Reprinted from a Plextor press release:

Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of DVD and CD recording equipment, today announced the new external PX-708UF DVDR/RW drive for burning DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. A dual interface supports both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and full-speed compliant IEEE-1394 FireWire for data transfer. Now Plextor customers can easily share a single high-performance DVD/CD recorder among multiple Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows-based personal computer systems.

The new Plextor drive helps remove the risk of purchasing a DVD/CD burner that does not comply with future DVD recording standards, and it gives customers greater flexibility in choosing which DVD recordable media they use today. The PX-708UF supports 8X DVD+R and 4X DVD-R Writing; 4X DVD+RW and 2X DVD-RW Rewriting; and 12X max DVD-Reading. The DVD/CD burner also boasts high-speed 40X CD-R Writing, 24X CD-RW Rewriting, and 40X max CD-Reading. The drive includes a bundle of premium digital media software from Roxio (NASDAQ:ROXI), including Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 – DVD Edition, Roxio Toast 5 Lite, and Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE.

“The PX-708UF DVD/CD drive offers our customers the ultimate in adaptability and flexibility,” said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. “This external burner handles CDs and DVDs, supports DVD- and DVD+ recording format standards, and interfaces with both PCs and Macs via USB 2.0 or FireWire. The PX-708UF offers a highly reliable solution, whether at the office or at home, and no matter what the application-from archiving data to copying audio CDs to editing video DVDs.”

Plextor PX-708UF DVDR/RW Drive
The Plextor PX-708UF 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.

The unit features a 2MB data buffer and burst data transfer rates of 480 Mbps (Hi-Speed USB 2.0) or 400 Mbps (IEEE 1394 FireWire), allowing users to burn a 4.7GB DVD+R disc in approximately eight minutes.

Lossless Linking/Zero Link 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.

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 is a sophisticated write strategy for stable recording at maximum speeds. VariRec allows adjustment of laser power to produce the highest quality audio recording possible.

Plextor Software Bundle: Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 – DVD Edition, Roxio Toast 5 Lite, and Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE
Plextor’s bundled software package offers ease-of-use and extensive functionality for both Windows and Macintosh platforms. The PlexWriter PX-708UF ships with Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 – DVD Edition, Roxio’s number-one selling DVD/CD-recording software, providing users the ability to create movie DVDs, data DVDs, music CDs, photo slide shows synchronized with music, data CDs, and backup copies of personal discs.

Roxio’s Easy CD & DVD Creator package includes: DVD Builder for making DVD movies or Video CDs with professional transitions and animated menus for play on home players; Drag-to-Disc (the updated version of Roxio’s packet-writing software) for dragging and dropping files to DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW media; Disc Creator Classic for DVD and CD pre-mastering and the creation of enhanced and mixed-mode DVDs and CDs; Disc Copier for one-button DVD and CD copying; Audio Central for copying, sorting, managing, editing, playing, and burning music and audio tracks; Label Creator for printing personalized disc labels.

Roxio Toast 5 Lite is all-in-one DVD and CD burner software that enables users to create, organize, share and store all of their digital content on CDs or DVDs. Roxio’s award winning Toast DVD and CD burner software works with Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.1. The software allows users to turn digital photos into video slide show DVD/CDs or burn iMovie productions onto Video DVDs or CDs that are playable on most DVD players.

Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE allows users to capture, organize, edit and share digital photos. It includes simple electronic albums and a combination of automated and advanced photo-editing tools. Users can also print their photos, share them online or quickly E-mail them without leaving the program.

The PlexWriter PX-708UF drive also includes a 30-day trial version of Dantz Retrospect data backup software. 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-708UF DVDR/RW drive is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America in September 2003. The PX-708UF drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $359.00 USD. All retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty. Reservations for the PX-708UF drive are now being accepted at http://www.plextorshop.com.

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