There's currently no shortage of competition in the 18-speed DVD writer market. This newcomer from LG is clearly ready for the challenge of a congested market.

LG has traditionally combined the strongest value for money with devastating DVD+R performance. That this is now only half-true is down to the incredibly competitive prices in the market.

The GSA-H22N offers sizzling pace. Besides the 18-speed DVD-R/+R playback, there are eight-speed double-layer facilities and 12-speed DVD-RAM. Many manufacturers have tried to sweep DVD-RAM under the carpet but, thankfully, it's still with us. The format's user-friendly simplicity almost makes up for its lack of raw performance.

The LG's DVD+R capabilities are second to none. However, it doesn't come with software, cables or screws, it's one of the more expensive drives available – by just a couple of quid, admittedly – and it can't match the superlative consistency of the Sony AW-G170A.

LG GSA-H22N: Specs

  • 16x/18x/18x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM) 48x/48x/32x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
  • EIDE interface
  • max DVD storage capacity 8.5GB
  • drive buffer 2MB
  • average access time (DVD) 140ms
  • 1-year warranty
  • 16x/18x/18x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM) 48x/48x/32x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
  • EIDE interface
  • max DVD storage capacity 8.5GB
  • drive buffer 2MB
  • average access time (DVD) 140ms
  • 1-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

There's little to choose between the top DVD drives at the moment. The incredibly consistent Sony AW-G170A just gets our vote over the LG GSA-H22N, but this remains an excellent drive that's unlikely to disappoint.

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