Blu-Ray for MacBook Pros - Finally, a 9.5mm Slot-Load Blu-Ray Drive!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Prodo123, Jun 25, 2012.

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    Prodo123

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    So I was searching whether or not people have developed such a drive yet, and lo and behold I found this listing on Ebay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/9-5mm-SATA-...ad-drive-Apple-Macbook-Pro-Dell-/180883494492

    It is apparently a Panasonic UJ267 which was recently launched and the seller confirms it works with Unibody MacBook Pros. (no love for the rMBP which scraps the ODD)

    This drive seems to be newly released, as a quick search for the UJ267 returns with no information on the drive.

    The listing also seems valid. I'd love to see a video of it working but for now anyone looking for an internal Blu-Ray drive should keep an eye out for the Panasonic UJ267. Maybe cheaper alternatives could come but at the moment the UJ267 seems to be the only choice.

    Also, keep in mind that Mac OS X does NOT support Blu-Ray discs.

    I wonder if Apple will contradict themselves and include a BTO option for this drive, which would be awesome.
     
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    TheMacBookPro

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    You can actually play Blu-ray movies with a piece of software called the Mac Blu-ray Player. (http://www.macblurayplayer.com)

    I am unsure as to whether or not it would work with this drive though.
     
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    Prodo123

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    These software are often buggy.
    Only a native kext support can bring true Blu-ray movie watching to Macs.
     
  4. dan23osu, Jul 17, 2012
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    There is now a review of the drive here: <a href="http://www.lowendmac.com/ed/bashur/12db/blu-ray-drive-for-mac.html" target="_blank">Low End Mac UJ-267 Review</a>
     
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    iKIKO

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    so is there a efficient and real way to play blue rays on a mac ? im very interesting about this. just yesterday noon, i went to an office depot and they had an external blue ray burner, i would love to watch some of my blue rays on the new ipad :D
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    When making a link, first write down what the link should say, like "This is a review of that drive", then select the text like you would copy it, press the [​IMG] button, insert the URL and press OK.
    That is how a link works on vBB.

    Or if you want to use tags, look here: http://forums.macrumors.com/misc.php?do=bbcode
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    Man after all this time blu-ray natively is finally a reality. Pretty cool...but $300 for a drive is a lottt
     
  8. macrumors 65816

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    - Sure it does. You can read a blu-ray in Mac OS X just fine. There just isn't any proper software to play blu-ray movies.

    - I'd rather not play anything than have to put up with that.
    In my opinion, using Windows in Bootcamp is a far better solution for Blu-ray playback.
     
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    $399.95
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Another option for Mac Blu-ray playback software is DVDFab Media Player. It works pretty well and it's still in beta right now so it's free. External USB BD burners are also cheap as can be -- here's a good one that works great with OS X.
     
  11. macrumors member

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    Wow, that Samsung drive supports writing to quad layer BD-R discs, that's 128GB per disc!
     
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    Prodo123

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    Just saying, no one will use a quad-layer BD-R.
    Not to mention that only a handful of people actually write to BD-Rs to begin with...
     
  13. macrumors member

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    I just think it's cool it can do that.
     
  14. macrumors member

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    I have to say, 60 dollars for a Blu-Ray software player is a lot in my opinion. Seems to be a standardised price since two softwares that I found cost the same price. Nobody knows one a bit cheaper than this?

    Thanks!
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

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    RIF - beta versions of DVDFab Media Player are free for 30/60 days. Updates happen more frequently than that so you should be good to go for quite sometime.
     
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    This is a case of too little too late! Not only is blu-ray nearly dead...the slot for the player is just about dead...LOL
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    I sure hope Blu-ray still has some life left. As far as video and audio quality go, there's no match (yet) for BD. Downloads aren't there yet.
     
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    Prodo123

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    Oh Blu-rays are here to stay for a while. I don't think anyone would prefer downloading a 50GB movie over a single Blu-ray disc...
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    Bluray quality is just better than what you get with downloads. I dont know of any home theatre afficionado who does not have bluray and says iTunes is sufficient. Plus owning a physical copy feels better
     
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    I'd have to agree. Also there are plenty of people that still use red box therefore blu ray is needed. Downloading a 1080p movie takes a good amount of time but renting a dvd takes only minutes ( plus the drive)
     
  21. macrumors member

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    This actually seems like something I would purchase. BR is going to be around for the long haul, and although 400$ may seem to be alot, I plan to keep my cMBP for at least 4-5 years. At a little less than 100$ a year or 8.50$ a month. They also sell a read only version that is 150$ cheaper which looks promising, but the real moneys worth to get out the 400$ one is being able to rip the BRs.
     
  22. macrumors 6502a

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    Nearly dead? Blu-ray is doing better compared to DVD at this stage in its life than DVD was doing compared to VHS, and has consistently been doing so for years now.

    It's not like there are any viable alternatives showing up, download quality is terrible, pricing is high, and the market is tiny outside of USA due to licensing deals.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    Plus, you underestimate how many people just like to spend money on things and are not savvy enough to download movies on a computer and then have it play on their HDTV somehow.

    Blu-ray players are cheap, you can buy one for $30 on amazon right now. It's easy, and people know how to use it, and I like having a shelf with all my movies on display, feels good.
     
  24. macrumors G3

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    I want PROPER Blu Ray player software.

    I have an external Blu Ray burner that I never use that I bought years ago because it was the last chance to get one with HD DVD ROM support, even if I don't own any HD DVDs.
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    Everyone knows when looking at technology (especially when speaking to your other half) - you round down... so $300 is actually the correct price to discuss.
     

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