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Pros: Cabled remote display
Cons: Doesn't measure Volt Amps VA or Power Factor so "Watts" will not be consistently accurate for different loads (motors vs resistive lamps or "green" appliances"
Illuminated "protected" light bar across the top. Do I need yet another darn lit up light in any of my rooms? Really. This is also too huge to magic marker over, so it's duct tape time. And now how attractive is that?
Other Thoughts: Volt Amps VA and/or power factor tell how "resistive" (=== Green in today's parlance) a load is. That's the true measure of load and cost . That's also what you need to properly size a UPS (in particular VA ratings should be compared to VA ratings)READ FULL REVIEW
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.