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PLEXTOR Duplication Grade DVD/CD SATA Burner Drive PX-891SAW - OEM

  • 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Timothy W.
  • 1/8/2015 10:49:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRegarding Keith L post

Pros: I have the Asus version of this drive, and can rate it 5 stars based on its performance:

Excellent price
Reads scratched discs well (error correction)
Classic bezel design

Cons: Is price $5 more than the Asus model, which is identical.

Other Thoughts: Keith L seems to think he knows more than he actually does. While his analysis of copying digital data is partially true, he has forgotten or simply doesn't know about two important factors when coping this type of data.

Have you ever wondered why some programs, specifically CD audio ripping programs, recommend copying at a lower speed? Error correction.

This is an inherent feature of the drives firmware and the quality\condition of the laser. A good firmware will have efficient error correction and isolation\retry arithmetic. THIS COULD BE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ASUS AND PLEXTOR MODEL. I don't know if it is, but if a reviewer wrote he believes one model produced better results than the other, this could be why.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/28/2014 12:49:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsit's good

Pros: It's not ugly

Cons: It's not a transformer

Other Thoughts: Buy it

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  • Johnny L.
  • 8/21/2014 1:59:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsI woder if it will last???

Pros: I fit is made by the same company as my old Plextor CD Writer, it will be the last one I ever buy.

Cons: None - I hope this one is as reliable as mt old CD writer is.

Other Thoughts: I really do not know how this company (or whoever makes these drives) stays in business. I also have a Plextor CD Writer that I have had for more than 15 years and it is still going strong after literally hundreds of burns. :)

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  • Aamir K.
  • 7/12/2014 5:01:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood drive

Pros: Quite - Fast . what else is there ?

Cons: none

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  • Christopher R.
  • 6/25/2014 2:25:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent ! ! !

Pros: Sweet drive reminiscent of the old Sony's of 10 years ago. Quiet. Does it's job. Will burn anything I put into it. More that what I expected.

Cons: None. Super drive.

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  • Keith L.
  • 6/18/2014 1:20:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsResponse to tom g

Pros: Reviewer probably didn't know he was posting misleading info.

Cons: However, tom g cannot be correct in his claim that ripped audio from the Plextor version of this drive is any different from that from the ASUS version of this drive.

Other Thoughts: As I mention in an earlier review, this product and the currently most-popular ASUS drive are absolutely identical and were made by the same manufacturer.

I hail from the electronics manufacturing industry. I know whereof I speak. I dismantled both drives and can confirm the fact absolutely.

I also know how CDs work.

CD audio is essentially digital data comparable to an uncompressed WAV file. Any and all CD or DVD readers will retrieve absolutely THE same data when reading the same disk, absent serious read errors.

Conversions CAN vary. If CD data is ripped to a 320kbps MP3 file, it will sound better than a 128kbps MP3 that derives from the same audio data. MP3 also has more than one encoding scheme and various softwares exist that implement the standards in slightly different ways. Also there are other audio formats such as AAC, etc.

BUT. All else being the same, it is patently impossible that one optical drive would produce an "improvement in sound quality" over another where ripped CD audio is concerned. The digital audio data obtained from a given CD disk is always identical regardless what drive or computer is reading the disk.

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  • Donald H.
  • 6/2/2014 7:29:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

Pros: Flawless at a great price

Cons: None

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  • tom g.
  • 6/1/2014 6:36:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent cd ripper

Pros: I've tried several DVD drives for ripping cd's to my server and this is by far the very best sounding one. I've even had the ASUS one reviewer claims is the same. Not so with sound. I use rimhillex to slow it to 4X and freinds easily can tell the improvement in sound quality. I bought another.

Cons: none

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  • Dennis R.
  • 4/14/2014 12:25:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAnother Writer

Pros: After several burns, it hasn't made any coasters. But it's only been installed for a week so take that for what it's worth. Fortunately, with a Newegg coupon I got it for only a few bucks more than the more plebian DVD writers.

Cons: Like all writers nowadays it's a featherweight, weighing in at one third of the six year old Plextor IDE writer it replaced. Not exactly confidence inspiring for a writer that bills itself as "duplication grade." It's outward appearance, construction and heft is no different than the numerous Samsung, LG, ASUS writers I've purchased from Newegg in recent years. Of course I haven't opened it up to compare with my other writers, but I have this feeling that it came out of the same two or three factories in China that all the others come from (like one of the other reviewers posted).

Other Thoughts: And what is duplication grade, anyway? Well, if you look on Plextor's website, the only reference is the writer is "designed with a duplication grade controller." Ah, that explains everything; I feel better now. And I'm quite confident I can hear better sound and more bits from the music CDs I've "duplicated" so far.

I'd come back in a year and update this review after I know how long the device lasts, but seldom does a particular model writer of any brand stay in a manufacturer's catalog that long. I suspect like all other brands of writers you hope to get lucky and have one stand the test of time, but the reality is they are a throw-away item no matter how much you spend.

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  • Curt W.
  • 3/10/2014 3:17:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNICE


Cons: NONE

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