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Asus BR Burner model bw-12b1st/blk/g/as - riplocked?

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Just picked on of these up cheap on Newegg, $20 rebate and 18% off. Now seeing some evidence that it is riplocked. mad.gif

Some say because it is a 'green/eco' drive that means it is, but is all seems to be speculation. It comes with some Cyberlink software - not sure how good it is but really I just want to backup pictures and such to disc - I buy BRs I care to own and simply stream HD versions of the ones I care to see once. If it can burn at a decent speed and read BRs that is all I care about.

Anyone have this drive, and can comment? Also, I have Win7 64 bit. Some early reviewers stated that the could not find drivers for it and therefore were unable to use this drive.

Since this is a Christams present I won't be installing for a couple months (yes, we start our shopping early - to spread it out), so I don't want to wait and find the drive is crap on Christmas morning redface.gif

There was a slightly better spec LG drive on Newegg similarly priced, but it was OEM so I decided against it because I at least wanted the SATA cable and software. Now if that one was *not* riplocked and the Asus *is*, my opinion may change.
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Well I did more research amnd supposedly this drive is a rebadged Liteon iHBS112 model. If that is true, I found that the Liteon has been tested to not be riplocked: http://www.myce.com/review/liteon-ihbs112-bd-rewriter-review-32890/Real-world-tests-9/#.UG4CK669zmM

Linky to forum post stating this Asus is a rebadged LiteOn model: http://club.myce.com/f58/asus-bw-12b1st-12x-sata-blu-ray-burner-5x-25gb-bd-50-newegg-324841/#.UG4C7669zmN
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