Optical drives aren't the most exciting of devices and with on-demand music and video downloads becoming ever more popular it could be argued they're going to become increasingly irrelevant too (certainly in Apple's Eyes). Still, if you are going to get one why not go for the fastest...
LG's 'GGW-H20L' was unveiled towards the end of last year but has taken an age to make it over to the UK and only now has the company given it the go-ahead.
With the ability to write Blu-ray discs at a previously unprecedented 6x (even if others have since hopped on the bandwagon) as well as read HD DVDs and write to CDs and DVDs, the GGW-H20L arguably has all bases covered.
"With the increased volume of data available today, the need for alternative storage options is rising rapidly," said LG's marketing manager Fiona Landsberg. "Not only are we choosing to store more data, such as digital images, music files and video, but we also continue to be bound by record keeping regulations, all of which take up precious space. LG's revolutionary new 6x optical storage drive, the GGW-H20L, allows users to not only store massive volumes of data compactly, but it also does it in lightening speed. Our new 6x technology is set to transform the way we interact with data."
As you may have noted from my intro, I'm not entirely convinced of Fiona's viewpoint (portable / external hard drives seem a far cheaper and more sensible option unless we're talking many terabytes of data) but that doesn't detract from what the GGW-H20L brings to the table. Furthermore, with Blu-ray increasingly looking like the HD format war winner it has its read / write capabilities the best way round while meaning those HD DVD movies you mistakenly bought don't need to be consigned to the bin / eBay.
The GGW-H20L is available now and you'll find it discounted online for as low as £175, about the same as a 1TB HDD. You pays your money and takes your choice...