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.
Great player - but with a ton of software updates!
El Sparquito "EL SPARQUITO", Amazon
10 December 2008
Summary: After a searching and weeding through a bunch of forums and product reviews, I settled on this player (drive) vs. the LG/LiteOn/Pioneer/etc. It was just bundled with decent software, cables, and has the Blu Ray originator, "Sony," brand name. I just finished watching Narnia (Caspian) and the Sony drive worked FLAWLESSLY. My base desktop media center is a Gateway GT5224. Here are the specs: Windows XP SP2 Pentium D 2.8GHz (4MB cache) - not overclocked!
Summary: I built a new PC a few months ago, I have all the requisite hardware, and Blu-Ray is still too much of a headache. Don't get me wrong. The drive works brilliantly. However, as some have noted this drive requires you to get software that I think is still under par for consistency and ease of use. Some Blu ray discs are trouble free; many Blu Ray discs require too much time on Google trying to figure out how to even get it to play. Who's to blame?
Summary: It's been a few weeks since I got this. The installation went smooth, and I really did not even need to use the bundled software, as Vista perfectly detected and identified the Bluray drive. Pretty much plug and play. I did end up buying the full version of PowerDVD8 though, HOWEVER, the bundled version is good enough to play BluRay disks, though you ONLY get two channels of output, as in stereo L/R, no multichannel... for that you must buy the full PDVD8 version.