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ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner Drive with Disc Encryption - Black - Retail Box

4.3 out of 5 stars 282 customer reviews
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  • 12X Blu-ray burning speed and best burning quality
  • Drag-and-Burn
  • E-Hammer ensure data security
  • E-Green Drive automatically optimizes drive's power consumption.
  • Optimal Tuning Strategy(OTS), it reduces the failure disc rate and increases successful burning.
  • OS Support: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Asus
  • Model Number: BW-12B1ST/BLK/G
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1
  • Form Factor: 8-Inch
  • Buffer Size: 8 MB
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Product Description

12X Blu-ray burning speed and best burning quality by OTS technology. Drag-and-Burn: three simple steps to burn. Disc Encryption doubles the security.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.7 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B004ZMG55I
Item model number BW-12B1ST/BLK/G
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 282 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #26 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Internal Optical Drives > Internal Blu-ray Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com May 6, 2011

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I don't really use this drive for watching movies or burning movies. I bought it to back up large amounts of data. I was using Double Layer DVDs, but files keep getting bigger and bigger (twss).

I have tested to see how well it does play movies just to check it out and it does a wonderful job (Used TotalMedia Theatre 5). Also just for fun I ripped a BR movie to MKV to see its rip times and was pretty impressed.

I've burned 5 ~24GB disc (and verified) so far with no problems. For the price this is a great drive... but note it DOES NOT come with BR Playback software... Obtain either PowerDVD or TotalMedia Theatre 5 if you plan on playing Movie BluRay Disc. As far as burning disc it does come with a basic PowerDVD burning tool which is pretty much crap, but IMGBurn (free) works great with it.
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I have ripped and burned DVDs and Blu-rays without making a bad one.

When a disc spins-up the sound isn't that loud. My bad Blu-ray burner was a Pioneer and it was much louder.

The only issue I noticed was sometimes ripping a audio cd the drive will make errors when the drive is at it's max speed. Too fix this issue I dropped the speed down to 16x. Firmware version is 1.02 I'm hoping the next firmware update will take care of this error issue.

This is a OEM so no sata cable OKGear 18" Premium SATA III Round Cable 6GB/s. There is a CD with bundled software in the box.

The Microsoft Windows Driver 6.1.7601.17514 6/21/2006 works perfectly with this Blu-ray burner. No ASUS driver available for this burner.

Buffer Size: 8 MB
Accurate Stream: Yes
C2 Error Pointers: Yes
Reads ISRC: Yes
Reads UPC: Yes

More drive info posted in comments.
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There are two versions of the Asus BW-12B1ST: 1 is a rebadged Liteon iBHS112-2 with 8 MB cache, and the other version is a rebadged LG BH14NS40 with 4 MB cache. The Liteon version has the capability of doing quality scans for DVD and Blu-ray discs and the LG version does not. The page for this product advertised that it's the 8 MB cache version, which is the Liteon clone. What they actually shipped to me was the LG clone with only 4 MB cache and completely incapable of performing disc quality scanning.
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I'm sincerely hoping that I received a DOA (Dead On Arrival) unit. Why? Because if you need support from ASUS on this model, you're out of luck. The drive is a bare-bones package, and the install disk doesn't even have the drivers on it. It has a link to point you to the ASUS website for updated drivers, but when you get there, it asks you to choose your OS from the drop down menu (required) ... and there are no choices.

That's likely because there are no drivers for this actual drive. After an hour-long Google search down the rabbit hole of owners with the exact same problem, I contacted ASUS support. Needless to say, they weren't very helpful. All their support links are simply scripts leading you back to the same broken support page. Their "live support" link tells you (after a 15-minute delay) that "All Engineers Are Busy" and to send an e-mail to support.

I got the e-mail from support this morning -- and the first thing they asked was if I had downloaded the newest drivers from their site -- and sent me the link to the page where you can't choose your OS for the drivers.

Sigh.

Look elsewhere. Save yourself the hassle. I hope when Amazon sends the replacement unit it works right out of the box, because if it doesn't, I know ASUS will not help me.

UPDATE: Two weeks later, I received a reply from ASUS. It didn't help, but at least this response wasn't canned. I also found out that some companies manage their feedback on sites like Amazon, and that's where some of the positive reviews come from and the downranking of the negative responses ... like this one. Be informed: [...]
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I've only had 3 bad discs made from this drive so far and those were all DIGISTOR 50GB BD-R Media, 6X (5 pack)

The Verbatim 97237 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Double Layer Recordable Disc BD-R DL, 3-Disc Jewel Case works great with this drive from what I've seen. I use DVD Architect to author my home videos and it is able to play the movies in my Sony BD Player.

So far my experience with this drive has been thoroughly enjoyable, and it still runs as fast and quietly as when I first purchased it a few months ago. Dual Layer Disc it takes about 2 hours to write data to the disc, 25GB BD-R Takes around 45 minutes to an hour to write to, and DVDs take around 20-30 minutes to write to.

Update: Figured I'd add an update to say that the drive is working great still and running just as fast as it did when I first purchased it.
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Bought this for my new PC build because of the specs and price. Worked great for a couple weeks then suddenly stopped for no apparent reason. Windows 7 Troubleshooting says the drivers need to be reinstalled but can't find them. I went to the Asus website and tried to download drivers but their download page doesn't function properly. Specifically, it asks you to choose your OS from a dropdown menu but the menu is empty. The website will not allow you to continue without making one choice from a menu of 0 items so you can't proceed. If this is Asus customer service then this will be the last Asus product I buy.

UPDATE: I was able to get the unit working again by restoring my pc to a point before the drive issue occurred. I have had no problems with the product since but I never did receive a reply from Asus Customer Support. So, while I have upgraded the item rating to 3 stars I don't think I could ever suggest buying any Asus product because their Customer Support is non-existant.
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