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Excellent burner/player and VERY easy to fit and install.
on 1 July 2012
I cannot believe how easy this Panasonic BD burner/player was to fit and install! If you are not totally comfortable with fiddling with the internals of your precious laptop, like me then I suggest you look at some of the videos on YouTube which were so helpful and just gives you peace of mind even if you can or could work out what needs to be done. I have changed all manner of kit on a desktop but laptops always seems that much more stressful. Changing the front plate to the one from your old DVD burner is probably the most fiddly and nervous job given that it is plastic and could break when you are trying to ease it off the old drive. Mine virtually fell off the old DVD drive but the one on the new BD one was a pig to remove (though if you broke that it wouldn't be the end of the world) but the old one went on to the new drive like they had been together forever. It really is as easy as the guy makes it look in the video and Windows 7(64) recognized it immediately on restart and installed it without a hitch. Just a little difference I found was that my DVD or BD drive is only secured by one Phillips screw (actually marked ODD on the base of my laptop) and I did spend some moments trying to find the other two screws the one in the video has! Talking of screws, the ones which secure the mounting bracket to the drive are EXTREMELY small: it's mentioned in the video but they really are tiny so just make sure you have a suitable screwdriver around before you start. Mine were cross headed (Phillips) and I would think that is standard though I actually got away with a tiny slot screwdriver, which was all I had right there and then.
As for the drive itself it is quiet and VERY fast, much faster and significantly quieter than my old TEAC DVD burner which was installed as standard in my Samsung R780 laptop. If you are in the market for an internal Blu-Ray/DVD/CD player/burner then look no further, I doubt you'll find one better.
UPDATE: Almost a year since I bought and fitted this Blu-Ray Player/Burner and still going great. Now running W8(64) on the same Samsung laptop and just for the record it works fine. I have had no problems with disc rejection at all and I am a bit of cheap skate when it come to buying BD and DVD blanks - except for the 3 BD-RE 50(Blu-Ray re-writables)I have which are TDK and are just amazingly good and have been used again and again.
Whatever the media or make it burns a copy the exact same quality as the original. We are all used to that but I think worth noting here.
Speed of burning BD is by its very nature slow as well as PC resource hungry and time consuming but I think that is just the nature of the beast and though there may be faster and better out there somewhere, for the moment at least this works fine for me on all types and makes of media.
I see someone found my original review unhelpful or not helpful anyway. There are some strange people out there! :-)