2. Reading Tests
3. CD Error Correction
4. DVD Error Correction
5. Protected Discs
6. CD Recording Tests
7. CD Writing Quality - Plextools
8. CD Writing Quality - Clover System
9. DVD Writing Tests
10. DVD Writing Quality - Page 1
11. DVD Writing Quality - Page 2
12. DVD Writing Quality - Page 3
13. DVD Writing Quality - Page 4
14. DVD Writing Quality - Page 5
15. DVD Writing Quality - Page 6
16. DVD Writing Quality - Almedio
17. DVDR DL - Page 1
18. DVDR DL - Page 2
19. DW-G120A vs SA300 - Page 1
20. DW-G120A vs SA300 - Page 2
21. DW-G120A vs SA300 - Page 3
22. DW-G120A vs SA300 - Page 4
23. Advanced Features
24. Booktype Setting
Most of Sony's optical drives are OEM, from various manufacturers such as Optorite in the past, LiteOn mostly but also BenQ. This time, as it happened with the previous Sony drive that we reviewed a couple of months ago, the DW-G120A is an LiteOn OEM SHM-165P6S.
- Writing support for DL media types at 8X speed
- 5X writing to DVD-RAM
- 16X writing to DVD-R/+R
- 6X writing to DVD-RW and 8X writing to +RW
- Buffer Under Run protection features for smooth, reliable writing
|DVD-ROM (single)||Max 16x CAV|
|DVD-ROM (dual)||Max 8x CAV|
|DVD-R, DVD+R||Max 12x CAV|
|DVD-RW,DVD+RW||Max 12x CAV|
|DVD+DL,DVD-DL||MAX 8x CAV|
|DVD-RAM||Max 5x P-CAV|
|CD-ROM, CD-R||Max 40x CAV|
|CD-RW||Max 32x CAV|
|Access Time DVD-ROM||130 msec|
|Access Time CD||135 msec|
|Mounting Orientation||Horizontal • Vertical|
|Data Buffer (size)||2 MB|
|Dimensions||Width: 5.75 in. • Weight 1.98 lb.|
Below are the main specs as given by NeroInfoTool, VSO Inspector and DVDInfoPro:
- Nero InfoTool
- VSO Inspector
- DVD InfoPro
- The Drive
We received the bulk version of the Sony DW-G102A with bundled Nero OEM software.
The Nero OEM includes:
- Nero 6
- Nero Vision Express SE
- Nero Media Player
- InCD 4
- InCD Reader
- PhotoShow Express
- Front panel view
The sample we received was white, with a light-blue colored DVD MULTI RECORDER logo, indicating that the drive can also burn DVD-RAM discs.
- Rear panel view
- Top view
- Inside view
We do not recommend removing the drive's cover, since this will void the manufacturer's warranty. You can take a look inside the drive with the pictures below. Click on the image below for a larger and more detailed photograph.
The Sony DW-G102A uses the same Mediatek MT1888E chipset as the latest release LiteOn SHM-165P6S model.
The device was connected to our test PC and was identified as "SONY DVD RW DW-G120A" under WinXP. The drive came to our labs with firmware revision MYS3 installed, which at the time of the review was the latest available.
Below is a screenshot from Nero Burning Rom's specs for the drive.
Throughout this review, we will be comparing the Sony DW-G102A with two other latest release drives, the Plextor PX-760A and the Pioneer DVR-111DBK.