Plextor PX-712A

  • Editors' rating
    8.5 Excellent
  • $129.00


  • Fast writing;
  • good accompanying toolkit;
  • reasonably priced.


  • Very little.

If you need to write DVDs – particularly video discs – quickly, then you may find what you’re looking for in the Plextor PX-712A. It can write DVD+R discs at 12x speed, giving you a disc in under seven minutes.

The drive mechanism in the PX-712A is the same as in its Serial ATA (SATA) counterpart, the PX-712SA. This costs a £129 (ex. VAT) against this PX-712A’s £119 (ex. VAT), but provides the same level of performance and features, so there’s little point in choosing the more expensive drive unless you’re specifically looking for a SATA removable media drive. Apart from the interface, the drives are virtually identical, so read the review of that drive to get all the details.

This version of the drive does also have both analogue and digital audio outputs, which are missing on the SATA version, which is more useful for listening to music if you have a slower PC and don’t want to use processor power on digital extraction.

The PX-712A will do any job you’re likely to put a DVD rewriter to, and without costing a fortune. While faster drives will appear before long, they may cost more and do less. If you want to create DVDs of any type, the PX-712A is great value for money.

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Power Device
Type none
Drive Type DVD writer
Product Type DVD±RW drive
Enclosure Type internal
Interface IDE
Optical Storage
Type DVD±RW - 5.25" x 1/2H
Form Factor 5.25" x 1/2H
Form Factor (metric) 13.3 cm x 1/2H
Read Speed 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Write Speed 48x (CD) / 8x (DVD-R) / 12x (DVD+R)
Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)
Supported Recording Modes disk-at-once, incremental recording, multi-border recording, multisession, packet writing, random access write, restricted overwrite, sequential write, session-at-once, track-at-once
Supported Media Formats CD Extra, CD Text, CD+G (Karaoke CD), CD-DA (audio), CD-I, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Video CD
Supported Media Types CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM
Buffer Size 8 MB
Buffer Underrun Protection Yes
Access Time 100 sec, 150 sec
Media Load Type tray
Features PoweRec, VariRec, black disc tray, emergency disk eject hole
Media Included Qty 1
Compliant Standards Mount Rainier, Video CD
Interface Provided
Qty 1
Connector Type 2 pin digital audio, 4 pin MPC, 40 pin IDC
Interface IDE/ATAPI, audio out
Package Type Retail
Mounting Kit included
Media Included Qty 1
Video Output none
Software / System Requirements
OS Required Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
System Requirements
OS Required Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
Brand Plextor
Product Line Plextor
Model PX-712A
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Expansion Slots
Type none
Dimensions & Weight
Width 5.7 in
Depth 7.5 in
Height 1.6 in
Weight 2.2 lbs
Included accessories
Cables Included 1 x IDE cable - internal
Bay Required
Total Qty 1
Type front accessible
Form Factor 5.25" x 1/2H
Form Factor (metric) 13.3 cm x 1/2H
Cable Details
Type IDE cable
Form Factor internal
Included Qty 1
Type EMC Dantz Retrospect (Trial), PlexTools Professional, Roxio DVDMax Player, Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6, Roxio PhotoSuite 5 SE
System Requirements Details
Operating System Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
Processor Type Pentium III
Processor Speed 800 Hz
Min RAM Size 128 MB
Min Hard Drive Space 800 MB
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 1 year

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