Summary: I have the Samsung model 506 and enjoyed using it for 11 months, but it just stopped reading DVDs or data discs. Won't read a single thing other than regular audio CDs. It was my go-to drive and I preferred it over the built-in disc drive in my Dell laptop. but it just stopped working. Fortunately it has a one year warranty and they will exchange it. Glad I called.
Summary: Two months after the warranty expired the player quit working. I've always taken good care of it, like I do everything. Only fourteen months old and it died. If you're looking for a Blu Ray drive, you might want to look at other brands.
Summary: I have a Samsung Series 9 and this blu-ray drive works great with minimal setup.It plays Blu-rays smoothly without any hiccups.There is no need to plug-in both USB cables. It works with only one USB with my laptop. Again this depends on the laptop, mine was able to provide the drive with enough power. Some older laptops may not do this, then you need to connect both USB cables. Very good product from SAMSUNG.
Summary: Haven't tried the bluray option yet because I mainly use it to install software on my driveless laptop. Works well, even with just one plug. Would have bought the bluray writeable version, but I probably would never burn a bluray in my life.
Summary: Just wanted to point out that only one USB port is needed if your motherboard sends sufficient power to that port. Works perfectly on my M11x with just one port. True plug-n-play operation. Zero stutter while watching blu-rays using PowerDVD. There is riplock, however, limiting rip speed to about 10MB/s. Overall, a good buy.
Summary: My previous external DVD drive just died and I wanted to upgrade to something more useful. Since my blu-ray library keeps expanding, might as well be able to read blu-ray on the computer as well! The goods: - the drive is recognized immediately - It's very compact and doesn't take much space on the desk! - It's very quiet compared to my old drive - Can burn CD and DVD at goos speed - Plays blu-ray movies without problems and the picture is very clear!
Summary: I bought this external DVD unit for both a MacBook Air and an old desktop PC which lacks an internal BluRay drive. On both computers, it was plug-and-play. No software installation was needed. There are a few problems with this drive, however, that I cannot really recommend it. First, it is butt ugly. This is a particularly serious problem with the beautiful MacBook Air. Second, it does not play BluRay on a Mac(although this is probably a universal problem).