The Bottom Line
- Ability to Playback Blu-ray and HD-DVD Formats
- Strong DVD and CD Burning Speeds
- Support to Burn Labels With LightScribe Media
- Included Software Doesn't Support True High Definition Sound
- Only Available with Black Bezel
- Strict Hardware Requirements for 1080p Video Playback
- 6x Blu-ray and 3x HD-DVD Playback
- 16x DVD+/-R Recording Speeds
- 4x DVD+/-R Dual Layer Recording Speeds
- 5x DVD-RAM Recording Speed
- 16x DVD-ROM Playback Speed
- 40x CD-R and 24x CD-RW Recording Speeds
- 40x CD-ROM Playback Speed
- 4MB Buffer
- SATA 1.5GBps Interface
- Cyberlink PowerDVD 7 Ultra OEM Software
Guide Review - LG GGC-H20L Blu-ray/HD-DVD Reader and DVD Burner
5/12/08 - Blu-ray burners are still quite expensive in the market and there is little access to the media for storing data or even video editing at high resolutions. This makes the selection of a high definition playback drive that also can burn traditional DVD and CD media a very viable option. LG's GGC-H20L is just such a drive and gives the added bonus of supporting HD-DVD movies and all of this in a package that costs less than a stand alone home Blu-ray player.
Those wanting to also use the drive for recording DVD or CD media should not worry. Many Blu-Ray and HD-DVD drives have sacrificed speeds on these formats for the new media. The GGC-H20L performs extremely well burning a DVD in roughly 5 minutes 42 seconds and a CD in 2 minutes 51 seconds. This puts it on par with many DVD burners rated at 18x or 20x speeds.
The GGC-H20L also has the added bonus of being able to support burning gray scale labels directly to compatible DVD and CD media. The process takes a good deal of more time that creation of these discs themselves. It takes roughly 18 minutes to create a label on either CD or DVD media. This is far faster than earlier LightScribe drives but still quite slow.
LG includes an OEM version of the CyberLink PowerDVD 7 Ultra software to allow for multiple burning and playback features. The key here is the support of both Blu-ray and HD-DVD media formats. Playback of movies was without issue and video quality was very good rivaling some stand alone home units. It is important to note that the OEM software only supports 2-channel audio output that dampens the audio experience. In addition, there are strict hardware requirements for the processor, video card and monitor for true HD video resolution playback of the movies.