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ASUS USB 3.0 12X Blu-ray Burner Model BW-12D1S-U/BLK/G/AS

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ASUS incorporates the finest design and latest technologies in their BW-12D1S-U external Blu-ray burner, offering Blu-ray burning speeds up to 12X via USB 3.0, Optical Tuning Strategy (OTS) technology for the best writing quality available and high definition 3D playback. The BW-12D1S-U presents the aesthetics of technology, arriving in a form inspired by diamond shapes. It also includes a unique blue power indicator for an artistic touch, and features a matching stand that allows for practical two-way horizontal and vertical placement to help users save space with increased versatility.

  • newegg 12X Blu-ray Writing Performance The ASUS BW-12D1S-U Blu-ray writer offers the world’s fastest Blu-ray burning speeds, performing at up to 12X via the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection. Additionally, OTS technology ensures optimized burn strategies for each job. ASUS drives go beyond speed to guarantee fidelity, so burns take less time while always maintaining reliability and complete success rates.
  • newegg Eye-popping Blu-ray 3D Visual Excitement ASUS BW-12D1S-U supports the latest Blu-ray 3D technology for life-like movie experiences with Cyberlink PowerDVD 10. Features technology to give depth to 2D video with real-time 2D-to-3D conversion with a single click of a button.
  • newegg Refresh Your Listening Experience Experience crisp audio with lossless pass-through for Dolby Digital EX and DTS-HD (5.1 channels).
  • newegg DVD Upscaling ASUS provides HD-like visuals via an innovative suite of advanced video enhancement technologies that deliver unsurpassed quality in DVD movies easily and flexibly.
  • newegg Aesthetics of Technology ASUS BW-12D1S-U Blu-ray writer takes a different approach to component design, drawing inspiration from natural and architectural forms – a diamond-shaped profile. This unique space-saving design can be placed either horizontally or vertically with a detachable stand.

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

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  • Larry F.
  • 2/7/2015 11:13:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsno good for win 8

Pros: None

Cons: Bought for my son because his laptop had no disc drive this drive would not be recognized on the computer no help from Asus!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

In behalf of ASUS I want to apologize for the inconvenience this issue may have caused you. I understand the frustration and I know your disappointed since you have issue with the unit. It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. I want to help you fix the issue so if you can please provide me further details wih the issue and email it to me at and put case # N150262552 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in providing a good customer experience.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Daniel N.
  • 11/24/2014 3:08:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsNOT Rip Locked, Awesome Drive

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.

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  • Jonathan R.
  • 11/3/2014 5:45:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsRiplocked to 2x

Pros: Drive works (though not as advertised).

Cons: If you are ripping Blurays (I use MakeMKV), don't expect to reach the advertised 8x speed. The drive appears to be riplocked at ~2x (~8.5MB/s). Other drives rip the same discs up to 600% faster.

Other Thoughts: I have not tried to burn any discs.

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  • Clinton G.
  • 9/24/2014 10:01:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuality, Fast, Price!

Pros: Great Item from Asus (of course) Fast, software easy to manage and friendly use... I giving 4 because the on/off button is a bit stiff to slide... but you get use to....

Cons: On / Off Button stiff a bit... you'll get use to.

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  • Susan C.
  • 7/18/2014 10:11:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNew Owner, No issues

Pros: Portable. Installed without a hitch on my Surface Pro 2, as is the Cyberlink Software. People complaining about PowerDvd 10 not working clearly are not computer savvy.

Cons: kind of slow to start up, the video went smoothly, but loading between menus, etc isn't the fastest.

Other Thoughts: Pop the DVD in the drive, open it and click the firmware update link...which should always be the first thing you do if it's that blatantly available. Enter your model number and download the Windows 8 patch for PowerDvd 10...go figure, it works just fine!

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  • Richard P.
  • 5/20/2014 9:25:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Pretty

Cons: DOA. Never even powered on.

Other Thoughts: RMA procedure is broken.

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  • John C.
  • 4/30/2014 7:40:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Drive but understand cons

Pros: USB 3.0 interface, internally a great drive.

Cons: TERRIBLE DESIGN FOR POWER SWITCH!! Recommend have a strip for it so you can turn it off remotely. Switch is in the back of the drive and makes you scared you are going to break it due to slide design. ASUS didn't test it in the field.
Full size so be prepared for the size and the need for an external power source.

Other Thoughts: Expensive for a external drive but not many choices for USB 3.0. Wish it was smaller and could operate without ext power since I got it for a laptop. IF I had realized it was full size I might have reconsidered my purchase of it.

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  • Antonio M.
  • 4/17/2014 11:12:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbw-12d1s-u

Pros: USB 3.0 is as fast or faster then SATA--plug and play-- no drivers needed.-.You can use the shortcut to open and close drawer!!! I only put the disk in and take it out---.Use power outlet switch to turn it on an off ,instead of switch on back, or just leave it on all the time---- it looks cool.. On the desktop it is convenient to use --Burned 22 gig in 11 minutes!! Software works if you follow the directions. (install the whole media suite and download the patch)Watched a blue ray movie I just rented with bundled software.-- no problems. If you want to buy better software for this drive ,you can do even more!!!!

Cons: absolutely non...snap it up before its gone!

Other Thoughts: would you buy a hot rod and complain about putting gas in it or upgrading it?

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  • Eric S.
  • 4/10/2014 11:26:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Excellent Speed. Quick Startup.

Cons: BRIGHT FREAKING LIGHT. My computer equipment is in my bedroom. If I wanted a night light I would have bought one.

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  • Charles D.
  • 3/31/2014 6:23:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove the speed

Pros: Makes great use of USB 3.0, very fast. Main used for backing up my Blu-Ray disc so I can watch them on the go and works so good now I need a nice external HDD.
Very quiet, happy I went with this instead of a replacement drive for my laptop.

Cons: It is a bit large but I knew that when I ordered it, so can't really complain. Wish the USB cable was a standard cable, in case you want to use a longer one.

Other Thoughts: Extremely satisfied with the burner and it matches my Asus laptop. I would definitely recommend this product if you are looking for a external Blu-Ray burner.

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