Excerpt: Wanted a standard DVD drive to install software from. This came in very simple OEM packaging. Easy to install and worked from the start. Includes ASUS DVD software but have not installed it yet.
Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Quiet, Reliable
Excerpt: Though it is fast in most situations, and has good burn performance, this drive chokes hard on many commercially-manufactured dual-layer DVDs, primarily TV shows. Since I collect classic TV shows, this is a pretty major issue for me.
Summary: I bought this only to install my OS. And it did that just fine. It is kinda loud so if you plan on using it a lot you may want to consider a different one. I thought it was going to blow up with how loud it got at times.
Summary: I can't see that this is much of an improvement over the Pioneer drive I replaced, and in fact the ASUS is quite noisy. Not sure if I got a lemon or if that's just the way they're made. It's working, and that's about the most exciting thing I can say about it.
Summary: It's a DVD drive. Almost no software goes through this thing anymore. It's there for when a teacher has software they distribute through DVDs.If you got some PS2 games lying around, this can come in handy. Maybe you don't have a USB boot drive anymore so you have to make a DVD.