Conclusion: The BDX-S500U is a good example of what we've come to expect from Sony's latest portable optical drives. This compact and lightweight Blu-ray Disc writer offers good looks, a number of useful features and some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available on a portable unit.
Pros: Writes to BD-R and BD-R LTH media at 6x, Writes to BD-R DL media at 4x, Writes to BD-RE and BD-RE DL media at 2x, Writes to DVD±R media at 8x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Writes to DVD±R DL media at 4x, Reads single layer BD-ROM's at 6x, Reads BD-R media at 6x, Rea...
Cons: Not USB powered, Questionable writing quality with some DVD-R DL media, Cannot set the book type of DVD+R or DVD+RW media, Does not support 99 minute CD-R media
Conclusion: The Sony BDX-S500U drive could be alternatively be equipped with an eSATA or a USB 3.0 port in order to perform as it should be without worrying about the hardware installed in your computer.