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Plextor PX-B940SA review

Alan Lu
28 Aug 2010
Plextor PX-B940SA
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
170
inc VAT

Plextor's latest Blu-ray writer isn't as fast or as cheap at the competition, so it's not great value.

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The PX-B940SA is one of the first internal Blu-ray writers we've seen to come with a stated write speed of 12X for single layer 25GB Blu-ray (BD) discs. While it's faster than older Blu-ray writers, it couldn't keep up with other 12X writers we've seen.

As expected, the PX-B940SA couldn't reach its stated 12X for burning single layer BD discs, managing just 3.5X on average. It did exceed its stated 2X for writing two layer BD discs, managing 3X, and also matched its stated 2X for burning rewritable BD discs. Although it's not as fast as dedicated DVD writers, it's still quite quick at writing DVDs, especially 8.5GB discs where it burnt discs at just over 6X.

Plextor PX-B940SA

The PX-B940SA isn't an awful Blu-ray writer, but the very similar LiteOn iHBS212 is faster at writing 25GB BD discs and costs £60 less too. Unless you can find this drive substantially cheaper than the iHBS212, LiteOn's burner is a far better choice.

Details

Rating***
Typeinternal Blu-ray writer
InterfaceSATA II
Buffer4MB
Size42x145x181
Weight778g
Power consumption activeN/A

Quoted Read

CD-ROM40X
DVD-ROM16X
DVD-ROM dual layer16X
DVD-RAM5X
BD-ROM8X

Quoted Write

CD-R40X
CD-RW24X
DVD+R16X
DVD+RW8X
DVD-R16X
DVD-RW6X
DVD+R DL8X
DVD-R DL8X
DVD-RAM5X
BD-R12X
BD-R DL12X
BD-RE2X
BD-RE DL2X

Extras

Video playback softwareCyberLink Blu-ray Disc Suite 6
DVD/CD burning softwareCyberLink Blu-ray Disc Suite 6
Blank media includednone
Other standard accessoriesSATA cable, mounting screws

Buying Information

Price£170
Supplierhttp://www.kikatek.co.uk
Detailswww.plextor-digital.com

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