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Plextor Plexwriter 241040A

Plextor Plexwriter 241040A
ManufacturerPlextor
InterfaceIDE
Cache memory4 MB
Mechanical systemPlextor
CD-R write modeZ-CLV
CD-R write speed1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 20x
CD-RW write speed2x, 4x, 8x, 10x
Maximum read speed40x
Access time140 ms
Write modesDisk At OnceTrack At OnceMultisessionPacket WritingDisk At Once RAWOverburning
Buffer Underrun ProtectionBurn-Proof
Test firmware1.02
Price$155

Plextor burners are always awaited with bated breath by the brand's buffs. (Say that five times fast!) Unlike some predecessors, the Plexwriter 241040A is not based on Sanyo mechanics, but has a number of enhancements. It has 4 MB of cache and Burn-Proof technology, which gives it outstanding recording consistency. The Plexwriter 241040A comes with Ahead Nero Burning Rom 5.5 and InCD (Europe only), plus a CD-R, CD-RW and fastenings. It also has a 2-year warranty with standard exchange if it is faulty (Europe only, US one year).

Apart from integrating Burn-Proof, Plextor has developed the Power Rec II function (Plextor Optimised Writing Error Reduction Control) for this burner. This technology is similar to the Yamaha Optimum Write Speed Control, which changes its recording speed based on the media used. Power Rec II interacts with the stops the burner makes (caused by the Z-CLV mode) to check if the CD-R can move into top speed. The Plexwriter 241040A is the only burner in the test with a ventilator at the rear of the machine.