LG GGW-H10N Super Multi Blue Blu-ray Disc ReWriter & HD DVD-ROM
4 August 2007
Conclusion: With the GGW-H10N, LG has bridged the gap between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Their new Super Multi Blue drive gives consumers the ability to enjoy high-def movies in both formats, while taking advantage of Blu-ray's superior storage capacity and recording speeds. Unfortunately, with a price tag pushing $1000, you probably won't see too many of these drives in the hands of consumers, let alone hardcore enthusiasts.
Pros: Writes to BD-R media at 4x, Writes to BD-RE and BD-R DL media at 2x, Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 8x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Writes to DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media at 4x, Reads single layer BD-ROM's and BD-R media at 4x, Reads BD-RE and BD-R DL media at 3.2x, Reads single layer HD DVD-ROM's at 3x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 12x, Reads DVD±R media at 10x, Reads DVD±RW media at 8x, Reads DVD±R DL media at 6x, Includes buffe...
Cons: Very expensive, Doesn't support DVD-RAM, Writes to CD-R and CD-RW media at only 16x, Questionable writing quality with some DVD±R DL media, Cannot set the book type of DVD+RW media, Buffer limited to 2MB when writing CD's
Conclusion: The first ever Blu-Ray /HD DVD combo drive deserves a pretty good overall rating. The LG BD-RE GGW-H10N drive impressed us with its compatibility with the various formats, responding well in most of the writing and reading tests. Reading speeds for CD and DVD formats are fast enough. Error correction with CD media is at best average, and in the case of DVD, the drive's performance leaves space for improvement, especially when it comes to reading scratched DVD-Video discs...
Pros: First combo drive ever with BD-RE and HD DVD-ROM playback support, ATAPI / Serial ATA Host Interface, Supports both the booktype and overburning features with DVD recordable media., Very good CD writing quality, Adequate DVD writing quality, Successfully completed writing and reading tests with Blue Ray discs
Cons: Average CD error correction mechanism, Average DVD error correction mechanism, Not affordable for most users ($1200, E-shop price)