Plextor PX-891SAF Internal CD-RW, DVD+/-RW
There is a lot to like about this DVD burner, and while the DRW-24B1ST from ASUS is just a bit better, you get great options with this model that make it an excellent choice. It has a maximum write speed on DVD of 24x, with 12x when using dual-layer DVDs, which is very fast. 48x speeds when burning or reading from CDs is pretty common, but as good as you can find. The buffer memory on this model is a bit lacking, at just 0.5MB of memory, which diminishes how well this model deals with errors or data corruption while burning a disc. DVD-ROM access time with this burner is quite good, at 160ms, but just not quite as fast as the very best model from ASUS. This is a well-designed model, with dampers throughout the device to help absorb vibrations so overall operation is faster and helps eliminate errors caused due to disc or hardware vibrations.