Is It A Worthy Ugrade?
To tell you the truth, I don't see that much of a difference to warrant spending that much cash on essentially 2 minutes faster write times for CD-Rs. That is if you already have a 16X Plextor drive. Writing to CD-RWs will probably not have much improvement in performance. The performance increase and new features is not enough for me to upgrade. The feature set is essentially the same. If you have the 16X version already, that should be enough to satisfy your burning desires (pun intended). It's not going to be worth it to upgrade from 16X to 24X, when all you're really gaining is speed. The speed difference isn't that significant. The new Roxio software bundled with the 24X drive is another incentive, but then again you can purchase that on your own. Now if you don't have a burner just yet or have a really crappy one, then getting the 24X over the 16X isn't such a bad idea. The 24X will definitely write faster and since it's a new model, over-all improvements to the product have probably been implemented. So you get what you pay for. You might as well get a 24X because later on if you had gotten the 16X, you'll probably regret it. It's not that much more expensive either.
At the moment, you can get a PlexWriter 24/10/40 for $150 and even less. That is a lot better than what I paid for my 16X, but then again, that was when the 16X drive was still popular and I really really wanted it. The prices have dropped significantly enough that you should probably take advantage and buy one of the 24Xs if you don't already own a burner. OEM also sell for even cheaper. 3 minutes for burning a CD with BURN-proof is definitely good enough for me so I didn't feel like waiting for the next evolution in CD-R technology. Of course, you pay a premium to get the Plextor name. I forget which companies use the Sanyo drive too, but if you want the features but aren't willing to pay for the Plextor quality name, you can get one of those other drives out there in the market place.
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