Blu-ray is a market where every single device built to use it costs an absolute bomb, so the more players to bring the price down the better. Welcome aboard LG.
2006’s most progressive company (in my humble opinion) is brining its ‘GBW H10N’ Blu-ray optical storage drive to the UK. December is the anticipated month of arrival and £499 is the (still) rather costly RRP.
The GBW H10N boasts the fastest currently available Blu-ray write speed of 4X, as well as writing to existing DVD formats at speeds of up to 12x. The full line up is as follows:
Write speed: BD-R 4x, BD-RE 2x, DVD-R 12x (SL/DL), CD-R (DL 6x), DVD-RW 6x, DVD-RAM 3-5x, DVD+R 12x, DVD+R DL 12x, DVD+RW 8x, CD-R 8x, CD-RW 10x DVD-R.
Read Speed: BD-R 4x, BD-RE 2x, DVD-R 10x, CVD-R DL 6x, DVD-RW 10x, DVD-RAM 3x-5x, DVD+R 10x, DVD+R DL 10x, DVD+RW 10x, CD-R 40x, CD-RW 40x.
Sadly, as you may have spotted from these figures (and the reason I gave you the full breakdown) LG has no quoted speeds for dual layer Blu-ray media because it cannot burn to this format. Little can.
Still, with its breakout 4x BD-R the GBW H10N will no doubt appeal to early adopters and those of you who take home a bigger paycheque than me. The rest of us will need to wait until the middle of next year when prices take their inevitable slide.