LG GGW-H20L Super Multi Blue Blu-ray Disc ReWriter & HD DVD-ROM
3 July 2008
Conclusion: Earlier this year, I reviewed LG's first Super Multi Blue drive, the GGW-H10N. While the drive's performance and support for both Blu-ray and HD DVD were impressive, its $1000 price tag put it out of reach for everyone but hardcore high-def enthusiasts. With the GGW-H20L, LG has not only chopped the price by more than half, they've boosted the performance and added support for technologies like LightScribe.
Pros: Writes to BD-R media at 6x, Writes to BD-R DL media at 4x, Writes to BD-RE media at 2x, Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 16x, 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 6x, Reads BDMV and BD-R DL media at 4.8x, Reads HD DVD-ROM's at 3x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 16x, Reads DVD±R media at 12x, Reads DVD±RW media at 10x, Reads DVD±R DL media at 8x, Feature...
Cons: Questionable writing quality with some DVD±R DL media, Reads BD-RE media at only 2x, Reads DVD-Videos at only 8x, Cannot set the book type of DVD+RW media, Buffer limited to 2MB when writing CD's
Excerpt: For those who don't want to choose between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD, the format-agnostic high-def optical drives from LG continue to provide a convenient option. The £200 LG GGW-H20L - the company's second-generation Blu-ray Disc burner and HD DVD-ROM reader - delivers on its promises of functionality and performance. Even better, it does so at a significant savings over the company's first-generation drive.