What's a great external DVD Burner?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thehustleman, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2013
    I'm ordering my 27" iMac tomorrow and just need to know what the best external DVD drive would be for it.

    I've heard that the superdrive is not so super and to avoid it, so what can I get to replace it for the same or preferably less money?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Dec 3, 2007
    My external super drive works extremely well and quick
  3. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
  4. macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2012
    Qld, Australia
    I have been doing similar research and, based on comments here, I have selected a combined usb3 hub, dvd burner / blu-ray drive, external hdd, card reader - http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/MSMXBD2.0TB7.

    I am just about to squeeze the trigger and buy my first iMac, and this will be a great accessory.
  5. macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2013
    liverpool, england
    I purchased the superdrive with my new 27' i7 and after 3 days it works well. Again it depends on your needs etc i.e. blue ray or not
  6. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2008
  7. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    I got this drive. It is NOT a BluRay player or burner, as I don't need one.


    I am not interested in a portable drive that can burn at an 8X maximum, which all them are restricted to. This was the fastest drive I found as I sometimes have to burn a lot of discs. So far it has been a very serviceable drive and will burn a DVD+R at 24X. The only issue with it is that depending on the burning program you use, you sometimes have to eject the disc through the Mac instead of the with the button, but that's true of most drives. It's very solid. By the way, having a USB 3 drive probably adds nothing to speed; the burning and reading are limited by the speed of the drive, which is lower than USB 3 speeds, as I understand it.
  8. macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Bochum, Germany
  9. macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    I think is an overkill for OP's purpose.
  10. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2013
  11. hfg
    macrumors 68030


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    Probably a limit to how big the motors and actuators can be with regard to the tiny space in the case and their ability to deal with higher speed vibration issues.
  12. macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2007
    Calne, Wiltshire, UK
    I'm looking to purchase one of these shortly as well. I have a quick question please.

    Is there any point in buying a drive that offers USB3 support? They seem to price at a premium but since they read/write relatively slowly (compared to, say, a SSD drive) is USB3 really necessary?


  13. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2013
    that is great, but much more than I'm willing to spend, but I do like the concept.

    I think I'm going to end up going with the LG, but not until I actually need a DVD burner because as of now, I just need a reader and I found out that my old xbox 360 HD DVD drive actually works with my new imac, so yeah....
  14. macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2004

    I bought this drive and having nothing but coasters being burnt. Toast is absolutely useless. iTunes burns audio disc. What would someone recommend for burning my movies. I have a hd camera that I pull the hd streams off and did burn em with toast. With my new iMac i7 this isn't happening.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    I used Burn (which is free) and it worked for my video clips with no problem.

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