10 DVD Burners: 16x and Dual-Layer - or Nothing!

LG GSA-4160B

The GSA-4160B is the successor to the GSA-4120B. It has the same specifications, but with 16x DVD+R writing instead of 12x. Developed by the HL (Hitachi-LG) Data Storage joint venture, it's the only model in this review that can also write and read DVD-RAM, enabling it alone to claim true compatibility with all existing DVD formats for both reading and writing. DVD-RAM is fairly widely used in Japan, especially for digital video recorders.

Main characteristics:

  • Reading
    • CD: 40x
    • DVD: 16x
    • DVD-RAM: 5x
  • Writing
    • CD-R: 40x
    • CD-RW: 24x
    • DVD-RAM: 5x
    • DVD-R: 8x
    • DVD+R: 16x
    • DVD-RW: 4x
    • DVD+RW: 4x
    • DVD+R DL: 2.4x
  • Buffer: 2 MB
  • Firmware: A302

The burner's compatibilities and specifications according to DVD Info and Nero Info Tools:

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  • sasquatch451
    Please report noise levels in optical drive reviews. This is a big factor in which drive to buy for some people. My current DVD burner sounds like a jet engine for 5 minutes after putting a disc in.
  • Ubrales
    Very informative article. Now I have a better understanding of Dual Layer DVDs