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Cons: poor quality control
REQUIRES you to use the Cyberlink Power2Go to burn anything
Cant' burn DVD/Blu-ray (first one)
Can't burn Blu-ray (replacement)
Other Thoughts: I purchased this drive for my Asus laptop w/o an optical drive. Unfortunately, I forgot that you need USB 3.0 port to use this drive. So I decided to use it as a second Blu-ray burner until I replace my laptop next year.
The first drive wouldn't burn either DVD or Blu-ray using the provided software (Power2Go). So I sent it back and got a replacement. The replacement was able to burn/verify DVD just fine, but couldn't burn Blu-ray at neither 6X nor 2X. If it was able burn atleast at 2x, I would have kept it. I burned 7 Blu-ray disks on ASUS desktop blu-ray burner (BW-12B1ST) using the same media without creating a single coaster, so it's not a media problem.
This review is from: BYTECC Bracket-525 3.5" Drive/Device Transfer Bracket For 5.25" Drive Bay (Black)
Comes with screws
Cons: Mounting holes don't line up
3.5" opening is too small for 3.5 media reader
Other Thoughts: It looks like cr*p in my Corsair Carbide 500R. Virtually none of the mounting holes line up, so it's hanging in the case by a single screw. The media reader mounting holes have the same problem. Furthermore, the opening for the media reader is too small; looks like I'll have to use a sandpaper to remedy it.
Pretty much a waste of money.
Pros: + Very good ventilation
+ Front fan LED and speed switch
+ Relatively quite for its size and number of fans
+ Comes with 20-pin USB 3.0 to 9-pin USB 2.0 adapter for older mother boards
+ USB, headphone, and mike ports are on front
+ Side 200mm fan can move air (GPU temp. dropped 4 deg. C)
+ dust filters for front and bottom fans (bottom fan not included)
+ Large enough for just about any video card
+ 2 front USB 3.0 ports
+ Light yet relatively sturdy
+ HDD trays can accommodate 2.5" SDD
+ Top exhaust fan mount can accommodate 280mm radiator
+ Built-in mother board standoffs
+ Rubber mount for power supply and fans (120mm only)
+ Good cable management
Cons: - No 3.5" external bay!
- No adapters for 120mm top exhaust fans
- IEEE 1394 port instead of eSATA or USB 2.0
- Fan screws provide are too short and won't work for 120mm fans
- LED on side 200mm fan can't be turned off
- REALLY flimsy HDD tray
Other Thoughts: Almost all media card readers are 3.5", so why is that almost nobody builds a case with a 3.5" external bay? For a case at this price point, it's unforgivable.
Also there are pretty good gaps in the top exhaust ports because no 120mm to 140mm hole adapters are provided. You might want to buy a pair of 140mm exhaust fan for the top. The top fans need to work as exhaust fans so the case won't be filled with dust.
IEEE-1394 port is a rather odd choice. I'd rather see an eSATA port instead.
The USB 3.0 ports are on the front rather than on the top. This should prevent dust, crud from oxidizing the connectors, and spill from shorting out the motherboard.
Intel Core i-5 3570K OC to 4.2GHz on stock voltage/cooler
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Mother board
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) OC to DDR-1800@9-9-9-27
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W
Samsung 830 128GB SDD
Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K2000 2TB HDD
XFX Double D FX-785A Radeon HD 7850