Pros: This thing works great as long as you have the right software. Does not work with Windows 7 starter and WMP. Install VLC media player and it works wonders. Still got to test it with bluray though (vlc states it can play bluray).
Cons: Had to seek out the software, took some time
Summary: I tested watching a DVD with only 1 usb port plugged in and it worked fine. I do not have any Blu-ray disks to test at the moment. When I burned 4 dvd-r disks, I had both usb ports plugged in to avoid possible power issues.
Pros: *slim case *Can read disks with only 1 usb port plugged in *burned 4 dvd-r disks with no errors *comes with Cyberlink Power2Go v7 (burning software, not a dvd/blu-ray playback software)
Summary: I installed this on an ASUS G73SX-BST6. Install was straightforward, almost as simple as a desktop install. I recommond this drive strongly to anyone who wants to have an internal blu ray drive, but currently only has a DVD drive.
Pros: It's a SATA slim blu-ray player in a USB case.
Cons: None, although I should have sprung for the burner at a few bills more.
Summary: This is a nice little Blu-Ray reader with decent speed. Works great as a Blu-Ray reader on my Windows Home Server. I would like to have seen the option for using AC power as opposed to using the supplied USB "Y" adapter. Not enough to lose an egg over.
Pros: Saw this item and went for it and with the $20 rebate it was really a bargain. Now I can play bluray discs on my laptops that don't have a bluray player and can bring it along on trips. I like the blue color and the player looks solid. So far no problems. Just waiting for my rebate.
Cons: I have an Asus eeepc1000h and it doesn't play bluray very well but I don't know if it will play better with the new CPUs.
Summary: I bought this so I could rip my blu ray movies to mkv files. It works great reading the disks and I've had no problems yet. It does take up 2 usb ports since it doesn't have an external power source but I've actually had it run perfectly fine with only 1 plugged in.
Pros: Works great for ripping blu rays and playing if you own blu ray playback software (the software is not included with this drive). It's also small enough that I can through it in my laptop bag and use it as a an everyday external drive which always comes in handy.
Summary: Doesn't VLC play back Blu-Ray discs (and everything else)? I use VLC on my HTPC; it even plays the [naked] .ISO files. Sorry if I misunderstood. Look here: http://www.freewarefiles.com/search.php?query=vlc&boolean=exact&type=all&B1.x=0&B1.y=0
Pros: Looks really nice; I didn't yet buy it but I may, right away. I buy 99% of my tech gear from the one-and-only Newegg. (Sometimes I get the items the very next day, like WOW!)