I would highly recommend this if you are in the market for an internal blu-ray reader! Very good BD drive/DVD Writer(this does not write on Blu-ray discs)for the money, especially since it is a retail packaged drive, more on this a moment later, Samsung does not disappoint, comes with all the required accessories (SATA cables, screws for tooled drive bays) and some great software!
The performance is much above par (12X is in fact the fastest you would be able to find on a bluray reader) and the read-write speeds are more than satisfactory, but then again, no need to get that technical with a blu-ray drive right, it does read all formats well, everything that I have thrown at it has worked well so far, +R, -R, DL all have worked well! Lightscribe is a plus although I don't use it that much, so can't comment on that!
Aesthetically speaking it is a good looking drive and the blue activity LED in the front adds to the appeal, the drive looks great on my PC and now on my HTPC. So no con's so far, and I am a fan of Samsung products and this one is no different from the others!
At the price point that this one sells for, it is as expensive as some of the OEM BD drives out there and this one is a retail packaged drive which means that you get the bundled software which is a great plus as there are no good free blu-ray players available online (none of the Windows media players or the free media players available online supports Blu-ray format), so if you buy an OEM drive and does not already have a blu-ray player software, then you will have to spend an extra $30-$40 to buy and register some software online, which makes this a great buy! So