LG GSA H54N Super-Multi

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Review of "LG GSA H54N Super-Multi"

published 25/01/2009 | EVIT
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Pro fast in writing discs, dual layer, ok looking
Cons long access time, noisy at the start-up
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"LG dual layer DVD writer... not really great"

LG GSA H54N DualLayer - My review

A LITTLE INTRO

If I own this DVD writer is simply because when I assembled my computer it was the only black optical drive to match the colour of my "tower". I can tell you, this appliance annoyed me from the very beginning.

[A note for who doesn't know anything about computers at all, this device serves the purpose of reading DVDs and CDs and also writing data on them.]

REVIEW

Now on my review...
It is sharp looking, no complaints there. The problem is that at the access is incredibly slow; to put it in a simpler way when I insert a CD or a DVD in this drive it takes too long a time before it actually opens the contents of the discs, enough time to get my fingers tapping on the desk. It is also very noisy, as soon as it starts reading a disc it sounds like a turbine engine although, luckly, it stops after some time, I guess until the informations are stored in cache. But as soon as the disc is accessed again the turbine goes on.

Honestly I wouldn't suggest this CD/DVD-writer to anyone. Actually my strong suggestion is to stir away from this product, as soon as you read LG on its front. LGs are known to be twitchy gits, I was concious of that even before I bought it but I wanted to give it a chance hoping that the rumors about this brand were just rumors.


GOOD (?) AND BAD...

What's good about it then? Well I would say that once it starts reading or writing, it is very fast. Perhaps that's why it needs a noisy turbine engine to start up. Also it is a double layer writer. For who doesn't know, the advantage of it is in the possibility of "writing" onto Double Layer DVDs which can contain up to 8.5GB, just like most of the film DVDs you find in shops.
Using the appropriate programs and the appropriate computer (as I do) this DVD-writer never ruined any disc while writing it which is something that has to be said in its favour. Another thing is that when CD/DVDs are stuck in (sometimes it happens with faulty discs) pressing the eject button does actually stop the reading of the disc and by pressing again the eject button disc is expelled. In some drives this doesn't happen so it could be considered another point in favour of this drive.

Unfortunately in my opinion, a long disc access time, or however you want to call it, is too off-putting for being able to consider this a good&worth-buying product. I find frustrating having to wait around 10 seconds to be able to access a disc. With film DVDs is even worse because when you pause it for too long, the drive stops reading the disc of course and when you press "play" you have to wait again 5-10 secs. I can't remember exactly how long but way too long.
There is also to consider the rumor surrounding the LG brand about the fatal incompatibility with Linux operative systems which causes permanent damage to the drive. I can't tell you if that's true or not as I use XP but I've heard this story quite often so if you have a Linux system you might want to investigate a bit deeper.

Luckly for me, most of my computer activities these days go only through usb/flash drives so that I don't use the CD/DVD reader too often and neither I write too many of them. I personally have experienced plenty of brands and this LG has to go in the bad list, althoug nothing as bad as Philips (n°1 worst brand).


A FEW TECHNICAL INFO

Internal Speed Reading DVD-ROM : 16X / CD-ROM : 48X
Writing DVD+R : 18X / DVD-R : 18X / DoubleLayer DVD+R : 10X / CD-R : 48X / DoubleLayer DVD-R : 6X / Re-writing DVD+RW : 8X / DVD-RW : 6X / CD-RW : 32X / DVD-RAM : 12X

Buffer Size 2 MB

Compatible with XP and Vista.

CONCLUSIONS

Just to be precise, it does specify a 200ms DVD access time but believe me it's not only 0.2 seconds, not even 2 seconds actually. In conclusion, I don't really feel right to rate it anything lower than 3 stars because afterall it can do its job well, it's just that is too noisy and takes too much time to access a disc. That is a big flaw of an otherwise perfect and fast operating optical disk drive.

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Comments on this review

  • retireduser published 18/02/2009
    Well informative review. Probably wouldn't get this anyway, but definitely won't now.
  • suehome published 16/02/2009
    ...........and I thought it was only mere women who bought things to match the colour of the tower!!.........Sue
  • kevin121 published 13/02/2009
    Very well review- thanks!
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Product Information : LG GSA H54N Super-Multi

Manufacturer's product description

LG Electronics is one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers, producing a large range of consumer electronics and IT products. LG has created reputation for progressive technology and innovation with the latest technological developments in consumer electronics, home appliances and IT products. PRODUCT FEATURES: 18x Internal Super Multi DVD Rewriter; Buffer size: 2MB; Dual layer compatible; Compatible with all DVD formats.

Product Details

Product Description: LG GSA H54N Super-Multi - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - IDE

Device Type: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - internal, DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive

Colour: Black, Beige

Interface: IDE

Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.8 cm x 17 cm x 4.2 cm, 14.6 cm x 16.5 cm x 4.2 cm, 14.6 cm x 16.5 cm x 4.1 cm

Weight: 0.8 kg

Optical Storage: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - 5.25" x 1/2H

Read Speed: 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)

Write Speed: 48x (CD) / 18x (DVD±R) / 10x (DVD±R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 12x (DVD-RAM)

Buffer Underrun Protection: Super Link, Yes

Media Load Type: Tray

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Enclosure Type: Internal

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, Microsoft Windows Vista

General

MPN: GSAH54NBAL, GSA-H54N, GSA-H54NBA, GSA-H54NBRL

Device Type: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - internal, DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive

Colour: Black, Beige

Interface: IDE

Width: 14.8 cm, 14.6 cm

Depth: 17 cm, 16.5 cm

Height: 4.2 cm, 4.1 cm

Weight: 0.8 kg

Enclosure Type: Internal

Optical Storage

Type: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - 5.25" x 1/2H

Read Speed: 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)

Write Speed: 48x (CD) / 18x (DVD±R) / 10x (DVD±R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 12x (DVD-RAM)

Supported Recording Modes: Disc-at-once, track-at-once, packet writing, session-at-once, restricted overwrite, random access write, incremental recording, sequential write

Supported Media Formats: CD Text, CD Extra, CD-DA (audio), CD-I, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Video CD, CD-ROM, DVD-Video

Supported Media Types: CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL

Media Load Type: Tray

Buffer Size: 2 MB

Buffer Underrun Protection: Super Link, Yes

Features: Emergency disc eject hole

Compliant Standards: Video CD

Access Time: 200 ms (DVD-RAM), 120 ms (CD), 140 ms (DVD), 175 ms (DVD DL)

Expansion / Connectivity

Interfaces: 1 x IDE/ATAPI - 40 PIN IDC ¦ 1 x audio out - 2 PIN Digital Audio ¦ 1 x audio out - 4 PIN MPC

Compatible Bays: 1 x front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H

Miscellaneous

MTBF: 100,000 hour(s)

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Compliant Standards: CSA, UL, TUV, SEMKO

Package Type: Bulk, Retail

Software / System Requirements

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows Vista

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 45 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 15 - 85%

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