DVICE is reporting that Asus is gearing up to launch an external Blu-ray player later this month. According to the website, the SBC-04D1S-U external Blu-ray drive only offers one connection: USB 2.0. Apparently, the drive doesn't offer any other type of output--no HDMI, no AC power jack, but rather sends and receives through the single USB port.
In addition to reading 4.8X Blu-ray discs, the external drive is also capable of writing 8X DVD-Rs and CD-Rs. Asus also said that the drive features a "Turbo Engine for enhanced USB Connectivity" which is probably what helps the drive crank out HD video to the monitor without additional video cables.
Additionally, the Blu-ray drive uses TrueTheater High Definition, transforming standard content into HD-quality images on high-resolution displays. The drive also comes with a vertical stand, Disc Encryption, and additional Cyberlink software. Currently there's no pricing available, however stay tuned for more in the next several weeks.
Its nothing but an external USB powered slimline bluray burner.
Unless this thing can work without a computer, its nothing special.