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Plextor PlexWriter PX-W4824TA
By Aaron Yip
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Thursday, 17th October, 2002
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


The Plextor brand is synonymous to quality writing and the robustness of their drives, and is probably one of the more famous name in the optical storage industry. Also one of the largest OEM supplier, Plextor have taken a backseat of late however, especially with the emergence of its competitors - notably from Taiwan-based LITE-ON. While the likes of LITE-ON have been steadily churning out CD-RW drives progressively (with some vendors even having announced their 52x-write CD-RW models), Plextor had only recently launched their new PX-W4824TA CD-RW drive.

The front bezel still retains much of the Plextor's touch.

The new PlexWriter is shorter in length (refer to our preview) than compared to its older 40x brethren.

The Plextor PX-W4824TA is the successor to the PX-W4012TA and is based on a 48x-write, 24x-rewrite and 48x-read terminology. Last month, we managed to sneak an exclusive preview of the PlexWriter PX-W4824TA from Plextor. The initial benchmarks we ran on the PX-W4824TA didn't really leave much of an impression in our minds. Then again, those tests were done on an engineering sample of the PlexWriter. Today, we'll take a look at the retail version of the PlexWriter PX-W4824TA that uses the 1.00 firmware as compared to version 0.EB used in our engineering sample unit.

Plextor PlexWriter PX-W4824TA Technical Specifications
  • ATAPI / E-IDE UltraDMA/33
Data Capacity
  • 700MB (80 min. disc)
  • 650MB (74 min. disc)
Writing Speed (CD-R)
  • 48x (F-CAV)
  • 40x (P-CAV)
  • 32x (P-CAV)
  • 24x (P-CAV)
  • 20x (CLV)
  • 16x (CLV) 
  • 10x (CLV)
  • 8x (CLV)
  • 4x (CLV)
Writing Speed (CD-RW)
  • 24x (P-CAV)
  • 10x (CLV)
  • 4x (CLV)
Reading Speed
  • 48x max.
Data Buffer
  • 4MB with BURN-Proof Buffer Underrun Protection
Writing Methods
  • Disc at Once
  • Track at Once
  • Session at Once
  • Packet Writing
  • Multisession
  • VariRec
  • Mount Rainier
Supported Write/Read Formats
  • CD-DA
  • CD-ROM
  • PhotoCD
  • VideoCD
  • Super VideoCD
  • CD-I
  • CD-Extra
  • CD Text

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