Asus Blu-ray Writer Drive (S-ATA, BD-R: 12x, DVDR: 16x, CD-R: 48x, Drag and Burn, QTS Technology)
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ASUS BW-12B1ST is an internal Blu-ray disc drive that provides fastest 12X writing speed and the best burning quality, along with E-Green and E-Hammer technology to improve your productivity while caring for the planet. ASUS BW-12B1ST also supports Blu-ray 3D, high definition video with surrounded crisp audio in order to create a fantastic 3D world for users.
E-Hammer helps users delete data permanently on a writable disc (CD-R and DVD-R), ensuring data security with no need to destroy the disc.
Disc Encryption II doubles the security with password-controls and hidden-file functionariy, protecting important user data.
Friendly interface with only three simple steps to burn a disc, making the process easier than ever
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Top Customer Reviews
This drive is well made, has a nice finish on the front panel and comes in a very well presented retail package.
In the retail package you get the following :
- 4x Screws
- Quick Install Guide
- Substancial software suite
In certain regions this drive has less software bundled however i purchased mine directly from Amazon UK and got the following
-Power2Go 7 (Burning)
-PowerDVD 10 with Magic Cinema [FULL WINDOWS 8 PATCH AVAILABLE UPON INSTALLATION OR DIRECT FROM ASUS WEBSITE , DOES NOT SUPPORT 7.1 AUDIO HOWEVER FULLY DTS HD 5.1, DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1, NVIDIA 3D VISION AND BLU RAY 3D COMPLIANT!]
-Firmware update utility
If its any help some reviewers in the states have advised that this drive struggles with BD-R LTH so if possible try not to buy too many discs, find one that works best.
Also, at time of writing this, being fully bundled with software i can upgrade to the full PowerDVD 12 for £29.Read more ›
This leaves ASUS pretty much at the top of the pile, and they are working hard to maintain their good standing.
Thus far, though I've done no formal testing, the drive performs exactly as advertised, good write speeds with all of the media that I've used, playback is flawless(but remember no version of Windows supports BluRay out of the box, so you'll need third party software to play BluRays) even with BluRays.
The contents of the box are pretty much as standard, four screws, warranties/manuals and a disc of throw away software, I'd say anyone buying this has their own suite of software that they know and love(also, for the confused, and I did read about this more than once, Optical Drives are plug and play and require no drivers). The absence of molex to SATA power cable in the box shouldn't be a problem for most, unless you have a seriously old power supply, or a lot of drives already. The absence of SATA Data cable is disappointing, though that said I've never seen a drive, optical or otherwise, come with a SATA data cable.
All in all, a great product if you want a reliable BluRay Drive, and you don't mind paying for quality.
This Asus is an excellent machine. I use ImgBurn and am finishing off the fourth disc that I have run off since installing it on my PC a few hours ago, all perfect with no write errors.
However one major criticism is the fact that the retail box does not contain a SATA power or data cable, so until you buy them separately then the drive is completely useless. Considering the cost of this unit this is a really disgraceful and petty act by Asus. Hence why I rate it 4 stars only.
If that is not a endorsement then nothing else would certainly reccomend this item to any one,all round value for money.
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Even after a couple of years use I can't say that I've given this drive much of a test but it has worked well and functioned as expected. ASUS has always given me good service.Published on 29 Jun. 2014 by Salem
iv had no problems with this and it works likbuy a blue a treat with no problems at all, i would recommend this to anyone wanting to buy a blu-ray optical drive.Published on 3 May 2014 by Matthew