ASUS Blu-ray XL Burner Delivers Form and Function

By · Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

ASUS Blu-ray XL Burner DriveToday, Blu-ray XL discs are on the cutting edge of optical media technology. We’ve written about Blu-ray XL products from Pioneer, Imation, Sharp, Verbatim, Panasonic, and other companies. However, nothing compares to the new slim Blu-ray XL burner from ASUS.

The SBW-06C2X-U drive is the latest and greatest external burner from the Taiwan-based manufacturer. Like other external burners, it is capable of recording blank CD-R and DVD-R/W discs when attached to a computer via USB cable. However, the drive has several additional features that really make it stand out from the crowd.

The most obvious detail is the drive’s striking appearance. When it comes to slim external burners, ASUS is not kidding around. This drive is just 18.5 millimeters thick, which is slightly less than two standard size CD jewel cases. Its small size allows it to balance perfectly on the drive’s unique metal stand. The stand can also be removed for use in a horizontal configuration.

The drive’s hard corners and angular design looks refreshingly original in an age where most tech products sport rounded corners in an attempt to emulate Apple’s popular iProducts. In fact, it looks so good that the drive received a Product Design Award from iF in 2011.

But there’s more to this square-jawed burner than just good looks. The SBW-06C2X-U will record to single- and dual-layer Blu-ray discs at 6X and Blu-ray XL discs at up to 4X. The drive also supports writing to 3-layer (100GB) and 4-layer (128GB) Blu-ray XL discs.

At these speeds, the ASUS drive is writing more information than a DVD drive is at 16X. That allows it to record Blu-ray discs in less time than before. For more information about recording times, check out my previous article called “How Long Does It Take to Burn a Blu-ray Disc?

Back to the ASUS drive, it has a few more tricks up its sleeve. For example, the drive’s software supports writing encrypted discs that have password-protected files and folders, as well as hidden files. This allows users to keep their confidential data secure when burning backup and archival copies.

When burning Blu-ray videos, the included CyberLink software package has the ability to up-convert DVD quality source video to HD quality video. What’s even more impressive is that the software can also convert 2D videos to 3D! This is useful for creating Blu-ray 3D discs, although I should mention that a Blu-ray 3D-compatible player and television are also required to experience 3D content.

From its sleek design to its impressive array of features, we can see that the ASUS SBW-06C2X-U slim external Blu-ray burner is a real winner. The drive is expected to be available worldwide later this year. In the meantime, you can shop for Blu-ray media, duplicators, cases, and other supplies by visiting Check ’em out!

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