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Pros: Burned a BD-R, read the BD-R, and played back a burned DVD. Also allowed me to install the OS from a burned DVD. Got it on sale.
Cons: Does not read non-burned media. Commercial DVDs simply cannot be watched. Tried different DVDs, different software, and different PCs. Drive is defective, gotta return. So disappointed.
Other Thoughts: I waited too long to assemble my HTPC and confirm that this drive is a dud so I cannot RMA. Based on the other reviews, it seems like this drive is hit or miss. YMMV
Looks like I'm going to forfeit my savings from getting the drive on sale to ship it back to LG for repairs/replacement.
UPDATE (January 2016): This drive continues to have issues reading media, especially DVDs. No problem with BluRay. I RMA'ed the drive with LG and they sent a refurb drive and media playback suite software. The software makes it possible to play back DVDs, finally! BluRay still would not play over DSUB because of DMA resitrictions, but plays just fine over HDMI. Also, this guy works great for ripping BluRays, if you're into that sorta thing.
Pros: MicroATX case for my HTPC that fits in my media center
Has space for 2 HDDs and a full-size optical drive
Near silent with stock Intel cooler
Comes with a power supply
Cons: Wiring is very tight. The power cable for the CPU is simply too short for my GIGABYTE GA-H81M-HD3 motherboard and goes across the expansion card slots. Thankfully, I'm not using them.
The power LED is way too bright. I had to put a piece of electrical tape over the LED it was so bad.
Getting the case opened and closed could be easier. It was especially difficult to close it properly after getting everything installed.
Other Thoughts: There is a rubber slot to run the cables for the optical drive through the black piece that fits over the CPU fan.
There are two power connectors for drives. One is designed for the optical drive and the other for the HDD. Unfortunately, both cables have one SATA and one molex power attachment. If you want to run 2 HDDs like I did, you'll need a molex to SATA adapter. Repeat, IF YOU WANT TO USE 2 HDDS, YOU'LL NEED A MOLEX TO SATA ADAPTER. I guess this case could be used with older systems that still use PATA.
Pros: Used this in my new HTPC. 8 GB of RAM is likely overkill but it's always best to have more than you need.
Got it on sale!
Cons: None yet
Other Thoughts: I don't use this for gaming or anything too intensive. It works well for my needs.READ FULL REVIEW