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PLEXTOR Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache ATAPI DVD Burner With Replaceable Beige Bezel

  • 16X DVD-R 6X DVD+RW
  • 12X DVD-RAM Write
  • 2MB Cache
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Plextor's PX-800A DVD burner gives you accurate, consistent 18X burns on single layer DVD±R media (4.7 GB), 8X burns on double/dual layer media (8.5 GB) and 12X on reliable DVD-RAM media. Whether you're burning hard copy backups, or reading and writing music, photos, software, or presentation documents, you get coaster-free writing and blazing fast reading.

The PX-800A comes with a full complement of software that will make it easy for you to get the most of this invaluable tool. Easy Media Creator 9 helps you create, manage, export, and enjoy digital videos, music, and photos. MyDVD and VideoWave will take the mystery out of video editing, allow you to apply special effects, and easily share the results.

CinePlayer gives you flawless playback of your all DVD-ROM movies, DVD and VCD movies. Backup MyPC software makes backup and archiving of your entire system or selected files and folders quick and painless. The Plextor PX-800A makes multimedia mastery fun and simple.

  • newegg DVD Multi Recorder The PLEXTOR PX-800A/SW-BL DVD burner enables users to burn any DVD+R/-R, DVD+RW/-RW or DVD-RAM disc and supports the dual-layer function allowing up to 8.5GB data to be burned and saved on a single dual-layer disc. Burn your own DVD/VCD movies or backup data with ease!
  • newegg Ultra Fast 18X DVD Writing Speed With the latest technology, the PLEXTOR PX-800A/SW-BL DVD Burner supports an ultra-fast 18X DVD+R/-R media writing speed to burn a 4.7GB DVD in fewer than 6 minutes.

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DVD Burner


DVD-ROM Access Time
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READ Speed


Physical Spec

Form Factor
Panel Color


Load Type


Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista
Software Contents
Plextor software disc (Easy Media Creator 9 Software),


System Requirements
CPU: Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or equivalent (minimum)
HDD: 1 GB free space for copying CD to CD image; 6GB to 10GB free space for DVD authoring
Resolution: 1024 X 768 at 16-bit color
Double layer allows you to record up to 4 hours of high-quality MPEG-2/DVD video on a 8.5 GB disc
Supports a wide array of DVD-RAM, DVD±R/RW, CD-R, and CD-RW Media Brands
Supports DVD+RW background format
Supports DVD±VR format for direct disc recording
Supports Lossless Linking (DVD+R/RW) and Zero Link (DVD-R/RW)
Buffer Underrun Proof technology prevents buffer underrun errors
Unlimited toll-free technical support


Package Contents
White Replaceable Panel

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Plextor PX-800A/SW-BL

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  • Mike H.
  • 5/8/2008 2:35:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlextor DVD Burner

Pros: Plextor is a name to honor and remember. Never had a mishap, problem nor loss of data with the Plextor burners. So easy to install. Support from Plextor is fantastic, beyond words. One will never, never go wrong with this outstanding equipment.

Cons: None.

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  • Gustavus S.
  • 5/5/2008 10:22:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPlextor tech support problem

Pros: Purchased from Newegg. Quiet drive, reads what it writes; both CD and DVD.

Cons: Cannot see CDs burned on a BenQ drive, even though those CDs can be read on all of the other drives I have tried them on. The reason for posting the review though is to warn that Plextor tech support is nonexistent. They have failed to answer any of several e-mails detailing the problem. Their tech support isn't bad -- just non existent. I called and was directed to report the problem by e-mail.

Other Thoughts: I splurged and bought the 800A for my main machine wanting a top of the line burner. My wife and I have a total of five machines between us and regularly burn on any of them to be read on the others. Only the Plextor 800A presents a problem. Have moved this drive to one of the backup machines where it's inability to see some of the CDs is less of a problem. It isn't that it can't read the CD's but rather it doesn't see the media -- even though all other machines see and read those CD's with no problem. Of course the real problem is Plextor's total lack of tech support. Be warned.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2008 2:17:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUPS drives me crazy

Pros: Well I would like to review this, but UPS in its infinite wisdom decided to leave it on my porch all day long, and obviously it must be a good product because someone stole it...

