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LG GBW-H10N Blu-ray Disc Rewriter (Burner) Review

by Shivaranjan on September 5, 2006


LG launched GBW-H10N Blu-ray Burner in India recently. HardwareZone has reviewed this drive and put benchmarks results of this drive. As of now LG GBW-H10N Blu-ray is the fastest blu-ray burner at 4x speed, and as I told before the major shortcoming of this drive is that it supports only single layer BD-R and BD-RE.

HardwareZone Conclusion:
The new LG GBW-H10N fared a lot better in this aspect than the few early Blu-ray drives in the market, but it is still not the perfect Blu-ray solution despite its ability to burn BD-R media at an unprecedented speed of 4x. This positive achievement was dampened by the drive’s lack of support for dual layer Blu-ray. A single layer 25GB Blu-ray disc support is the most you can hope on this LG drive though we are not sure if a future firmware update will add support. Fortunately, compared to the very first Blu-ray drives, which had only DVD/Blu-ray support, the LG at least supports writing to all existing formats, including less popular ones like DVD-RAM, though write speeds are not as fast as most consumers are used to.

In short, the critical mass is not there yet for one of these drives and it could well pay to wait rather than see your expensive gadget surpassed in a couple of months in price or features. However if you really need the storage capacity of Blu-ray now and can afford its expected exorbitant price tag (we were unable to get the retail price for this LG drive as of publishing but Blu-ray drives are priced in the vicinity of US$700 or more), then the LG GBW-H10N is probably one of the few and better options available now. At this point in time, the pragmatic in us prefers to sit on the fence

The complete review can be read here.

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