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Easy install, works like a charm
on March 29, 2014
This Blu-ray player/burner from Asus comes with a quick install guide, a disc with some software (a trial of CyberLink Power2Go and some drive optimization software, as well as a link to update the drive's firmware) and a set of four screws to mount the drive inside your computer's case (I only needed two). After mounting the drive and connecting the necessary cables, I booted up my PC, and Windows recognized the drive right away. Blu-ray playback is smooth, and everything seems to be working well.
What it does not come with:
- Blu-ray playback or burning software. As previously stated, there is a trial of CyberLink Power2Go (burning software) included on the software disc that comes with the drive, but it's only a trial version and eventually expires, requiring you to purchase the full software. As someone who has the full version: it doesn't let you burn Blu-ray movies, only data discs. (You can still burn DVD movies, however.) CyberLink PowerDVD 13 works well with this drive as playback software for both Blu-ray and DVD movies, but you'll have to shell out quite a bit for it. Some have mentioned VLC Player as a good free player, although I haven't tested it.
- A SATA cable for connecting the drive to your computer's motherboard. I grabbed one at the local big box store for $10, although you may be able to get one more cheaply elsewhere.
As a note, I'm running Windows 8.1 and have had no issues using this drive right out of the box.