LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

DVD+R Double Layer writing speed and quality:

The LG GSA-H22N supports the DVD+R DL standard for writing 8.5 GB Double Layer media at a writing speed of 8x.

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

The scan shows questionable quality at the beginning of the second layer but the transfer rate test shows no problem whatsoever during a read test. (The disc later played fine in a standalone DVD player, too.)

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

LG GSA-H22N burned this 8x certified media at 4x in under 28 minutes. Burn quality is good, and a transfer rate test shows a perfect reading curve.

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

Verbatim 2.4x DVD+R DL has a well-deserved reputation for high quality. This media can be burned at 4x, 6x, and even 8x speed. The LG GSA-H22N overspeeds this media to 6x, with excellent burn quality, as expected.

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

This new 8x DVD+R DL media was burned at the default 4x speed. The result is very good and shows no problems during a transfer rate test at 12x speed.

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

This 2.4x DVD+R DL media has been difficult for many drives, but the LG GSA-H22N handles it quite well.

The LG GSA-H22N burns RITEK D01 at 4x, which is faster than the rated speed. 4x appears to be the minimum speed for any DL media with this drive.

The quality scan shows acceptable results, confirmed by a smooth transfer rate test at 12x speed.

 

DVD-R Dual Layer writing speed and quality:

The LG GSA-H22N supports the DVD-R DL standard for writing 8.5 GB Dual Layer media at a writing speed of 8x.

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

A 4x-6x-8x Z-CLV writing strategy keeps rotational speed under 6000 RPM, taking 19 minutes to burn a full 8.5 GB disc. This is only 2 minutes faster than a 4x-6x Z-CLV burn, but PIE and PIF levels are good, and a transfer rate test shows no reading problems.

Good performance with this new, high-speed DVD-R DL media.

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

The result is excellent and shows how reliable 4x DVD-R DL burning is with Verbatim media.

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

The quality scan shows significantly elevated PIE and PIF error rates but there are no problems during a transfer rate test at 12x speed.

 

Standalone DVD player compatibility:

We used LG GSA-H22N to create DVD video discs on DVD+R DL media (Book Type: DVD-ROM) and DVD-R DL media (Book Type: DVD-R) and tested their playback on a standalone DVD player: Sony DVP-S560D.

Compatibility results:

LG GSA-H22N Super Multi DVD Burner Review

Both brands of DVD+R DL played correctly in the standalone player.

However, the DVD-R DL disc froze at the layer break. This was likely caused by a known compatibility issue between the DVD-R DL format and older standalone players, and is not an indication of a problem with either the LG GSA-H22N drive or Verbatim media quality.

Summary:

The LG GSA-H22N burns DVD+R/-R DL well, with good results all around, especially with Ritek media that has been problematic for many burners in the past. Although some Ritek media exhibits elevated levels of PI errors and PI failures in quality scans, smooth transfer rate tests indicate that the discs are reliably readable.

There were no problems with reading any of the DL media burned by the LG GSA-H22N at 12x speed. This suggests that no standalone DVD players or computer drives should have difficulty playing DL discs burned by the LG GSA-H22N at slower playback speeds.