CD/DVD writers will probably go down in history as the first widely used mass
storage device. Sure there were tape drives, Zip disks, etc. but none offer
the flexibility of CD/DVD burners. The limit of conventional CD's has long since been
broken, so I expect you'll start to see software programs migrating over to DVD more an more
in the coming years.
Already, a couple of the benchmarking
programs PCstats tests with are being shipped on DVD-ROMs. After all, who wants to
carry around three to five CD's when all the data can fit onto a single DVD disc
with room to spare?
GSA-4082B burner is compatible with all recordable DVD media; DVD-RAM, DVD-/+R and
DVD-/+RW. While that is very handy in and of itself, the LG GSA-4082B
drive naturally also offers backwards compatibility with all your favorite CD media; CD-R, CD-R/RW,
etc.With a retail price of $115 CDN ($83 US) the is one of the more
affordable DVD burners on the market, especially
considering the broad compatibility it brings to the table.
The LG GSA-4082B's reading performance
(CD, Audio, DVD) was pretty fast overall, but access times were higher than the
other drives we compared it against. Some users may feel 24x CD-R
and 16x CD-RW are a bit slow for their needs, but since the focus with this
drive is on DVD burning, this is not unexpected. Also, it's
difficult to draw direct comparisons against the
other drives we have benchmarked, as they don't offer the same burning capabilities as the
LG GSA-4082B does. As it stands, this LG drive handles DVD-RAM and DVD+RW media with ease, at
records DVD-/+R media at 8X, DVD-/+RW media at 4x, and DVD-RAM at 3x. During testing
the drive performed to spec, which is the most we can hope for from
any optical drive.
LG includes B's Recorder GOLD Basic burning software
with the LG GSA-4082B and while it's not as common as some of the other
alternatives, it's just as capable. Whether you're burning CD's or DVD's
everything is very easy and user friendly.
the LG GSA-4082B is a very nice well rounded drive; it handles all
formats at the current top of the industry speeds, but isn't really able to set itself apart on
the CD-R/RW front. However, If you were to buy the LG GSA-4082B drive, I'm sure you'd be quite
pleased with its performance.
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