Summary: Most Blu-ray burners we’ve reviewed have capped DVD+R speeds at 8x or 12x, including the Lite On drive reviewed last month, which took 7:09 to fill a single-layer DVD. While LG’s previous GGW-H20L wins the majority of our benchmarks, the GBW-H20L comes well within spitting distance of that drive. And at $280, the GBW-H20L is almost $200 less than its predecessor. We like that.
Pros: Fastest BD-R rating on the market, speedy DVD burn times, lowest price yet.
Cons: For backup purposes, an external hard drive is still a more attractive prospect.