The $500 GGW-H20LI reads both HD disc formats, and writes at 6x dual-layer BD-R/RE discs (as well as DVD±RW), while the completely differently named $400 GGC-H20LI can read back both formats, but only write DVD±RW and CD-R/RW.
even better, for $400 you can get a read-only combo drive... prices are dropping fast, can't wait to hear more about their next set top player...
GGW-H20N is slated for a Q3 release, at least in Europe. The combo and LightScribe versions will probably follow about the same time.
Originally Posted by blakeBBY
When are they gonna come out with the writers that write BOTH formats?
I don't think you'll see one this year. There are not even a single non-hybrid half height HD DVD burner available yet (of course Toshiba is likely the only company working on one...). I'd guess one reason is because it took ages for the HD DVD-RW specifications to get finalized and it doesn't make sense to release a write-once burner only.
I ask only because the stand alone universal player from LG is more of a BD player and it makes the HD DVD look bad.
How does it make HD-DVD look bad? I have the stand alone unit, and I think HD-DVD looks just as good as BD. Besides, didn't someone already say that this PC unit will sport the HD-DVD logo meaning that it will be fully HD-DVD compliant?
Why not? There is going to be a transition period from DVD to HDM. Right now like most people who own a HDM player, I only have one hooked up to my TV. But what about my notebook? What if I only need to burn 2 GB of something to lend to a friend who doesn't have a HDM player? DVD Media is also much cheaper at the moment.
For those interested in the new LG drive, I just noticed this:
"The good folks at LG USA have sent me a pair of their new second-generation Super Blue Multi Drives drives, which handle both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats. The GGC-H20L ($399) reads both formats and has standard CD/DVD writing capabilities; the GGW-H20L ($499) can write to Blu-ray media as well. Both drives should be available for retail sale beginning in September."