Plexwriter 12/4/32 is one of the first 12x writers to hit the streets. This awesome drive can write a full 650Mb in just over six minutes. If that's not enough, its 4x re-write speed is the fastest on the market, and with a 14/32x read speed there's no need to have a separate CD drive.
The device has a generous 4MB buffer which should any writing errors. One neat feature is that it can read and write text information, which means you can store the artist name, track name and other information with the music on an audio CD.
Unlike other CD writers we've tested, this model features a SCSI interface, UltraSCSI to be precise. Unfortunately, there was no SCSI cable or SCSI card included, so you'll have to provide your own. Installation of the drive in our test machine was simple, and when Windows 98 booted up we were presented with an extra CD drive letter in Explorer.
We tested the Plexwriter's performance using CD Tach 98. Because the drive's rating is 14/32x, we were impressed that our results showed 21.5x read speed. This led to a good result in the sequential 16KB read test - 3258Kbps on average. With a write speed of 12x on CD-Rs, there's no more hanging around; this drive can write a full CD in under seven minutes.
The drive is available in external and internal versions. Cequadrat's WinOnCD CD writing software, which is a competent package for writing, re-writing and copying CDs, comes bundled. CD-Recordable and CD-Rewritable CDs are included so you can get working straight away.