Hardware One heeft een review gepost van de PlexWriter 8/4/32A, de eerste Plextor writer die op de ordinaire ATAPI interface werkt. De drive blijkt prima te werken, alleen de hoge CPU utilization kan een nadeel zijn:
Well, having taken the PX-W8432Ti for a test-spin, I must say that I have no qualms recommending the drive at all. From a practical perspective, the only physical benchmarks that had me concerned were the anomalous transfer speeds (probably due to some erroneous setting hopefully) and the high CPU utilization (which is probably representative of most IDE drives). In any case, the former isnít that important unless youíre planning to use the drive for regular CD-ROM reading as well (not advisable as CD-R/RW drives have typically shorter MTBFs than plain CD-ROMs). Similarly, unless you plan to do some serious processor crunching jobs whilst writing, I donít believe the CPU utilization is that big a deal afterall. Furthermore, my experience showed that the drive still manages to cope just fine (esp with its 4MB buffer) and usage doesnít bog down drastically.
In terms of practical writing capabilities and speeds, it excels and performs up to par expected of Plextor drives. However, admittedly I do not have experience yet with other upcoming CD-RW drives from competitors to do a detailed comparison.