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ASUS SBW-06C1S-U External Slim Blu-ray Writer

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Posted December 9, 2010 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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Summary

Following our tests we found that this Slim Line drive is an excellent Blu-ray Reader and burner; with very quiet operation, so that we can truly enjoy the playback with emphasizes on the Hi-Def audio. The ASUS SBW-06C1S-U 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 SBW-06C1S-U is able to deliver very good to excellent writing quality on DVD?R media as well as our CD-R media. This drive is noiseless even when reading or writing at its maximum speed. Writing and Reading of Blu-ray media is the foremost feature of the SBW-06C1S-U and that is accomplished with the comprehensive software package from ASUS with CyberLink programs that are provided. The sleek USB cables that both connect and power the drive make this a most definite welcome travel companion for use with laptops/netbooks for those who are on the go.? This drive is very versatile and will look great sitting on your desktop at home or on the road.

The issue that we would like to mention with hopes of it being improved is the quality of the burns to our DVD+RW media as tested, but that is due more to the quality of the media than the abilities of this drive.

As for pricing, searching online we found this drive selling for around $200 USD, which is very competitive for what you?re getting here.

So to sum it all up, this is what we would say: ?If you are looking to move into the Hi-Def world of Burning Video or Data files as well as playing your HD Blu-ray movies, then this just might be the drive you are looking for.?

Pros

  • Very quiet drive
  • Can Burn BD-R media at 6X
  • Can read BD-ROM/BD-R/RE at 6x reading speed
  • Excellent CD-R/RW as a reader
  • Very Good to Excellent CD-R/RW, DVD?R/RW/DL writing quality.
  • Supports DVD-RAM read and write at 5x
  • Excellent build quality.
  • USB connection; no external power required
  • Great software package.

Cons

  • None

ASUS SWB-06C1S-U Slimline Blu-Ray Writer

Additional thanks to:

Rima.com USA ? For providing Taiyo Yuden media used in this review.

Erik Deppe ? For providing a full license for Opti Drive Control.

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