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Pros: -Unlocked and will work on AT&T or Verizon networks.
-Option to unlock boot loader
Cons: Only the Version 1 of the Moto X, but for this price without contract, it is still a very good deal.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Black 12X Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
Maybe it will work in your PC. If it doesn't, don't expect any assistance from ASUS.
Cons: * Drive is not compatible with the chipset on my motherboard
* Drive cannot be returned due to rebate
* ASUS Support is horrible - They don't know how to read, they refuse to offer a solution, when I offer solutions they ignore me.
Other Thoughts: My PC has an ASUS DVD drive in it which works just fine. I also have an older, slower Sony BD-RW drive that works just fine, which I was going to replace with this faster ASUS BD-RW drive.
When I connect the drive to my PC, it is seen in the BIOS, it is seen in device manager, and Windows automatically installs the driver for it. When I insert a disc of any type into the drive, it continues to report that no disc is inserted.
First let start with the initial contact to ASUS, I received the automated confirmation that my ticket had been submitted. I waited over a week with no response. Finally I resubmitted and got a response in a few days.
The response started out with "I understand your problem is ...." They were completely incorrect with their restatement of my problem. I would refer back to my problem description pointing out the details they had failed to comprehend. Overall there were a total of 8 responses from them where they continued to misstate the problem each time until finally they simply refused to help me and said I needed to replace my computer for the drive to work.
Additionally throughout the series of emails, they would ask me for information that was already in the ticket, and in fact had been a required field in the ticket submission form.
The ASUS support website has no updated drivers or firmware for this drive. Yet one of the misguided suggestions by their support person was to upgrade the driver. They should really check their own website before making invalid suggestions.
While this drive is an internal drive that uses a SATA cable to attach, one response told me to use a different USB cable to connect the drive. Where do they find these complete fools for tech support?
My motherboard is an AMD based system using the 890GX chipset, but when I attach the drive to a different motherboard from the same manufacturer with the 990FX chipset (a friends system), the drive works just fine. Due to this bit of information, it seems that a firmware patch to the ASUS drive should be able to resolve the issue. ASUS refused to even consider this as an option, and completely ignored my suggestion to that every time I suggested it.
Due to ASUS’s slow response to my support request, the rebate was already submitted in order to beat the submission deadline. Because of this, I'm now in a situation where I'm unable to return the drive to Newegg. I asked if ASUS could supply me a replacement drive with similar features that is compatible with the 890GX chipset. They basically told me to replace my motherboard to get their drive to function properly.
ASUS has been unable to direct me to any documentation that I may have been able to review prior to my purchase that would have indicated this drive’s incompatibility with the 890GX chipset, and yet has refused to provide me any solution short telling me to buy a new computer at my own expense.
What a ridiculous excuse for product support!!!!
Pros: * Simple to setup, but more advanced configuration available, if you want it.
* Works as expected
* Offers decent level of encryption
* Has Pass-Through for electrical outlet
Cons: * Could be faster, but much better than what I had.
Other Thoughts: On sale at $25 for a pair, I think this is a very reasonably priced network solution.
I used these to replace some old ZyXel PL-100 units that were advertised as 85 Mbps units. These PLA4111 units are advertised as 200 Mbps. Based on my testing, these new units are 3.67 times faster without using encryption (the PL-100s didn't support encryption, so I wanted to test the same way). All other factors were kept identical when conducting the test (same electric outlets, switch ports, computers, etc.). The only difference was the actual power line adapter units. Based on this test, the new PLA4111 units are far more improved than the advertised speeds would indicate.
That being said, my N300 WiFi router was able to perform the same network test almost 40% faster than these new PLA4111 units. Considering 300 is 50% faster than 200, that again seems to be reasonable.