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Plextor PX-LB950UE External 12x Blu-ray Writer Review

Plextor PX-LB950UE External 12x Blu-ray Writer Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: In recent weeks the talk of the town has been a sleek black external 12x Blu-ray WRITER from the folks at Plextor. The Plextor PX-LB950UE connects via USB 3.0 or eSATA cables and is capable of burning single layer Blu-ray Disk (BD) media at 12x, double layer BD media at 8x and DVD-R media at 16x speeds. In addition, it supports the playback of Blu-ray 3D movie titles.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Plextor Jan 23 2012   Max Page  
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ODD Benchmarks: Nero DiskSpeed DVD+R DL, BD-R, Conclusions

Nero DiskSpeed 4: DVD+R DL Source: Ahead Software

Nero DiskSpeed 4 tests a DVD+R DL rated to 12x. The program emulates a burn that would fill the disc with 8.5GB of data. This test is done by simply placing blank recording media into the burner and running the application.


DVD-R DL


DVD+R DL Media Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

Plextor PX-LB950UE

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Media DVD+R DL DVD+R DL DVD+R DL
Media Write Speed: 2.4x 2.40x 2.4x
Avg Speed: 5.76x 6.2x 6.20x
Start Speed: 3.42x 3.44x 3.44x
End Speed: 7.57x 8.26x 8.26x
Random Seek Time: 127ms 136ms 140ms
Interface Burst Rate: 32MB/s 41MB/s 41MB/s
Type CAV CAV CAV

The Plextor PX-LB950UE is right on average when it comes to DVD+R DL media as well.

Nero DiskSpeed 4: BD-R Source: Ahead Software

Nero DiskSpeed 4 tests a BD-R rated to 12x. The program emulates a burn that would fill the disc with 25GB of data. This test is done by simply placing blank recording media into the burner and running the application.


BD-R (Blu-ray recordable)

Verbatim 6x BD-R test media


Blu-Ray BD-R Media Benchmark Results

Optical Drive

Plextor PX-LB950UE

Disc Type BD-R (Verbatim) length 22.42GB
Avg Speed 6.06x
Start Speed 3.47x
End Speed 8.05x
Random Seek Time 74ms
1/3 Seek Time 185ms
Full Seek Time 263ms
CPU Use: 1x 0%
CPU Use: 2x 1%
CPU Use: 4x 1%
CPU Use: 8x 3%
Disc recognition Time (sec)

20.08

Disc Eject Time (sec) 0.24
Disc Load Time (sec) 1.35

Nero shows us how the Plextor PX-LB950UE stacks up when tasked with reading a BD-R disk. In this test the advertised read speed is 8x, the system achieves that speed.

Easy Blu-ray Writer & Frustrating Blu-ray Movie Playback

From a performance standpoint the Plextor PX-LB950UE drive did well for itself by meeting all of its different recordable media speed ratings. There were a few hitches with writing, but PCSTATS is chalking that one up to a cheap USB 3.0 PCIe x1 add-on card. Subsequent BD-R write sessions over eSATA cable ran smoothly.

BD-R read performance was great. It's important to stress that you'll definitely want a quick computer with a massive amount of hard drive space and plenty of memory if you're thinking about burning BD-R 25GB media. The burning software typically caches all the data to memory before attempting the burn, so drive space is crucial.

Since the Plextor PX-LB950UE would not recognize the '10,000 BC' blu-ray movie PCSTATS uses for testing we're a little unsure how to ultimately gauge the Plextor PX-LB950UE 12x external blu-ray writer for Blu-ray movie watching. Plextor's PlexUtilities troubleshooting software was able to scan this Blu-ray movie disk and report back no defects.

The PX-LB950UE failed to recognize the movie we had on hand yet the Blu-ray disk was not damaged? I suspect a few readers will suggest using this DVD software or that, but in this case the movie didn't show up in Windows Explorer, indicating that the optical drive was the fault point. Why it wouldn't read a Blu-ray movie produced by Warner Brothers is not known.

Retailing for around $220, the Plextor PX-LB950UE is an easy way to add BD-R data archiving to just about any recent PC with an eSATA or USB 3.0 port and plenty of spare hard drive space. Plextor bundles this external Blu-ray reader with the tools to get the job done; Cyberlink's BD suite, as well as is own PlexUtilities software. The software has everything you need to read/write Blu-ray discs, burn CDs and DVDs, as well as a few utilities for creating CD labels.

By most measures this would be a great external Blu-ray writer, however because the Plextor PX-LB950UE failed to play a commercial Blu-ray movie PCSTATS cannot recommend this drive.

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Contents of Article: Plextor PX-LB950UE
 Pg 1.  Plextor PX-LB950UE External 12x Blu-ray Writer Review
 Pg 2.  USB 3.0 or eSATA Data Cable?
 Pg 3.  ODD Benchmarks: Sandra 2011, Nero DiskSpeed Data / Audio
 Pg 4.  ODD Benchmarks: Nero DiskSpeed CD-R/RW, DVD+RW
 Pg 5.  — ODD Benchmarks: Nero DiskSpeed DVD+R DL, BD-R, Conclusions

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