Review: Plextor PX-612U Reviewed by: Antonis Sapanidis Provided by: Plextor EU Firmware: 1.02 Manufactured: April 2012
The Plextor name is well known among the MyCE community, mainly for their outstanding CD-RW and DVD-RW drives. Over the last few years Plextor has also expanded their product line by adding NAS and SSDs to their portfolio, however Plextor is still manufacturing optical drives, and most importantly they keep the quality of their products as high as they used to back in the days when they had the “King of quality” logo.
In case that you don’t know the history of Plextor, you can always visit their website and find all the information that you need, by clicking here.
Plextor was kind enough to provide me with the PX-612U external burner. What makes this drive unique is the ability for it to be connected to a TV and be used as a source for playback, Plextor has named this PlexTV. Alongside this you will also find all the typical read and burn functions for CD-R/RW and DVD±R/RW DL media, but we will look at all these features in more detail later in this review.
For now let’s start with the specifications, the packaging, and also what comes with the drive.
Here we can see the specifications of the Plextor PX-612U, as they appear on the Plextor website.
Now let's take a look at the packaging that the drive is shipped in.
The drive that Plextor sent me was the retail version, and we can see the package and contents below.
Box left and right sides
What’s inside the box
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what the drive came shipped with.
The retail package contained the drive, a split Y USB cable, two software discs, an instruction manual for PlexUtilities, a warranty and quick start guide, a cleaning cloth and a carrying pouch. Plextor has done an outstanding job on the packaging and include everything you need.
Now let’s take a look at the drive.
The front of the Plextor PX-612U has the Plextor logo on the left side and the drive name, after that there is a blue LED, the EJECT button and the emergency EJECT hole. On the right side we found the regular logos for CD-R/DVD+R and DVD-R.
At the back of the drive there is only the USB connection.
On the bottom of the drive we can see the labels with all the info, and we can see also that the drive was manufactured on April 2011 in China.
A closer look inside the Plextor PX-612U. Disassembling the drive is a very easy task as you only have to remove the four top screws, however I don’t recommend doing this, and also remember that by opening your drive you will invalidate your warranty.
The Plextor PX-612U is using the MEDIATEK MT1807LN chipset.
Now let’s head to the next page where we take a look at the features of the drive….