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LG USB 2.0 Super-Multi Portable DVD Rewriter with M-DISC Model GP50NB40

  • MAC OS & WIN 8 COMPATIBLE
  • PLUG AND BURN
  • PORTABLE EXTERNAL - CONNECTS VIA USB 2.0
  • M-DISC SUPPORT
  • MAX 8X DVD+/-R WRITE SPEED
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Learn more about the LG Electronics GP50NB40

Model

Brand
LG
Model
GP50NB40
Type
Slim DVD Burner

Performance

DVD-ROM Access Time
167ms
CD-ROM Access Time
139ms
Cache
0.75MB

WRITE Speed

DVD+R
8X
DVD+RW
8X
DVD-R
8X
DVD-RW
6X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
24X
DVD+R DL
6X
DVD-R DL
6X
DVD-RAM
5X

READ Speed

DVD-ROM
8X
CD-ROM
24X

Physical Spec

Panel Color
Black
Dimensions
5.66" x 0.68" x 5.33"

Configuration

Load Type
Tray
Interface
USB 2.0

Software

Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Mac OS X

Features

Features
PORTABLE EXTERNAL - CONNECTS VIA USB 2.0

M-DISC SUPPORT

MAX 8X DVD+/-R WRITE SPEED

MAX 24X CD WRITE SPEED

SUPPORTS DOUBLE LAYER DVD+R, DUAL LAYER-R DISCS (8.5GB)

0.75MB BUFFER MEMORY WITH EMBEDDED BUFFER UNDER-RUN PREVENTION

SUPPORTS POWER SAVING MODE AND SLEEP MODE

ROHS COMPLIANT

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • John B.
  • 9/10/2014 6:01:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsworks good sometimes, maybe

Pros: works good if your computer can take it.

Cons: if it can't take it then it won't work correctly & may damage or destroy the computer. USB2.0 specifications state that the maximum current draw allowed per port is 500mA. this device needs 1.6A, which is over 3x the max allowed under the spec. i have a college degree in electronics & have had clients computers destroyed this way. i got 2 of these last year & they came with the y-cable but LG has now decided to take the cheap way out with this product & quit including the y-cable. even though this can damage equipment & cause the device to malfunction if the USB ports cannot take the hit from the current requirements being way out of spec. just using a USB3.0 port is not an answer either because the max current draw is 900mA per port.

Other Thoughts: this is a good drive PROVIDED your ports can provide the current which is over 3x the max allowed as per USB2.0 specs. it will probably work. i was told that it worked with the systems that LG tested it on. the problem is that it is way out of spec. i have looked at the surface mount fuses on the board for some of my ports on my systems & every single one is only rated at 750mA which means that if this drive is used, it may blow the fuse & disable the port. if the current is limited by the controller, it could destroy the controller which will take out all of the ports that that controller controls. if it is an I/O chip, it could do some serious damage. that is what happened to one lady i knew. if you get it & it works sometimes & sometimes it don't, i wouldn't use it on that system. me personally, i'm gonna be really careful which systems i use it on & use the y-cable from other drives that LG was supposed to provide in the first place & never buy another LG product! The rest is up to you.

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  • Michael L.
  • 9/9/2014 8:55:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsJust plain doesn't write

Pros: Can read DVDs.

Cons: This unit wouldn't recognize two separate brands of DVD-R discs when I tried to burn an iso file. I got a third brand to work, but the unit lost power after about 2 seconds of writing. The drive came with a single mini usb cable, not the dual cable others have reported for extra power.

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  • leroy w.
  • 9/5/2014 11:45:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: its worth evey penny. it never fails

Cons: none

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  • Jewelryfx
  • 8/22/2014 3:01:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME

Pros: I am a Mac OS Mavericks user, all updates installed, iMac Early 2013. I AM SO IMPRESSED. The drive fits perfectly under the monitor on the stand of the iMac, easy plug and play. I literally didn't have to do -ANYTHING- to make this work. I plugged it in, stuck a movie in it and just WORKED. No drivers, no complicated installs, nothing! Plug it in and go! There is no quality lost on this drive at all, playback is perfect, no skipping, jittering, and you cannot hear the drive playing the disk inside after it loads up. Just great.

Cons: NONE SO FAR

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  • William B.
  • 8/11/2014 7:36:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Compact, portable and still works after falling off a shelf while loading an OS, but ate the disk
More rugged than expected

Cons: None

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  • Matteo F.
  • 8/9/2014 2:08:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks, feels cheap

Pros: Works, was recognized immediately by Debian wheezy.

Cons: Construction is cheap and feels like won't last long. For $20 I have of course no right to complain.

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  • Marcus C.
  • 8/5/2014 5:50:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPortable Disc Drive.

Pros: Got this drive on a promo deal. Drive works perfectly and is very compact. Love the face that the drive is powered with only one usb port.

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy from the Big Yellow store.

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  • Hakan K.
  • 7/17/2014 3:34:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: Works?

Cons: Case is plastic, but for the price it's not a problem, at all.

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  • Gilbert T.
  • 7/7/2014 4:57:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes the job

Pros: Works without any issues with my Microsoft Surface Pro.

Cons: No problems to report.

Other Thoughts: None

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  • ROBERT J.
  • 6/9/2014 2:24:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGets the job done

Pros: Small, light, rips and burns disks.

Cons: Mac users: First, thanks Wesley J. (1/11/2014) for the workaround on the empty drive not being recognized by the Mac Finder when empty. Here's an even more convenient workaround. (I'm using it with a Mac Mini):

Navigate to: Macintosh HD > System > Library > CoreServices > Menu Extras

Double-click on the file named "Eject.menu" and an eject button icon will appear in your menu bar. If the eject icon is not where you like it, Command-drag the icon anywhere on the menu bar that you prefer.

This beats having to go through using the Disk Utility app.

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