Summary: Windows 7 immediately recognized this, you need to buy software to play the Blu-ray Discs or figure out another alternative such as anydvd, vlc and the media player codec package. I'd give it 5 stars, but I'm surprised at how loud it gets playing sometimes.
Summary: Pioneer has always been in the forefront of anything audio or video related. Anytime you see a decent price on Pioneer anything you can bet your bottom dollar it will be worth the price and there will be plenty of the basic features you need to achieve a nice viewing or listening pleasure. I installed this Bluray combo drive in about 30 seconds and Window 7 saw it with no muss or fuss and away we went.
Pioneer -- the best DVD and Blu-Ray Burners, bar none.
The Frugal Gearhead, Amazon
24 September 2013
Summary: Works exactly as intended. I've always used Pioneer DVD burners in my personal and professional system builds, and have continued to do so with the latest Blu-Ray burners from Pioneer. I have always been impressed by their quiet performance, durability, and $ value. Hardware and Windows OS compatibility have never been an issue. They last quite long, through a large quantity of read and writes.
Does what it's supposed to do...I thought it was going to be black though.
Jacob Truman, Amazon
13 September 2013
Summary: Works well enough. I thought the read/write speed would be a bit higher, but I suppose that's on me for making assumptions. The other thing is, the pictures really make it appears as though it's black and it's definitely either a very light black or some sort of greyish color. Kind of disappointing seeing as how it doesn't match my case now.
Summary: Garbage. Broke after 2 months, and its a shade of cheap grey. Not only does it perform poorly as a dvd player, but it's absolutely useless as a blu-ray player without software. Stopped working altogether after 2 months. Waste of money.
Summary: Installed easy, drivers were detected by Windows 7. This is just the drive, no software included. You'll need some kind of playback software to play blu-rays. I installed TotalMedia Theater for blu-ray playback and it works wonderfully.