LG GP60NB50 Review
There aren’t many big brands out there that still make optical drives. If you look at Amazon for example, you’ll notice a lot of companies that you have never heard of. Most of them are exactly the same devices with just different logos. Well that’s not the case with LG as the GP60NB50 is still one of the highest rated external DVD drives. And so far I haven’t been disappointed as I have reviewed a bunch of their devices before as well. So here are my thoughts about this one!
- Dimensions: 144×137×14 mm / 5.7×5.4×0.5″
- Weight: 200 g / 7.05 oz
- DVD Writing Speed: Up to 8x DVD+RW
- CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-RW
- Features: M-DISC, Silent Play
- Compatibility: Windows and Mac operating systems, TV
In The Box
- LG GP60NB50
- MiniUSB to USB-A cable
The LG DVD drives that I have reviewed have always been really simple and sleek. And the GP60NB50 is no different. It has the typical square shape with an overall dimension of 144×137×14 mm / 5.7×5.4×0.5″. And of course it’s super slim as you can see from the thickness. That’s also pretty much the thinnest they can go because of the limitations set by the hardware.
What’s also great about these known brands is that you know what type of build quality to expect. LG has always been great in terms of that. The GP60NB50 is a solid external DVD drive that’s built to last. The tray slides in and out without any loose movements and the same can be said about the cable connector as well. Which I have often found to be the most troublesome part. But that’s not the case here.
In terms of the overall appearance, the DVD drive is fully made out of black plastic. LG has done their best to make the top side more interesting by giving it a slight texture on the surface. It basically resembles of brushed aluminum. It’s a pretty nice tough in my opinion and it definitely doesn’t make it look worse. The back of the drive has the typical Mini USB connector and the front panel has the tray sliding out. And there are 4 rubber pads at the bottom as well to keep the drive from moving around.
Now in terms of overall performance the LG GP60NB50 is just as good as any of the other top external drives. The speed is limited by hardware and that’s the same in all of those devices. So what you can expect to get is a maximum read and writing speed of 8x for DVD and 24x for CD. And you can easily achieve that as well. What I do recommend is using a USB 3.0 port instead of a USB 2.0. Which shouldn’t be a problem as most computers come with only 3.0 nowadays. And yes, this drive does require you to have only one USB port. So no annoying Y cables.
What these known brands do include is extra features that no-names generally don’t. For example this DVD drive supports M-DISC. Which means that you can use the drive to write data onto an M-DISC and it will outlast a normal DVD. More interestingly the drive can also be connected to a TV. So you can basically use it as a normal media player to watch movies or photos from DVD’s. And finally Silent Play, which lower the noise level the drive generates. The downside of this mode is that it also lowers the read/write speed.
Overall the LG GP60NB50 is a solid external DVD drive that works without any issues. Sure you’ll be paying a couple of dollars more for the known brand but at least you know exactly what you are getting. And the returns are easier as well. The only downside is that it doesn’t have any of the interesting design features that some of these smaller brands have added. But then again those are also much thicker and bigger in size. Also another key point for choosing the GP60NB50 is definitely the TV connectivity. Especially since it’s mentioned by the manufacturer as well so you know that you can connect it to a TV as well. And I mean overall it doesn’t really cost much more than it’s competitors.