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LG GGW-H10NI Super Multi Blue optical drive review

Call this a preview of even better things to come...
The fact is we have had the LG GGW-H10NI Super Multi Blue drive in our hands for a couple of months now, however we did not know in full what to do with it. In one hand, the GGW-H10N is the most advanced optical drive you can get for the PC today, with the capacity of reading and rewriting Blu-ray discs, reading HD DVD discs, and handling all other standard media tasks with DVDs and CDs.

Sounds good so far? Well, the problem with the GGW-H10NI is in part what makes it great.

LG amused us with the announcement of a hybrid optical drive capable of handling both next-generation formats back in January during this year's CES trade show. However, the GGW-H10NI did not appear in store shelves until June for a staggering $1,200, which of course reduced its appeal to a more select few willing to pay the premium for this first generation wonder. Furthermore, only one month later, during July they announced an improved drive that would sell for less money, slated for release in late September (it's now October so obviously it has taken them a bit longer, but it should be out any day now).

But just like Steve Jobs blatantly put it recently when he announced price cuts for the iPhone: "that's what happens in technology." Today, the GGW-H10NI is still available for a reduced price of $850, while many are still waiting for its successor, the GGW-H20LI which will carry a more appealing price tag of $500.

View: LG GGW-H10NI Super Multi Blue optical drive review @ TechSpot

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I wonder what will happen when a BD+ disc is inserted that wants to update firmware to support their latest "lock-in-super-mega-duper-unbeatable-DRM-thingie"

The real problem is that a single layer is only 25gig and a dual layer disc is 50gig. This is not very big in the age of the 1tb hard disk. Hell, the average operating system install with just a few applications and utilities usually takes up at least a dual layered DVD, which is 8.5gig. If you add on documents, pictures, videos and games you are easily looking at another 100gig to 500gigs. The media is simply not a realistic backup scenario.

If it was inexpensive (i.e. burner is $80 and discs were a buck) than I could see it as a replacement for the current DVD burner as the successor to the Nike network mantle (floppy to Zip to CDR to DVD-/+R). Otherwise, this is clearly just aimed at those who pirate movies and, or make their own films.

The problem is that tape backup is well...awful. It is a technology that should have been killed at least a decade ago. Individuals usually want instant access to the information.

You can't buy media for it yet and the price for media is high as well. Blu discs are supposed to be better for storage as well since they have a pretty good coating on them.

Why does HD-DVD come first in the logo "HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray" when Blu-ray
a) comes first alphabetically
b) is currently the most popular format

quiet simple, people clearly will know when reading HD DVD what it is...Blu Ray on the other hand doesn't mean jack to the average Joe.

quiet simple, people clearly will know when reading HD DVD what it is...Blu Ray on the other hand doesn't mean jack to the average Joe.

Wrong.

The average joe thinks HD DVD is HDMI upconverting DVD players. Or if you have a DVD player and have it hooked up to a HDTV you can buy a HD DVD disc and play it.

Just ask the returns dept at BB, CC, Amazon, etc.

On the other hand, they know Blu-ray is a completely different format (and the one that DISNEY supports).

PS: how's this for pedantic? Listening to Michael Imperioli say "Ach Dee Dee Vee Dee" several times in that commercial is a good laugh. You can say "blu-ray" 3 times before he says his products' name once.