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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsStorage Aug 19th, 2019 - 11:45 PM EST
    Plextor 16x10x40a CD-RW
    Author: Tom Solinap
    Date Posted: September 19th, 2001
    Rating: 8.5/10 SystemLogistics
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    Pros & Cons

    This drive has some great features and good performance. Let's recap everything good so far:

    Pros

    • Burn-Proof Technology, No more CD coasters
    • PowerRec Technology
    • Can do normal activities while burning
    • Fast 16X Write, 10X ReWrite, 40X Read
    • Performance up to spec
    • Good Feature Set
    • Plextor Quality at its best

    Cons

    • Not the fastest anymore, 24X now available
    • Cheaper 16X drives available and some even faster drives
    • Only comes with simple burning software, better software would have been nice

    Conclusion

    Well I've gone through pretty much all I can, and I must say I've been satisfied with what this drive can do. I've had it for a few weeks now and it hasn't let me down yet. I have been using a lot, so don't think it hasn't been put through its paces. The performance numbers I have correspond to what you would expect. It burns a CD in approximately 5 minutes 39 seconds over-all time. The drive construction and feature set is excellent. The only small downside is that it didn't come with more software. It did have all the necessities covered though. What can I say, the drive is great. That's especially true with the lower price and recent rebate offer. Of course, there are cheaper drives out there but you know you're getting quality with Plextor. The 16/10/40 isn't the latest and greatest anymore, but it's hard to keep up with the technology curve. It's expensive to keep up on cutting edge technology, that's why this drive is a great value. It provides you with cutting edge performance at an affordable price. Plextor has recently released their own 24/10/40 drive, which has pretty much all the features of it's predecessor except only faster. That means the price of this drive is likely to go down as the newer, faster drives start getting their own share of the market. That would make an even better value. So, who do I recommend this drive to? Those that want quality and are willing to pay more for it. This drive isn't for the speed freak as there are faster ones out there, but for the budget conscious speed freak, it just might hit the spot. There's just something about the name Plextor... that's not to say this drive isn't without its faults. It's more expensive than other 16X drives on the market, and even some higher speed drives. I paid over $200 for this drive a couple months ago, and it's now in the $170s. I should probably have waited but what can you do... Also, the software bundled with the drive isn't anything special, just your normal Adaptec package. The Plextor specific software is ok I guess but not really necessary. So, over-all the drive met my expectations and didn't disappoint, that's why I'm giving it a score of 8.5/10. It's my first burner, and I'm definitely happy to finally have one.

    Rating: 8.5/10 SystemLogistics

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    1. Introduction/Specifications And Features
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    4. So Now That I Have A Burner What Do I Do With It?/Value
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