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LG BP40NS20 Portable Blu-Ray burner review

Posted 13 July 2012 13:00 CET by Antonis Sapanidis

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2601
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Jul 12 14:34
Thanks! Glad to see the slimtype Drive also supports overspeed burning on BD-R.
0 Agree

tmc8080
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 22 Jul 12 20:56
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.
0 Agree

2601
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 23 Jul 12 13:51
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.
0 Agree

_chef_
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 01 Aug 12 16:16
Is it a samsung or pioneer clone orr the other way around??
0 Agree

thecramp
New Member
Posted on: 11 Oct 12 15:22
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
0 Agree

vroom
Administrator and Reviewer
Posted on: 11 Oct 12 16:01
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
0 Agree

thecramp
New Member
Posted on: 11 Oct 12 16:08
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.
0 Agree

zivija
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 06 Feb 13 15:26
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!!!
0 Agree

zivija
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 12 Mar 13 15:07
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?
0 Agree

vroom
Administrator and Reviewer
Posted on: 13 Mar 13 09:19
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.
0 Agree

zivija
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 13 Mar 13 10:19
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!
0 Agree

vroom
Administrator and Reviewer
Posted on: 13 Mar 13 10:42
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.
0 Agree

zivija
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 13 Mar 13 13:21
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.
0 Agree

zivija
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 21 Mar 13 12:52
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!
0 Agree

zivija
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 30 Jun 13 09:03
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.
0 Agree

vroom
Administrator and Reviewer
Posted on: 30 Jun 13 13:51
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.
0 Agree

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