LG BE12LU30 External Blu-ray Re-Writer
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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!Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this unit for sometime now and it has never let me down. Occasionally the drawer doesn't open when it should and I have had to resort to a straightened paperclip to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by whaler
Excellent build quality, maybe larger than what is on offer now. Works fine with FCPX and Roxio Toast + the HD plug in. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Reckless
Although the product works well and copies and burns Blu Ray discs well (when it was working), it only lasted a period of less than 15 months before breaking down. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2012 by Discovery
I bought this last August from Amazon and now been using this product on a regular basis.
I burn videos to blu-Ray on the iMac first on Snow Leopard and now on Lion. Read more
I bought this almost a year ago since when I have written a few CDs, a few hundred DVDs including about 80-100 dual-layer and about 125 Blu-Ray disks (only 25Gb, single layer to... Read morePublished on 7 April 2012 by AJS (London)
The burner is great. It is fast, well buit, feels solid and just works out of the box. Well nearly out of the box. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2012 by Johnno67
First of I will state the reason for me purchasing this external Blu-ray writer. I work on commissioned video projects for a variety of projects and people where I use a DSLR as my... Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2012 by Mr. S. M. Bradley
an exellant blueray writer.comes with a uk plug adapter&mine did need updateing the firmware on the lg site. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2011 by colin
Just bought this item and the software supplied doesn't work, it requests that you upgrade to Power DVD 11. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2011 by Alreet