Summary: It was pretty much plug and play. All you need is a very basic knowlege of up to open a PC tower and what cables go where and you are in business. The only catch I ran into (which could be an isolated incident) is needing an internet connection. As soon as you install the software (which should come with it) it will need to update via the internet. Anytime you want to watch a bluray it wants the internet connection to see if there are updates for that movie.
Great player . Using it for playng and backing up movies into Hard Drive.
Juan David Berdugo "JDBerdugo", Amazon
14 December 2009
Summary: This player has been around my PC for 4 months so far and works just fine. Most people who have trouble with this drive don't really have problems with it but with underpowered processors or graphics cards. Im currently using it with a mid level quad core - Radeon HD 4870 rig. I've used it with VGA, DVI and HDMI interfaces through my video card and none of them have posed any problem. This product is meant for people with certain knowledge about PCs and their hardware.
Summary: Before buying this product I did my research and found a tool from cyberlink that determines whether you can play blu-ray discs according to your hardware and software equipment at the following link ( http://www.cyberlink.com/stat/bd-support/enu/index.jsp ). The only thing I was missing was a software to play blu-ray. This product comes with the PowerDvD, which is the software that I needed to play the blu-ray discs.
Summary: Ok to start off, the blu-ray drive is a quality product that works flawlessly and is great for the price now. I have a 22" widescreen monitor that can support and display HD quality as well as a decent quality graphics card (Nvidia 9400GT 1GB). I try to make my computer as much as a media center as I possibly can so it is no surprise that I wanted a blu-ray player for it.
Summary: Save yourself the pain. Just buy a normal blu-ray player separate from your computer. Sometimes I could get the blu-ray player to work great. But often I'm re-installing drivers to get it running everytime Vista (64 bit ultimate) has a significant update. Currently I can't get it running after updating my Soundblaster audio card. Sometimes the blu-ray won't recognize a disc (however after a few restarts it might), or sometimes it will play but there will be no sound.
Great when it works, and needs upgrade for 5.1 sound
Hamish Macphail, Amazon
26 June 2009
Summary: I didn't expect much given the price of this drive, so I haven't been all that disappointed, but it has given me some headaches. Firstly, it's not clear at first that although you CAN get digital sound through SPDIF with the included PowerDVD software, it is ONLY 2 Channel (Stereo / Prologic) digital sound. To get 5.1 digital sound, you need to upgrade to the full version of PowerDVD (which I did).