Model: LG GSA-H10N 16x "Super-Multi" DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: LG Electronics
Provided By: LG Electronics USA
As one of the biggest names in the industry, LG Electronics doesn't need much of an introduction. Founded more than 40 years ago, this Korean company has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics manufacturers, offering everything from large home appliances to tiny mobile phones and MP3 players. LG is no stranger to the optical storage industry either. They've led the way in this area, developing and manufacturing a wide range of products for the OEM and retail markets.
In November of 2000, LG Electronics joined forces with Hitachi Ltd. and formed Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc., or HLDS. This joint venture benefited both companies as it combined Hitachi's engineering expertise with LG's production and marketing capabilities. One of the best things to come from this joint venture was HLDS's series of "Super-Multi" drives. Featuring support for both the DVD Multi and DVD+ReWritable specifications, these drives have the ability to write to all major DVD formats, including DVD-RAM.
The latest addition to LG's already impressive line of "Super-Multi" drives is the GSA-H10N. Unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the GSA-H10N is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 10x DVD+R DL and 6x DVD-R DL writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. On top of that, the drive can read and write to DVD-RAM media at 12x, the fastest speed currently available. The GSA-H10N also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds, Super Link buffer underrun protection and an impressive software bundle from Nero and CyberLink.
With features and specs like this, LG's new "Super-Multi" drive sounds like it has a lot of potential. To give you an idea of what to expect from the GSA-H10N we'll take a look at its features and then see how it stacks up against the 16x and 18x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does LG's new drive have what it takes? Keep reading to find out.