Excerpt: We expected LG’s new 6x external Blu-ray burner to perform similarly to the company’s GBW-H20L internal offering, what with the two having identical read/write speed ratings, but we were wrong. The external drive is a bigger, more expensive letdown. Like the GBW-H20L, the BE06 external model boasts an industry-leading 6x BD-R write rating. And here the latter performed accordingly, writing 22GB of data to a single-layer BD-R disc in a brisk 22:43 (min:sec).
Pros: Good BD-R and DVD-R write times.
Cons: Huge; pathetic BD-RE writes; not worth the price.
Summary: Blu-ray isn't tumbling in price just yet, and the LG BE06 isn't exactly cheap. The LG BE06, though, is slightly more expensive than its main rival from
. Admittedly, the difference amounts to just a few pounds, and even given the increased speed of the
we prefer the LG for its generally slicker look and features. In our opinion, this is the best choice for those seeking a capable external Blu-Ray drive.
Excerpt: LG's dual-format drive is ideal for those who invested in HD-DVD before Blu-ray romped to victory in the HD wars. The external drive will read both of the previously competing formats, as well as writing to Blu-ray at an industry-leading 6x speed. Older formats are no problem, either, and the drive will also write to blank DVD and CD media.