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ASUS BC-12B1ST Combo Optical Drive

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Introduction to the ASUS BC-12B1ST Optical Drive

Over the past five or six years when it comes to upgrading or building a new PC the last thing we think about is the optical drive. The usual response to this component being used is “get the cheapest one available because they are all the same”. Well, that is far from the case in my years of building (sometimes breaking) computers. There are factors when it comes to getting a good optical drive. There is drive speeds, cache sizes, amount of firmware upgrade and the list goes on. But the number one reason for considering a new optical drive is to upgrade to a new format and in today’s case that would be blu-ray.

After winning the battle over HD media, blu-ray has quickly become a “wanted” luxury in a PC. But for years the price of such a drive kept many of us from purchasing one even if it was a player only device. Not in 2011, the prices of these drives including recording ones can be found for under $100. The ASUS BC-12B1ST is one of the blu-ray read only components that be had for this incredible often as low as $70. The BC-12B1ST is filled with engineering only ASUS can provide which we will talk about during the review. But did we mention it does support 3D playback? Well, it does.

ASUS take on the BC-12B1ST

ASUS BC-12B1ST is a powerful and energy-saving Blu-ray Disc drive capable of reading from 12X BD format and writing to 16X DVD±R format. With OTS strategy, it assures the best burning quality. BC-12B1ST support Blu-ray 3D entertainment, creating a fantastic 3D world for users.