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LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It has done everything I wanted it to do flawlessly. My first BD burner, it burns flawlessly at 7.8-8.0x on 4x BDs, the only "coasters" so far were due to lousy input, they play fine on a standalone player.

Cons: None that I've found

Other Thoughts: I had to buy an add-on SATA card to drive it, my 5 internal connecters were all used up with hard drives. It is OEM, so no cables, screws, or directions. Although I haven't burned a BD with Linux on it, it is recognized just fine and neither Linux nor windows needed any special drivers. I've yet to purchase an LG product that I wasn't happy with.

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SONY Movie Studio Platinum 12
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Disappointed 01/28/2013

This review is from: SONY Movie Studio Platinum 12

Pros: With the included DVD Architect 5 it renders and burns menu based BluRay.

Cons: The UI is less pleasing to the eye than the one that Vegas 9 Pro provided, and it takes from 22-26+ hours for a 1920x1080 render for bluray on a 6-core machine (the BD renders appear to be single threaded, a 1 or 2-core machine would likely be faster). Although by my reading of bluray standards indicates support for 1440x1080 29.97i I'm unable to find a way to get it accepted by the software, it invariably seems to force one to chose either a different framerate or to pillarbox to 1920x1080.

Other Thoughts: I avoided Cyberlink due to other reviewers difficulties with the software installs, I'm sorry I did as power director seems to have a good reputation. I only bought this product for the DVD architect component, it forced me to educate myself on alternative methods and although somewhat complex, I am now using only free software to render and burn blu-ray, it is far faster with equivalent or better results. If the product was returnable I'd return it, it's of no use to me. I read on the web there are ways to reduce the render time by rendering from movie studio "just so", but for all the gyrations required I'll use other methods. I feel like I've "been had" by Sony with respect to this product. The product will get a video onto a BD with a menu, and if time is of no concern it is adequate to that task.

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Proscan 40
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Dark 01/11/2013

This review is from: Proscan 40" 1080p 60Hz LED-LCD HDTV PLED4011A

Pros: Colors seem excellent, seems to handle all the various formats well.

Cons: The TV shows no shadow detail on the default settings and shadows are very dark regardless of what input is used and what drives it. The only way to get shadow detail is to run the contrast down to 10% and run the brightness up to about 70%+. This seems to provide a very acceptable picture but not perfect due to the necessary loss of contrast.

Other Thoughts: If I had paid the retail price I would most likely have sent it back, at the price I got it for it is acceptable.

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Curtis B.'s Profile

Display Name: Curtis B.

Date Joined: 10/05/05

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 06/24/08
  • Last Review: 01/28/13
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