Summary: Have used this for a few months, mainly to play Blu-Ray movies on my PC, using the supplied PowerDVD software. Since I already had a good DVD-RW drive, this product was ideally suited for my needs, being a 'reader' only with no DVD/CD burning capabilities. So if you just need an additional drive to play/read DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, this is perfect! If you need any burning/writing features, you will need to look for a more expensive drive.
Summary: Having read the reviews I was a little bit nervous, but once it arrived in good condition, I felt better, I felt even better when the install into my computer was simple as, and when it took even less time to get it all working thanks to the install disc, don't see why anyone would have problems with this, would strongly recommend this to any of my friends, and matter of fact, I have done, several times.
Summary: The drive is quiet. I have used a Sony drive and while it is okay it does make a lot of noise which can be distracting however with this new drive it is only noticable if I concentrate on it. It plays CDs, DVDs and BluRays without anny problems. The included software is needed for playing BluRay films. The software integrates into Windows Media Centre and works with a remote control. It is a decent price. I have no complaints.