It was only a few weeks ago that we did a DVD writer roundup, but already the office cupboard was filling up with drives that didnâ€™t make it into the last test.
This is more of a small roundup with five drives trying to prove that theyâ€™re better than the winners from the last test.
Whatâ€™s really amazing is how much the cost of DVD writers has dropped in the few weeks since our last test. It now appears that youâ€™d be foolish to pay over Â£100 for a drive, unless youâ€™re looking for a seriously fast unit from Plextor of course. Even the award winning LG GSA-4040B from the last test can be found for under Â£100 in full retail dress.
Weâ€™ve still yet to see any drives other than the Plextor PX-708A that can write at eight-speed, but most manufacturers have got eight-speed units waiting just around the corner.
One difference in this test is that we were able to find four-speed DVD+RW media, which gave the BenQ a chance to show itself off a little. But since none of the other drives on test were four-speed rated, the DVD+RW tests proved to be a bit of a one horse race.
Talking of high-speed media, as soon as we get our hands on some eight-speed DVD+R media weâ€™ll be testing the Plextor PX-708A again to show how it would perform with the right speed DVD+R and +RW media. By that time there will probably be more eight-speed drives available, so expect yet another roundup in the not too distant future.