External Optical Drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by The DRis, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2010
    Oceanside, CA
    What is everyone using? I browsed Newegg and Macsales and nothing really jumped out at me, they are all pretty ugly.

    I definitely want Blu-Ray reading capability so I can convert my library to digital, but I don't know if I should get Blu-Ray writing capability as well. The only thing I think I would use the writing for would be hard copy backups. And I don't know if I can justify the increase in price.
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
  3. macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2011
  4. macrumors regular


    May 20, 2012
    Paris, France
  5. MightyWhite, Nov 12, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012

    macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Oxford UK
    I have got a cheap and blinking ugly plextar bluray drive it only reads and does not write anything but was only £40.

    It will only come out the drawer each time I buy a bluray.

    I will get a Samsung DVD writer for, well, writing. But again it will live in a drawer till needed but the do look sleek and are about £30.

    I did buy the bluray reader before I found out the new mac has no drive. Maybe I would have chose different... Probably the Samsung in the post above...
  6. macrumors regular

    May 4, 2006
    What about USB 3.0? Lacie has one. Is there any real benefit? It appears write speeds can't increase from the 6x found in USB 2.0 due to the slim factor of the drives, but I'd think read speeds would increase.
  7. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    OS X cannot natively support playback of commercial Blu-ray movie discs, but it does allow you to burn Blu-ray discs and I would guess can play consumer Blu-ray discs (that do not have the commercial Blu-ray DRM schema).
  8. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I would say.....

    LaCie makes decent Blu-ray drives and no too ugly :) But I know LiteOn, Pioneer and Sony also make good drives to read/burn/backup

  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    I'm waiting for the samsung se 506 to be delivered :)
  10. macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2012
    Just ordered this from amazon.

    Asus 8X External Slim DVD+/-RW Drive SDRW-08D2S-U - Retail (Black)

    cost is only $31 and reviews look good and it stands up so it wont take up too much toom.
  11. macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2012
    Caotbridge (outside Glasgow, UK)
    I've ordered the Panasonic UJ-260. The reviews on amazon is 4.5 stars which is a good thing based on 40+ reviews most mac owners
  12. macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2012
    There is no benefit in having usb3 cd/dvd drive over usb2 in terms of speed. USB2 is faster than any CD/DVD drive so the only thing I can think of that will probably benefit from having certain usb3 cd/dvd drives is that usb3 supports doulbe the energy the usb2 does so it may be that you would not need 2 usb cables (or one usb other from outlet) connected to the drive, and one usb3 would be just enough.

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