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LG will bring us twice the recording speeds in first-gen Blu-ray hardware

Blu-ray is expected to hit full force this summer as manufacturers begin launching their set top Blu-ray disc players and BD-R drives for PCs to the mass market along with content, supposedly. A handful of optical storage device manufacturers have already announced versions of PC drives with recording speeds of up to 2x for their first Blu-ray disc writers.

LG Electronics, a long time participant in the optical disc drive market, has gone a step further to announce a summer launch of a 4x Blu-ray disc drive to record to the new high-density media at twice the speed of first generation competitors.

LG's GBW-H10N is said to be able to write to BD-R media at 4x and BD-RE at 2x with support for reading and writing to DV-RAM media at 5x speeds. Below are the specs from LGE:

LG Electronics GBW-H10N Recorder
Reading Writing
BD-ROM (SL) 4.8x max
BD-R (SL) 2x, 4x CLV
BD-ROM (DL) 4x max
BD-R (SL) 4.8x max
DVD-R 2x, 4x CLV, 8x, 12x PCAV
DVD-R Dual Layer 2x, 4x CLV
DVD-ROM (Single/Dual) 16x/8x max
DVD-RW 1x, 2x, 4x, 6x CLV
DVD-R/RW/ 10x/10x/8x max
DVD-RAM 2x, 3x ZCLV, 5x PCAV
DVD-RAM 2x, 3x, 5x PCAV
DVD+R 2.4x, 4x CLV, 8x ZCLV, 12x PCAV
DVD-Video (CSS) 8x max DVD+R DL 2.4x, 4x CLV
DVD+R/+RW/DL 10x/10x/8x max DVD+RW 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ZCLV
CD-R/RW/ROM 40x/40x/40x max
CD-R 4x, 8x CLV
CD-DA (DAE) 40x maxCD-RW 4x, 8x, 10x CLV

Pricing is set close to $1000 USD at the time of publication. Since this drive does not support recording to dual-layer media it may be best to wait for second generation drives and dual-layer media to hit before shelling out over a grand if you're not a die-hard optical media fan. Sony has already announced that it will begin shipping dual-layer media by the time LG plans to launch the GBW-H10N to the public and TDK has also announced availability of dual-layer media later this year though no timeframe has been given.

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Yeah, gonna wait a while.
By Heatlesssun on 5/30/2006 7:26:16 PM , Rating: 2
In a years time, my guess is either Blu-Ray and/or HD-DVD writers will be at the sub $300 mark, and that's when I'll take the plunge.

I really do want one of the standards to die eventually, I've never cared much for having two incompatiable dics/storage standards in the same place.

This could be pretty cool for backups, but the price has got to plummet first.

RE: Yeah, gonna wait a while.
By allnighter on 5/30/2006 7:55:43 PM , Rating: 2
And it will. Just give it a few months.

RE: Yeah, gonna wait a while.
By Xenoterranos on 5/30/2006 8:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
agreed. The key here is that right now the formats are incompatible. If/when dual format burners come out, his market will explode. I know I'd probably buy a 1st gen dual format drive.

RE: Yeah, gonna wait a while.
By GGA1759 on 5/31/2006 12:27:03 AM , Rating: 2
Prices will drop once the PS3 comes out.

RE: Yeah, gonna wait a while.
By rushfan2006 on 5/31/2006 8:24:35 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah...but I'm thinking it'll be more due to the time between now and then, than it having to do anything with the direct release of PS3.

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