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Wednesday, May 17, 2006
LG GSA-2166D

1. Introduction

A few weeks ago, we looked at the LG GSA 5169D, an external multi device, which featured all the latest technologies except for LightScribe. Today, we will be reviewing the LG GSA 2166D, a Super multi drive, which supports all the latest formats including Lightscribe, enabling the end user to further customize his burned CD media.

The drive supports the standard 16X burning speed for both the +R and -R DVD formats, 8X and 6X for DVD+RW and DVD-RW respectively, while the +R DL offered maximum writing speed is 8X and 4X for -R DL.

- Features

• With Lightscribe, disk label printing can be completed in under 20 minutes (530 TPI)
• All formats compatible DVD +R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD-RAM
• Dual layer recording enables storage of up to 8.5GB (DVD+R/-R DL)
• USB 2.0 Interface
• Portable, both PC and Mac compatible
• 2MB buffer memory with buffer under run prevention technology

- Specifications

Model LG GSA-5169D
Colour Black
Interface type USB 2.0
LightScribe Label Printing Printing Time 1070TPI 12cm Entire Disc less than 36 minutes
800TPI 12cm Entire Disc less than 28 minutes
530TPI 12cm Entire Disc less than 20 minutes
Weight (kg) 1285.9g
OS-Compatability Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home & Prof, ME(Not support LightScribe)
Access time  
DVD-RAM 250 ms
DVD-ROM 140/175 ms
CD 120 ms
Buffer Memory 2MB with buffer under run prevention technology
Data transfer rate  
CD Max 7,200KB/s
DVD Max 22.16 Mbytes/s
Dimensions W x D x H (mm) 160 x 230 x 50
Disc Loading Method Motorized Tray
Writing Method  
DVD-RAM Random Write
DVD+R Sequential Recording,Sequential Recording,Random Write
CD-R / RW Disk-at-Once, Track-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Packet Write
DVD-R Sequential Recording
DVD-R /RW Disk-at-Once,Incremental Recording Overwrite
DVD-RW Sequential Recording
Write Speed  
DVD+R 2.4x, 4x CLV, 8x ZCLV, 12x PCAV, 16x CAV
DVD-R 2x, 4x CLV, 8x ZCLV, 12x PCAV, 16x CAV
DVD+RW 2.4x, 4x CLV, 8x ZCLV
DVD-RW 1x, 2x, 4x CLV, 6x ZCLV
DVD-RAM 2x, 3x, 5x CLV(Ver.2.2)
CD-R 16x CLV, 24x ZCLV 32x, 40x,48x CAV
CD-RW 4x, 10x, 16x CLV, 24x, 32x ZCLV
DVD+R DL 2.4x, 4x CLV, 6x, 8x ZCLV
Read Speed  
CD-ROM Max 48x
DVD-ROM Max 16x

Below are the drive's main specs as given by NeroInfoTool, DVDInfoPro and VSO inspector:

- Retail package

The retail package contains everything that is necessary to set up the drive and use all of its features, including all required software. The package contains:

  • The External Super Multi drive GSA-2166D
  • LG DVD Writer Solution CD containing
    • Nero Express
    • Nero BackitUp
    • Nero Cover Designer
    • InCD
    • Cyberlink Power Producer Gold
    • Power DVD
    • Owner's manual.
  • a USB 2.0 Cable
  • a Power Adapter/Cord for the power supply

-The Drive

Simple in design, the LG GSA-2166D comes in one color only, black, as we can see in the pictures below. The front bezel carries the following logos:

  • SuperMulti
  • RW DL
  • LightScribe
  • DVD Multi Recorder
  • and of course, LG

On the bottom right are activity LED indicator and the eject button.

On the rear panel, the drive has the USB port and the DC Power Supply connection. As we said, a simple design.

- Installation

The drive was installed under WindowsXP and was recognized as "HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GSA-2166D ". The drive came with the latest available firmware installed (firmware revision 1.01), and as no further firmware releases had been made, we moved straight to the tests.

For comparison, we will be posting the results of the 2166D along with the results of the Samsung SE-W164C and LiteOn 1653S external drives.

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