Summary: Important. I have read hundreds of Google posts about Asus laptops having problems with their Blu-Ray / DVD drive freezing up. Basically the drives just hang for 30 seconds to 2 minutes and then the sound catches up but the video is moving at warp speed to catch up.
Pros: Fairly easy install. Faceplate removal was simple and anyone can do it by watching web videos. Runs well with no skips. I rarely burn anything so I can't comment on that, but it plays everything exactly as it should.
Summary: I tried to RMA this since this does not fit in their case, and Newegg has refused to return my money (This has been the case with the 3 other pieces of the combo that were not compatible). They will probably lose me as a years long customer over their failure in customer service.
Pros: It would probably work fine if newegg had included the correct case in their DIY kit.
Cons: This was part of the DIY combo #1038442 and it does not properly fit with the included box. The HEC case has a slot for a full sized optical drive, not this slim one. Do not buy the DIY combo 1038442.
Summary: This is an OEM drive, so you should be prepared for it to arrive in bubble wrap w/o any mounting hardware or cables. That means it will not have the wee screws needed if your install includes securing it by screwing it in (if your case requires a drive like this to be secured like that, it should...
Pros: Low-cost... I needed a slimline DVD for an SFF case where it will not see a ton of use, so I was not interested in spending much on it. This installed without issue, and I've used it to read DVDs and CDs and to burn DVDs.
Cons: It is a slow drive, but you can see that by the numbers above. Don't buy this thinking you are getting a fast slimline drive for a magically-low price.
Summary: The front bezel is back with only raised writing. No paint. If you want a totaly black drive with no flash. This is it. The front of my case is totaly black no markings. You can't even tell it has a drive installed.
Pros: It's small and uses the standard slim line SATA connectors that all newer optical drives use. The front bezel is back with only raised writing. No paint. Very stealthy. Fast enough.
Pros: You are buying this drive because it is the cheapest available slim optical drive on Newegg. It delivers on being inexpensive.
Cons: This is an OEM product, so it doesn't come with anything beyond the drive itself. So, if you're using this in anything besides a laptop, you're going to need to purchase a slimline SATA adapter. This should probably be mentioned somewhere in the product description. I purchased this for my Mini-I...