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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Results with Lenovo Laptop, December 13, 2011
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This review is from: ASUS External 12X Blu-Ray Burner with USB 3.0 BW-12D1S-U/BLK/G/AS, Black (Personal Computers)
Very good performance and easy installation. Looks sleek with its glossy black enclosure. USB 3.0 is a clear advantage for blu-ray disk burning. However, some enclosure design aspects detract from ease of use.

Bought this to use with a Lenovo W520 laptop workstation running Windows 7.0 Pro. I do HD video encoding and need a reliable external blu-ray burner with USB 3.0 for video disk production. For years I used non blu-ray LG burners with excellent results. LG's blu-ray burner is still USB 2.0 or I might have considered it.

This burner has a power adapter and USB 3.0 port on the back along with a power switch. It's packaged with a USB 3.0 cable, power adapter, and useful but limited set of Cyberlink software. Cyberlink offers a discount upgrade to their full software suite. I find the provided Cyberlink software right for my needs.

Installation was easy. My laptop recognized both the burner and its USB 3.0 connection. Cyberlink software installed without issue. Blank blu-ray DVD disks are more expensive than regular blank DVDs so disk burn reliability is a high priority. I've burned twenty blu-ray video DVDs using ProShow Producer and other video encoding software. All disks were produced quickly without errors. These work perfectly in both Sony and Sharp Blu-ray players.

There are three enclosure design aspects I don't like. They don't affect disk burning performance and are clearly subjective. First, the top of the player is not flat so I can't stack two of these like I do my bricklike LG burners. Second, the triangular blue LED light on top is very bright and distracting. I can tape over it but I'd prefer it be switchable. Third, the door opening switch is a long thin vertical plastic push contraption on the right side of the player. It lacks positive activation feedback. It is the same glossy black color of the case, is not easy to recognize, and requires a bit of fiddling to operate. It can take a few pushes to open the fold down door panel which allows the tray to slide out. I must take care when pushing this to avoid interference with the door panel opening function. This is overly complex, gimicky, and likely to be a failure point. Why not a simple highly visible pushbutton providing positive activation feedback with a simple slide out tray? Clearly, the designers overruled the engineers on this one.

In summary, if you need an external Blu-ray burner with fast USB 3.0 performance and require software to operate it, this may be the right choice. I prefer function over beauty regarding enclosures so I ding it a star, subjectively, in this department.
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Initial post: Jun 28, 2012 6:02:21 AM PDT
G. Lang says:
Hi, Can I check if the power adaptor support 220V?

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 2:14:07 PM PDT
testmaster says:
Good review! I have the same complaints.

As for the blue light which cannot be turned off (unless you turn off the power switch in the back), I use super-cheap "3M Scotch Colored Plastic Tape 190 1 1/2 in. x 125 in. black" (also comes in 0.75" size -- look on google shopping) to temporarily cover up all the lights on all my computer peripherals, including the huge blue light on this device. The tape peels off easily and one piece can be reused many times like Post-Its. Excellent cheap solution to covering electronic lights.
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