Reprinted from a Plextor press release:

Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced the new PX-712A DVDR/RW drive with support for high-speed 12X DVD+R and 8X DVD-R recording. The internal drive features an ATA/ATAPI-5 (EIDE) interface for broad based PC-compatibility.

With the PX-712A, users have the ability to create, edit, and share customized DVDs and CDs faster than ever before. The new Plextor drive also 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-712A supports 12X DVD+R and 8X DVD-R Writing; 4X DVD+RW and 4X DVD-RW Rewriting; and 16X max DVD-Reading. The DVD/CD burner also boasts high-speed 48X CD-R Writing, 24X CD-RW Rewriting, and 48X max CD-Reading. The drive includes a bundle of premium Microsoft Windows-compatible software from Roxio, including Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 – DVD Edition, and Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE.

“The PX-712A extends Plextor’s family of award-winning dual-format DVD drives into the high-speed realm of 12X recording,” said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. “It offers the enhanced set of recording tools of our PlexWriter Premium CD-R/RW drive family, including GigaRec, SecuRec, Q-Check, Silent Mode, and VariRec. PlexWriter Premium drive users who require user-controllable recording tools now can easily migrate to dual-format DVD recording with the new PX-712A drive and PlexTools Professional software.”

Plextor PX-712A DVDR/RW Drive
The Plextor PX-712A is a highly versatile DVD/CD burner specifically designed to deliver high-quality recording performance. All Plextor DVD/CD drives are designed for easy installation with Microsoft Windows-based personal computer systems and Apple Computer’s Power Macintosh desktop line. The PX-712A 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 and Apple Computer’s Macintosh OS 9.2 or later. The PX-712A has an 8 MB buffer and features Buffer Underrun Proof Technology to prevent buffer underrun errors and allow multi-tasking.

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.

The PX-712A also includes PlexTools Professional software to enable a unique combination of user-controllable CD recording and CD/DVD media test features, including:

  • GigaRec allows high capacity storage up to 1 GB on a 700 MB CD disc.
  • SecuRec offers password protection for CD discs.
  • Q-Check for CD media checks and graphs the results of written disc quality – C1/C2 errors, track and focus errors, and beta/jitter errors.
  • Q-Check for DVD media checks and graphs the results of written disc quality including PI/PO.
  • Silent Mode enables users to vary tray load/unload speed, spin up/down speed and write/read speeds.
  • PoweRec allows for superior quality and stable recording at maximum speed.
  • VariRec allows adjustment of the laser power to produce the highest quality audio recording possible.

    Plextor Software Bundle for Windows: Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 – DVD Edition and Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE
    Plextor’s bundled software package offers ease-of-use and extensive functionality for Windows platforms. The PlexWriter PX-712A 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 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 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-712A 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.

    For Macintosh users, Plextor recommends Roxio’s Toast 6 Titanium (OSX) or Toast 5 Titanium (OS 9.2 or later).

    Pricing and Availability
    The Plextor PX-712A DVDR/RW drive is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America in late April 2004. The PX-712A drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $209.00 USD. All retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty.

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