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LG BE12LU30 External Blu-ray Re-Writer


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  • Blu-ray rewriter
  • LightScribe technology
  • Cyberlink BD Suite Software
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Technical Details
BrandLG Electronics
Item Weight1.5 Kg
Product Dimensions5 x 16.3 x 26 cm
Item model numberBE12LU30
  
Additional Information
ASINB00447CFLW
Best Sellers Rank 62,777 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.2 Kg
Date First Available23 Sept. 2010
  
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Product Description

Enjoy vivid, high-definition films on your computer. LG Blu-ray optical-drive technology lets you create silkscreen-quality disc labels with LightScribe. LG Blu-ray rewriter that allows you record Up to 50GB of files photos or business documents onto a single dual layer BD-R blu-ray disc.

Box Contains

1 x Kensington Virtuoso Stylus Pen

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By G. Mackey on 3 Jan. 2011
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I thank jono & i.ferguson for their reviews & also agree with many of their points. Opening the box on Christmas morning then searching for the non-existent UK adapter is not the best introduction to this product. However, once a travel adapter was found, the LG was ready for action.

I have 3 Windows platforms on my PC, so I started with Windows 7. No problems with 7 picking up the LG & loading the basic drivers. However, this software takes for ever to load, & doesn't really tell you what the progress is. Consequently, I removed the installation disc after 5 minutes & found that it was still loading!

Next, you have a choice of USB or SATA connections. I tried the USB & it was fine, so I tried the SATA just to make sure it worked. It works well, but you have to power the LG up before booting your PC, or it won't pick up the SATA. As the performance differences aren't too dissimilar (for data transfer to disc), I normally use the USB connection. I guess that if you're transferring 50Gb of files to disc, the SATA might have a distinct advantage.

These comments also apply to Windows Vista. No major snags, but leave at least 10 minutes for the software to load.

Windows XP users can also use this drive, but a word of warning: If your motherboard doesn't give you a PS2 mouse & keyboard option, be VERY wary of loading the software. There is a tick-box of options that you can install, one of which is a USB2 upgrade. If all you have is a USB keyboard & mouse, I advise you to un-tick the upgrade option in the installation menu. If you install this upgrade, (I use an ASUS motherboard & it's fairly bomb-proof in every other way but this) you may totally lose all your USB ports. You can't restore your PC, as you can't use the keyboard & mouse to access anything!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Happy Space Invader on 28 Mar. 2011
First of all, my unit (not bought from Amazon) came with a UK plug - not sure why so many of you were missing one.

I have to say, this is a very nice piece of equipment. The high-gloss plastic case, touch-sensitive eject button and quiet operating volume confirm that it's money well spent. The unit is a little on the large side - for some reason it's 26cm deep, which is more than twice the diameter of a DVD.

I've installed it onto an iMac and it runs beautifully with Toast 11 Pro. I've used it to back up my massive digital media libraries, and made a proper Blu-ray disc with all my HD home videos on it. No problems there.

I also run Windows 7 under Boot Camp, and found that all of the supplied LG software installed fine and plays my Blu-ray movies with 5.1 surround - again, no problems.

However, if you access your Windows/Boot Camp through VMWare Fusion, you won't be able to play Blu-ray discs in OS X. This is due to Blu-ray licensing issues: PowerDVD will only run if a specific video card is installed, and although you might have a compatible nVidia card in your Mac, under VMWare, it's presented to Windows as a "VMWare SVGA 3D" card.

All is not lost though - if you really want to play Blu-ray discs on your iMac and can't bear the thought of rebooting into Windows, you can simply install "Make MKV" and "VLC", and watch them with relatively little hassle. Once you've learned how to do it, it's about 4 clicks and a copy/paste of a link... and far quicker than playing a Blu-ray the conventional way, as you skip all the trailers and menus, accessing the main movie file directly. I've tested this on several Blu-ray movies now and had no problems so far.

All in all, it's a fantastic product and I would not hesitate to recommend it to PC or Mac users.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 28 Jun. 2011
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Using this little unit with a Mac, Toast Titanium 11 and also DiscLabel - for writing LightScribe discs.
Everything works perfectly, despite there being no official support for the Mac.

I wrote a review on here about 3 weeks ago, but Amazon UK did not publish it because I criticised the fact that my unit did NOT come with a UK mains plug.

So, Amazon UK, please note that I am not being critical by mentioning this, I am merely bringing it to the attention of people who read these reviews.
No UK mains plug as at July 2011.

For a few pounds, you can easily purchase an adaptor - one word of warning though - do NOT buy one of the cheap ones in a supermarket for "shavers only" - they have a tiny 1-Amp fuse in them which this unit will blow immediately - AND - you can't just put a larger fuse in it, because the 1-Amp fuses are much smaller than standard 3, 5 and 13 amp fuses.
So, just make sure that your adaptor has at least a 3-Amp fuse in it.

I hope this will now get published and that people find the information useful.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By i.ferguson on 29 Dec. 2010
I received this as a Christmas present and, like the previous reviewer, had some problems connecting it with my laptop.
My laptop couldn't see it when i connected it, but if i left it connected and switched the computer off and on again, it picked it up then. As stated by the previous reviewer it comes supplied with a U.S. plug which makes it pretty useless on Christmas morning. The software supplied does indeed take an eternity to load, but after that i had no problem in playing a blu ray movie - unfortunately the bundle software supplied does not allow you to write to a blu ray disc unless you pay for an upgrade.
I find it ridiculous that the supplied software does not even allow you to use the product to check if it is working correctly - hence the 3 star rating. I will add to this review if i can actually get to burn a blu ray disc.
PART 2
L.G. customer services not much help. As usual with customer services, if you ask too many questions, you get an answer to the first point and nothing else.
Anyway, i upgraded the bundle software and i was then "allowed" to burn data to a blu ray disc. The drive was very quiet in operation and also really fast. Unfortunately the upgraded Cyberlink software would not allow me to make a back-up copy of one of my blu ray movies due to copyright issues. I already had dvdfab on my computer but had to upgrade that as well to the blu ray package.
That said, after the software was sorted out, the beastie worked perfectly - nice and quiet and pretty fast - so i,m upgrading my review to 4 stars. The only reason it's not getting 5 is because of all the messing about to get it to do what it's supposed to.
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