ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-ray Combo Drive Review

When it comes to choosing an optical drive sometimes it can be hard. A lot of people just choose the cheapest drive, but that is not always the best route. Today we will be looking at a new combo drive from ASUS that allows for Blu-ray playback and DVD/CD burning. It also has some really cool features like being able to encrypt your burnt discs with 128-bit encryption, True Theater High Definition which boosts DVD playback quality and Optimal Tuning Strategy which will perform a test before really burning a disc to generate an optimal burning strategy for the best burning quality. Let’s see if the BC-08B1ST Blu-ray Combo Drive is right for you.

Special thanks to ASUS for providing us with the BC-08B1ST Blu-ray Combo Drive to review.


Write Speed DVD-R 16X,12X,8X,6X,4X
DVD-RW 6X,4X,2.4X
DVD+R 16X,12X,8X,6X,4X
DVD+RW 8X,6X,4X,2.4X
DVD+R(DL) 8X,6X,4X,2.4X
DVD-R (DL) 8X,6X,4X
CD-R 48X,40X,32X,24X,16X
CD-RW 32X,24X,16X,10X,4X
DVD-RAM 12X,10x,8x,6x,5X,3X,2X
Read Speed BD-ROM/R/RE: 8 X max.
DVD-ROM (Single): 16 X max.
DVD-ROM (Dual): 12 X max.
DVD-RAM: 12 X max.
CD-ROM: 48 X max.
Access time BD: 250 MS
DVD: 150 MS
CD: 150 MS
Writing Mode DVD-R & DVD-R(DL) DAO(Disc-At-Once)/Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
DVD-RW & DVD-RW (DL) DAO(Disc-At-Once)/Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)/Sequential Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
DVD+R & DVD+R (DL) Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
DVD+RW & DVD+RW (DL) Random Recording
O/S Compatibility Windows 2000
XP compatible
Vista compatible
Interface SATA
Data Buffer 2 MB
Disc Formats Write: DVD+/-RW,DVD+/-R,CD-R,CD-RW
Disc Diameters 12cm/8cm
MTBF 60000 Power On Hours
Operating Duty Cycle (Read) 20 % POH
Operating Duty Cycle (Write) 2 % POH
Mounting Orientation Vertical and Horizontal ( +5 ° ~ -5 °)
Dimension(WxHxD) 41.3x146x185 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 650 g
Power Requirements DC+5V ±5%,DC+12V ±10 %
Temperature Operating: 5℃ to 50℃
Storage: -40℃ to 65℃

The BC-08B1ST comes in a very attractive retail package. On the front there is a picture of the drive and on the back there is an overview of the features.

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Opening up the box we can see that everything inside is nicely packaged and protected. Getting everything out we have the BC-08B1ST drive, ASUS BD Suite software and mounting screws.

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