GSA-4163B Review @Hardwarezone.com
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Review article address: http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?id=1341&cid=29&pg=1
HWZ posted GSA-4163B on Dec. 14, 2004, yesterday. I guess we have a lot of comments on the review as well.
Optical Storage > LG GSA-4163B 16x All-Format DVD Writer >
LG GSA-4163B 16x All-Format DVD Writer
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 14th December, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars
The optical storage scene has been pretty stagnant ever since the huge introduction of the 16x write speed for both DVD-R and DVD+R formats almost half a year ago. Although the write speed was revolutionary and has kept us busy for a rather lengthy period of time (when it comes to testing the various optical drives and media), breakthroughs have mostly been limited to nothing more than announcements of the next major leap in optical storage. In fact, the two new write speeds we are looking at today were only approved sometime back in September this year and were mere announcements back then as well.
Occupying the headlines for the past few months were waves after waves of news, politically and propagandistically toned if you will, that pertains to the next generation of DVD optical storage formats based on blue laser technology. The two frontrunners here are the HD-DVD and the Blu-ray standard, capable of 20GB (for recordable discs) and 54GB respectively. Recent news of support by four major Hollywood studios (New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios) has tipped the scale a little towards the HD-DVD camp. But the fight for standard supremacy is still far from over as Blu-ray has just bagged its own group of supporters from the likes of Walt Disney Company and Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
As a DVD writer, LG's latest product, the GSA-4163B did its job splendidly well. It was able to detect every single piece of media thrown at it. Though conservative write speeds were assigned to a few pieces of DVD media, the drive by design engages the safest writing strategy. On one hand, the drive may appear to be a little fussy with media, but if we were to look at it from a basic media compatibility standpoint, the GSA-4163B was a drive that did not reject a single piece of DVD media. Of course, if you want to avoid these scenarios altogether, our compatibility tests in the previous page should prove to be a useful media guide for you.
Another issue we had with the drive was its high CPU usages under Nero CD Speed. These were similar to what we experienced with the GSA-4120B, LG's 12x All-Format DVD writer. This does raise the question as to why LG did not improve this and rectify it for the GSA-4163B. If other DVD writers tested by us were able to return low CPU usages for reading CDs, we honestly don't see why the improvement could not be implemented in the new LG drive.
Thankfully, the LG drive does have a set of virtues worth mentioning. We were happy with the fast read speeds, low CPU usages and fast seek times presented by Nero DVD Speed. DVD decrypting, though a little slow when compared to the likes of BenQ and Pioneer, was carried out with no errors while audio CD extraction was also error free.
With the LG GSA-4163B, you'll enjoy the latest and fastest DVD rewritable speeds, in addition to great compatibility with all the major DVD formats available right now. It's basically a future proof product that is very worthy of your investment and with a competitive price tag of just S$149, the GSA-4163B has just the right set of qualities in both features and price for anyone who is looking for an all-rounder DVD writer.
HWZ Forum thread address: http://forums.hardwarezone.com/showthread.php?t=893332
DO NOT judge the drive just by one review because no reviewer in the world can do complete tests. You can easily see not even CDFreaks.com or CDRLabs.com or Hardwarezone.com can afford testing thousands of types of media on each review (and what about the thousands of different firmware revisions for hundreds of types of DVD writers?) Sen, eleewhm, I, Mac Clipper have posted some test results here and you can also find links to Hardwarezone.com forum in the appropriate threads (not difficult to find because there are not over 10 such threads.)
Good work, Hardwarezone.com!
One of the first things to note is that there was no DVD-R 16x test though DVD-R 16x is where the drive excels most. MCC004 result seemed to me a bit strange on the review as well, too high PIE's and too high PIF's. Also no DVD+R DL test at any speed. Those are far more important than CD Audio extraction tests in my opinion in tests of DVD writers, especially 16x speed ones. Not that I have any 16x DVD-R media myself. :sad: