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ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0

You Pay: $109.99
Product Highlights
  • Write Speed of 12x: BD Discs
  • Write Speed of 16x: DVD-R & DVD+R
  • Write Speed of 40x: CD-R
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Blu-Ray 3D Support with Software
  • Included CyberLink Software
  • Unique Diamond Design
  • Supports Dual Density Media
  • Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8 Compatible

A great addition to your computer setup, the 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0 from ASUS is an external disc burner with a unique diamond shaped design. Capable of being situated vertically or horizontally on your desktop, this optical can burn Blu-ray, DVD, and CD discs. It notably can write BD-R discs at a speed of a up to 12x, BD-R DL discs at up to 8X, BD-R LTH discs at up to 6X, BD-RE discs at up to 2X, and BD-RE DL discs at up to 2X. In addition, to help facilitate quick data transfers, the drive connects to your computer with the fast USB 3.0 interface.

Beyond burning, the drive supports Blu-ray playback on a HDCP-compliant displays Also, with the included CyberLink software, it can play Blu-ray 3D video and add 3D depth to 2D video. Plus, with lossless pass-through for Dolby Digital EX and DTS-HD (5.1 channel) sound, you can experience movies or videos with cinema-like sound and visual quality.

Blu-Ray, DVD, and CD Read Speeds
This burner writes BD-R discs at 12x, BD-R DL discs at 8x, BD-R LTH discs at 6x, BD-RE discs at 2x, and BD-RE DL discs at 2x. It can read BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM, BD-R DL, and BD-ROM DL discs at 8x. It can read BD-R LTH and BD-RE DL discs at 6x
DVD and CD Write Speeds
Write speeds of up to 16x for DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD+RW discs, 8x for DVD±R DL discs, 6x for DVD-RW discs, and 5x for DVD-RAM discs. Write speeds of up to 40x for CD-R discs and 24x for CD-RW discs
USB 3.0
The USB 3.0 interface connects to your computer and can transfer data at rate that is up to two times greater than USB 2.0. This interface is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports 1
3D Blu-ray Visuals
Supports Blu-ray 3D technology for life-like movie experiences with Cyberlink PowerDVD 10. Features technology to give depth to 2D video with real-time 2D-to-3D conversion with a single click of a button. It also supports DVD upscaling
Refresh Your Listening Experience
Experience crisp audio with lossless pass-through for Dolby Digital EX and DTS-HD (5.1 channels)
Blu-ray Entertainment
ASUS provides HD-like visuals via an innovative suite of advanced video enhancement technologies that deliver outstanding quality in DVD movies easily and flexibly
Software Included
To give you added fun and to get more out of this optical drive, the following software is included: Cyberlink Power2Go 7, Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 with Magic Cinema, Cyberlink PowerBackup 2.5, and Cyberlink InstantBurn 5
Unique Look and Flexible Orientation
The burner has a unique diamond-shaped design that is different from other burners. In addition, the burner can be placed either horizontally or vertically with a detachable stand
Enclosure Type External
Interface USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Mechanism Type Burner and Reader
Disc Types Diameters: 12 cm / 8 cm
Audio CD,Video CD,CD-I,CD-Extra,Photo CD,CD-Text,CD-ROM/XA, Multi-session CD, DVD Video, BD Video
Media Supported Dual density media
Write Support All discs listed under "Write Speed"
Read Support All discs listed under "Read Speed"
Write Speed BD-R: 12X
BD-R(DL): 8X
BD-R(LTH): 6X
BD-RE: 2X
BD-RE(DL): 2X
DVD+R: 16X
DVD-R: 16X
DVD+RW: 8X
DVD-RW: 6X
DVD+R(DL): 8X
DVD-R (DL): 8X
DVD-RAM: 5X
CD-R: 40X
CD-RW: 24X
Read Speed BD-R: 8X
BD-R(LTH): 6X
BD-RE: 8X
BD-ROM: 8X
BD-R(DL): 8X
BD-RE(DL): 6X
BD-ROM(DL): 8X
DVD+R: 16X
DVD-R: 16X
DVD+RW: 12X
DVD-RW: 12X
DVD-ROM: 16X
DVD+R(DL): 12X
DVD-R(DL): 12X
DVD-ROM(DL): 12X
DVD-RAM: 5X
CD-R: 40X
CD-RW: 24X
CD-ROM: 40X
DVD Video Playback: 5X
VCD Playback: 9.3X
Audio CD Playback: 9.3X
Write Methods BD-RE: Random Write
BD-R: Sequential Write
DVD+R & DVD+R (DL): Sequential Write
DVD-R & DVD-R(DL): DAO/Incremental Recording
DVD+RW: Random Write
DVD-RW: DAO/Restricted Overwrite/Incremental Recording
DVD-RAM: Random Write
CD-R/RW: DAO/TAO/SAO/Packet Write
Access Time BD: 250 ms
DVD: 170 ms
CD: 150 ms
Interface USB 2.0/USB 3.0
Data Buffer 4MB
Mounting Orientation Vertical and Horizontal (+5° to -5°)
System Requirements Processor: Pentium D 945 (3.4GHz) or higher
Memory: 1GB or more is recommended
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT or ATI X1600 series or above
Use HDCP Compatible display and VGA card to High Definition or digital output
Operating System Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Electrical Requirements Adapter Power +5V ±5%, 2A
Environmental Conditions Temperature
Operating: 41 to 104° F / 5 to 40° C
Storage: -22 to 140° F / -30 to 60° C

