Here's what's in the package, let the picture of the box with its contents speak for itself. As you see Nero 5.5 is included.
And here a picture of the front
And this is the back side
More on the back side
We have one remark about the back side (positive):
Plextor integrated a cooling fan at the back of the drive. This cooler expands the reliability and the lifetime of the drive significant.
The cooler protects the drive of bufferunderruns and gives more reliability. A big goodie of this cooler is that is preventing the drive from an early 'worn-out'...
Due to the intensive use of the drive and the intense heat the optical unit produces after a certain period a laserbundle that is not as narrow as it should be. A result of this malfunctioning are constant coasters and a not so clear reflection. This is the moment that your drive has had its time. To prevent an early worn out this cooler is a very extra. For an A-quality CDR in good condition the reflection rate should be between 65-70 %.
This reflection rate is gained through good quality media with a low bler-rate and the intensity of the laserbeam. The worn-out is now partly compensated by the performing of OPC (Optimum Power Control)
The internal buffer of the Plextor is increased with 2MB. The total amount is now 4MB The advantage of this increase will give you faster writings and will reduce the amount of ufferunderruns at high speed writing drastically.
We also noticed that Plextor Europe has changed its burning software. They changed from Roxio's WinOnCD V3.7 to the newest excellent Ahead Nero Burning Rom V5.5.
Indeed a very good move. Nero is a very fine piece of burningsoftware with a lot of tweaks. Ahead software took a large market share with this nero Burning Rom the last year...