ASUS BW-16D1X-U Review

ASUS BW-16D1X-U Review

Even though everybody seems to be using cloud storages nowadays, there’s still plenty of people who use Blu-ray discs to back up their files. And for them it’s necessary to have a burner that’s capable of that. The ASUS BW-16D1X-U is an external Blu-ray drive that’s designed exactly for that. The only issue is that it also comes with a pretty high price for a computer accessory. So let’s see what exactly you get for the price in the review below!

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 243×165×64 mm / 9.6×6.5×2.5″
  • Weight: 1.16 kg / 2.56 lb
  • Blu-Ray Writing Speed: Up to 16x BD-R
  • DVD Writing Speed: Up to 16x DVD+R
  • CD Writing Speed: Up to 40x CD-R
  • Connection: USB 3.0 and DC power adapter
  • Features: M-DISC, Professional software
  • Compatibility: Windows and Mac operating systems

In The Box

  • ASUS BW-16D1X-U
  • USB 3.0 Type A to Type B male cable
  • Power adapter
  • Data backup software

Design

I have always credited ASUS for their beautiful futuristic design. Their high end computer parts are an absolute treat to look at. The BW-16D1X-U is exactly the same. It looks like the kind of drive you place next to your flashy PC with LED’s flashing around. The drive is made out of both matte and glossy black plastic. Plus there’s also a diamond looking triangle on the top that glows blue when the drive is running.

The only downside is that the ASUS BW-16D1X-U is incredibly large for an external drive. It has an overall dimension of 243×165×64 mm / 9.6×6.5×2.5″. Which is definitely not something that’s designed to be portable. Also it weighs 1.16 kg / 2.56 lbs as well. So it’s better to just keep it on your desk, unless you like to carry a dumbbell around.

ASUS BW-16D1X-U Design

There are triangle shaped rubber pads underneath so you don’t need to worry about it sliding around or scratching the surface. I like to keep mine on the top of my PC. Mostly because not only does it fit there well but it also makes it easier to manage the cables. The backside of the external Blu-ray drive has a USB-B 3.0 B port and a DC power supply input. So you need to connect one USB 3.0 cable to your computer for data transfer and the DC cable to the wall outlet for power.

And finally the front, which has the ASUS logo and a thin vertical button. It’s the eject button that makes the loading tray slide out. So you do need to have some space in front of the drive as well.

In The Box

Because of its size, the BW-16D1X-U comes in a pretty large box. It includes the external drive, a USB 3.0 type A to type B male cable, a power adapter and a disc that includes CyberLink Power2Go 8 and CyberLink PowerBackup 2.5. Plus a bunch of manuals as well of course.

ASUS BW-16D1X-U In The Box

Unfortunately the backup software doesn’t work on Mac operating systems. You can only install them on Windows. The drive still works on both operating systems though without any issues. I just thought that it’s something that should be mentioned.

Performance

The size of the drive also comes with an advantage. The ASUS BW-16D1X-U is the fastest external Blu-ray drive on the market. It can write BD-R discs at up to 16x and the same for DVD+R’s as well. Which is incredibly fast. To put that into perspective, it took 47 minutes to write a 20 GB file. I also tested the read performance as well by ripping a 60 GB Blu-Ray movie. It took 43 minutes for that.

If you are looking for a drive to watch movies with, then I recommend looking at dedicated Blu-ray players instead. The BW-16D1X-U isn’t designed for it and that’s why the picture quality isn’t that great. The image has a little bit of noise that’s noticeable when you take a close look at the screen. I also tried connecting the drive to my TV as well and the noise became much more noticeable. So I can’t recommend this drive for watching movies.

There’s no difference in sound quality though when compared to a Blu-ray player. So you can definitely use this drive to listen to music. The Blu-ray format audio quality is much better than what MP3’s and streaming sites offer.

Conclusion

Overall the ASUS BW-16D1X-U is a powerful external Blu-ray drive. It has an incredibly fast read speed that makes transferring files super fast. Unfortunately the writing speed isn’t as fast but out of the other available drives, it’s certainly up there. And in addition to that, it also has a super cool futuristic design. It’s definitely worth the price as long as you aren’t planning to use it mainly for watching movies.