Plextor: Black Is The New Black

Because silver was the new black, then white was the new black.

Black is back, baby! That’s the word from Plextor today as it roles out two new drives that abandon its usual silver finish.

Released in August, the PX-740UF (left) and PX-716UFL (right) laugh in the face of grey and tickle the toes of white as they show off their stylish matt black styling. The latter also has the distinction of being the company’s first external slot loading drive.


Both are dual layer DVD rewriters, which is nothing less than we have come to expect these days. Each has 16x +/- single layer DVD writing, while the UF manages 8x and 4x +/- dual layer writing respectively and the UFL 6x on both. Of the two, the UFL is the higher end of the two models since it has a massive 8MB buffer compared to the UF’s more standard 2MB.

Raw performance apart, Plextor brings plenty more to the party as well, including “intelligent recording” for the UFL: a self learning technology where the drive automatically alters its writing approach for new media in the market and improves reliability on poor quality discs. We all know where self learning computer technology leads us though… Sarah Conner, Skynet and Terminators.

Before both Plextor drives make a fight against the human race, however, they will each (temporarily) serve man with GigaRec which fits up to 1GB onto 99 minute CDs, SecureRecording enabling password protection to be burnt into the CD, VariRec that adjusts the laser power for professional recordings and Silent Mode which tempers the spin speed for quiet operation.

As per usual Plextor products are not the cheapest and you’ll have to fork out £175 for the UFL and £123 for the UF but, when you think about it, that is not too much for drives with the ability to one day take over the world and enslave humanity.

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