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Does exactly what it says on the tin
on 5 May 2013
Most manufacturers of high end optical drives have bowed out, even Sony's Optiarc division and they own the BluRay patents, given competition from from low price manufacturers and their refusal to lower standards to lower costs, that and the declining need market for desktop optical drives.
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.