Model: LG GGC-H20L Super Multi Blue Blu-ray Disc & HD DVD-ROM
Manufacturer: LG Electronics
Provided By: LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics has been a leader in the industry for nearly 50 years. Since the introduction of their first radio in 1959, the company has grown to become one of the world's top electronics manufacturers, offering everything from large home appliances to tiny mobile phones. LG is no stranger to the optical storage industry either. Working closely with companies like Hitachi, they've lead the way in this area, developing and manufacturing a wide range of products, including the industry's first "Super-Multi" drives.
To make it easier for consumers to go high-def, LG has introduced a series of "Super Multi Blue" drives that support both Blu-ray and HD DVD. This winter, LG launched their second generation of Super Multi Blue drives. Along with the GGW-H20L, the company introduced a more affordable, read only model, the GGC-H20L. While lacking BD writing capabilities, the drive sports specs very similar to the GGW-H20L. The GGC-H20L is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. On top of that, it can read HD DVD's at 3x and Blu-ray Discs at speeds as high as 6x. The GGC-H20L also includes features like a 4MB buffer, support for HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system and a software bundle from CyberLink.
We've had LG's new Super Multi Blue drive in the 'Labs for a few months now and have had the time to put it through its paces. To give you an idea of what to expect from the GGC-H20L, we'll take a look at some of its features and then see how it compares to some of the Blu-ray Disc drives from the competition. Does the GGC-H20L have what it takes? More importantly, it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading to find out.