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Pros - Price is good - Comes with Cyberlink Power2Go
Summary When this Blu-Ray writer on sale with rebate, the price is quite competitive. Blu-Ray movie is different from DVD, you will need a decoder to play the move. It is good that this writer comes with software.
Summary the drive is good but I would like to mention here "rebate". After completion the steps which they require to do via web I got a PDF form to fill, I had to send in one address in US with prove of purchase - invoice copy and label with barcode from device. At first there were no labels - barcodes on device which resemble the example gived in PDF form. secondly, the first label on device was "device ID" which obviously can not be removed - it's device ID and subject of warranty issues etc, otherwise in case of problems in future the device can not be returned. second label was on carton box of this device, and it resembled more or less the given example. so I sent it and I got the answer - "Your Rebate was not approved for the following reason(s): - Required Documentation missing-Original UPC/Serial Number Barcode Label" Don't believe this rebate scam - it's completely fraud. They suggest to resubmit the rebate claim - don't bother you will spend probably more sending the letters than gain some crumbs.
Pros - Solid optical drive - Does exactly what you would expect - Standard installation (no problems)
Cons - Mine had excess glue on the sides of the disk tray
Summary As mentioned in the "cons" I noticed an excess amount of glue (at least I hope it was glue) on the sides of the disk tray. It can only be seen when you open the tray to put a disk in. I removed it with my fingers but I felt that it shouldn't be there for a higher end optical drive.
However, that was a very minor inconvenience. The drive is actually very quick and responsive. I haven't written any Blu-Ray disks but having that option available is nice.
Overall, if you need the Blu-Ray burning capability or if the ASUS-BW12 is on sale I would recommend you grab it. If you only need it to play DVD's and CD's it may be more cost effective to get something else.
Summary Got this to use as my main burner/drive. Haven't tested the burning yet as I rarely use it anymore, but the black coating looks nice enough and has had no issues performing. Its pretty cheap for a blu ray and performs well enough so far as I have used it.
Cons Doesn't come with Blu-ray software, a bit loud.
Summary I haven't used this drive for burning yet. For the Blu-rays I've tried on it, it has worked fine, although the buzz from playing the disc is a bit louder than I'd like. If you don't need the burning capability, I'd go with the BC-12B1ST as it also comes with Cyberlink PowerDVD for Blu-ray playback.
ASUS internal H/H blu-ray writer not only realizes the first-ever 12x normal Blu-ray write speed but also reduces the failure disc rate and increases successful burning, allowing you to enjoy fast and high-quality burning experience.
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