SilverStone TS05 External USB 2.0 Blu-ray Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 12-02-2009
Provided by: SilverStone
First Look

Inside the retail offering we find the optical drive, USB power cable, a copy of CyberLink PowerDVD 9 BD, four small rubber feet and an instruction manual.

As you can see, this is a slim drive compared to some other external optical drives. The majority of the casing is carbon fiber in color. The front drive tray has the standard white lettering and symbols for Compact Disc, DVD Multi Recorder, Blu-ray Disc and DVD-RW. There is an eject button on the front along with indicator LED and a small hole used to eject the tray should the button malfunction or you need to eject the tray when the drive is not powered on.

On the rear of the drive we find a retractable USB cable. This cable is stored inside the drive and can be slid out using the lever shown above. According to SilverStone, most systems will be able to power the Blu-ray drive using only this single USB cable, but should the drive not work, you will need to use the secondary USB power cable included. As you can see, both USB cables are pretty short in length, so if you plan to use this drive on a desktop, you will likely need to use front panel USB ports or invest in some extension cables.

Here we have a better shot of the carbon fiber look of the drive. On the bottom of the drive we find spots to place the four rubber feet as well as the product sticker. I am not sure why SilverStone elected to not just go ahead and apply the rubber feet at the factory.

That pretty much covers the drive itself. Let's move ahead to software installation and testing!

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