Excerpt: Ultimately, Asus' portable Blu-Ray drive has a lot going for it. USB bus power makes it convenient to pick up and take anywhere, the ultra-slim design and blue LEDs look fantastic, and the drive reads and writes everything from a simple CD-R's to recordable BD media reliably.
Conclusion: At first glance, the ASUS SBW-06C1S-U seems to have it all. This compact and versatile Blu-ray Disc writer offers good looks, impressive specs and a number of useful features, including the ability to power itself off a computer's USB bus. Of course, none of this really means much if the drive doesn't have the performance to back it up and unfortunately, in this case, the SBW-06C1S-U came up short in a few key areas.
Pros: Writes to BD-R and BD-R LTH media at 6x, Writes to BD-R DL media at 4x, Writes to BD-RE and BD-RE DL media at 2x, Writes to DVD±R media at 8x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Writes to DVD±R DL media at 4x, Reads single layer BD-ROM's at 6x, Reads BD-R media at 6x, Reads BD-RE and BD-R DL media at 4x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 8x, Reads DVD±R and DVD±RW media at 8x, Reads DVD±R DL media at 6x, Reads and writes to DVD-RAM media at 5x, ...
Cons: Failed to read and write to BD-R media at 6x, Questionable writing quality with some DVD-R DL media, Cannot set the book type of DVD+R or DVD+RW media, High seek times, Overburns to only 92:57
Excerpt: Asus’ SBW-06C1S-U is a slim external Blu-ray writer that’s almost small enough to fit into a coat pocket. It’s powered entirely from the USB bus, with no need for an external mains adaptor. It weighs only 380g, so could be a good choice of portable backup drive .