Plextor PX-L611U portable DVD writer
Optical extras on the go
In a write speed test, the included Nero 9 Essentials was used to burn a 2.45GB ISO to 8x DVD+R media. It took 5mins 53s with verification at 5.5x lasting a further 6mins 01s. Nothing fantastic here, but it’s in line with general expectations.
Although the PX-L611U retails for £49 and the market is flooded with other slimline USB DVD writers retailing in the region of £20 to £30, these drives do not have LightScribe support. For a better comparison, it should be noted that the HP DVD556S and DVD557S, both with LightScribe support, also retail for between £40 and £50.
Thus, it appears to be simply the one feature that commands the higher price of these products. As I personally have no need for LightScribe, I would have difficulty justifying the premium.
Cutting edge: LightScribe functionality sets it apart from cheaper drives
That’s not to say I don’t like Plextor’s latest optical option, quite the opposite in fact. Its compact size and durable plastic and aluminium construction makes it smart, presentable and certain to last through many meetings and presentations.
As a portable drive for the user who wishes to bring the LightScribe abilities of their desktop to their netbook or other portable, it’s an excellent choice. However, if LightScribe isn’t an issue for you, there are cheaper options that give a similar performance. ®
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