I have quite an old PC and a Notebook, so neither of my computers has a drive that is capable of writing to DVD, in fact my Netbook has no internal disc drive of any kind (kind of the point lol!) and I wanted to be able to burn my home movies to DVD. I know there is stores and websites that offer this kind of service, but after looking into it I found it to be expensive and hassley.
Luckily, my partner actually took notice of this problem and he bought me a DVD burner for Christmas. Well it is not just a DVD burner, it is actually a Super Multi Drive and is capable of reading and writing CD's and DVD's of many types by being plugged into the USB port of a computer.
The one he bought me is the LG GP10NB20 and is a superslim multi drive, which comes in black. It is very lightweight and thin, and is designed to be portable so you can use it with a Netbook or Notebook whilst on the move. I found this to be perfect as it now means I can play CD's and DVD's on my Netbook as well as burn DVD's and CD's through both my PC and my Netbook.
I run Windows XP on both my PC and Netbook (personal choice!) and to use this multi drive, you just connect it to the computer using USB. There is two USB connectors on the one cable, and in lower power computers, you may have to plug in both to power the unit, some computers will only need one. There is no need for an external plug socket to power this, which makes it even more portable and useable! I really think this is an ingenious invention and I can not believe I did not have one sooner than this!!
The drive comes with a disc of software which includes a DVD creator and label maker, should you need to install these on your computer, but I found that they are not essential. I already had a programme on my PC that creates DVD movies from my own files, and this burns them onto DVD through the drive. To use the drive, I just plugged in the USB port and my computer then recognised the drive as an external drive which I could access in the same way as my usual disc drives.
I found this really simple to start up, and also really simple to use. I was worried it would be complicated or annoying to use, but the biggest problem I had was working out what to burn to DVD first!! The write speed of this drive for DVD burning is 8x, which is a good enough speed for me, as it does what I need it to do very quickly and easily, and I am sure there is faster speeds out there, but I do not need that personally. It will write CD's at 24x speed, which is a brilliant speed and not much slower than the built in CD rewriter on my PC.
There is a button on the front of the drive which you push to open the drive and eject discs inside it, and you just push it closed when you want to close it. There is a small green light on the front which shows you when the drive is powered on and when it is working. You can hear it spinning when it is burning or playing a disc, but it is very quiet and may not be easily heard over other household noises.
This drive is not much bigger than a CD case in size, and is not much thicker than one either. I expected an external DVD burner to be much bigger and bulkier than this, so I am very impressed with how slim, small and light this drive is. I have no problem just holding this in one hand. It is 14cm wide, 16cm deep and just 2.1cm tall. It only weighs 280 grams!!
The drive supports a whole array of media disc types, including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, so pretty much anything you have to burn onto should be fine to use. These are the most popular types of disc media, so I do not think you would have any problems with what to burn to. This also means you should have no problem im creating the correct disc format for whatever type of player you will be using to play the disc, be in a computer, DVD player or games console.
The multi drive works with many different operating systems including Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2008 and Windows 2003. It will also work with Apple MacOS X. It may work with other operating systems, but this is what is listen on the box so I would not be too sure about other systems.
I am not sure of the price of this drive, as I do not wish to know how much my partner spent on my Christmas presents, but I do know he got this in Currys. You can buy it in Currys stores and on their website, and I am sure if you have a look around online you can find it somewhere for a bargain price. I do know it cost under £100, but this is all I can tell you about the price.
I have found this to be an amazing device and I am so glad my partner bought it for me. I have since made many a DVD of my family and friends that I have recorded on things like my camcorder and my phone over the years. I was amazed at how easy it is to do it, and without adding a massive bulky drive to my computer, and without the need for a mass of complicated software.
If you would like to burn your own family memories onto DVD, then this is the way to go. Whether you have a PC, Mac or Netbook, the LG GP10NB20 Super Multi Disc Drive is a brilliant way to do this, and I 100 recommend it to anyone. I have no problems with it what so ever and I can only give it a 5 out of 5 stars, as much as I would love to give it more than that.
*This review is also posted on Ciao under the username of Hailee*