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Plextor PX-B940SA 12x Blu-ray Disc Writer Review

Plextor have been one of the industry leaders now for a very long time. Their drives have always been crammed with cutting edge technology and with the PX-P940SA they are trying to strengthen their market hold in the BluRay sector.

The PX-B940SA made news months ago as it was the first drive from the company to support both BD-R and BD-R DL media at 12x speed. At these speeds the drive takes around 11 minutes to burn a full 25GB BD-R disc which is significantly faster than the other drives we have tested to date. The Sony BWU-300S for instance only managed 13 minutes and 38 seconds, which was seen as quick last year.

It is very important that the best media is purchased, as getting a full 12x burn speed proved rather difficult during our testing. 10x was easy enough, even with budget 4x Maxell BD-R’s which can be purchased for very little online (image above).

As a package deal, it is very strong. The excellent software bundled supplied by Cyberlink enables the user to watch Blu-Ray movies, including those which feature BD+ and BD Live enabled features. The drive is also very capable in regards to transfer rate testing, reading BD ROM drives and other bluray discs at 8x speed.

CD and DVD discs also didn’t prove to be a problem, with solid read and write results with all our tested media. Access times also proved to be class leading.

KitGuru says: The PX-B940SA has a good feature set with the buffer underrun technology supported by a generous 4MB buffer. It can be bought online for around £175 inc vat.

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Rating: 8.0.

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