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Plextor Announces Multi-Format DVD Burner

FireWire/USB 2.0 combo drive supports DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW By Dave Nagel
Plextor has announced a new model in its line of external DVD and CD recorders. The new PX-708UF is a dual-interface (FireWire and USB 2.0), multi-format burner designed for Macintosh and Windows systems. It's expected to ship next month.

The external PX-708UF includes both FireWIre and USB 2.0 connections and supports burning on a variety of DVD and CD media, including DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R and CD-RW. For write speeds, it offers 4x DVD-R, 8x DVD+R and 40x CD-R. For rewrite speeds, it offers 4x DVD+RW, 2x DVD-RW and 24x CD-RW. And it offers 12x DVD reading and 40x CD reading. It includes a 2 MB buffer and can write a 4.7 GB DVD+R disc in about eight minutes, according to the company. And it has built-in buffer underrun protection.

The new drive ships with Roxio's Easy CD & DVD Creator 6, Toast 5 Lite and PhotoSuite 5 SE. It's expected to be available in September for $359 with support for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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