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I bought this after a LOT of research online, ...
12 March 2018
I bought this after a LOT of research online, trawling through a lot of conflicting statements. I bought it as it was (at the time of purchase) one of only 3 drives that could play 4k discs that have the DRM on them.
To summarise the research, to get 4k on a PC you need:
A 4k screen that is compliant with the DRM.
A later generation display port cable or HDMI lead
A graphics card from a short list that can handle the DRM
A processor from an even shorter list that can handle the DRM
An optical drive that can handle the DRM (at time of purchase there were three models which had to be imported from Japan or Germany).
If ANY of these components is not up to scratch, you will not be able to play the discs you bought.
Then you have to install software through the BIOS that will lock out part of your computer just for running the resource hungry DRM. At this point, I decided not to cripple my computer as a punishment for trying to watch films legally.
My 4k films are now in storage awaiting another method to watch them. Ironically, for that you need a BDXL drive that is not compatible with the DRM to rip the discs, so I will invest when I have the money.
I gave this 3 stars as it does do what it says, but leaves a wide gulf of information out that you will need to get it working properly.
This is just my experience. I am not advocating anyone breaking the law to see the films they have purchased, but you may wish to look into it thoroughly to avoid buyer's remorse.