LG GSA-4120B Super Multi DVD Rewriter
I've had a DVD burner for quite some time now, it was only recently when
backing up some of large home videos files did I realize just how useful
they are. As I was finishing off the 7th DVD+R disc (with more to burn still) I
realized that if I were using regular CD-R's, I would have gone through about 50
discs at that point. Quite a difference, and I'm sure no one in their right mind would
want to lug around fifty odd CD's if they didn't have to.
The DVD-R drive I used is now old technology,
dual layer DVD burners are now starting to appear on the market, and with
compatible media they can store up to 8.5GB of data
on one disc! That's enough space for you to back up an entire DVD
movie! Just think of the possibilities...
is testing out the brand new LG GSA-4120B 12x Super Multi DVD Rewriter
in this review. The LG GSA-4120B writes to dual layer DVD+R discs at 2.4x,
single layer DVD+R media at 12x, DVD-R at 8x, DVD-/+RW discs at 4x, DVD-RAM
discs at 5x, CD-R's at up to 40x and CD-RW up to 24x. For reading, the LG
GSA-4120B can handle DVD's up to 16x, dual layer DVD+R discs at 8x and CD's at
all that compatibility, the LG GSA-4120B
is still an extremely economical purchase, retailing for about $100 CDN ($77 US)! Talk about
value! Since the drive we're reviewing is retail,
it also comes with PowerDVD, PowerProducer Gold and Nero Burning ROM
The face of the LG GSA-4120B is
snow white, with a grey bottom that adds to the character of the drive. The eject
button is large and easy to spot, and when the LED shines, you'll certainly see it.
The unit measures 19cm in length, and thanks to the clips on the drive tray, can be mounted both
horizontal or vertically. The drive has a small 2MB buffer as well as BURN proof
technology for CD-R burning.
The LG GSA-4120B supports all the usual
writing methods such as: TAO (Track at Once), DAO (Disc at Once), SAO (Session at
Once) and Packet Write. DVD writing formats are Disc at Once, Incremental
Recording, Restricted Overwrite (DVD+RW only), Random Write and Sequential
rear we find connectors for Digital Audio Out, Analog Audio Out, Master/Slave/Cable Select
jumpers, IDE connector and of course the molex power connector. LG
ship the drive with a 40-pin IDE cable, the 4-pin analog audio cable, some mounting
screws, instructions, and the CD/DVD recording software we've already
mentioned. Unlike the LG GSA-4082B PCstats reviewed earlier, the LG GSA-4120B dual layer DVD recorder is quite quiet during operation. I highly doubt
you'll hear it operating, even with a disc spinning at full speeds when
reading DVD media.