Excerpt: Easy to setup hardware right-out-of-the-box. Easy to install included software for Windows 8. High quality but short length USB 3.0 cable. Tested burning CD-R immediately with no issues. Intended as blu-ray data disc backup for photos. Would recommend as solution for tablets or laptops with USB 3.0, but lacking a blu-ray player/burner.
Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Reliable Performance
Summary: This burner has served me well. I really like it. It's a bit bulky (could be slimmer), but it works as designed. It's versitile enough to prop on its side using the stand or laying the burner flat. It's quite, too.
Summary: I have previously been using the Samsung SE-506BB 6x USB 2.0 External Slim BluRay Writer for many months now and it worked most of the time. Recently it has not been able to draw enough power to accurately read the blu-ray discs reliably. Discs I was having trouble reading, worked flawlessly on the ASUS drive. The USB 3.0 adds some necessary speed. The drive is big and bulky but sitting on my shelf it does not take up too much space.
Summary: This is a great external blu-ray player. It also works great with macs. All you have to do is plug it in and insert a disk. However, if you want to watch a blu-ray disc you will have to download a blu-ray player for your mac since there is not blu-ray player software that comes installed.
Excerpt: With the right software this writer does it all. First burn was a bd disc of my photos. Did 3 DVD+Rs no problem. Made a number of music CDs that all work perfectly. The only cons are superficial. I don't like the on/off switch on the back and I don't like the eject button on the front. Both could have been designed better. This machine rates 5 stars!
Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Good Graphics Quality, Reliable Performance
Summary: If you're thinking of getting an external and have USB 3.0 on your computer, get this one! It's a little bulky, so I don't use it for travel. I've been a huge ASUS fan since the early 90's, great quality products! Purchased this for a video editing rig. Works like a charm. (I have my own software, PowerDirector 12 Ultimate, so I don't need any, but the software that comes with the drive is useless bloatware.) Works great in Windows 8.1!