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Old 02-06-2008, 04:17 PM
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Default New Plextor combo drives

Plextor announced today the new the PX-B920SA 4x Blu-ray DVD ReWriter drive as well as a combo DVD- Rewriter that also plays Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies - the Plextor PX-B300SA.

Plextor PX-B300SA

The new Plextor PX-B300SA is a dual-layer internal DVD drive for PCs and uses a SATA connection. Available from end of February, the competively priced, the drive combines high definition playback with support for all the DVD standards.

In addition, Plextor has included LightScribe technology to enable custom text and designs to be printed/burned onto discs.

The PX-B300SA plays the latest Blu-ray (6x) and HD-DVD (3x) movies, while as a dual-layer DVD drive, it combines multiple formats - DVD R/RW and RAM - into one. Write speeds: 16x DVD+R/-R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+/-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 40x CD-R and 24x CD-RW.

The retail package includes Intervideo WinDVD8, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5.5, Ulead Burn.Now 4.5.

Plextor PX-B920SA

Plextor PX-B920SA is a new 4x Blu-ray DVD ReWriter drive using the SATA interface. The internal dual-format drive is capable of writing Blu-ray discs at 4x (BD-R) and also plays HD-DVD ROM discs.

In addition, Plextor has added extra convenience by including LightScribe technology.

The drive can accept both 12cm and 8cm discs (in the horizontal position) and has a 4MB buffer. Write speeds: 4x BD-R, 2xBD-RE, 16x DVD+R/-R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+/-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 40x CD-R and 24x CD-RW.

Bundled software includes Intervideo WinDVD8, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5.5, Ulead Burn.Now 4.5.

The Plextor PX-B920SA will be available from end of February 2008.
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:42 PM
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What will the price be?
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:23 PM
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they have not announced prices yet on either of them.
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:45 AM
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I missed this last week - was just reading about it on X-bit labs.

Most of the review is the same as the CDRinfo one above, but I thought X-Bit's last 2 paragaphs were very interesting:

Pricing of Plextor PX-B300SA and PX-B920SA was not announced. In fact, the success of the new dual-format ODDs from Plextor depends on their actual cost: if the price of one dual-format optical drive is higher than the price of two single-format drives that offer comparable capabilities, then not a lot of enthusiasts are going to acquire such drive.

Despite constant claims by Blu-ray Disc Association as well as HD DVD Promotional Group regarding the “win” of the format war, analysts believe that in future the vast majority of optical drives will be compatible with both Blu-ray and HD DVD.
Plextor Chooses Unified High-Definition with new Blu-ray HD DVD Drives.

I have always thought that dual-format would be the end result of the format war.

This and a few other dual-drive initiatives from PC manufactures of late make me think that this could well end up being the case (in the PC world, anyway).
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