Although the LG 8x BD-RE drive arrived from Geeks in an OEM-style plain white box, it does include a handful of accessories, including a SATA power adapter, data cable, user manual and software CD. The drive is a tray-style, black face with the LG, Blu-ray Disc and Super Multi Blue logos printed on the front. A silver bar across the bottom hides the door open/close button with a blue activity LED beneath.
The drive offers BD/DVD/CD operation with up to 8x BD-R, 16x DVD+/-R and 40x CD-R as the most popular formats. Being a combo drive it does sacrifice some DVD/CD speed, as typically up to 24x DVD and 48x CD are the norm. Seeing as how dedicated Blu-ray burners cost just as much as the combo drives though, and take up a second 5¼" bay, many users will opt to stick with a single drive for everything.
Let's get the LG drive installed.