Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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ASUS SBW-06C1S-U SLIM USB EXTERNAL BLU-RAY WRITER INTRODUCTION
As more people adopt Blu-Ray as their choice for both entertainment and archival storage purposes, the demand for BD drives is increasing. With a storage capacity of 25GB for single layer and 50GB for dual layer, a lot of data can fit on one BD disc. Compare that with a DVD's capacity of 4.7GB for single layer and 9GB for dual layer, and it goes without saying that Blu-Ray is the future of optical storage.
It's easy enough for desktop PC users to swap out an old DVD-RW drive for a new BD-RE drive, but it can be a bit more complicated for laptop users. One solution is to purchase an external BD-RE drive like the one I'll be reviewing today. Asus has sent me their SBW-06C1S-U slim Blu-Ray writer to check out, so let's get right to it and put this drive to the test.
ASUS CORPORATE PROFILE
ASUS, a technology-oriented company with a global staff of more than ten thousand and blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is renowned for high-quality products and cutting-edge innovation. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.
ASUS has an unyielding commitment to innovation and quality, a fact borne out by its corporate slogan—"Inspiring Innovation • Persistent Perfection"—and the numerous media, industry and governmental accolades it receives every year. In 2008, ASUS won 3,056 awards—receiving over 8 awards on average every day. The company's revenue for the same year was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars, and it topped the IT Hardware Category of the annual league table of Taiwan's Top 10 Global Brands with a brand value of 1.324 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS also ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek's “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years.