Excerpt: This is HUGE! I had a Buffalo USB2.0 model and was as quicker as this model, but easily 3 times smaller. However, it works perfectly on my iMac (late 2012) oand MacBook Pro (late 2013). As a videographer, I needed something reliable and quick. I'm using the ol' DVD Studio Pro with the burner and Toast Titanium. Yes, I would recommend to a friend. For some, the ''on/off'' button will be an issue, but as long as it works, it doesn't really bothers me.
) What did distinctly impress me at this early stage of the game was putting a disc into the tray NOT HAVING LOADED any software
15 December 2014
Summary: This customer considers the Asus External Blu-Ray Burner USB 3.0 a remarkabke bit of gear, not withstanding it has yet to be fully pressed into service (due to being rather more than fully occupied at present!) What did distinctly impress me at this early stage of the game was putting a disc into the tray NOT HAVING LOADED any software/pilots was the compact window that suddenly appeared centre screen asking me if I wished to burn something — not having anything YET...
Looks very nice though. Took me a while to figure out ...
13 August 2014
Summary: Did not know it was so large. Looks very nice though. Took me a while to figure out how to use the power switch (form over function, totally). It requires its own power supply which is lame but oh well. Would have been nice if it was bus powered. Played a movie to test it out on the "free mac blu ray player" OS X app, everything works fine and the device is very quiet which is nice.
Excerpt: Unpacked the Blu Ray writer followed the simplistic instructions downloaded software and drivers from installation disk. Plugged it in using adapter and hooked it up to USB 3 port. Nothing....... On the back is a small raised piece of plastic and with flashlight in hand I could make out the words ON and OFF. Tried to manipulate switch and nothing. Had to go to Youtube to find the solution you have to slide the switch with out putting any pressure on it.
Excerpt: Words good. Can be placed vertical with included stand or horizontal, it has rubber feet. The USB 3.0 cable is short, but fine for plugging in and setting ontop of chassis. Tghe Cyberlink software that comes with it is garbage. My PC also has a DVDRW and whenever I tried to burn with Cyberlink software it keeps trying to burn the the DVDRW, even after selecting the correct bluray drive.Worked just fine with CDBurnerXP or Imgburn.Used 6X discs and burner all discs so far.
Pros: Burns Discs Successfully, Easy To Install, Nice Appearance
Excerpt: An excellent option to a built-in blue-ray writer. Portable between machines. Bundled Cyberlink software quite adequate so far. Only 4 stars because nothing can be perfect, got to leave room for some gripes later.... IF they arise.
Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Excellent Quality, Reliable Performance
Cons: Onoff Switch A Bit Sticky, Onoff Swith A Bit Sticky
Summary: The Blu-Ray burner appears to work very well with all of the tasks that I have tested so far. Std DVD movies/ BluRay movies / Read/Write to DVD-RW / Blu-Ray BD-RE. Handles big file transfers to/from disks with no glitches. Have not checked the USB 3.0 actual rate performance but it appears that it is doing well. My son also has this ASUS Burner and no complaints and he is doing Blu-Ray video editing.
Summary: I purchased this due to the combination of great price, USB 3.0, and 12X burning support, which is apparently hard to find with an external drive. The ASUS name was a selling point as well, as I've used ASUS motherboards and other products for years. That and free shipping with Amazon Prime. The drive arrived within the 2-day window, as expected with Amazon Prime. (well worth it in my opinion) I was pleased with the design and performance of the drive.