Model: ASUS SBC-04D1S-U USB 2.0 Blu-ray Combo Drive
Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer, Inc

ASUSTeK Computer is one of the world's leading computer component manufacturers. For nearly two decades, this Taiwanese company has lead the way, producing some of the industry's best motherboards, graphics cards and notebook computers. ASUS is no stranger to the optical storage industry either. Over the years, they've introduced a wide range of products for the portable and desktop markets. With their innovative technologies and impressive performance, these drives have been a hit with consumers right from the start.

Like most drive manufacturers, ASUS has begun to focus on the growing Blu-ray Disc market. The company recently introduced its first external slim BD combo drive, the SBC-04D1S-U. The stylish and compact drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. On top of that, it can read Blu-ray Discs at 4.8x. ASUS also designed the SBC-04D1S-U to be  powered completely off a computer's USB bus. Without the need for an AC power source, you can burn a DVD or watch a Blu-ray movie wherever you go.

This is just a sample of what Lite-On's new BD combo drive has to offer. Over the next few pages we'll take a look at the SBC-04D1S-U's features and then put it through its paces to see how it performs. Is the SBC-04D1S-U the best choice for the person on the go? Keep reading as we find out.

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