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ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-ray Drive

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Posted April 27, 2010 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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Summary

Here are our summary thoughts of the ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-ray drive:

 Positive 

  • Very quiet drive 
  • Can read BD-ROM/BD-R/RE at 8x reading speed 
  • Excellent CD-R/RW as a reader 
  • Very Good to Excellent DVD?R writing quality. 
  • Supports DVD-RAM read and write  at 12x 
  • Excellent drive for Audio Extraction 
  • Excellent build quality. 
  • SATA connection 
  • Good software package. 
  • Relatively low price to get you into high definition Blu-ray viewing. 

 Negative 

  • Low burn quality on our DVD-R DL test media.? Please keep in mind that this media does not do well with most burners available today, so we are not 100% sure if this is a true negative.  
 


 

Following our tests we found that this drive is an excellent Blu-ray Reader; with very quiet operation, so that we can truly enjoy the playback with emphasizes on the Hi-Def audio. The ASUS BC-08B1ST also supports reading and writing to CD-R/RW, DVD?DVD to include DL media as well as DVD-RAM. Based on our tests, the BC-08B1ST is able to deliver very good to excellent writing quality on DVD?R/RW media as well as our CD-R/RW media.  This drive is quiet and noiseless even when reading or writing at its maximum speed.  Reading of Blu-ray media is the foremost feature of the BC-08B1ST and that is accomplished with the comprehensive software package from CyberLink that is provided.  The sleek SATA cables are so much more amenable to twists and turns while taking up less space in the chassis; and the days of setting jumpers with these SATA drives are over.  

The only issue we found was that the quality of the burns to our DVD-R DL as tested but that is due more to the quality of the media than the abilities of this drive. As a result, we can?t really count this as a true negative against this ASUS drive.? Beyond that, we really couldn?t find any detractions on what is otherwise an excellent drive.  

We found the ASUS BC-08B1ST online for approximately $130 USD, and that?s pretty competitive with other models on the market.? Considering the features, software, low noise levels, compatibility, and price, we came away impressed with this drive.? As a result, if you are looking to move into the Hi-Def world with a very quiet and reliable Blu-ray reader, this is a superb drive and we highly recommend it.  

ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-ray

We?d also like to thank Rima.com USA for providing the Taiyo Yuden media used in this review.

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