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Nathan Edwards Aug 20, 2008

LG BE06 External Blu-Ray Burner

At A Glance

Mike Bolton

Good BD-R and DVD-R write times.

Michael Bolton

Huge; pathetic BD-RE writes; not worth the price.

We expected LG’s new 6x external Blu-ray burner to perform similarly to the company’s GBW-H20L internal offering, what with the two having identical read/write speed ratings, but we were wrong. The external drive is a bigger, more expensive letdown.


Like the GBW-H20L, the BE06 external model boasts an industry-leading 6x BD-R write rating. And here the latter performed accordingly, writing 22GB of data to a single-layer BD-R disc in a brisk 22:43 (min:sec). In BD-RE writes, however, the BE06 faltered—badly. Boasting the same 2x rating for rewriteable media as the GBW-H20L, the BE06 took more than twice as long as that drive to write 22GB of data to a BD-RE disc—a full hour and 28 minutes! That’s actually slower than just about any Blu-ray burner we’ve tested in recent memory. Not good.

The BE06 redeemed itself with DVD-R writes. The drive is rated at 16x and was able to write 4.38GB to a single-layer disc in 5:42—a second faster than the LG GBW-H20L. The drives were as closely matched on DVD-R reads.

While there’s something to be said for the convenience of an external drive with a USB 2.0 interface, this is offset by the BE06’s gargantuan size. The enclosure is nearly 3 inches longer and an inch wider than its internal brethren—and $100 more expensive. Blu-ray is a tough enough sell as it is without tacking on this drive’s compromises. We’re unimpressed.
Benchmarks

LG BE06LU10
LG GBW-H20L
DVD Write Speed Average
12.06x
12.07x
DVD Read Speed Average
9.10x
9.10x
Access Time (Random/Full) 102ms/181ms 100ms/175ms
CPU Utilization (8x) 42%
24%
Time to Burn 22.5GB to BD-R (min:sec)
22:43
22:16  
Time to Burn 22.5GB to BD-RE (min:sec)
88:26
39:35
Best scores are bolded. All tests were conducted using the bundled software and Verbatim media. Our test bed is a Windows XP SP2 machine using a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700, 2GB of Corsair DDR2/800 RAM on an EVGA 680 SLI motherboard, one EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS card, a Western Digital 500GB Caviar hard drive, and a PC Power and Cooling Turbo Cool PSU.
THE VERDICT

LG BE06 External Blu-Ray Burner

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