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LiteOn iHBS112 Blu-Ray Recorder

LiteOn iHBS112 Blu-Ray Recorder

The LiteOn iHBS112 Blu-Ray Recorder operates at an impressive 12x speed when recording to either single layer 25GB or dual layer 50GB Blu-Ray discs.  The larger discs allow for 9 hour of high definition video or can be utilised for backing up your important photos, documents and music files.

The bundled Cyberlink software provides the ability to play back 1080p high definition blu-ray films.

The LiteOn iHBS112 Package Includes:

  • SATA Interface
  • Includes Cyberlink PowerDVD

LiteOn iHBS112 Write and Re-Write Speeds:

  • BD-R SL: 12x
  • BD-R DL: 8x
  • BD-RE: 2x
  • DVD-R: 16x
  • DVD-R DL: 8x
  • DVD-RW: 6x
  • DVD-RAM: 12x
  • DVD+R: 16x
  • DVD+R DL: 8x
  • DVD+RW: 8x
  • CD-R: 48x
  • CD-RW: 24x

LiteOn iHBS112 Read Speeds:

  • BD-ROM: 8x
  • BD-R: 8x
  • BD-RE: 8x
  • BD-RE DL: 6x
  • DVD: 16x
  • CD: 48x




Latest Prices for the LG BE08




Just as DVDs revolutionized optical data storage ten years ago, Blu-ray technology is doing it again. The first generation of Blu-ray recorder has quickly come to perfection in the LG BE08 LightScribe Blu-ray ReWriter. This external Blu-ray writer and player connects via either eSATA or USB 2.0 and is backward compatible to work with regular DVDs and CDs.

Using the eSATA connection, data can be transferred to and from discs at speeds up to 1.5 Gbps. In addition, the LightScribe feature burns customized labels directly onto the top surface of specially prepared LightScribe discs.

The LG BE08 operates on any version of Windows XP, Vista, or 7 and writes CDs at 48x speeds and DVDs at 16 x speeds using buffer underrun protection to ensure a smooth transfer. All hands-on tests have proved the LG BE08 to be a flawless Blu-ray recorder. Using the USB connection will prove to be a slower option with the high data capacity of the Blu-ray discs so the eSATA connection is highly recommended. Included in the box is an external eSATA bracket and cable that fits a standard desktop PC case so that if your motherboard has an open SATA socket, an external SATA outlet is instantly created with installation.

Latest Prices for the Pioneer BDR-205



The Pioneer BDR-205 Blu-ray writer is a unit that is capable of writing and recording Blu-ray Discs of up to 12x on BD-R and BD-R DL media. With this product authoring high-definition Blu-ray Disc content and data storage benefits are available with the Pioneer Blu-ray recorder.

The Pioneer Blu-ray writer allows users to write and store to the equivalent on 10 single layer DVDs to one BD-R DL disc. The Blu-ray recorder can read BD-ROM and BD-ROM DL, write and read to single and dual layer BD-R and BD-RE discs, read DVD-ROM, and read and write to most DVD and CD recordable media types.

The BDR-205 is the first 12x drive, which is an upgrade from previous 8x drive speeds. For users wanting to remain on the cutting edge of technology, the new market of Blu-ray writers and recorders has been established. The impressive 12x drive speed is perfect for users who can make use of the devices powerful features.

The Pioneer Blu-ray recorder is a great choice for users who use a great deal of storage. With the equivalent of 10 single layer DVDs on one BD-R DL disc, it is a powerful choice for those needed to store massive amounts of data and media in physical form.

The Pioneer is also a great choice for those in multimedia. While options exist for data storage, there is no substitute for having the ability to store high levels of multimedia on one single disc.

The Pioneer Blu-ray writer requires that the user has a HD Blu-ray video card installed in the computer. Without this card the product may not work properly.

Latest Prices for the Pioneer BDR-S03XLB



It would seem that the Blu-Ray format has been moving quite swiftly down the road to ubiquity. The players themselves have grown quite common lately as prices have come down from the shamefully high levels inherent to any new technology. The real milestone of note, however, is the increasing availability of Blu-Ray writers for the average computer owner. Since the downfall of the competing HD-DVD format, tech companies have been abandoning their seats on the fence and landing squarely in the victor’s camp.

Pioneer has offered up its easily affordable BDR-S03XLB internal Blu-Ray recorder. With a price tag well under 200 pounds, it makes for a simple upgrade to your computer. While it understandably requires a bit more power than a plain CD-R drive, its system requirements of 1.8 GHz processor power and 1 GB of RAM mean that you won’t need a supercharged powerhouse of a PC to use the BDR-S03XLB. Its SATA interface provides speedy transfer rates and an easy installation of the hardware.

The BDR-S03XLB runs on Windows XP as well as Vista, so you’re unlikely to run into compatibility problems there. It also comes bundled with Cyberlink writing software with which to get started. As far as I can see, the sole drawback of a Blu-Ray writer is not an inherent fault but a personal lack of the frequent need to burn a whopping 25 or 50 GB disc. This might seem to limit Blu-Ray recorders to a niche market, but with its admirable specs Pioneer’s BDR-S03XLB is also fully capable of replacing whatever optical drive you might already be using. It writes standard and Dual-layer DVDs at 16x and 8x respectively, as well as boasting a 32x CD-R write speed.

