will ship the PX-504UF DVD+R/RW drive, an external DVD/CD burner, next month — the drive will cost US$329. The six-in-one drive supports 4X DVD+R writing, 2.4X DVD+RW rewriting, 12X max DVD-reading, 16X CD writing, 10X CD-rewriting and 40X CD-reading.
The drive has both FireWire and USB ports for connectivity. It’s compatible with Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.x and comes with Roxio Toast Lite. Roxio Toast 5 Lite is a limited version of Toast 5 Titanium, the DVD and CD burner software that lets you create, organize, share and store digital content on CDs or DVDs.
Lossless-linking technology on the PX-504UF DVD+R/RW lets you perform basic editing tasks directly on the DVD disc, meaning there’s no need to reload DVD content back to your computer to make minor changes and no need to re-burn an entire DVD after making small edits, according to Plextor. The drive features a 2MB data buffer and burst data transfer rates of 5.5MB per second; you can burn a 4.7GB CD disc in less than 15 minutes.