Over the past decade, the name Plextor has been synonymous with quality optical products. Known first as TEXEL America, the company was renamed to Plextor Corporation in 1994. Their CD-ROM drives have been on the market since 1990 (the TEXEL DM-3020, a 1X reader) while their first burner (the Plextor PX-R24CS, a 2X recorder) was introduced in 1996. During this period, Plextor earned critical acclaim as a solid SCSI optical drive manufacturer.
In 1999, Plextor introduced their first ATAPI model, an 8x4x32 CD-RW called the PX-W8432A. By this time, the ATAPI standard had some time to mature from its more problematic beginnings. Other manufacturers had been using the ATAPI standard for quite some time, in effect paving the way for Plextor's adoption of the protocol. The result was a drive that won numerous awards. Thus began Plextor's love affair with the ATAPI interface.
Since the PX-W8432A's introduction, Plextor has produced two more SCSI burners (the PX-W124TS and PX-W1210TS), both now two generations behind with 12X write speeds. Meanwhile, ATAPI drives like the PX-W1210TA (12x10x32) and PX-W1610TA (16x10x40) have introduced more people than ever before to Plextor's product line.
Rumors abounded about Plextor eventually producing a 16X SCSI model, but it has not yet surfaced (nor may it ever). Instead, we are greeted by the PX-W2410TA, an ATAPI burner with unprecedented 24X write speeds. Join us as we examine Plextor's iteration of the fastest CD-RW drive on planet today!