Rated 4 out of 5 by jfking power through usb3.x
when you connect through usb3.x you can suffice with one connection instead of the double connection because more available current. both the software and hardware does what it should do, I have no problems or failures experienced yet.
December 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by RCD Blu Ray playback in a jiffy
I have my TV connected to a PC which is my prime media player. Though I have XBox 360, the lack of Blu Ray playback always disappointed me. It is all one easy to use external Blu Ray player that will complete my home theater setup. What better than this external Blu Ray player? Just plugged it to my PC, installed the required software downloaded from LG website and boom! There I have the Blu Ray player. As this is external drive, just plug it to the computer and done. No tools needed to open the computer. Playback quality/performance has been exceptional.
The problem is that the stock disk that comes with the packaging has outdated software in it. It does not work on Windows 8, but after downloading the updates, it worked. Minimum computer hardware requirements are a little misleading especially the graphics card. It did not work on ATI Radeon Mobility HD 4640. I later found that Blu Ray playback needs better graphics card. It works like a charm on ATI Radeon HD 5750.
March 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 One of the best portables I have seen and used!
I have several external drives, one is even almost the identical specs including Blu-Ray burning. that drive is also highly recommended and also made by LG it is model # BE14NU40. Both are excellent drives but this portable is amazing for as small as it is. Love them both but the portable is amazing.
March 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Poseidon Burning electronic charts to BR
Need was to use BR disks rather than DVD's as I provide electronic chart updates to fleet units that can easily amount to 20GB. Slower burn speed not much of an issue in my case; it works fine and saves shipping costs.
February 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Moose This drive is only as good as the software
LG BP40NS20 External Blueray
How I expected to use it: To watch DVD's and Blueray's on my laptop while traveling.
The software that comes with this product is some of the worst. When I did some research, after I couldn't get it to work, I found the people who wrote reviews didn't actually use the software that comes with it. It's bad.
Watching a Blueray didn't work without downloading another entities software product. The the DVD playback was jumpy.
It does not work straight out of the box. I am returning this product.
February 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 No MAC support
No MAC support, this product is obviously faulty for the system, you should have a proper driver or file to make this work, very unsatisfied experience.
January 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by crush easy setup
The writer was very easy to setup. Setup loaded 1st time.
Works with Win 7 flawlessly
April 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by KenS Totally satisfied with this product
The reason I purchased this burner was that I have a Blu Ray player but not a burner. I have lots of pictures and videos of family and trips on my external hard drive and needed to back them up for safe keeping and to free up some disk space. I used Blu Ray 25 GB, 50 GB, 100 GB and single layer DVD blanks with no problems. But I did have major problems with double layer DVD burning and discovered that the blanks were poor quality. I replaced with them good quality blanks and had no problems afterward. I like the compact size as it fits on my desk. The existing software that I use to create videos is compatible which is a plus. The portability is also a plus as I take it with my laptop when I travel.
One problem with the Blu Ray player part is my PC video card is not compatible with Blu Ray so I cannot play them on my computer. I also don't like that it takes up two USB ports so I had to get a USB bus to plug in the devices that were removed for the burner.
All around I am very satisfied with this product!
February 1, 2013