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Pros: Currently ripping Oblivion Blu Ray at 4X ~17M/s so this drive IS NOT LOCKED at 2X, previous poster must not be doing something right. I love ASUS and will continue to honestly support them so long as they continue to make quality products.
Cons: Power switch on the back is designed to match the spaceship design, would prefer a normal rocker switch, not worth removing an egg though.
Other Thoughts: Power cords have Velcro straps for keeping things neat, a little plus that makes me happy. The rubber feet on the drive and stand are very solid and keep the drive from moving around and dampens vibrations.
Reviewed By:Danimalx23,11/24/2014 3:08:37 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week. Did you find this review helpful?
Cons: Unreliable, lasted only a few days and a couple of uses.
Other Thoughts: This worked OK the first time I used it, but went to use it a couple of weeks later and kept getting disc errors. First I thought it was the DVD itself, but another external writer worked perfectly with that disc. Now it has errors on every disc, will read a few files but not all, and all of those discs are OK. This is constructed similar to a laptop drive, and I've had laptop drives last for years without a glitch. Perhaps it's just a rare bad unit, but I thought I'd post this since it failed so quickly and had not been treated roughly at all. The lens is clean (blew it with air to be sure) but it gets errors on every disc. Perhaps the manufacturer will cover it, but I waited too long for Newegg to exchange it as defective, so I may just look for a different brand.
Reviewed By:Gary R.,11/24/2014 12:40:20 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: Inexpensive at 14.99 and does what it's supposed to do. A single USB connection is all that is needed. Most others I looked at needed two.
Cons: Like others, the 3 or 4" USB cable is kind of absurd. I think the mfg was thinking the only use would be with it lying on a table directly beside a laptop computer. I solved the issue with a USB extension I have. Not crazy about having to slide a button to the side to open it and a mechanical drawer would be easier, but I figure that would have added to the cost or caused the mfg to cheapen the drive in some way. It also might have taken more power than the singe USB connection gives.
Other Thoughts: I bought this from Newegg's e-B-a-y store. I would like to see purchases on that site become part of my Newegg account on the main site.
Reviewed By:CEG,11/24/2014 9:11:58 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week. Did you find this review helpful?
Pros: Writes above 6x for most BD, Still operates at 2X for BD-RE disk. Works better under Linux using KB3, KB3 has no problems with any functions using BD and BD-RE. Have not used any DL disk and probable will not unless they are rewritable. (all rewritable operate at 2X)
Cons: The Power is switch is operable with practice, Hoever the eject button is not usable with you index finger, drive ejects hit finger and re-closes. Most of the time I have to use a wooden tongue depressor trimmed for the purpose. Come on Asus , How can you design something this badly! 1 egg off!!!
Other Thoughts: I don,t use this that often, but the eject button is an aggravation!
Reviewed By:oldgeek,11/21/2014 3:53:11 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.