Cons: I have to buy locally... but I will say New Egg handled this excellently, crediting me in about a week... UPS ultimately is responsible, so don't be afraid to order online!

Other Thoughts: Thanks new egg

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  • Mark D.
  • 4/14/2008 7:57:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis Burner works almost 100 % of the time

Pros: I am sold on this model and maybe the entire Plextor line. Granted when I first looked at this site there were people warning me that Plextor had other companies making units to their specs, or I would probably be paying double the price here. In the entire time I have owned this drive I have burnt a coaster on a Dual Layer DVD or any other media I have thrown at it. I had previosly heard negative things about Roxio too but a free Roxio 9 version came with this drive and the drive and software work very well together. To not buy this because it did not come from the Plextor factory would be a mistake. Not one of my other 3 burners holds a candle to this burner - period. If you want to burn Dual Layers in addition to CD's and small DVD's - well this just works.

Cons: It is not as fast as some of the other Plextors at reading but at 48x vs 52x that is not much of a trade off.

Other Thoughts: I am a firm believer in Plextor now after being turned onto the brand by a friend who was correct when I was told I would pay a little more for quality but it was worth it. For this price and a rebate there is no other choice. I am buying another one to replace a piece of garbage I bought cheap - right after I write this review. I'll use the other burner as a reader but I won't burn with anything but a plextor from now on.

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  • Warren C.
  • 4/2/2008 10:50:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice Drive, but Poor QA

Pros: Full suite of product features. Plays CDs and DVDs well.

Cons: Poor manufacturer quality control. I worked with two of these drives for several weeks and allowed the Newegg 30 warranty expire. The first unit delivered the message that all my CDs and DVDs were read-only and would not permit the burning of either a CD or DVD. The second unit also malfunctioned and required a return to the manufacturer.

Other Thoughts: When I noted to the Plextor tech support rep that I was requesting the 2nd RMA for the same product, he assured me that the next replacement (my 3rd unit!) would get special attention. That meant that this time, unlike in the previous RMA transactions, someone would actually test the replacement to see if it worked.

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  • William H.
  • 3/17/2008 4:17:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Worked well for a time. Quiet, fast, and efficient.

Cons: Stopped working after a few months. I will most likely not go with a Plextor this being the second one I've bought in under a year.

Other Thoughts: Even though this product didn't live up to its expectations, I will still always buy all of my computer supplies from Newegg.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/14/2008 12:48:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsbudget dvd-burner

Pros: Works fine, recording time seem reasonable for single layer. Have not tried dual layer yet.

Cons: Could not read some CD burned on my laptop. The CD's were fine, could read them on the different laptop.

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  • Colleen R.
  • 3/2/2008 4:01:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsjuno failed in a few months get the 740

Pros: none - it failed, error reading and formating - could not comolplete format error - then no read either

Cons: it seemed like a plex - i replaced it with a used 740

Other Thoughts: The 740 is great burner, this 800 has little burning and little readin time. The plex 740 next to me has burned 100's of dvds and cd's.

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  • Xiaoxi L.
  • 2/29/2008 9:17:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very solid as you know and as my previous scsi Plextor CD-R. Burn very nice discs. Nice free tool to open the tray when without power up.

Cons: Failed to work after 4 months. Not sure what happened. Waiting for Newegg's RMA.

Other Thoughts: Plextor is the best as far as I know(Yamaha may be the best for duplicate CD). Hopefully I am just not lucky enough to get a failed one and Newegg will made a nice replacement of it. It failed to work when I just build my new system and waiting for a DVD to install my system. What funny is it can neither read any discs it burned nor any genuine software discs now, but it can read a cracked Vista installation disc very very nice. ^_^

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  • C. M.
  • 2/8/2008 7:06:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSome Problems....

Pros: Plextor name reputation. Good price with rebate. Plextor Tech Support is one of the best of any company I have dealt with.

Cons: Would not read DVD media, but CD medias were OK. DOA (defective on arrival) and was a retail boxed version.

Other Thoughts: Called Plextor Tech Support and answered quickly. Technician was professional and highly knowledgable (5 stars). He was required to go thru his check list to determine that drive was defective. He provided a RMA number quickly. I had to pay to ship back to Plextor. Should have been on them since defective out of box, otherwise I would have rated it higher.

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