LG GP70NS50 Review

LG GP70NS50 Review

I’m a huge fan of devices that are done differently from their competitors. It doesn’t matter whether it’s just the design, extra features or the technology behind it. And that’s pretty hard to achieve when it comes to optical drives. That’s why when you look at the ones sold on Amazon, 99% of them look exactly the same. Which is why the LG GP70NS50 definitely deserves a review as it stands out with a slot mechanism. And that makes it the perfect alternative for the much more expensive SuperDrive.

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 145×136×15 mm / 5.7×5.3×0.6″
  • Weight: 220 g / 0.5 lbs
  • Loading type: Slot
  • DVD Writing Speed: Up to 8x DVD-R
  • CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-R
  • Features: M-DISC, SilentPlay
  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Mac, Chrome OS & TV

In The Box

  • LG GP70NS50
  • MiniUSB to USB-A cable

Design

Most optical drives have the exact same design features. A square shaped device with either an attached or a removable cable, and a disc tray that slides out from the front. Well the LG GP70NS50 also follows most of the features, but the number one difference is the disc mechanism. As in there isn’t a tray that slides out of the case. Instead, there’s just a slot at the front with an eject button. This exact same mechanism can also be found on the Apple SuperDrive and to be fair, it does feel kind of premium. It’s just that smooth.

LG GP70NS50 Design

And it’s not only the slot mechanism. The GP70NS50 just looks very nice as well. It’s fully made out of silver plastic that has an aluminium looking finish. I actually thought that it was made out of aluminium when I first saw it, it’s that well made. And even though it’s plastic, the premium build quality is still there. And LG is a very known company so I would rate this drive on the same level as the SuperDrive.

The rest of the design is standard. The overall dimensions of the DVD drive are 145×136×15 mm / 5.7×5.3×0.6″, so it is still portable. Even when it weighs 220 g / 0.5 lbs. LG has included a removable MiniUSB to USB-A cable. Which has a decent amount of length. The MiniUSB port can be found at the back of the device. The bottom area has only got 4 rubber pads and nothing else.

Performance

Setting up the drive works exactly the same with the slot mechanism as well. As in all that you need to do is connect the GP70NS50 to the included cable and attach that to your computers USB port. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. In addition to that, you can even connect it to a TV as well as long as it has an available USB port. And no you don’t need to install any drivers or programs for that. Same applies to when you connect to a computer as well.

Next up you just need to insert a disc half way into the slot. The drive will pull the disc inside and you can start using it. In order to get it out, you just press the eject button at the front. It works really well. And then you can either use an existing media disc or burn your own. In terms of speed the GP70NS50 is nothing special. The maximum read/write speed for DVD’s is 8x and CD’s is 24x. So exactly the same as the rest of the best external DVD drives.

LG is also known for adding different features to their drives. It’s not just the TV compatibility that they advertise, they also have a mode called Silent Play. It basically slows down the speed of the disc when you don’t need to use it at max speed, which also means that the disc will spin slower and thus not make as much noise. And it supports the patented M-DISC technology as well, so that besides standard DVD’s you can also read and write M-DISC’s.

Conclusion

LG has done a great job at adding a slot type drive to their already impressive selection. It’s just such a cool way to make a normal DVD drive more interesting. And the GP70NS50 definitely achieves that. Also you may have seen a model called AP70NS50 as well. It’s the exact same drive, I’m not sure why one has GP and the other AP.

Now is it worth it though when other drives cost almost half as much? Well that depends on how much you value the slot loading mechanism. If you don’t care about it at all, then any other normal drive will be a much better option. This is basically just for people who want an Apple SuperDrive but maybe not spend as much. For those, the LG GP70NS50 is an excellent option.