by April 14, 2006 0 comments



This writer performs better than most in the DVD+/-R format
and what’s more, it doesn’t disappoint you in other formats either.  We
tested it for burning times in  commonly used formats and found it achieve
satisfactory scores in almost all of them. Comparing it to the winner of our
shootout last month, Sony’s DRU-810A, the drive comprehensively beat the
latter in burning data from hard-drive to DVD+/-R disks. It took
8:15

(mins:secs) and
8:17

respectively for DVD+/-R, which is appreciably lower than the time Sony had
recorded. The drive followed the same trend in copying disks, clocking
8:44

and
10:35

respectively. It matched Sony appreciably in CD writing tests, lagging only in
writing to an audio disk from the hard drive. It clocked
3:01

to copy an audio disk, by far the least time amongst all DVD writers we
reviewed in the past two months. 

Price: Rs. 3,000
(1yr warranty)

Key Specs:
DVD-RAM format support, 16x max DVD read speed

Contact: LG
Electronics India,

Delhi


. Tel: 9899302074. E-mail: response@lgezbuy.com

RQS# E67 or SMS 130467
to 9811800601

However, it lagged behind Sony in writing tests
for dual layer DVD, where it took 20:18 to burn from hard drive – more than
Sony by about two minutes. The writer is a decent performer when it comes to
reading from a data or audio CD but fails to do more than average in reading DVD
formats. However, it was pretty average in read tests where it recorded 7:71 and
7:69 for reading DVD+R and DVD-R disks respectively. Plus, we faced a few
niggles while performing read tests in the DVD+RW format, where it recorded an
average read speed of 6.14x after throwing ‘Un-recovered Read Error’
initially. The firmware update program is pretty easy to use and displays
additional information such as firmware version of the writer. An update is
available for the drive’s firmware and we advise you to update the drive
before you put it to use for your burning or backup needs. The software package
bundled with the writer also includes a couple of multimedia tools from
Cyberlink for DVD movie playback and other common multimedia requirements. It
comes bundledwith Nero Suite, CyberLink Power DVD, and a firmware live update
program.

Bottom Line: With a moderate price and writing
performance that would keep it in the elite group, the product only lags behind
slightly in reading speeds. Overall, this one is worth a buy.

Anadi Misra

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