Reprinted from a Plextor press release:

Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance CD-related equipment and software, today entered the DVD burner market with its first-ever PX-504A DVD+R/RW drive. The internal DVD writer delivers blazing-fast 4X DVD+R Writing and 2.4X DVD+RW Rewriting, making it one of the fastest DVD+R/RW drives on the market today. The drive also features a premium digital media software package from Roxio (Nasdaq:ROXI), including Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition and PhotoSuite 5 SE.

The PX-504A DVD+R/RW drive is the industry’s first DVD writer designed to meet Plextor’s exacting standards for high-quality recording of DVD and CD discs. End-users can create, edit, and share customized DVDs and CDs using video, photos, audio, and data. The PX-504A gives users the ability to back up and archive up to 4.7GB on a single-sided Recordable DVD disc, and to create photo albums for viewing with DVD players. Lossless-linking technology enables users to perform basic editing tasks directly on the DVD disc, so there is no need to reload DVD content back to a PC to make minor changes, and no need to re-burn an entire DVD after making small edits.

“The new PX-504A drive combines the dependability and performance of our PlexWriter CD burners with all the excitement of using a PC to create your own DVD movies, from opening titles to closing credits,” said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. “Roxio’s software package offers a complete solution and gives the user all the software needed to manage audio, photos, video and data. It also contains a comprehensive customer tutorial to instruct first time users on the ease with which DVDs can now be created. Data back-up and archiving can take less than 15 minutes for 4.7 GBytes.”

“We’re pleased to be joining our valued partner Plextor as it enters the DVD burning market for the first time,” said Brad Duea, vice president of worldwide OEM sales for Roxio. “By combining Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition and PhotoSuite 5 SE with its new DVD+R/RW drive, Plextor is giving its customers a diverse and powerful package of hardware and software to create and manage their digital media.”

Plextor PX-504A DVD+R/RW Drive
The Plextor PX-504A is a highly versatile DVD/CD burner specifically designed to deliver high-quality recording performance. In addition to recording, rewriting, and reading DVD discs at multiple speeds, the unit also supports 16X CD-Recordable, 10X CD-ReWritable, and 40X CD-Read.

The drive itself is designed for flexible PC installation, with support for horizontal or vertical drive bay orientations, ATA/ATAPI-5 interface, and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 98/98Se/Me/2000/XP operating systems. The unit features a 2MB data buffer and burst data transfer rates of 5.5 MB/sec., which allows a user to burn a 4.7GB disc in less than fifteen minutes

Roxio Software Bundle – Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition and PhotoSuite 5 SE
Roxio’s Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition includes DVD Builder, Roxio’s DVD authoring application that allows consumers to capture digital video, add transitions and background music, create animated menus, organize clips and photos into custom slide shows, and burn to a DVD or CD that can be played in set-top DVD players. Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition combines the power of Easy CD Creator Basic and DVD Builder into one complete, easy to use, integrated solution. Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition includes DirectCD (packet writing), CD and DVD pre-mastering, DVD video authoring, one-button CD copier, and the ability to create enhanced and mixed-mode CDs. Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition simplifies the production of DVD videos while also providing the ability to create music CDs, photo slide shows synchronized with music, data CDs and DVDs, and back up copies of personal discs.

Roxio’s PhotoSuite 5 SE allows consumers to capture, organize, edit and share digital photos. It includes simple electronic albums and a combination of automated and advanced photo editing tools, including the ability to easily remove red-eye and wrinkles, lighten or darken, crop and rotate. Consumers can also print and share online or quickly E-mail them without leaving the program. With PhotoSuite 5 SE’s integrated Easy CD Creator burning technology, Plextor consumers will be able to burn photos to CD, Video CD or DVD.

Pricing and Availability
The Plextor PX-504A DVD+R/RW drive is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America in February 2003. The Plextor PX-504A has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $299.00 USD. Reservations for the model PX-504A are now being accepted at www.PlextorShop.com. All retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty.

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