PlexUTILITES., Very good build quality., Supports BitSetting (BookType DVD-ROM) on DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD+R DL., Excellent software bundle., Good warranty, Collect and return., A blue led instead of the typical green one.
Cons: Poor CD-R burn quality., You need to manually set the booktype from PlextUTILITIES.
Summary: To be fair, these are still decent Blu-ray burn times, and Sony media is easy enough to come by. We also can’t complain about the drive’s 16x DVD+R writes or its capable DVD ripping performance—11 minutes to rip the contents of a double-layer movie disc. But the sad fact is, after waiting so long for a new product, this just feels like too little, too late.
Pros: Fast BD-R writes with Sony discs; strong DVD performance.
Excerpt: External Blu-ray burners come in all shapes and sizes, but internal drives have no such freedom – they’re constrained by the physical dimensions of a 5.25in drive bay, and all buttons and LEDs must face forward. Such drives are usually differentiated only by their price, performance and audible output.