Excerpt: The product is easy to use and can be connected to any USB device that has a screen (i.e., a tablet, TV, etc.) in order to play Blu-rays. That was an added bonus I did not expect. It is very lightweight . I have only used it a handful of times so I cannot speak for its long term use. I have used it about 7 - 8 times in the last two weeks. The only "bad" thing I could think of, is that it is so lightweight that it feels flimsy. Just don't drop it and you should be fine.
Pros: Fast Connectivity, Quiet, Reliable, Versatile
Excerpt: I bought this drive to be used with my new MacBook Pro since they no longer come with a super drive. This drive was the same price as Apple's external SuperDrive but has so much more functionality.
Summary: Overall, I would recommend this product. Shame on Samsung for not obtaining licencing to have this model COMPLETELY burn- ready upon box opening with NERO, Cyberlink, and other software brands.
Pros: Great out of the box. I'm using Rosewill BD Discs, with no "coasters" thus far. Windows 7 easy, with NERO 2014 to write BD Data Discs.
Cons: You must install TSST software, which comes with burner, and download firmware. You should do that before the first burn. You'll need to reboot several times with each firmware update.
Summary: I long ago stopped burning with DVDs for backup because you need dozens of disks to back up photos or videos. Tiresome and endless. So I recently purchased Samsung's SE-506 Blue-ray Writer to solve that. It is 100% reliable on over 100 disks so far. It came with PowerProducer2Go to burn the disks. But I downloaded the latest version 9. It is crucial. It operates free as just a burner, and is fantastic.
Summary: I bought this drive in order to burn Blu-ray discs with a Mac. I had read several reviews prior to purchasing the unit. Some stated it didn't work with Mac OS, others said it did. I have no interest in playing Blu-ray movies on the Mac. Initially there was an issue trying to burn, I made two or three coasters.
Summary: It works, and it writes reasonably fast. My first disk, a 4x double density (50GB) took 45 minutes to write, and 45 minutes for the verify. The drawbacks: 1. It must be plugged into the computer's USB port. It cannot be plugged into a USB hub. 2. If it is plugged into a hub, rather than the computer, it may not play Blu-Ray discs. It may play DVD's, but the functionality in even a powered port is limited. 3.
Summary: I purchased this to use with my MacBook Air. It works great since it doesn't require a separate power supply. I can plug it into a USB port on my MacBook and it's ready to use! Not only does this allow my MacBook Air (which doesn't have any type of optical drive to begin with) to read CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs, but it also lets me write Blu-ray Discs which is the main reason that I purchased it. Using single layer discs you can get 25GB on a single disc.