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Plextor PX-W1610TA - Conclusion

  March 6, 2001 Author: Tim Zakharov  


Plextor's new 16X writer compares favorably to the other 16X burner we've tested: Yamaha's CRW2100. While both face spindown issues in certain tests, the PX-W1610TA backs its spotty read performance up with the best DAE speed and quality we've seen from a CD-RW. In addition, the Plextor maintains a 4% advantage in write speeds and 20% lead in rewrite speeds while providing vastly superior packet-writing performance and much quieter operation.

The real challenge comes from TEAC's CD-W512E, a 12X writer. Despite its 32X reads, the TEAC is arguably the quicker unit due to its 87 ms access times. Indeed, to us it feels more responsive when reading from a variety of pressed discs. However, the TEAC simply cannot keep up the pace in DAE and burning.

The Safe Buy Award

Simply put, this designation means we'd purchase this product without regret. Sure, there may be a slightly better, slightly faster, and/or slightly less-expensive model from a competitor, but you can't go wrong with this particular unit. This award is applicable, of course, to all units at the top of their class, but also applies to units that, though not quite best-of-class, provide a strong showing nonetheless. So it comes down to individual priorities - if one is shopping for a well-balanced, inexpensive unit to serve as one's main reader and writer, the TEAC offers an excellent alternative to the latest 16X burners. However, for those who already own a quick reader and are looking for the quickest write, rewrite and DAE performance, Plextor's PX-W1610TA is currently the drive to beat.


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