LG GGW-H20L Blu-Ray Writer

This competitively priced LG GGW-H20L can read both Hi-Def formats, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD whilst also providing the ability to write Blu-Ray discs.

If you put your eggs into the HD-DVD basket during the format wars then LG provides the perfect solution at a price point that makes it a very attractive offering.

At sub £150 the LG GGW-H20L delivers a perfect balance between performance and functionality, think of it as the Ford Mondeo of Blu-Ray writers!

The GGW-H20L is the update from the quad speed GGW-H10N and raises the speed of the Blu-Ray disc writing to 6 speed.

LG GGW-H20L Blu-Ray Rewriter Specification and Package Contents

  • BD-R: 4x
  • BD-RE: 2x
  • BD-R Read: 6x
  • BD-RE Read: 2x
  • HD DVD Read: 3x
  • DVD+R: 16x, DVD-R: 16x
  • DVD+R DL: 4x, DVD-R DL: 4x
  • DVD+RW: 8x, DVD-RW: 6x
  • DVD-RAM: 5x
  • DVD-ROM Read: 16x
  • CD-R Write: 40x
  • CD-RW Write 24x
  • CD Read: 40x
  • Buffer Size: 2MB
  • SATA Interface
  • Lightscribe Labelling Function
  • Includes: PowerDVD BD & HD-DVD, Verbatim BD-RE Blank, SATA Cable, Power Adapter, Screws & Instructions

Latest Price Comparison for the LG GGW-H20L Blu-Ray Rewriter



Pioneer BDR-203BK

This has now been replaced by the Pioneer BDR-205BK – Click Here To See Our Pioneer BDR-205BK Page

This latest offering from Pioneer replaces the solid and reliable BDR-202BK but adds a few new tricks under the hood.

Although on the outside the unit looks remarkably average the tweaks internally have improved the read and write speeds of all of the supported formats. Most notbably of these is the ablility now to write to BD-R discs at 8x speed to either single layer, 25GB or dual layer 50GB BD-R media discs. Although the BDR-203BK can still only achieve a 2x write spead to the BD-RE media these updated units are now able to support writing to dual layer re-writable discs. For users accessing lots of Blu-Ray stored data the speed of reads has significantly been enhanced. Single layer discs are now able to be read at 8x speed, up from 5x and dual layer is now topping out 6x, up from 2x.

Despite these excellent speeds it’s going to take a few months before Blu-Ray discs that support these speeds are readily available.

THe Pioneer BDR-203BK’s premium price shows what a cutting edge Blu-Ray device this is but thankfully Pioneer has packaged the drive with the Blu-Ray Disc Suite 6 from Cyberlink. This software handles the play back of DVD and Blu-Ray movies care of PowerDVD and also includes a basic video and photo editing software as well as disc writing.

Pioneer BDR-203BK Specifications and Package Contents

  • BD-R: 8x
  • BD-R DL: 8x
  • BD-RW: 2x
  • BD-RW DL: 2x
  • DVD-R: 16x
  • DVD-R DL: 8x
  • DVD+RW: 16
  • DVD+R DL: 8x
  • DVD+RW: 8x
  • DVD-RAM: 5x
  • CD-R: 32x
  • CD-RW: 24x
  • CyberLink’s Blu-ray Disc Suite 6 included

LG BE06 External Blu-Ray Writer

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Hook the LG BE06 to your PC or MAC by simply by connecting it up to a standard USB 2.0 port.

Nobody could argue that this offering from LG is an ugly duckling.  The sleek and stylish unit operates either vertically or horizontally and comes in an ultra shiney white gloss enclosure featuring a rather nifty touch sensitive eject button.

The fact that this is an external model means that even the novice consumer can purchase and install this drive in a matter of minutes.  The majority of blu-ray writers on the market today are for internal installation into a PC so a working understanding of the inside of a PC was required.

Along with the USB connection the LG BEo6 also requires the connection of it’s power supply so this isn’t the holy grail for the portable worker but at least you can take this drive away with your laptop and enjoy high definition blu-ray movies.

If you where an adopter of the now defunct HD DVD format then you’ll be pleased to hear that the drive is at least able to read your HD DVD’s so that you aren’t forced to sell them for a miniscule amount whilst you then search out the blu-ray version.

As one would expect the BE06 can handle the play back and writing to DVD and CD’s even if it’s not at todays cutting edge speeds.

LightSribe is include to allow for the printing of images and texts onto supported DVDs but the fact that it takes over 20 minutes to print these images may make this feature less appealing.

The LG BE06 features a very respectable 6 speed writing capability but with 4 speed BD-R still being fairly rare it will take a few months before media is available to make the most of these write speeds in either 25GB single layer or 50GB dual layer formats.

LG BE06 Specifications and Package Contents:

  • BD-R: 6x
  • BD-RE: 4x
  • BD-R Read: 6x
  • BD-RE Read: 2x
  • HD DVD Read: 3x
  • DVD+R: 16x, DVD-R: 16x
  • DVD+R DL: 4x, DVD-R DL: 4x
  • DVD+RW: 8x, DVD-RW: 6x
  • DVD-RAM: 5x
  • DVD-ROM Read: 16x
  • CD-R Write: 40x
  • CD-RW Write 24x
  • CD Read: 40x
  • Buffer Size: 2MB
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • Lightscribe Labelling Function
  • Includes: PowerDVD, Power2Go, Instant Burn, PowerBackup and PowerProducer
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