Plextor PX-B940SA review

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Blu-ray has come a long way since it emerged as the dominant high-definition format in 2008 and can now be found in most desktop replacement laptops, underneath millions of televisions and in even modestly priced PCs.

Plextor PX-B940SA review

While most of those are cheaper drives, though, Plextor’s new PX-B940SA raises the bar with its 12x Blu-ray write speed. That’s the fastest we’ve yet seen, twice the speed of the fastest-rated blank discs on the market. DVD-Rs can be written and read at 16x, and it supports a huge range of formats, including dual-layer and rewritable Blu-ray discs. The Plextor also includes CyberLink BD Suite.

Plextor PX-B940SA

It’s fast in action. While the 12x write speed will only prove its real worth in the future, it filled a 6x BD-R disc in 16mins 4secs. Our previous favourite, the LG GGW-H20L, completed the same test in more than 22mins.

The Plextor returned mixed results with older media. It burned a DVD-R in 5mins 39secs, which is up there with the best, but its BD-RW write time of ten minutes was slower than older rivals. The Plextor’s CD-R write time of 3mins 10secs was also fairly average.

We’re not sure if the Plextor is worth £167 exc VAT, either. The majority of slower Blu-ray writers have been phased out to make way as speeds increase, but you can still save a good £25 by opting for a 10x model, and the difference in real-world use will be negligible. Only those for whom speed is imperative could really justify keeping up with the cutting edge in internal optical drives.

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