Humidity
Operating: 15 to 80% (Non-condensing)
Storage: 10 to 90% (Non-condensing)
Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 6.5 x 2.5" / 243 x 165 x 63 mm
Weight 2.5 lbs / 1.16 kg
2.84 lbs / 1.29 kg (with stand)
ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Software CD
  • Limited 1-Year North American Warranty (USA, Canada & Mexico)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ASUS12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0
     
    4.7

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (26)
    • Reliable (18)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Fast (9)
    • Backwards compatible (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (11)
      • Movies (10)
      • High-end multimedia (8)
      • Home (5)
      • Multimedia (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual user (8), Frequent user (8), Enthusiast (5), Power user (5), Professional (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (9), Business (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent blu ray writer

      The writer works great with my two machines, with Windows 7 and Windows 8. The on/off switch on the back is good to have. The blue light for activity is good. The...Read complete review

      The writer works great with my two machines, with Windows 7 and Windows 8. The on/off switch on the back is good to have. The blue light for activity is good. The USB3 cable is not very long, maybe 18 inches. I have my unit lying flat instead of using the standup stand thing. I have not used the 3D features to date(comes with 3D glasses). The burning and playing software from Cyberlink is the pits. I have purchased Nero Platinum 12 (current, up to date version) to burn cds and dvds and blu rays and to watch blu ray disks with Windows 8. The packaged software suite, Cyberlink, is two versions older than the present version out now, and is about 3 years old. This software from cyberlink *Does not* work with a home network(for instance, if you are on a laptop, and have a home network established and running(as I do), and you want to burn some files from the desktop which you can see on your network, onto the blu ray presently being developed on this writer, using the cyberlink software, it will NOT allow you to browse to files on the network(on the left menu), mine constantly "blinked" and reset its point to the very first file in that folder, and thus a user cannot browse to a file on the left side (on a home network) that is blinking as one is trying to scroll down as the left side is constantly resetting itself to the beginning of that file listing-talk about frustrating !). So I got some software that actually works very well, from Nero.The writer itself has worked for me in writing CDs, DVD-Rs, and BD-Rs, very fast. I have used it with USB2 and also USB3 ports.I am very pleased with the writer but you may want to plan on getting some sufficient software to use this nice writer easily and to its fullest extent offered by the features.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      computor crashed

      Writing speed was great for blue ray but it didn't work at all for regular DVD and it sometimes caused computer to crash when I tried burning DVD (but never had problems with blue...Read complete review

      Writing speed was great for blue ray but it didn't work at all for regular DVD and it sometimes caused computer to crash when I tried burning DVD (but never had problems with blue ray burning). I'm not sure if the product was defective (other people writing reviews didn't seem to have any problems) or it simply didn't work well with my computer. I didn't have any problems with different brand disk writer(almost half price the price as this one)I purchased instead of this one.

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      5.0

      Easy to Install and Works Great

      By Hai with Elise Films

      from Escondido, CA

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

          Installed the software and burned the Blu-rays in less than 30 min. Really cool design.

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          5.0

          A great addition, indeed

          By Jack

          from Lake Mokoma, PA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

              True plug and play in Windows 7. Works like a charm for both data and video. Writes DVDs much faster than the drive in my laptop.

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              5.0

              Great product, great price

              By The Tax Man

              from Commonwealth of Massachusetts

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                This does exactly what it was described as, and I am very happy with this purchase.

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                5.0

                Pretty Amazing

                By DELO

                from LA

                Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                Although it has an awkward shape i dig it..it works so far perfectly I've only had it for a week...but its fast as all get out...and i don't have any new coasters i.e bad disks...and the diamond lights up bonus!!!

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                5.0

                Awesome product!

                By Fotobiz

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Burning Raw Wedding Files
                  • Everyday use

                  Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                  This Blu-Ray burner has saved us so much time.

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                  4.0

                  Does what its supposed to

                  By Raine

                  from SC

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Graphics Quality
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Movies
                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                    Haven't used it much, but it does what its supposed to - no problems.

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                    4.0

                    There is a ON Switch

                    By polyecon

                    from Stroudsburg Pa

                    About Me Gamer, Graphic designer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Install
                    • Difficult To Use

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Graphic Design
                    • Movies
                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                    Unpacked the Blu Ray writer followed the simplistic instructions downloaded software and drivers from installation disk. Plugged it in using adapter and hooked it up to USB 3 port. Nothing....... On the back is a small raised piece of plastic and with flashlight in hand I could make out the words ON and OFF. Tried to manipulate switch and nothing. Had to go to Youtube to find the solution you have to slide the switch with out putting any pressure on it.

