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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Far from perfect. Very mixed feelings.
on 2 December 2012
I purchased this blu ray burner because of the good reviews. In the beginning, it would not do anything, neither read nor write. Just loads of noise and then silence. I tried it with 3 different computers. When I was thinking of sending it back, it finally managed to read and write something after making a more promising set of sounds. Since then, it has been a time-consuming business. When inserting a good BD disk (Panasonic or other top brand, by the way; make sure you get a good brand, otherwise things go wrong lots of times), 2 times out of 3 it says it cannot write to it because the disc is closed, and please insert a blank one. So, a lot of computer rebooting until it finally recognises it as a blank BD, and then it is usually possible to write to it (if the software does not crash, that is). In my experience, writing from computer hard disk and from USB key is more likely to be successful than writing from an external HD.
All in all, very mixed feelings. Once the stuff is on the blu ray disc, it is great and should be safe for many years to come. But to get there, lots of hours invested and some frustration too.
PS. No sign of Panasonic brand anywhere any more, not even a sticker. Just plain Leicke. The computer identifies it as Matshita, though, which should be Panasonic.