Summary: Ready burn and write Blu-Ray? Understand and accept that there is still a dearth of good authoring software out there? Then this drive is a good burner at an excellent price from Newegg.
Pros: Reads and burns Blu-Ray disks without problems. With my 940 i7 Vista 32 bit system, it can rip a Blu-Ray main movie title in 40 minutes and write the iso file to a 4X BD-R in 20 minutes (using DVDfab 6) to make backups of your movies. Copy quality is perfect. This is comparable to the time to rip...
Cons: Media is still expensive, but prices are falling gradually just like they did with DVD optical media. Drive speed will get gradually better, too. So you should have an early adopter mentality. The bundled software includes a Cyberlink suite of DVD and Blu-Ray authoring programs and Power DVD. I c...
Summary: Had Nero 9 already installed. One reason I bought this drive is because I've been having so much trouble with burning DVD+R DL media (I thought it was my mediocre Samsung DVD burner). I also bought 4x Memorex BD-R media with this drive. Tried twice to burn 24GB to Memorex BD-R, at 4x and then at 2x.
Pros: Fast and quiet. Records inexpensive 4x media at 8x. Decent software bundle of slick applications for Cyberlink, so far they just work. LightScribe is a nice-to-have. Drive is a little longer than the DVD burner it replaced, but no problem with space in my nMediaPC HTPC case.
Cons: The drive may not like some newer nVidia SATA controllers if they're not using nVidia drivers. Have an nForce 630a mobo. I was using XP MCE, with the SATA controller in IDE mode and generic Microsoft pci IDE drivers loaded. I was replacing a SATA DVD burner that was working perfectly, but when I ...
Summary: On Windows 7 drivers: Windows 7 is basically a rebundled Vista. It is my experience that Vista drivers work with Windows 7, so use the Vista x64 drivers and this drive should work with Windows 7.
Pros: I do not own this drive yet, but Newegg has no way of allowing me to post a comment to another user's reviews the way other stores do. Read "Other thoughts" for driver information.
Summary: This burner has nothing to do with HDCP, you took out your frustrations with HDCP on this burner and it doesn't even seem like you did any research at all because HDCP reminders seem to be in almost every review that has to do with blu ray burners/players.
Pros: Everything you'd expect from a top of the line blu-ray burner. The technology is still in its infancy, so be informed and be prepared.
Cons: None that I can think of off the bat, for the price, and what it is, its worth it if it works as specified.
Summary: Minutes after I purchased mine from Newegg, they dropped the price by $50 down to $199. I wrote a letter complaining about this and they credited my account for the difference. Newegg was under no obligation to do this, but they did it anyway. Much appreciated!!
Pros: Installed very easily (Vista 64-bit OS) and began burning discs straight away. I copied 24 GBs of console video game roms onto a single disc and it worked perfectly. Software works great, though you have to download a FREE patch to enable BD Movie playback. That was no problem at all either.
Cons: The drive itself is almost an inch longer than standard DVD burner drives, so you'll need to take extra care during installation that you're not pinching nearby cables in the case.