My holiday upgrade this year was adding a Blu-ray burner to Clementine. I’ve always been interested in the large storage capacities of Blu-ray discs (25GB on a single layer), so had long planned on getting a burner in 2011. However, recently I bought an HD camcorder, so I decided to speed up the acquisition of a Blu-ray burner so that the videos could be stored in their full-HD glory. So far, so good. Blu-ray burners are still somewhat in their infancy, but this drive (an LG 10x model) had consistently good reviews and was at a good price point. I’ve only had it a few days, so I haven’t tested it exhaustively, but I did burn one Blu-ray video disc using Pinnacle Studio and it turned out successfully, so I’m optimistic about it.
This drive replaces a basic Compaq OEM DVD-ROM drive. I decided to replace this drive because it was one of the oldest components in Clementine, and that drive was long and sometimes hard to work with inside the case. Since I chose to replace the DVD-ROM, that means I still have my Plextor DVD burner as well, so now Clementine has two optical disc burners. I figure that’s OK — the Plextor drive is newer and better than the older Compaq drive, so even if it only gets used for reading now, I’d rather hold on to that drive. And who knows — maybe I’ll want to burn two DVDs at once someday!