                    The thing burns good simple drop and drag method works well with me.

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                    5.0

                    Asus 12x Blu-Ray

                    By Iris Expressions

                    from Forest, VA

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Movies
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                      Easy to setup hardware right-out-of-the-box.
                      Easy to install included software for Windows 8.

                      High quality but short length USB 3.0 cable.
                      Tested burning CD-R immediately with no issues.

                      Intended as blu-ray data disc backup for photos.

                      Would recommend as solution for tablets or laptops with USB 3.0, but lacking a blu-ray player/burner.

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                      4.0

                      works as intended

                      By Pcheck

                      from California

                      About Me Pc Expert

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Burns Discs Successfully
                      • Easy To Install
                      • Nice Appearance

                      Cons

                      • Cable Is Short
                      • Included Software Not Wor

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup Data To Bd-r Discs

                      Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                      Words good. Can be placed vertical with included stand or horizontal, it has rubber feet. The USB 3.0 cable is short, but fine for plugging in and setting ontop of chassis. Tghe Cyberlink software that comes with it is garbage. My PC also has a DVDRW and whenever I tried to burn with Cyberlink software it keeps trying to burn the the DVDRW, even after selecting the correct bluray drive.Worked just fine with CDBurnerXP or Imgburn.Used 6X discs and burner all discs so far.

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                      4.0

                      excellent addition

                      By OGSteve

                      from Logan, UT

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Quality
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                      • Onoff Switch A Bit Sticky
                      • Onoff Swith A Bit Sticky

                      Best Uses

                      • Back Up Data
                      • Everyday use
                      • Movies
                      • Producing Dvd And Brd

                      Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                      An excellent option to a built-in blue-ray writer. Portable between machines. Bundled Cyberlink software quite adequate so far. Only 4 stars because nothing can be perfect, got to leave room for some gripes later.... IF they arise.

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                      4.0

                      Good value.

                      By Jbphoto

                      from sunset beach

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use

                        Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                        Works great so far. Easy install, small footprint. Slightly concerned about somewhat flimsy 'eject' button - but only time will tell. At this price, not a big risk!

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                        5.0

                        Great

                        By Doug

                        from Gainesville, Fl

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Gaming
                          • Graphic Design
                          • Movies
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                          Great external drive. Looks good and operated just as advertised. The software package that comes with it works well. For the price, you cant beat it.

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                          5.0

                          Great writer but also great player!

                          By mfp

                          from South Central Texas

                          About Me Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Graphics Quality
                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                          • Poor Eject Button
                          • Poor Onoff Switch

                          Best Uses

                          • Bd Backup For Photos Etc
                          • Dvds
                          • Everyday use
                          • Movies
                          • Multimedia
                          • Music Cds

                          Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                          With the right software this writer does it all. First burn was a bd disc of my photos. Did 3 DVD+Rs no problem. Made a number of music CDs that all work perfectly. The only cons are superficial. I don't like the on/off switch on the back and I don't like the eject button on the front. Both could have been designed better. This machine rates 5 stars!

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                          4.0

                          Quiet fast writer.

                          By bulldogger

                          from Clinton MS

                          About Me Cinephile

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Graphics Quality

                          Cons

                          • Hard Power Button

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Gaming
                          • Movies

                          Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                          Great product. Only complaint is that the power on and off button is difficual to push. Quick response from player. Quiet operation. Very happy with product overall.

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                          5.0

                          Plug & Play

                          By Baja Paul

                          from Rosarito Beach, BC, Mexico

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Graphics Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Movies

                            Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                            Just plug it in and it works great! you may want to upgrade the software.

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                            5.0

                            Works great w/ my Windows-based tablets

                            By RitterSLO

                            from CA

                            About Me Business User, Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Allows Cd And Dvd Use
                            • Easy To Install

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home Business Use

                              Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                              I bought this to use with my Windows 8.1 based Acer tablets (Iconia W510 and W700). It was as easy as pluging it into the USB port and it started working right away. I didn't even need the included drivers; Windows provided them. Since the W510 only has micro USB port, I had to buy an adapter to go from the tablet's micro port to the Bly Ray's full-sized USB port.

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                              5.0

                              Worked first time out of the box

                              By Happy User

                              from Massachusetts

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Movies

                                Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                                Worked first time out of the box

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                                5.0

                                Very satisfied with Asus 12x Blu-Ray

                                By Video Guy

                                from Miami Beach, FL

                                About Me Casual User, Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Graphics Quality
                                • Reliable Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Movies

                                  Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                                  Power DVD 10 software by Cyber link is only OK, up grade to Power DVD13 it is great.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice product

                                  By Alex

                                  from Monterey park, ca

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                                      Great service and product

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Pleasantly Suprised

                                      By cruise addict

                                      from Chicago, IL

                                      About Me Frequent User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Fast
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Quiet
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about ASUS 12x Blu-Ray Writer with USB 3.0:

                                          This was a real treat. With a new grandson, we have plenty of video, and not there is a place to put it.

                                          Runs quiet and looks good 2.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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