LG's enthusiastically named "Super Multi Blue" SATA drive
A drive for your PC that will burn Blu-ray Discs and play HD DVD movies is coming this May

LG hit CES with a splash following its announcement of an HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc combo player made for home entertainment systems. With the set top version in stores, LG has turned its efforts to creating an internal SATA combo drive for computers.

The new GGW-H10N, coded for fashion as “Super Multi Blue”, is a Blu-ray Disc reader and rewriter with HD DVD-ROM reading capabilities. According to the specifications posted on CDRinfo, the GGW-H10N can record up to 50GB of data on a dual layer Blu-ray Disc. A single layer disc can be burned at 4x speed, writing 25GB in about 24 minutes. Burning of dual layer media, however, will require the burner to back down to a slower 2x speed.

Burning large amounts of data on a single disc is convenient, but pricey endeavour. A quick search on finds that blank Blu-ray media costs the consumer anywhere from $11 to $20 per disc, and only 25GB single layer media is available. Furthermore, the majority of blank Blu-ray media on the market today are rated for 2x write speeds, which would hold the LG drive back from its 4x top Blu-ray writing speed.

In addition to supporting the latest high-definition formats, the drive also supports nearly the entire gamut of optical discs. The GGW-H10N will read and write DVD±R, DVD+RW/-RW and CD-R/RW.

While the internal drive carries less hardware inside it than LG’s standalone player, it will carry the same shocking sticker of $1200, making it an expensive piece of equipment for early adopters. The GGW-H10N is expected to be released in May.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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