Summary: LG makes electronics which are sturdy, reliable and clever - and this drive is no exception. You'll need to provide your own Blu-ray movie playback software, but as soon as you do, your fresh hi-def copy of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" will have your sides splitting all over again. I tested it with a free trial of Corel WinDVD and Cyberlink PowerDVD. Good stuff.
Summary: I just purchased one of these in November 2013 and it did not come with software. If you want the software make sure you buy the retail version. Other than that it has been a fantastic drive. I love being able to do a windows "system image" backup on just 2 disks in under 30 min.
Summary: I have not sampled this particular product, but buyers should be aware that LG makes flimsy bluray players and doesn't stand behind them. I bought my first LG bluray a year and a half ago and it didn't work. They replaced it but now the second one is malfunctioning. Naturally it's out of warranty but LG won't even service it. If you want a machine for only a year or so, go ahead and buy LG. Otherwise ...
Hardware was great. But you might want to pay extra for software....
Dyany Munson "dyany", Amazon
3 October 2013
Summary: I'm rather 'old school' I guess because, while I backup most of my important files to the cloud, I still like physical backups and physical movies. We already have a blu-ray player with the TV, I wanted one on my computer that would also allow me to back up files. Did the research, put this one on my wishlist, and got it today for my birthday. Here's what I think so far: The Good: - Hardware installation was a snap. Just took out my old DVD burner and put this in.
Summary: It works great as a blu-ray drive, but if I could do it again, I would buy the one WITH software. When I purchased this, I wrongfully assumed that blu-ray would be like DVD because of software like VLC being able to play DVDs without the normally bloated software that came with DVD players. Instead, I've had a lot of trouble finding something open-source like VLC to play back blu-rays (VLC doesn't have blu-ray playback support fully).