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Asus BW-12B1LT Internal SATA Lightscribe BluRay Writer Review
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Written by Andrew McMaster   
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asus blu ray burnerMore and more I see that the experience people go to a theatre for can be brought into the home. Not only that but on their computer. Blu-Ray drives seems to be the new thing in terms of this experience. The reason for this is simple Blu-Ray has awesome quality video. Today we look at a internal Blu-Ray drive from Asus who boasts they have the fastest BR burner around the BW- 12B1LT SATA Lightscribe BluRay Writer.


Provided by: Asus
Price: $139

Closer Look:

 

 

Features and Specifications:

12X normal Blu-ray writes speed with OTS technology, providing users fast and high-quality burning experience.
The latest Blu-ray 3D technology, featuring support for 3D Blu-ray, 2D to 3D, DVD conversion and DVD Upscaling.
Magic Cinema Technology provides High Definition 1080 and Dolby Digital EX, DTS-HD(5.1 channels).
                                      
Color
 Black
 Read Speed
BD-RE: 8 X max.
BD-R/RE: 8 X max.
BD-ROM/R/RE(DL): 8 X max.
BD-R(DL): 8 x Max
BD-RE(DL): 6 x Max
BDMV playback: 4 X max.
DVD video playback: 6 X max.
VCD playback: 16 X max.
Audio CD Playback: 16 X max.
BD-ROM/R/RE: 8 X max.
DVD-R(Single): 15 X max.
DVD-RW(single): 12 X max.
DVD+R(Single): 16 X max.
DVD+RW(single): 12 X max.
DVD-R(DL): 12 X max.
DVD+R(DL): 12 X max.
DVD-ROM (Single): 16 X max.
DVD-ROM (Dual): 12 X max.
DVD-RAM: 12 X max.
CD-ROM: 48 X max.
CD-R: 48 X max.
Write Speed
BD-R: 12X
BD-R(LTH): 4X
BD-RE: 2X
BD-R(DL): 8X
DVD-R: 16X
DVD-RW: 6X
DVD+R: 16X
DVD+RW: 8X
DVD+R(DL): 8X
DVD-R (DL): 8X
CD-R: 48X
CD-RW: 24X
DVD-RAM12X
Writing Modes
DVD-RAM: Random Recording
BD-RE: Sequential Recording (Multi-Session Recording)/Random Recording
BD-R Sequential Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
DVD-R & DVD-R(DL): DAO(Disc-At-Once)/Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
DVD-RW & DVD-RW (DL): DAO(Disc-At-Once)/Restricted Overwriting/Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
DVD+R & DVD+R (DL): Sequential Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
DVD+RW & DVD+RW (DL): Random Recording
CD-R/RW: DAO(Disc-At-Once)/TAO(Track-At-Once)/SAO(Session-At-Once)/Packet Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
 Access Time
BD: 250 MS
DVD: 150 ms
CD: 150 ms
 Interface SATA
 Data Buffer
 8 MB
 OS Compatibility
 Windows 7 compatible
XP compatible
Vista compatible
System Requirement
 Processor: Pentium® D 945(3.4GHz) or higher
HDD: 10 GB or more
Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 7600 GT or ATI X1600 series or above
Use HDCP Compatible display and VGA card to High Definition digital output.
Bundle Software
 Cyberlink PowerDVD with Magic Cinema
Cyberlink Power2Go
Cyberlink InstantBurn
Cyberlink PowerBackup
E-Green
 Disc Formats
 Audio CD,CD-I,CD-ROM/XA,Multi-session CD,DVD VideoPhoto CD,Video CD,CD-Extra,CD-Text
 Disc Diameters
 12cm/8cm
 Mounting Orientation
 Vertical and Horizontal (+5° ~ -5°)
 Dimension (W c H x D) 146x17041
 Weight 650 g
 Power Requirements
 DC+5V ±5%,DC+12V ±10 %
 Tempurature Operating: 5℃ to 50℃
Storage: -20℃ to 60℃
 HumidityOperating: 5% ~ 85% (Non-condensing)

 

Testing: 

 CD DVD

Avg Read Speed:

13.41 Mbps

Read Speed:

Random:

131ms

1/3:

158ms

Full:

225ms

Burst:

22MB

Avg Read Speed:

10.13 Mbps

Read Speed:

Random:

98ms

1/3:

110ms

Full:

154ms

Burst:

33MB



Conclusion:
Man oh man did I like this drive. It has got all the bells and whistles first off, Blu-Ray burning, 3D burning and reading capabilities, and a nice looking exterior. Then the speeds were fantastic. The included software was very well picked as well. I liked the addition of e-Hammer which burns over your CD data to render it unreadable if there is a CD or DVD you wish to destroy the data off of this will do the trick and will make sure no one has access to secure files.

Would I recommend the Asus BW-12B1LT Internal SATA Lightscribe BluRay Writer? Yes! If you are looking for a excellent quality BR burner with support for DVDs and CDs as well as getting some extras like 3D Blu-ray or fast write and read speeds then this would be an ideal internal drive for you.

Pros:

  • Support for many disc formats
  • looks nice
  • fast read and write speeds
  • support for 3D Blu-ray, 2D to 3D, DVD conversion and DVD Upscaling.
  • Quiet
  • good software package

Cons:
  • Nothing!


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