One of the latest additions to LG's already impressive line of "Super-Multi" drives is the GSA-H22N. Featuring some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available, the drive is capable of 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 8x DVD±R DL writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. Staying true to the "Super-Multi" specifications, the GSA-H22N can also read and write to DVD-RAM media at 12x. LG's new drive 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.

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CDRLabs kicks off the week with an in depth look at Sony's new Blu-ray Disc writer, the BWU-100A. Offering support for both single and dual layer BD media, the BWU-100A has the ability to store up to 50GB of data or four hours worth of HD video onto a single disc. Sony's new drive is also capable of playing commercial Blu-ray Disc movies and can read and write to all major CD and DVD formats, including DVD-RAM.

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Today, CDRLabs brings you a brief review of Plextor's new CD/DVD destructor, the PlexEraser PX-OE100E. An high-tech alternative to disc shredders, the PX-OE100E uses a laser to completely destroy the data layer of a CD or DVD, making it unreadable and unrecoverable. In this review we take a look at some of the features found on the PX-OE100E and then see how it performs.

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The DSW1812P is the latest addition to AOpen's growing lineup of DVD writer. Announced in September, the DSW1812P is capable of 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. Of course, AOpen's new drive isn't just about reading and writing DVD's. The DSW1812P 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. Add a comment

While one of the biggest promoters of the Blu-ray Disc format, Sony hasn't abandoned the DVD quite yet. This fall they announced their 12th generation DVD writer, the DRU-830A. Based loosely on the Samsung SH-S182D, the drive is capable of 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 8x DVD±R DL writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The DRU-830A can also read and write to DVD-RAM media at 12x, the fastest speed currently available. Add a comment

With other drive manufacturers starting to push DVD writing speeds to 18x and beyond, Samsung has answered the challenge with the SH-S182D. Featuring some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available, the SH-S182D is capable of 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, and 8x DVD±R DL writing speeds and 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 SH-S182D 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.

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One of the latest additions to ASUS's growing lineup of DVD writers is the DRW-1608P3S. Based on the Pioneer DVR-111, this new "Super-Multi" drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The DRW-1608P3S also includes features like 40x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds and support for technologies like FlextraLink and FlextraSpeed.

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This spring, I-O DATA announced their first internal Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-AM2B/U. Based on the Panasonic SW-5582, this new drive supports both single and dual layer BD-R and BD-RE media, giving it the ability to store up to 50GB of data or four hours worth of HD video onto a single disc. The BDR-AM2B/U is also capable of playing commercial Blu-ray Disc movies and can read and write to all major CD and DVD formats, including DVD-RAM. To top it all off, I-O DATA has included a full featured software bundle from Ulead and InterVideo.

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With the introduction of next generation formats like Blu-ray, Pioneer is leading the charge once again. Last winter, they announced one of the industry’s first Blu-ray Disc writers, the BDR-101A. Designed for professional users, the drive can store up to 25GB of data or more than two hours of HD video onto single layer BD-R (write-once) and BD-RE (rewritable) media. The BDR-101A can also be used to play Blu-ray Disc movie titles and is backwards compatible with standard DVD media, offering 8x DVD±R, 4x DVD±RW, 2.4x DVD+R DL and 2x DVD-R DL writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x.

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In the spring of 2005, BenQ introduced one of the world's first LightScribe enabled DVD writers, the DW1625. Developed as an alternative to markers and stick on labels, LightScribe gave users the ability to burn silkscreen-quality graphics and text onto the tops of specially coated discs. Unfortunately, the DW1625 was designed primarily to showcase its LightScribe capabilities and BenQ had to make some sacrifices in regard to performance to implement the technology. Needless to say, the DW1625 was not one of the faster DVD writers available at the time.

With the competition announcing their LightScribe enabled DVD writers, BenQ went back to work, developing a drive with faster reading and writing speeds. The result of this was the DW1655. Sporting specs very similar to the DW1640, the DW1655 is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL and 4x DVD-R DL writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. Of course, BenQ hasn't stopped there. Along with support for LightScribe, the DW1655 also includes features like BenQ's Write Right, OverSpeed and SolidBurn technologies.

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