Watching Blu-Ray discs was pleasant and easy. I wasn't sure how USB 2.0 would handle the bandwidth necessary for Blu-Ray, but Avatar looked great. Video playback usually resulted in less than 5% CPU usage on my Q6600 (quad core, 2.4GHz), and never exceeded 10%. As an added bonus, the drive is practically silent during use.
Because there aren't any good, free options for a Blu-Ray playback codec, it can be frustrating buying a new drive and having to shell out another $50 for software. Luckily, Asus includes lots of software, part of which is CyberLink PowerDVD 9. While version 10 is out now, PowerDVD is nevertheless recognized as the best option for Blu-Ray video playback. Unfortunately, after installing PowerDVD, you immediately have to install an update, which in turn uninstalls and then reinstalls the whole program. But, it's a small price to pay for free software, and there isn't even any crapware.
While your netbook probably can't handle Blu-Ray playback, the SBC-06D1S-U still does make a great alternative to an internal optical drive. Whether you are building a desktop and want to save some drive bays, or you opted for the extra battery on your laptop, the SBC-06D1S-U is good for both use at home and on the go. The SBC-06D1S-U is convenient, it works well, and it looks great. For its all around quality in both form and function, the Asus SBC-06-D1S-U earns the OCIA.net Gold Seal of Approval.