Summary: Wanted to play blurays in the HTPC. This was the cheapest drive I could find. Ridiculous that bluray drives are so expensive, but not much I can do about that. It works, came with some software that plays blurays.
Pros: Cheap Bluray reader
Cons: Packaged software for playing blurays is bloaty
Summary: Affordable Blu-ray reader with DVD writer combo, easy to install, worked right away. Got up to 25MB/s read speed, seek time not so bad. Reasonably quiet. I'm enjoying watching Blu-rays with this drive.
Summary: I've had my LG drive for a few months now and it's worked and is currently working as I'd hoped. The installation process didn't take long and wasn't as daunting as I thought it'd be (I'm not great with computers) so that was a good start!
Summary: I bought this for a new HTPC build. It's worth pointing out that mine didn't come with any bundled software so I had to update the firmware manually. PowerDVD isn't great anyway so it wasn't that much of a problem.
Summary: This worked as a player, nice and quiet but the proprietary software it forces upon you (power DVD) is a unfriendly mess that you cannot disable auto play features on for your other media, disabling all other audio playback on my windows 7 until it was shut down and the other programs were reset.