Editor's Choice: Plextor PX-40TSi
Although Kenwood's 52X unit was easily the fastest in traditional CD-ROM performance, its prohibitive sticker price, average DAE and poor media compatibility combined to pull it out of contention. Plextor's venerable 40X Max, on the other hand, supplemented adequate traditional performance with truly outstanding DAE, media compatibility, and CD-RW read speeds. Factor in the $99 street price and 2-year warranty, and it really is no contest. Remember, the Plextor is advertised as a 24X Max audio extractor and 8X CD-RW reader. The PX-40TSi performs so far beyond expectations in these two areas that it makes the price tag that much more attractive! Thus we feel no qualms about giving it StorageReview.com's Editor's Choice Award for SCSI CD-ROM drives.
See also: ATAPI CD-ROM Roundup