Summary: But the sad fact is, after waiting so long for a new product, this just feels like too little, too late. $180, www.plextor.com Best scores are bolded. All tests were conducted using Nero DiscSpeed. Our test bed is a Windows 7 machine using a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 930, 6GB of Corsair DDR3/1600 RAM on an Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard, a Radeon HD 5860 videocard, a Western Digital 500GB Caviar hard drive, and an Antec 850W PSU.
Pros: Fast BD-R writes with Sony discs; strong DVD performance.
Excerpt: External Blu-ray burners come in all shapes and sizes, but internal drives have no such freedom – they’re constrained by the physical dimensions of a 5.25in drive bay, and all buttons and LEDs must face forward. Such drives are usually differentiated only by their price, performance and audible output.