Summary: I installed on a New Mac Pro to take advantage of USB3.0 speeds. Installation is strait forward. the transport does not show up in finder unless you install a cd/dvd/bd/other compatible media. In other words, stick a disk in it! Its startup speed is fast. If you want to playback a Bluray Movie you will unhappy if you are a Mac user as additional software is needed like Aiseesoft Mac Blu-ray player, not free. I have no feedback on write speeds for different media. Enjoy!
Summary: I bought this for a 2007 iMac running OSX 10.6.8. I works great. With a third party application I can watch Blu-Ray movies on my Mac, or use it to backup valuable Blu-rays I have purchased. The color and trim matches the iMac nicely. I haven't tried to write Blu-Ray disks yet, but I did not buy it for that purpose.
Excerpt: I really like it so far... I am using it with my new MacBook Pro 15" Retina. Set up and connection was simple. I chose to update to Roxio Toast 12. I was able to burn DVD's for data storage as usual. The speed was noticeably faster than my internal drive in my old MacBook and even the internal drive in my iMac. I have not attempted to burn a Blu-ray disk yet. One thing I didn't realize from the photos was that the front is aluminum but the case is white plastic.
Pros: Easy To Use, Lightweight, Quality Construction
Summary: Great Bluray player/burner. Works great on my MacPro and is definitely quieter and faster then other systems. It's a little bulky compared to other models but if it is speed you're looking for this is the one for you.
Summary: I have a new Dell XPS 27 AIO with a single optical drive. I rip CDs regularly and the LG External Rewriter allows me to simultaneously rip two discs at once. Very speedy and reliable. Haven't yet tried to write a Blu-Ray disc.