Summary: To be fair, these are still decent Blu-ray burn times, and Sony media is easy enough to come by. We also can’t complain about the drive’s 16x DVD+R writes or its capable DVD ripping performance—11 minutes to rip the contents of a double-layer movie disc. But the sad fact is, after waiting so long for a new product, this just feels like too little, too late.
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.