Conclusion: Over the last year or so, we've had a number of LG's "Super-Multi" drives in the 'Labs. Offering a good mix of value, performance and features, these drives have become the choice of enthusiasts as well as some of our favorites. With the GSA-H55L, LG has gone all out. Their new drive offers some of the fastest DVD writing speeds available as well as technologies like SecurDisc and LightScribe.
Pros: Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 20x, 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 10x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 16x, Reads DVD±R media at 16x, Reads DVD±RW and DVD±R DL media at 12x, Reads and writes DVD-RAM media at 12x, Features 48x CD-R and 32x CD-RW writing speeds, Features Super Link buffer underrun protection, Supports LightScribe and SecurDisc technologies, Good CD writing quality, Includes softw...
Cons: High PI/PIF rates when writing to DVD-R media at 20x, Had a hard time reaching its rated speeds when reading pressed discs, Reads DVD-Videos at only 8x, Cannot set the book type of DVD+RW media, Cannot do write quality testing, Has a 2048KB buffer, Overburns to only 93:55
Summary: The GSA-H55L offers a slight speed boost over its predecessor for burning single and double-layer DVDs, and the SecurDisc technology makes it an attractive option for businesses that often need to ship discs between premises.
Pros: SecurDisc technology, is able to read badly scratched media, fast DVD burns
Cons: Burnt double-layer discs weren't readable in our older test drive, decryption of discs can take up to 5min