Summary: The drive is great for the price and no problems with it. Installed in minutes and will read any disc I put in. The software does suck though. I installed it in Vista and it won't recognize it as a Blu-Ray drive and refuses to play anything even after updating the software. I gave up and used it in my Linus partition but I really disappointed in the fact that the bundled software does not work and I have tried it multiple times in two different computers.
Summary: The drive itself is great. Easy to install (comes with data cable), very quiet, and plays blu-ray's and dvd's flawlessly. The software is Cyberlink PowerDVD 8 OEM version and is very quirky to configure and use on an HTPC with a remote. I have a Dell Studio 540 (Quad Core Q6600 with Intel G45 graphics) attached to a 42" Vizio 1080P HDTV and Onkyo TX-SR707 receiver.
Decent Drive: Found problem about Blu-Ray Glitches
Mr. Digital, Amazon
15 November 2010
Summary: I've owned this drive for about a month now and had minor problems. When I play Blu-Ray on my high-performance system, the video would every now-and-then lock up or glitch. The Blu-Ray disc I was using (Final Fantasy VII) was brand new and flawless, so I doubted it was the disc. Upon further experimenting with different Blu-Ray drives, I found out that if other programs are running while the Blu-Ray is playing; certain programs can interfere with the playback, thus...
Summary: I needed a basic BD-ROM for a new HTPC. This is mainly for viewing Blu-ray Disc movies and reading BD-R discs which contain photo and music backups. I also use it to read regular DVDs and CDs. It installed easily, just plugged into power and SATA. Noise wise, it's not loud at all, in fact it is pretty quiet. I can't hear it from across the room. It has read everything I have thrown at it so far.
Older Monitors on DVI will not work without HDCP compatibility.
B. Ng, Amazon
10 June 2010
Summary: I bought this drive from another vendor, and I would like to inform those with compatibility issues. It took a few hours for me to figure out the workaround. If you're like me, with a new system and an older LCD dvi monitor, I'm sure you will encounter this problem. Everything is up and ready to play Blu Ray DVD movies, except when you try to play it an error message pops up and tells you that your display is not HDCP compliant.
Summary: Excellent little reader at a great price. I never occurred to me until after I installed it that it can't burn anything at all, not even a CD...it's a reader only. My fault for not reading the specs, still worth it due to the price though.