ASUS External 12X Blu-Ray Burner with USB 3.0 BW-12D1S-U/BLK/G/AS, Black
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- Fastest 12X Blu-ray burning speed and best burning quality by OTS technology
- USB 3.0 doubles transmission speed compared with USB 2.0
- Magic Cinema technology enables Blu-ray 3D entertainment, 2D to 3D conversion, DVD upscaling
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Extreme 12X Blu-ray writing speed with USB 3.0. Magic Cinema technology enables Blu-ray 3D entertainment. Diamond-Shaped Design realize aesthetics of technology.
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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.
The only problem I have is the stand shown in the pictures is not included. So, you have to buy one somewhere or make one. It is not a problem to set it on it the table but it would take up less space if you could stand it vertically. I dropped on star since the stand was not included but pictured.
Most laptop computer do not include an optic drive, so something is needed. If you don't need a burner, other choices are available for a lot less money. I would recommend this unit. I was using an Alienware I7 laptop, Windows 10.
the Asus 12X Blu-ray Burning Speed USB 2.0/USB 3.0 External Blu-ray Drive (BW-12D1S-U Lite) and
the LG Electronics 14X USB 3.0 Super-Multi External Blu-ray Disc Rewriter BE14NU40 (DVD+/-RW with M-DISC Support).
I have owned the LG drive for likely over 10 years and the Asus drive for one year and have used them both heavily.
Both drives are great, and you won’t be making a mistake purchasing either one. (Or, you can do as I did and purchase both!) Both drives do a great job reading and writing all of the advertised disc formats. Both work at high speed. Both have similar price and availability.
Both drives have been very reliable for me. I have used both drives heavily on 100s of discs over many years. The LG drive was the first one I bought many years ago, and after many years of heavy use it eventually stopped reading Blu-ray discs (everything else still worked). I happily replaced it with the same drive. I got more than my money’s worth from the first one. My Asus drive has not failed, but I have only had it for about one year.
The differences between the drives are really quite minor. Again, you won’t be making a mistake by buying either of these great drives. But perhaps my descriptions below will help you match the quirks of each drive with your own personal priorities.
The Asus drive may be slightly faster on some reads, but is noisier and has an unusual shape. My impression is that the Asus drive may on occasion be very slightly faster than the LG drive. I have not done any formal benchmarked speed tests, but I have read thousands of discs with these drives, so take this for what it’s worth. The Asus drive is always slightly noisier than the LG drive. But frequently, the Asus drive will start to “rattle” at high speed, and it becomes quite loud. This can often be quieted down to more reasonable noise levels by gently nudging the drive into a slightly different position. In the drive’s defense, I use the drive on its side with other drives on either side. On the other hand, the LG drive doesn’t make this noise. The Asus drive comes with a stand and can be mounted on its edge and there are shallow bevels at slightly irregular angles on the case. This very unusual look may appeal to some. You can look at the ads to see this. If you don’t like that look, you can just ditch the stand. Without the stand, the drive is mostly a standard box shape but with a few shallow bevels at irregular angles. The “top” is not quite flat but has a very shallow peak near one corner. So it would be difficult to stack other drives on top of this one. The sides, however are essentially flat, with only a slight inward beveling at the base, so it rests quite well on its side. The Asus drive (9.5" x 6.5" x 2" without stand) is slightly larger than the LG drive (8.5" x 6.5" x 1.75"). Some reviewers have expressed frustration with the eject button on the Asus drive. You do have to push the button straight in or it won’t work, but I have not found this to be bothersome.
The LG drive is able to read a few discs that the Asus cannot, but it will occasionally overheat. On rare occasions, I have had poor quality discs (usually old burned discs) that the Asus drive is unable to read or sometimes even recognize but which the LG drive is able to successfully read. Occasionally, the LG drive will fail to read any discs for awhile. This usually happens on a hot day, after I have used the drive for several hours, or when the drive has struggled for many minutes to read an unreadable disc. The drive remains on and the reading light flashes and the eject button works, but it doesn’t actually read any data from any disc at this point. I suspect it is due to overheating. I usually switch to my other drive for awhile and then come back to the LG drive, which works fine in a few hours (maybe sooner, I haven’t tried). In contrast to the Asus drive, the LG drive has a standard box shape except for rounded edges and a gently (outwardly) rounded front. The LG drive is not silent but is consistently rather quiet (always quieter than the Asus), even at high speed.
Again, both drives are great. Buy one (or both) and enjoy!
P.S. As a side note, burned CDs and DVDs do NOT last 100 years as I was previously lead to believe, and pressed CDs don’t always last 100 years either; although they certainly are more reliable over time than burned discs. I am suprised by the not insignificant number of burned and pressed discs that are no longer readable after several years. Burning discs is clearly NOT a reliable method of long term backup. If you had this brilliant idea, also, buy one of these drives TODAY and start getting your data off – before it’s too late.
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