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 external USB 3.0 drive is really fast and quiet. The only quirk with it is the included software did not autorun, and the Asus Firmware update link did not work.....maybe this drive is too new to need a firmware update but the software takes you straight there when you finally get it installed and the the Asus site cannot find the drive unless you type in the serial number then the page freezes.
Hardware performs while software/firmware need refinement.
Eric Esterle, Amazon
15 February 2014
Summary: I have burned two 25GB Blu-ray discs with the USB 3.0 Asus BW-12D1S-U on a Thunderbolt capable 15.4" MacBook Pro Retina. Using this configuration to backup from a 6TB Western Digital Thunderbolt drive, I can burn a 25GB BD in about 10 min. Only hangup is using Toast 11 Titanium the drive will hang at 99%. Disabling "write verfication" doesn't resolve this issue, but killing the burn at 99% leaves a validly burned and readable disc.
Summary: Very good performance and easy installation. Looks sleek with its glossy black enclosure. USB 3.0 is a clear advantage for blu-ray disk burning. However, some enclosure design aspects detract from ease of use. Bought this to use with a Lenovo W520 laptop workstation running Windows 7.0 Pro. I do HD video encoding and need a reliable external blu-ray burner with USB 3.0 for video disk production. For years I used non blu-ray LG burners with excellent results.
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.