As a main advocate of the format, Sony is often synonymous with Blu-ray and the recent triumph of the HD format over HD DVD has added much gloss to Sony's image, especially its Blu-ray equipped PlayStation 3 console. However, it may not seem that way if one browses our Optical Storage reviews. While we have reviewed a couple of Sony Blu-ray drives, the specifications on these drives don't exactly keep up with the other major Blu-ray manufacturer that's aggressively introducing its products into the market here - LG.
Consistently pushing the envelope for optical drives in recent times, LG's joint venture with Hitachi Data Storage has produced combo drives that read both Blu-ray and HD DVD, while at the same time, breaking the barrier for Blu-ray write speeds. We have already seen one such hybrid drive recently, the GGC-H20L, which could read both HD formats but only write to DVD and CD media. Obviously, with the format war officially over, there's less of a need for these hybrid drives but since the technology has been developed, why not use it? In fact, LG has just sent us a Blu-ray writer capable of writing to Blu-ray media at 6x, making it the fastest now in the market, surpassing the 4x versions that are available from Pioneer and Sony.