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The drive does what it is supposed to
Michael from Alberta writes:
- - It works. - It is quiet. - It comes with software while other drives may not. - I've owned it for over a year now and it still works.
- - Playing Blu Ray discs may require video card driver updates off the bat before you can play Blu Ray discs. It happened to me twice but it is easy to remedy. - I would have liked solid LG software tailored for this drive as opposed to basic drivers and Cyberlink software. The Cyberlink stuff works fine, but I want to be able to have more control over the drive and what I can do with it. - The firmware update app is really annoying.
- The drive is a Blu Ray reader and a Blu Ray writer for $100 that also plays Blu Ray 3D movies (with a 3D monitor) and includes bundled software. You can't go wrong here. It's only $100. Finding good Blu Ray writers for this price is rare. I've had mine for over a year and it hasn't failed to read a single DVD or Blu Ray disc, and I haven't had any problems with disc burning. It runs great. Enough said. :-)
forced to used terrible bundled software, would give zero stars if possible.
daniel from Edmonton, AB writes:
- if it operates properly its awesome. but will only play 1/25 blurays without problems
- you are forced to used the bundled software(power dvd 10) , other software is blocked from using or accessing the device for blu-ray discs and the software is so old and outdated and fails to operate properly. and the software that you are forced to use is EXTREMELY buggy, even when updated causing it not to be able to play any discs new or old. they just want you to pay to upgrade and get the less buggy version.
- go for something that doesn't force you to use power dvd software as it will make you regret your purchase. if there was the ablity to use it with other software it would be great.
LG 16XBlu-Ray/DVD Writer
Edwin Germann from Edmonton, AB writes:
- Did not find any!
- As stated on the back side of the Box under *Compatibility problem in writing & reading may occur if you use the unbundled(mine has bundled software) softwares.
- As I need to use professional Video Editing software (Magix Video PRO) the Drive will write to to either Blu-Ray or DVD disks, but no other Blu-Ray or DVD Drive(internal or external) will recognize the disks. I found this out long after I had bought but not right away installed the drive.
This one _does_ come with Software
Collin from Calgary writes:
- LG makes good internal writers, this one is no exception. Burns my Verbatim media (6x) at up to 12x speeds reliably. Contrary to what I was told by Memory Express when I bought this drive, it DOES come with software for Blu-ray playback (Cyberlink PowerDVD 10), just not 3D Blu-ray playback. Supports burning the new M Disc. Drive is whisper quiet during playback of any video burned to Blu-ray discs. Impressive seek times on burned media compared to DVD.
- Included software requires upgrading if you want to play 3D Blu-ray discs. I use a set top Blu-ray player for my movies anyway, so not an issue for me. Memory Express doesn't carry M Discs yet. The included video transcoding software requires upgrading if you want to transcode to HD formats. The weaknesses aren't really worth deducting a star, as 3D Blu-ray is still a niche market, M Discs are still very new and unproven, and there are better free video transcoding utilities available.
- Comes with all software required for burning and playback of Blu-ray discs, as well as a handful of other utilities for various other tasks. While internal Blu-ray writers are still expensive compared to DVD, $/GB for blank Blu-ray media has dropped now to under the $/GB for blank DVDs, making the drive investment worth it, especially when you consider the extras vs. DVD: much larger blank media sizes, quieter operation, significantly faster seek times.