Summary: While there’s something to be said for the convenience of an external drive with a USB 2.0 interface, this is offset by the BE06’s gargantuan size. The enclosure is nearly 3 inches longer and an inch wider than its internal brethren—and $100 more expensive. Blu-ray is a tough enough sell as it is without tacking on this drive’s compromises. We’re unimpressed.
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.