Model: LG BH12LS38 Super Multi Blue 12x Blu-ray Disc ReWriter
Manufacturer: LG Electronics
Provided By: LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics has been a leader in the industry for more than 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.
Like most drive manufacturers, LG has begun to focus on the growing Blu-ray Disc market. The company currently offers a wide range of Blu-ray products, including a series of drives for the portable and desktop computer markets. This fall, LG quietly introduced a new 12x Blu-ray Disc rewriter, the BH12LS38. Featuring some of the fastest BD reading and writing speeds available, this Super Multi Blue drive is capable of 12x BD-R, 12x BD-R DL and 2x BD-RE writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 10x. The BH12LS38 is also backwards compatible with all major CD and DVD formats and offers features like a 4MB buffer, support for HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system and CyberLink's Blu-ray Disc Suite, which includes software capable of playing back Blu-ray movies in 3D.
With features and specs like this, it's hard not to be impressed by LG's new Super Multi Blue drive. However, as you all know by now, we're not ones to take things at face value. In this review, we'll take an in-depth look at the BH12LS38's features and then see how it compares to the 12x Blu-ray Disc writers from Plextor, Sony and Lite-On. Does LG's new Super Multi Blue drive have what it takes? Is it the fastest Blu-ray Disc writer around? Keep reading as we find out.