ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-Ray Combo Drive Review :: Conclusion

03-20-2010 · Category: Hardware - Optical Drives

By Elric Phares

Blu-ray Combo drives are popular among PC enthusiasts today as they can both play back the latest Blu-ray Disks and burn a DVD for Data storage or other uses. The BC-08B1ST has 8x speed which is one of the fastest currently available drive on the market today. Blu-ray media when needing to transfer files requires a fast speed and there are hardly 8x Blu-ray media to take advantage of this drive yet. This drive has a 2MB cache and works right out of the box with the included ASUS BD Suite which consists of CyberLink’s BD Suite of software version 7.3. One thing to note about Blu-ray disks is the requirement for HDCP monitors, graphics cards and the drive. I have a Digital DVI monitor without HDCP support and was required to run the movies under VGA.