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The LG GE20NU10 is simply one of the best tech products I've come across in recent years. Simple to use, reliable and bundled with impressive software, it's a very handy piece of technology.
This external DVD writer is not much to look at. It's a very bulky external drive which is not ideal for those keen to get a DVD drive for use on the move, with a plain and unimpressive black covering with silver trim. The button to operate the drive is plastic, finished in a metallic style, but feels sturdy and responds well. Overall, the device is by no means ugly but wouldn't win any design awards.
What this drive lacks in appearance, it more than makes up for in pretty much every other department. Having bought it for use with a netbook, I was pleasingly surprised to realise it was simply a USB plug-and-play drive. I didn't have to install any software on my PC to use the drive and on Xp it was recognised immediately and ready to use in a minute or so.
Impressively, this drive also came bundled with some useful software, all placed on the same disc. As well as software to secure DVDs, it also offered Nero Lite (to burn data discs), PowerDVD (to watch movies, though I recommend using Windows Media Player) and, best of all, Cyberlink Power Producer. This program was easy to use with both the drive and my PC and helped me create my home DVDs for the first time in a very quick and efficient manner. Put simply, this drive for me is a brilliant choice for the bundled software alone.
Write speeds are very quick, and, using the aforementioned CD, can be made even faster (though I am yet to figure out how!) Having also used it for gaming purposes, I found it worked without any hiccups every time and have been thoroughly impressed with it. Viewing DVDs is also a breeze and run smoothly every time I have tried. For those with lower spec computers, this could also be a good choice, working on those sporting even the now dated Pentium 3 processor.
This really is a nice bit of kit. If you aren't bothered about the looks of the drive you're looking for (or portability as it is quite large) this comes highly recommended. Being plug and play, easy to use and coming with some nifty software it really is hard to fault this device.
I bought this external DVD writer for my laptop as I didn't have a built in one.
The drive caddy feels very plasticky but seems solid enough assuming you take care of it. It can be used either flat or on its side and needs its own power supply (which makes it rather cumbersome).
The drive writes to all DVD and CD formats and does so at quite good speeds. Connection is via a USB cable although it does perform better if you have a USB 2 port available.
The buffer under run prevention prevents any spoiled or failed burns and I never had any problems with the discs I created with it.
This drive also has a lightscribe capability which can burn images onto the face of the disc (assuming you have a compatible disc in the drive).
The software it came with was the standard Nero disc creation program. It included a basic lightscribe burning program although you may really be best using a different program... Nero gets a bit technical sometimes.
If you have space for an internal drive, then you'd be best off with that. But if you have to use an external drive, I never had any problems with this one... you should be fine with it too.