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LG BP40NS20 Portable Blu-Ray burner review

Author

Vroom
Administrator and Reviewer
Article posted 13 Jul 12 13:00

Conclusion

Positive:

  • USB Powered
  • Excellent write quality with DVD±R media.
  • Excellent CD-R writing quality.
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Excellent reading reliability.
  • Supports 3D, BDXL and MDISC.
  • Very good software bundle.

Negative:

  • Needs improvement for writing rewritable media.
  • Slow audio extraction speeds

Conclusion:


Let us summarise the most important positive and negative points below:

The main positive points:

The LG BP40NS20 is a very impressive drive, it comes with a good software package, but most importantly it comes loaded with the latest technology. The drive can burn BDXL discs at 4x, it supports burning of MDISCS, and if you have the right hardware you can also enjoy 3D movies.

Portability is one more thing that makes this drive a great choice, light weight, and it only requires two USB ports to power the drive. The Drive is also very stylish.

Burning quality is generally excellent on CD-R/DVD-R/+R and BD-R, also the LG BP40NS20 is a very good reader.


The main negative points:

The only negatives for the drive are the slow read speed when it comes to audio extraction, also improvements with rewritable media would be more than welcome in a future firmware update.


To sum up, this is what we would say:

“The LG BP40NS20 has shown excellent performance. The drive supports reading and writing of all formats, including MDISC and BDXL.”

Because of the many features that the LG BP40NS20 has, and the very good burn and read quality, I decided to award the LG BP40NS20 with the “Safe Buy” award, and give the “Excellent” rating.

Thanks to:


Erik Deppe – For providing a full license for Opti Drive Control.

 

Verbatim – United Kingdom for providing the media used in this review.

 

 

Nero AG – For providing a full license for Nero 9.

 

 

 

 

 

There are 16 comments

2601
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Jul 12 16:34
    Thanks! Glad to see the slimtype Drive also supports overspeed burning on BD-R.
    tmc8080
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 22 Jul 12 22:56
      Making a blu ray burner with USO 2.0 is stupid, so is an 802.11ac adapter...
      the throughput is just not there dummies! Change the interface to 3.0, ethernet, sata or hdmi otherwise you've just wasted making a product that should be on the junk heap of history.
      2601
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 23 Jul 12 15:51
        That is the known buffer issue from ODC. Although the Drive uses USB 2.0 connection, it still can write BD-R at over 6x if using ImgBurn or CDSpeed.
        _chef_
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 01 Aug 12 18:16
          Is it a samsung or pioneer clone orr the other way around??
          thecramp
          New Member
          Posted on: 11 Oct 12 17:22
            hi, i'm looking for an information i don't find the true anywhere ! , LG on website say Yes other shop no, but i need it , is it a LIGHTSCRIBE burner ? , nobody know it, did you see it somewhere, box ... on the burner ?

            Thanks best regards
            vroom
            Administrator and Reviewer
            Posted on: 11 Oct 12 18:01
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by thecramp
              hi, i'm looking for an information i don't find the true anywhere ! , LG on website say Yes other shop no, but i need it , is it a LIGHTSCRIBE burner ? , nobody know it, did you see it somewhere, box ... on the burner ?

              Thanks best regards
              Hi and welcome thecramp.

              The drive that i got for the review doesn't have any lightscribe support, if there is a drive with lightscribe support is should have the LS instead of the NS.

              Just to give an example on that to look for, however i wasn't able to locate an LS version of the BP40, so it probably doest exist.

              BP40NS20 NS=Non lightscribe
              BP40LS20 LS=Lightscribe
              thecramp
              New Member
              Posted on: 11 Oct 12 18:08
                Hi, thanks .
                it's incredible we can't trust features list even on LG website, they say YEs !

                Thank you much, i found the LG bp06lu10 it's written "lightscribe" i'll take this one. (discontinued US webisite, still sold on french website ! don't know why !)

                Thanks best regards.
                zivija
                MyCE Senior Member
                Posted on: 06 Feb 13 16:26
                  I tried Verbatim LTH BD-R 6x and selected the 6x speed, but I had the same situation. It was stucked at 4.8, with lot of buffer jumps and downs.
                  I will also try regular Verbatim BD-R at 6x.

                  Anyone have idea what cause this?

                  Thanx!!!
                  zivija
                  MyCE Senior Member
                  Posted on: 12 Mar 13 16:07
                    I actually pass "magic" 4.8x today

                    But, again, lot of bufer jumps. What do You think, is there any idea to improve this, or it is normal for external?
                    vroom
                    Administrator and Reviewer
                    Posted on: 13 Mar 13 10:19
                      I believe that this is normal, USB2 can only reach 30MB/Sec and also can provide only 0.5A so for me this is normal. I had the same experience on my review when i tried to burn a BD at 6x maybe if the drive was a USB3 it could have a better performance.
                      zivija
                      MyCE Senior Member
                      Posted on: 13 Mar 13 11:19
                        I guess probably it is, but I saw on other review (cdrlabs) very stable burns on 6x (for SL and DL), that's why I ask

                        Even these looks very good:

                        http://club.myce.com/f91/lg-bp40ns20...7/#post2645541
                        http://club.myce.com/f91/lg-bp40ns20...7/#post2645822
                        http://club.myce.com/f91/lg-bp40ns20...7/#post2647806

                        I don't know is that have anything to do with motherboard chipset, or anything else.

                        Thanx!
                        vroom
                        Administrator and Reviewer
                        Posted on: 13 Mar 13 11:42
                          It could be a chipset thing, but in my case i have 3 USB ports working all the time, keyboard, mouse and my WiFi, so add another two for the LG, so that makes it a total of 5 usb ports working.

                          However, if you look at this post, you will see that there is also a drop in the end, so i think that it has to do with how often the drive needs to recalibrate. The more often it does the more you get a low buffer and a low burn speed.
                          zivija
                          MyCE Senior Member
                          Posted on: 13 Mar 13 14:21
                            I also have keyboard an mouse attached to usb all the time. It's not that 6x speed is a "must" for me, but I wanted to try full speed.

                            Next time I will use PS/2 mouse, free all usb ports and try, to see is there any difference.
                            zivija
                            MyCE Senior Member
                            Posted on: 21 Mar 13 13:52
                              Yes, that's does the job. Before I start burn, I disconnected mouse and keyboard from usb, leaving only LG as usb powered device.

                              I finally got stable burn, so that conclude my question. I guess when I get usb 3.0 usb ports, it will be even better. Thanx for info, vroom!
                              zivija
                              MyCE Senior Member
                              Posted on: 30 Jun 13 11:03
                                New burn, this time on USB 3.0 ports. Stable and fast. Definitely USB 2.0 was slow or low power for this burner in my case.
                                vroom
                                Administrator and Reviewer
                                Posted on: 30 Jun 13 15:51
                                  Quote:
                                  Originally Posted by zivija
                                  New burn, this time on USB 3.0 ports. Stable and fast. Definitely USB 2.0 was slow or low power for this burner in my case.
                                  That's nice to see.

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