Double-Layer DVD: Lite-On, LG and BenQ

Single Layer DVD Writing Test

With a maximum speed of 16x, the BenQ burning was by far the fastest in the DVD+R burning test. It only took 6 1/2 minutes to burn a 4.39 GB DVD. These speeds are more than adequate when you realize that a DVD has the storage capacity of 8 CDs and in the best of cases it takes three minutes to burn a CD. At an equivalent capacity, it would take 24 minutes to store as much data on a CD. At a speed of 8x, the LG won, but closely followed by BenQ. As for the DVD-Rs, once again the LG was the winner, but this time it had no competition from the DW-1600A - the latter won't support the DVD-R format until August with a simple firmware upgrade. Unfortunately, we were unable to test the speed of the 12x with the LG GSA-4120B because the media won't be available before August. None of the 8x media tested (Imation, HP, Traxdata, and Verbatim) could be recorded at 12x.

Comparison of DVD-R burning speeds

Comparison of DVD+R burning speeds
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