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Posted: 3/22/2006 5:57:40 AM EDT
Bought my first, and only plextor, in March of 04. Went south under warranty so Plextor sends me a 712A to replace the 708. Two years later I need a replacement for the expensive Plextor. Waiting for my Lite-0n lightscribe to arrive. Plextor is sure overpriced. End of rant!
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 6:06:07 AM EDT
i only owned one plextor drive. i burned hundreds of cds and then it died shortly out of warranty. my first sony dvdrw ($350) drive did that also.

i think its they have a timer inside the drives to make them fail shorly after warranty


Link Posted: 3/22/2006 9:57:00 AM EDT
The 708 went while still under waranty so that was good for me. The 712A went under a year. Since the 712 was considered to be covered under the first waranty I am S.O.L. Sure seems like they are made to go just after the waranty expires. Will see how the Lite-on holds up!
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 9:58:45 AM EDT
Plextor > All

They are the only optical drive I will use in ANY of my PCs.
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 10:59:16 AM EDT
I love my Lite-On. It has only given me trouble once, when the OEM that makes my prefered CD-R brand decided to change standards without telling anyone. A drive BIOS upgrade solved the problem.

Galland
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:31:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:
Plextor > All

They are the only optical drive I will use in ANY of my PCs.



+1 that. I just got the 740 to replace my 708 that stopped burning. But I kept it in the system so I had two optical drives. So far the 740 kicks ass

-d
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:36:20 PM EDT
Like much in the electronics world there are very few companies that accutally make optical drives. Most are just rebranded OEM drives. The physical bits are all the same some changes in firmware though. You will find youself in the minority with Plextor though, they are highly regarded as the gold standard in many circles.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:16:56 PM EDT
Yes, I did buy the Plextor after much on line research. Now that the 712A is out of the case it was manufactured in 8/04. Just mad that within less than two years both the 708 and the 721 went south. Used the LiteOn yesterday without a hitch and at 1/3rd the cost of the Plextor.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 2:09:56 PM EDT
Still using plextors as well.. a couple of them are about 6 years old now.. still tickin along.

I pretty much only use Plextor for CD/CDR and Pioneer for DVDr
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