Summary: BR disks are very expensive coasters. I bought a Pioneer because the brand is supposed to be solid, but this thing is horrible. It takes 3 hours to burn 22G at 4x, and still ends up coastering 3 out of 4 disks.
Cons: *Only two successful burns out of 8. *Can fit less than 22G on a disk when it should be 25G
Summary: If you want to watch a Blu-ray movie, buy a stand alone player. I also suggest you purchase a good quality top of the line name brand unit. I purchased a low end player that hangs and skips. Not enjoyable at all.
Pros: Plays standard dvd's just fine. It may even have the capability to burn BD's (don't know, havn't tried)
Cons: Will not play a rented Blu-ray movie. Tried on 3 different mother boards and a number of OP's from XP Pro 32 up to and including Win 7 Pro 64. Also tried every conceivable BIOS configuration. Simply will not play a rented Blu-ray movie. By the way, I did try at least 3 different movies. Oh yeah, ...
Summary: Over all this is one drive that I haven't been able to find fault with or burn a single bad disc once yet. I know I can do it if I open the drive or so something physical like unplug the drive during a write, or pull the power to the PC or even just reboot, but so far, not one coaster out of ANY...
Pros: Drive is fast for burning BD-R's which is very important, who wants to wait forever to burn a 25 Gig amount of data. Its still Slower on a BD-RE but thats to be expected. The cool thing is finding the BD-RE DL for 50 Gigs. I have used that disc as a test for making a legal backup of Blu-Ray movie...
Cons: Cost, as it costs more than other drives that have a similar feature set.
Pros: Easy to install, and WXP didn't have any issues. I did update firmware right away. Burns fast and no coasters; so far.
Cons: I don't think I've had any issues that I could blame on the burner. For some reason a BD-RE 2x speed disc of mine is burning only at 0.8x now-a-days. Not sure if its the disc or burner. The software is a little weak, but manageable.
Summary: There is nothing else to say, buy it now.
Pros: I have had this drive for 3 months now and have never ever had a bad burn, I have used Sony BD-R 6x 25GB, and currently I'm using RiDATA BD-R 4x 25GB. Both work great in this drive. I have burned a few DVDS just to try it out also and it works great although I use my DVD burner for that most of t...
Cons: None, maybe could have had better software, more up to date. It has PowerDVD 9, PowerDVD 10 Mark II is much better.