Originally Posted by olyteddy
I'm not real familiar with the Mac Mini. Is it because it's underpowered that you had to record it on a cell phone instead of using an app like Fraps or Action?
Maybe, but I just didn't know about those applications. Plus, I think a format shows a bit better that it really is working and not some video editing trick. The phone usually recorded well, but I was having phone issues at the time, and all the point-shoot cameras in the house were broke. The point was more to show how the stuff works. And the video at the time was showing you don't necessarily need blu ray playback suites such as PowerDVD to watch a blu ray movie. It also shows that you don't necessarily need that powerful a computer to have blu ray disc playback as well.
As the "break easily", I think what he more saying, is that they may not have the same build quality compared to a normal drive. This of course is more dependent on the manufacture or model. ASUS doesn't exactly have the best track for build quality. I have had mine over a year, but I don't use it all the time. It's mainly for ripping movies using MakeMKV. His other point was that the external slim drives are not as fast compared to a regular drive. I don't know enough to dispute that point, but I'll assume it's accurate. My counter to it is really, it's not that major of issue because most of the slim drives are fast enough to read with minimal load times; in the video, the biggest delay is more from AnyDVD analyzing the disc. Where speed can be important is with burning/writing to a disc. Unless you're going to be burning more often, then I wouldn't be as concerned with it; don't dismiss completely though.
Although, if push came to shove,I would recommend a stand alone blu ray player over the PC with blu ray drive. In the long run, it's cheaper. As long as the blu ray can get firmware updates for the DRM updates that are needed, you can get a decent blu ray player around $100 these days. The drive cost is fixed and not the biggest problem. The PowerDVD that comes with the drive in the OP, will be a truncated version, and thus some features are going to be unavailable without upgrading. And if the drive doesn't come with the softeware, and one chooses to get a blu ray suite, it's around $100; could a little less, could be more. And at some point, the suite will require an paid upgrade to even work; this is usually around two or three years. Plus, you may still need to tweak the settings to get it to work on the PC correctly. Granted, it's possible to get better playback on the PC versus the stand alone. I think for most people stand alone playback performance will more than meet their needs. Heck, I would suggest getting a Playstation 3 because it's a decent player and quite robust. Sony updates it often. It can be a little slow loading, but plays well and can do all the bells whistles of blu ray. Plus, if you use streaming services such as Netflix, playback on set top boxes is usually better as well; there are a some exceptions.