The white casing and enormous size of LG’s external Blu-ray writer means it dwarves even Buffalo’s offerings. This 1.6kg burner is not at all portable and requires its own power supply. It is somewhat quieter than its Buffalo rivals, however.
The drive can be mounted on its side if needed. Its metallic eject button responds to the lightest touch, at which point the chunky bezel springs forth, spitting out the disc.
Its maximum single-layer write performance is 12-speed. The LG has both a USB 2.0 and eSATA connector at the rear (an eSATA bracket is bundled for desktop PCs).
As with both Buffalo drives, Nero allowed us to choose faster speeds than the media was rated. Write times were longer than we would expect at those speeds, however, suggesting the performance boost wasn’t possible across the entire burn. Using four-speed TDK media we recorded 21GB of data in a very fast 15 mins 48 secs; the same test took longer to complete using six-speed Verbatim media, at 18 mins 54 secs. Both discs played fine on our standalone player.
Verdict: Given its good pricing, quiet operation, interesting design and strong performance, we’re enamoured with this LG. On the down side, it’s big, heavy and lacks USB 3.0 support – although an eSATA port and bracket are usefully supplied.