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Optical Drive: LG UH08LS10K BD-ROM/DVD Burner

Tom's Hardware's 2009 Gift Guide: Part 1, For System Builders
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By: William Van Winkle

We’re in this weird zone, trapped between the VHS/DVD era and the future, which increasingly seems headed toward disc-less, high-bandwidth downloads. No doubt, there would be less ambiguity if the movie studios had quit their squabbling and settled the HD DVD/Blu-ray war way before it ever got started, allowing us all to get a two-year jump on our high-def libraries. As it is, many of us have small Blu-ray collections, and there remains this lingering doubt: should I wait? Should I believe Bill Gates and others who say that the disc is dead?

Burn, baby, burn!Burn, baby, burn!

I don’t think so. There are several indications that what downloads give us in convenience they may take away in quality and freedom of ownership. If you’re a movie buff, the time to stock up on Blu-ray movies is now, while you still can. Now, if you want to rip those movies and make them more portable, I’m sure not the one who’s going to stop you. But you will need a BD-ROM drive to do it, obviously.

This raises an interesting question: these days, do we need a Blu-ray burner or just a reader? It seems almost heretical not to say burner. Cutting off that option is nearly taking a step backward in the technological evolutionary stream. Only it’s not, because the disc is (mostly) dead, right? Why burn your archives to 25GB media when you can back up unlimited terabytes to cloud storage for $4.95/month? And it sure can’t be convenience when 32GB thumb drives now cost less than $70. No, skipping the Blu-ray burning may not be a step backward so much as a push into the future.

In short, you need to read Blu-ray but not burn it, which is why LG’s UH08LS10K makes total sense. The internal SATA drive offers 8X BD-ROM functionality, which is plenty fast, along with 16X DVD-ROM and 40X CD-ROM. The drive is also a 16X DVD burner, which still comes in handy for burning quick video projects and sharing multimedia offline. To this end, LG even supported LightScribe for burning cover art into the surface of compatible media.

Be aware that this is a bare drive with no bundled video software, although Windows 7 64-bit accepts the drive with no trouble. If you want to play Blu-ray movies, you’ll need to buy a separate application. Personally, I recommend CyberLink’s PowerDVD, which, come to think of it, would make another good stocking stuffer.

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    gtvr , November 25, 2009 9:52 AM
    FoShizzle gets the Freudian slip of the day award
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    Bluescreendeath , November 25, 2009 5:40 AM
    She would make a far better Christmas present than hardware components... ;) 
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    FoShizzleDizzle , November 25, 2009 8:43 AM
    Bet shes likes a good overcocking.
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    the_silent_one , November 25, 2009 5:30 AM
    Anytime you mention eyefinity, be sure to mention that ONE MONITOR MUST EITHER BE ON DISPLAYPORT OR ON AN ACTIVE DISPLAYPORT ADAPTER (not just any displayport adapter, but one that uses supplemental power). If people don't know this. They are in for a rude surprise. Also, if using a displayport to hdmi or dvi active adapter for eyefinity, make it the middle monitor.
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    Bluescreendeath , November 25, 2009 5:40 AM
    She would make a far better Christmas present than hardware components... ;) 
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    dhowie , November 25, 2009 5:52 AM
    I think she should be on the gift guide, I can certainly bet most of us would rather have her then anything on here :) 
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    1898 , November 25, 2009 6:09 AM
    Does she come with the retail version of the i7?
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    nanotiberium , November 25, 2009 7:08 AM
    I would like she to bring me the gift! :) 
  • 21 Hide
    FoShizzleDizzle , November 25, 2009 8:43 AM
    Bet shes likes a good overcocking.
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    FoShizzleDizzle , November 25, 2009 8:43 AM
    overclocking*
  • 23 Hide
    gtvr , November 25, 2009 9:52 AM
    FoShizzle gets the Freudian slip of the day award
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    kencolestud69 , November 25, 2009 10:09 AM
    Sarah, you make christmas better for us(tech geeks) each year.
    :p 
  • 15 Hide
    JeanLuc , November 25, 2009 11:36 AM
    1898Obviously I meant to say i5 but seriously, why isn't there an edit button?


    All your posts you make on the feedback page here can been found in the forum. If you want to edit your post here simply go the review comments (found here) forum, find this article and find you post and click on the quick edit button just and make the changes.

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    twanto , November 25, 2009 12:08 PM
    I don't understand why you recommend a 1.65v RAM kit at 1600 when you can have 1600 speeds at 1.5v with other kits, for a lower price. G.skill ripjaws, for example.
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    zelannii , November 25, 2009 12:20 PM
    The power supply, really, 850w for $179 and it;s only an 80+, not 85+?

    Sure, it's got 6 8pin connectors... but it onl;y has 850w... an 8pin + 6pig GPU, like the 5890 Toms just recently reviewed, can handle 280w. That means 3 of those alone exceeds this PS performance, not even including any other components...

    1: not modular. 2: too many connectors. 3: not 85% + rated. 4: about $40 too high of a price for what it DOES have.
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    blacksins , November 25, 2009 12:22 PM
    well, i saw all the pages only because of her!! i actually use toms hardware from long time ago and never registed, i did now only to comment hehe :p 
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    JeanLuc , November 25, 2009 12:26 PM
    Why do I get thumbs down vote when all I do is try and help the guy? Some of you are a bit trigger happy.
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    bill gates is your daddy , November 25, 2009 12:31 PM
    Is it wrong for me to want to spank her with my keyboard?
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    zak_mckraken , November 25, 2009 12:40 PM
    JeanLucAll your posts you make on the feedback page here can been found in the forum. If you want to edit your post here simply go the review comments (found here) forum, find this article and find you post and click on the quick edit button just and make the changes.

    Wow, thanks! Didn't know we could do that. Finally!
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    blacksins , November 25, 2009 1:11 PM
    DigitalkrymeWould of been better without the woman in the pics, cant get a good view of the hardware. Besides that my wife is better looking

    WOW! really?!!
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    Anonymous , November 25, 2009 1:51 PM
    JeanLucAll your posts you make on the feedback page here can been found in the forum. If you want to edit your post here simply go the review comments (found here) forum, find this article and find you post and click on the quick edit button just and make the changes.


    Well golly gosh! That's so convenient. In the next iteration, see if you can add more steps.
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