Just when you thought youre a proud owner of the fastest and state of the art 8x DVD-Writer, a handful of manufacturers decided to burst your pride and joy by introducing 8x8x DVD-Writers (88s from now on). This variant of 88s does what your spanking new 8x4x DVD-Writers (84s from now on) could not, and that is the ability to write both DVDR and +R media at 8x speed. However, this isnt the only trick the 88s have over the 84s. The speed advantage the '+' standard once held over the '-' format has been erased cleanly, for writing DVD-RW medias at 4x is now very much a reality. Prior to the 88s, owners of 84s DVD-Writers could only write DVD-RW media at an extremely slow speed of 2x compared to the speedy 4x write speed long enjoyed by DVD+RW format. At long last, DVD-RW format have gotten themselves a steroid injection they needed and it comes in the form of none other than the 88s DVD-Writers.
With the advent of the 88s DVD-Writers, a perfect equilibrium in write speed has finally been achieved for both '-' and '+' camps. For a long time running, the '-' standard has taken a back seat and literally watched the '+' format overtook them as the format to embrace by consumers due to its superior write speed for both +R and +RW medias. So after an enduring format battle between the '-' and '+' format, its all back to square one. The difficult format decision once faced by consumers is in play once more, right? Well, not really. Just in from the distributor, the LG GSA-4082B in review today is an '88' drive and LG is also the first optical drive manufacturer to feature DVD-RAM compatibility on top of the existing DVD '' and '+' read/write functionality. This unit truly boast 'Perfect Compatibility' for all major DVD and CD format a total of nine different formats. But just how well will this SuperMulti drive fare when we put it through its paces? Youll find out soon enough.