WHAT'S NOT: Although the Plextor PlexWriter 24/10/40A is the fastest model currently available from Plextor, it managed to log only so-so performance numbers in our tests. The Plextor lagged a full 37 seconds behind competing 24X-class drives when burning our image file, and was 28 seconds slower at writing to CD-R on the fly (the drive required 4 minutes, 37 seconds and 4 minutes, 39 seconds, respectively, to complete these tasks). The PlexWriter also took longer to write to CD-RW--requiring 1 minute, 39 seconds to write our 100MB test folder to CD-RW media using packet writing.
WHAT ELSE: Plextor offers a one-year warranty and toll-free technical support for 10 hours on weekdays.
UPSHOT: Plextor's drive is a bit sluggish compared with other drives in the same speed class; however, topflight digital audio extraction results and drivers for dragging and dropping individual audio tracks from a CD make this model a viable option if you like to make custom-mix audio CDs.