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LG Electronics GBW-H10N - Image Courtesy Blu-ray.com
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-RE (SL) 2x CLV
BD-R (SL) 4.8x max
DVD-R 2x, 4x CLV, 8x, 12x PCAV
BD-RE (SL) 2x CLV
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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RE: It might not happen!
By crystal clear on 5/31/2006 8:01:53 AM , Rating: 2
Other manufacturers will jump into the competition & there U see the price sliding then shooting down.
Price slashing is intense in the hardware sector.


RE: It might not happen!
By PAPutzback on 5/31/2006 9:56:25 AM , Rating: 2
Backup to Blue ray. You can get 500 gig drives for 200 bucks now. And I bet by Christmas we will see the 750 gig drives for around 300 and the terabyte drives for 400.

No which is faster and cheaper and more convenient. The only data I see being recorded on these will be video or maybe an entire MP3 collection so you can take it with you on your Laptop or future Portable Blue-Ray player. But by the time prices get affordable enough we will have 20 gig flash cards that will be ascheap if not cheaper, more portable and more durable.

And neither format will win. They are here to stay until the next new format comes out. If the Holographic format comes out and is affordable then I could see backups to a disc making sense. Not to mention we coul finally get uncompressed video.


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