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LG BE12LU38.AUAE10B review

£126 inc VAT

Manufacturer: LG Electronics

Our Rating: We rate this 5 out of 5

Using four-speed TDK media we recorded 21GB of data in a very fast 15 mins 48 sec.

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.

LG BE12LU38.AUAE10B Expert Verdict »


Drive type: external
Connector: USB 2.0/eSATA
BD-ROM (read): 10x
25GB BD-R SL (write): 12x
BD-RE (write): 2x
50GB BD-R DL (write): 12x
Lightscribe: yes
DVD-R (read): 16x
DVD-R (write): 16x DVD-R DL (write): 8x
DVD-RAM (write): 12x
CD-R (write): 48x
CD-RW (write): 24x
CD-R (read): 48x
Burn time (4x media): 15 mins 48 secs
Burn time (6x media): 18 mins 54 secs
Warranty: 1 year
OS compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7
Dimensions: 163x260x50mm
Weight: 1.38kg
Powered by: external power brick
  • Build Quality: We give this item 10 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 10 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 10 of 10 overall

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.

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