Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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Asus did well with the packaging; the drive made it to the lab wrapped in plastic and sandwiched between two pieces of heavy cardboard. This product can be had for a very reasonable $25 US from online retailers.
Along with the drive Asus provides a software CD that includes Nero 9 Essentials, a quick install manual, white faceplate, and installation screws.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Appearance wise, there's nothing about this drive that strays from the norm - its very similar to most other modern optical drives. Asus also includes a white interchangeable faceplate for those sporting a white chassis.
On each side of the unit are mounting holes for installation. Screws are included inside the package, or you can use hardware that came with your case such as thumbscrews to make it a tool-free installation.
At the back of the unit are connectors for the SATA cable and SATA power. No cable is included, but most motherboards come with a couple of SATA cables or you can pick one up anywhere that sells computer parts.