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LG GSA-H55L 20x "Super-Multi" DVD±RW/RAM

6 April 2007
  • 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
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Overall 8

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
23 July 2007
  • 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
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