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This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 External 12X Blu-Ray Writer Model BW-12D1S-U LITE/BLK/G/AS
Pros: Works well so far though I have yet to burn Blu Ray and have yet to really give it a substantial workout.
- It's very quiet as well
- USB 3.0 transfer speeds.
- No coasters yet
- Looks snazzy. All my recent ASUS gear gets design kudos.
[Edit 1/17/16] Has been, so far, a reliable burner with no coasters including with 25G, 50G, and also re-recordable discs with Verbatim media though I have had some difficulty with non-branded media.
Cons: [Edit 1/17/2/16] This will not play Netflix Blu Ray discs half the discs when a standalone player will play them fine. It keeps resetting and often needs a disconnect and/or paper clip eject. Likely it needs a firmware update - but research shows none is available. Forums indicate the internal drive has never been a good candidate for Blu Ray Video Disc playback. So I'm dinging it yet another bink to 3.
It is HUGE. It's Ginormous. It's certainly not a "to go" drive to pack with your laptop. It's a desktop accessory for sure.
The rear power switch, as others have noted, is difficult to use without hooking with your fingernail. Mine will see the dremel to make it more like a rectangular tab that's easy to actuate.
The open/close corner panel is also difficult to use without interfering with opening and closing the drive.
Other Thoughts: I'm not using their LE drive software so can't comment on that. I'm just using the Cyberlink that came with my laptop.
I bought this so I would not wear out my laptop drive. I've found heavy use of laptop drives for playback and burning to wear them out. So this is my desk accessory I use when not traveling or mobile.
[Edit 1/17/2/16] Blu Ray media is particularly sensitive to quality. After some trouble with un-branded or non Matsushita media I now only buy Verbatim media and generally also their mid if not high level.
I have had reasonable luck (no negatives but no depth of experience) using re-recordable media with this drive burning and others playing it. It's certainly not recommended for archival - but is very handy for shorter term use of a disc for a vacation or loan or such.
Do note that WOTS is if you're OURchiving movies that Cinavia protection may cause playback issues, esp on standalone players, that may appear to be a bad disc and not a fault of the media or burner.
Pros: Works with 2TB drive - product specs only said tested to 1TB.
Works with XBOX one just fine as USB 3.0 powered drive
Sturdy, compact, unobtrusive, aluminum case.
Drive secured with screws. Drive tray secured in outer housing with screws. Drive PCB not exposed near outer shell.
Comes with good cable and one long enough to front/side place on Xbox yet comfortably reach around and plug into the back.
Cons: Could come with some felt or plastic feet or plastic.
Other Thoughts: My first Startech product and I'm very pleased. It's well made and the most up to date on all current technologies.
Case gets a bit warm on use - but not hotter than a drive runs at. So I think it's adequately conducting heat out. It does have front vents. It's on it's side next to the XBOX ONE. I added side edge bottom feet (not included) to raise/isolate it some. Secondarily I added bumpers to ensure a gap if the Xbox was pressed against it on the shelf.
I researched a ALL of the NewEgg enclosures of this type. Most others had issues such as
- plastic case; even if sturdy doesn't conduct heat out like an aluminum case
- Real drive capacity limitations such as 512 or 1TB
- Systemic reliability issues reported by reviewers
- Pseudo "USB 3" port upgrades to what is/was a USB 2.0 product. So not reliabily matching speeds
- SATA II support - or "SATA III Compatability" which can mean it won't choke on SATA III but will only run at SATA II speeds.
Pros: This drive is smoking fast and generally meets or exceeds Samsung's published specs.
Cons: Samsung Magician is inconsistent and poor about settings and properly reporting performance. Generally requires reboot to change it's view of the world (esp partitions) even if it doesn't say so.
Other Thoughts: If you're replacing a HDD with a SSD then you MUST set windows directly or via Magician that you have SSD and to change the appropriate settings.
The difference in GB from 1024 based and 1000 based sizing - will say you've got roughly 900 "gig" . All drives do this now - and most of them (including Samsung) use that difference for sparing, wear leveling, reliability. This is most important in SSDs so I don't complain so much.
Samsung Magician also request that you "Over Provision" by letting it "use" up to 10% of the last partition on your drive. This "over provisioning" is used for "fast writes" that it later coalesces into your partitions "where it belongs". This helps as a flash write requires a read-insert-write cycle unless it's known a flash block is empty. So "over provisioning" uses free space (known empty) as skip-read-do-write blocks so is much faster. That said - I'm told 8.1 may do this already - and I haven't found anything concise. Then you can use that space on that last partition - so it's not lost . Folks mostly say don't let any partition get more than 75% full and there should be enough "free space" for these SSD write optimizations to work..
Samsung Magician's performance benchmark is inconsistent. After a few days it started saying my sequential was 1/10th of what it should be. Per the web :) I used ATTO benchmark and it showed the drive was running as recommended.
Many people say you must "start from scratch" on a HDD->SSD but that's not true. You just need to make the system changes.
Samsung Data Migration will purport to make all these - but it wouldn't let me migrate from an (mostly empty) 2TB hdd in a new laptop to the 1GB 850 EVO. Few tools will shrink partitions (not even Acronis)
So you can do well just copying partitions over hdd->SSD but you need to tweak the settings. Magicians "optimize OS" will do that for you. Or from disk properties, advanced, Optimize : make sure all your partitions are set to optomize, and I'd say once per day.
Enjoy these smoking fast drives!