Conclusion: If you're looking for an easy and affordable way to play Blu-ray movies on your computer, you really can't go wrong with the Lite-On iHOS104. Using the bundled software, this read-only drive played all of the Blu-ray movies I had on hand, including those protected by BD+ and with BD-Live enabled features. The iHOS104 also did fairly well in our transfer rate tests, reading BD-ROM's as well as BD-R and BD-RE media at 4x.
Pros: Reads BD-ROM's and BD-R/RE media at 4x, Reads DVD-ROM's at 8x, Reads DVD±R, DVD±RW and DVD±R DL media at 8x, Low seek times, Serial ATA interface, Includes CyberLink PowerDVD with TrueTheater HD technology, Includes extra bezel, Nice looking design, Affordably priced
Cons: Reads CD's at only 32x, Only a 2MB buffer, Does not support DVD-RAM
Excerpt: It's fair to say that Blu-ray hasn't exactly grabbed the market by the neck as its licensors expected it to two years ago - albeit that it's beginning to get some traction. Much of the reason for the slow-burning growth is cost.
Excerpt: Vi kan fastslå at brenning av Blu-ray-plater ikke har slått an. Bakgrunnen for dette er variert. Prisene for brennere og ikke minst plater har hele tiden vært høye, samtidig som mange nok får sine behov for ren sikkerhetskopiering eller arkivering dekket av vanlige dvd-plater.