Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
The BW-12B1LT drive is compatible with just about all flavors of BD/DVD/CD media. This includes BD-R, BD-RE, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, and CD-RW, plus a lot more. In terms of recordable media, we all know a CD-R/DVD-R disc can be written to only once, while a CD-RW/DVD-RW disc can be written to, erased, and then written to again. Recordable Blu-Ray discs work the same way, but the terminology for the rewritable disc is a bit different. As one might expect, a write-once recordable Blu-Ray disc is known as a BD-R. However, a rewritable Blu-Ray disc is known as a BD-RE disc.
Asus normally sends a full retail product to the Tweaknews labs for review, but for some reason this drive showed up in barebones packaging. Asus did provide a software CD with the drive, and we'll take a look at that later on in the review.
Online pricing for this drive varies among retailers, but the average cost at the time of this writing came in around $150 US for the retail package.