LG SP80NB80 Review
LG is a company that’s widely known for their incredible screens. Not only do they have their own computer monitors and TV’s but their screens are also used by many other brands. Especially on smartphones. But that’s not all they have. They have an incredible product range of different devices, from home audio systems to solar solutions. In between there they have Blu-ray and DVD players as well. And today I’m going to review one of their smallest devices, the LG SP80NB80 external DVD drive.
- Dimensions: 145×137×13 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 SP80NB80
- MiniUSB to USB-A cable
Most of LG’s products generally have a sleek and simple design. The SP80NB80 is no different. It features a simple square shape drive with rounded corners. The drives overall dimensions are 145×137×13 mm / 5.7×5.4×0.5″ and since it’s fully made out of black plastic, the drive weighs only 200 g / 7.05 oz. And that truly is incredibly light and thin. Which is perfect if you are planning to use it with a laptop and keep it in a bag. Overall though it’s a pretty standard looking USB drive.
The same applies to everything else as well. There’s a standard loading tray on the front that slides out when you push the eject button. Next to that there is a pinhole that you can use to open up the tray when there’s either a malfunction or you don’t have it connected to a computer. And of course there’s the LG logo on the front of the tray as well.
The backside has a familiar Mini USB port. Nothing else. The Mini USB to USB-A cable that comes with the drive isn’t exactly the longest. So you do need to keep the drive near your computer. The plus side is that the cable is pretty thick so you don’t need to worry about it breaking.
And finally the bottom of the drive, which is again pretty standard. There are 4 rubber pads on the corners that keep the device from vibrating on the desk. Which is normal when you are burning a disc.
The LG SP80NB80 is an external USB drive that’s designed for burning and reading both CD and DVD discs. And it does that without any issues. Simply plug the USB-A connector into your computers port and insert the disc. You don’t need to install any programs as the drive will be recognized immediately by your computer
Neither do you need anything to burn files onto the discs. Just insert an empty disc and open it from the “This PC” directory. Usually it pops up on your screen as well. Next just drag the files you want to burn into the disc folder and that’s it. In terms of burning speed, it’s just as fast as every other external USB drive for DVDs. It has a maximum burn and read speed of 8x. It can read and burn CDs much faster with the maximum speed of 24x. All of this is standard for this type of drives.
Now what makes the LG drives different is that you can also use them with your TV as well. As long as your TV has a USB port of course. This way you can watch DVD movies directly from the TV. Or even view photos. Either way it’s a really useful feature if you don’t have a home media system. The only problem is that it’s not as easy as just plug in and play. Well it is but you also need to make some adjustments. I have described the entire process here if you are interested.
Another feature that LG likes to add to their drives is Silent Play. It doesn’t have any actual impact on when you are writing discs but it does reduce the noise when you are reading data off the disc. Like when you are watching movies or listening to music for example. It basically recognizes what exactly you are accessing from the disc and it adjusts the read speed accordingly. So for example you don’t need the drive to run at 100% when you are just watching TV series. So that’s how it achieves noise reduction.
And finally the SP80NB80 also supports M-DISCs. They are basically like DVDs but they last for much longer. Apparently they should be able to store your data for up to 1000 years. So yes, 1000 years from now someone should be able to play view your family photos that you saved onto the M-DISC. That’s if they even have any optical drives then. So while this technology does sound impressive, I don’t actually find it to be very useful. At least I haven’t ever found the reason to buy an M-DISC. But again, it’s always good to have options.
Overall whether you should buy the LG SP80NB80 comes down to if you like the design or not. That’s pretty much the only real difference between DVD drives. It’s also priced pretty much the same as its competitors, so there’s no real advantage here either. All I can tell you is that it’s a solid DVD drive that works just as it’s advertised and the only real advantage is that you can also connect it to a TV as well.