The Plextor M5 Pro comes sporting Marvell's new firmware and Toshiba's new NAND memory to deliver some seriously quick SSD speeds.
We looked at one of Plextor's first 6Gb/s rated drives last year (the PX-128M2S) and barely nine months later, the next generation is upon us in the shape of the M3 series.
Plextor has announced its first external Blu-ray writer – with the PX-LB950UE boasting a 12x write speed and USB 3.0 technology.
This less portable box supports an array of standards apart from those associated with HD. You're likely to encounter the H.264 compression standard and the MKV container format, neither of which are able to be played by the device.
This device wouldn't look out of place underneath the majority of glossy black televisions found in shops today, but there are drawbacks.
Movietime! Everyone loves movies, and computers, and televisions as big as billboards. But unless you've got some media streaming gubbins like a PS3 or a decent DVD player, there's a bit of a data chasm in getting your (possibly illicitly) downloaded movies onto your telly box.
A drive burning DVDs at 18x would surely explode into a million pieces - or so we thought. Plextor's PX-760A certainly generates the sort of noise that would suggest such a catastrophe, but it's admirably shy of vibration.