Is life really good when you buy an LG product? Well it was this time. Much like any other computer components, I often vouch for a specific brand. If you have been reading my reviews, these brands are Asus for motherboards, Seagate for hard drives, Samsung for optical drives. So it was a good buck in the trend when I opted for the LG. Bear in mind though that the price quoted is bizzarely over the top. This actually sells for around £20.
his is a SATA 2.0 device but the magic happens when you put a disc in - be it CD or DVD. There are some drives out there (SonyNec) that sound like a floppy disk device when a disc is loaded into the tray. Not so this one. In fact what makes this multidrive good is the fact that when in use, it makes a gentle humm rather than a furious whirr. Discs load up almost instantly as I think any optical drive should. 22x read speed for DVD is no laughing matter.
Even more impressive is the write speeds for DVDS. Quoted at 22x for dvd-r+/- and 12x for RW and dual layer and for DVD ram. Lets face it though, hardly anyone uses DVD RAM or dual layer so going back to basics, it scores mightily in the write speeds for dvd+/- R/RW. A complete 3.7GB Discs typically take between 4-6 minutes to burn depending upon your other system configurations.
Now the OEM version doesn't come with much - not even the odd cable or a cd or fascias like the retail version, but its cheap. The styling is very nice with a matte black look that works with any black case and a simple LG logo with the multidrive on the side: purely minimalistic and not overloaded with meaningless emblems.
Installation is very easy but be warned that as an OEM device this does not come with its own screws - so make sure your case has screws or is screwless.
What more to say about a simple drive like this that performs as modern optical drives should? I love it for the fact that it is quiet and fast when it comes to burning DVDs and playing movies.
DVD drives are being used less and less nowadays but occasionally I need one to burn videos or copy a CD etc.
I bought mine from Amazon.co.uk and for the price (£12.50) vs the features, this is the best one I could find. It is bare black and is an internal Sata drive. Mine didn't come with the Sata cable and screws so you will have to buy those separately or pull them out of an old PC.
It is the standard DVD drive size and will fit into any 5.2 bay in your PC case. It took me less than 10 minutes to install this and have it up and running. Windows detects it automatically once you have started up your PC.
You can start playing CD's and DVD's straight away, but to be able to burn media then you need to install some DVD burning software, if you don't have some already installed.
I prefer using some sofware called Nero Burning ROM.
So far, I have had no problems with this drive. It is extremely quiet during operation. I can hardly hear it in the background, while listening to audio CDs. I like to burn videos onto DVD's, so I can watch them on my TV and this also allows me to do that. It has a DVD Write speed of 22x which can burn a nornal DVD in 5 or so minutes. It can burn onto dual layer DVD's as well. Additionally, it supports reading and writing to CD-R and CD-RW.
== Summary and recommendation ==
Overall, it does what you'd expect a DVD writer to do which is read and write DVD's / CD's. I have been very pleased with this so far. It is quieter than other DVD drives I've used before and it supports a wide variety of optical media.