Let's compare three 8x BD burners: Pioneer BDR-203, LG BH08NS20, Panasonic SW-5584. All data from various sources (CDFreaks and YSS websites).
Writing 25GB BD-R at 8x
- Pioneer BDR-203: 14:53 mins using Z-CLV (3 zones: 0 - 2.5GB = 4x, 2.5 - 10GB = 6x, 10GB - 23GB = 8x)
- LG BH08NS20: 13:14 mins using P-CAV (start at 4x, reaches 8x at 11GB)
- Panasonic SW-5584: 13:45 mins using P-CAV (start at 4x, reaches 8x at 12.5GB)
Writing 50GB BD-R DL at 8x
- Pioneer BDR-203: 30:57 mins using Z-CLV method
- LG BH08NS20: 31:49 mins using CAV method
- Panasonic SW-5584: 27:22 mins using P-CAV method
TRT (reading) 50GB BD-R DL
- Pioneer BDR-203: 40:08 mins, 6x CAV
- LG BH08NS20: 34:13 mins, 6x P-CAV
- Panasonic SW-5584: 28 mins, 8x P-CAV
TRT (reading) 50GB BD-ROM
- Pioneer BDR-203: 6x CAV
- LG BH08NS20: 5x CAV
- Panasonic SW-5584: 8x P-CAV, 27:16 mins
2) Does it auto-convert book-type, that is, from say DVD+R to DVD-ROM
Not sure about this. Previous model (BDR-202) doesn't support bitsetting for DVD+R/RW.
3) Any review of this unit?
Not yet at cdfreaks, might be soon.
4) How's the quality?
Burn quality? or built quality? I'd say in general all drives are okay.
5) Anything better than this guy?
6) Does it really burn at 8X thru the entire 50 GB space, or does it only burn at 8X after the first 13 GB, like the new brain dead sony 303
Btw the Sony BWU-300S is Panasonic SW-5584 OEM.