Reprinted from a Plextor press release:

Bridging the gap between the two leading DVD recordable format standards, Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of DVD and CD recording equipment, today announced its first ever drive to burn DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. The new Plextor drive helps remove the risk of purchasing a DVD/CD burner that does not comply with future DVD recording standards, and gives customers greater flexibility in choosing which DVD recordable media they use today.

Plextor’s PX-708A drive supports 8X DVD+R and 4X DVD-R Writing; 4X DVD+RW and 2X DVD-RW Rewriting; and 12X max DVD-Reading. The new DVD/CD burner also boasts high-speed 40X CD-R Writing, 24X CD-RW Rewriting, and 40X max CD-Reading. The internal ATA/ATAPI-5 interface drive includes a bundle of premium digital media software from Roxio, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROXI), including Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.1 Basic DVD Edition and PhotoSuite 5 SE.

“DVD burners today are similar to VCRs in the early Eighties, when people had to choose between VHS and Betamax,” said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. “With so many different recordable formats for DVDs, how do users even know which DVD format is compatible with their existing systems? The PX-708A supports nearly every standard in the DVD universe, including DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-ROM. This highly flexible standard support makes the PX-708A the DVD/CD recorder of choice for the vast majority of business and consumer applications.”

Plextor PX-708A DVDR/RW Drive
The Plextor PX-708A is a highly versatile DVD/CD burner specifically designed to deliver high-quality recording performance. The drive gives users the ability to create, edit, and share customized DVDs and CDs using video, photos, audio, and data. 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 unit features a 2MB data buffer and burst data transfer rates of 33 MB/sec., allowing users to burn a 4.7GB DVD+R disc in approximately eight minutes. All Plextor DVD/CD drives are designed for easy installation with Microsoft Windows-based personal computer systems. The PX-708A features an ATA/ATAPI-5 (EIDE) interface, support for horizontal or vertical drive bay orientation, and Plug & Play compatibility with Microsoft Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP operating systems.

A unique combination of Plextor features and technologies deliver unparalleled CD-R/RW recording reliability. Buffer Underrun Proof technology prevents buffer underrun errors, so users can multi-task during a recording session. PoweRec (Plextor Optimized Writing Error Reduction Control) technology is a sophisticated write strategy for stable recording at maximum speeds. VariRec allows adjustment of the laser power to produce the highest quality audio recording possible.

Premium Software Bundle – Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.1 and PhotoSuite 5 SE
Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.1 Basic DVD Edition includes feature-rich digital media applications desired by today’s “digital consumer” to capture, edit, manage and burn photos, videos, music, and data to CD or DVD. Among the most compelling new applications in Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.1 is DVD Builder. Roxio’s new DVD Builder allows users to easily capture, edit and combine video and photo to create Hollywood-style DVDs of users’ home movies and photo slideshows on CD, VideoCD, SVCD or DVD. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.1 also boasts a sleek new user interface to empower users of all skill levels to enjoy creating, copying, and customizing CDs and DVDs.

Roxio 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.

The PX-708A drive also includes a 30-day trial version of Dantz Retrospect. Built on patented technologies, the Dantz Retrospect family of backup products has earned numerous awards for protecting vital information on file servers, business-critical application servers, desktops, and notebooks.

Pricing and Availability
The Plextor PX-708A DVDR/RW drive is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America in August 2003. The PX-708A drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $299.00 USD. All retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty. Reservations for the PX-708A drive are now being accepted at http://www.plextorshop.com.

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