Best Blu-Ray Writer for new iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dimmer-fj, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. dimmer-fj macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting a new iMac shortly, and still use old luddite technology (optical drives). As it looks like I can get a blu-ray reader/writer for not much more than a SuperDrive I'm leaning towards that option. So, in your opinion, which of the blu-ray options is most compatible? The things I'm interested in:

    * works with iTunes to rip CD's, backup iTunes purchases
    * works with iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, et al to burn DVD's
    * works with Toast to burn blu-ray disks
    * works with DVD Player to view DVD's
    * USB 3.0 support
    * Bootable

    Some things that would be nice to have but not essential:

    * uses a single USB port for power and operation
    * can use additional application to view blu-ray disks
    * looks nice

    Some things I've not quite got my head around:

    * how many formats do drives/disks come in? Seems like there are at least two configurations, one holding more data than the other. Support for the larger format disks would be useful if possible.

    I think that's about it. Any other input is welcome.
     
  2. SuperCyborg macrumors member

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    Dec 7, 2012
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    Not going to happen. Apple's DVD drive only works so well because it pulls more power than the USB standard normally allows.
     
  3. taylord22 macrumors regular

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    I'm also wondering this. My preferences are a little more framed around value/future proofing; therefore, I asked Brian Lam from the thewirecutter.com (IMO, the best tech review site) if he could do a run down of the best options. I doubt he'll be able to finish anything in the immediate future, but considering this question is asked frequently (with no definitive answer), it might be worth waiting for.
     

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