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Useless and absolutely infuriating from a reputable company.
on 25 May 2015
I think there is only one way to properly express all my complaints with this and this is in a list
1. NO AACS BLU-RAY PLAYER KEY INCLUDED. Seriously! With windows 8.1 there is no included support for any blu-ray playback whatsoever, now yes there are some free players (VLC media player) but they don't include AACS support (Encryption on Blu-ray movies), therefore can't really play movies on windows 8.1 without buying something like cyberlink power dvd pro (with blu-ray support) £40+, I mean a company like Asus is huge and can easily negotiate for a much lower price (due to buying bulk keys) and on a £55 blu ray reader I would expect to maybe BE ABLE TO WATCH BLU-RAY MOVIES.
2. The cable it comes with is about 15cm long.... absolutely no benefit to having it as an external drive without extender cables (which I have, but resent having to use, especially as if you only use USB 2.0 it wants 2 ports)
3. GLOSSY PLASTIC!!! Yes, it looks nice on B-roll from the factory and looks okay in pictures. But on a disc drive where you need to push it (and therefore touch it) to close the disc drive it just becomes a finger-printy mess, not to mention the slightest scratch gets picked up instantly and you can never get rid of it. Simply to put in a disc you will need to touch some of its glossy plastic and therefore you will make it forever tarnished, would it have killed them to use some sort of brushed finish or just a matte plastic?
4. The stand. It really doesn't stick to the desk well at all. It simply doesn't have enough rubber on the bottom to make it so that you don't have to hold it while pushing the disk tray shut, thereby getting fingerprints all over it.
BTW I got mine from Ebuyer where it had (reasonably) positive reviews.