I was in my local computer store looking for a new pioneer bluray burner, didn't find any however I did find an Asus BW-16D1HT. It was listed for about $90 which is a good enough price as amazon is listing it for $100. The last asus optical drive I had was a DVD-RW some 10 years back and it died on me pretty fast if my memory serves me correct.
Does anyone know if asus makes good bluray burners? I am pretty sure its a rebadged drive. Looking for some insight if its a good enough buy for $90?
Here's a link to the drive:
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Buy it online if you want Pioneer. If you are one of those "must only buy from local store" people we get around here from time to time, then you take what you can get.
$75.99 from Newegg.
If you feel some sort of personal attachment to the store that makes you compelled to pay a higher price than you need to then ask them if they can order one so you can overpay them for it. Or you can overpay for a lower quality drive and get the Asus now if you are so impatient that you can't wait on an order.
In my past 10 years i have atleast used/owned 7 dvd-rw (Samsung/sony/lite-on/lg/asus) and i don't know if even one lasted more then 1.5 years, maybe i was unlucky or maybe they just aren't built to last. So my personal opinion is if it can last over a year and can burn verbatim media (the only media i ever use) fine during that period then its good enough for me.
I will try again today at more retailers to see if i can find an LG burner as they can be found here quite easily, i have never seen a pioneer drive in any of my local stores, atleast not a DVD/CD Writer/ROM. Bluray ROM/Writers are even more scarce as being less popular.
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