Bluray burner/player recommendation

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  1. bigcat macrumors 6502

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    I am shopping for an external bluray burner/player to use with my rMBP. Known to work with makeMKV would be nice.

    I am looking at the one below from OWC and was wondering if that's good or whether there are better options for that price.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MR3F8BDSD15X/
     
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  3. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    I think any external Blu-ray drive is going to work with MakeMKV. I ordered this MCE drive the other day. There might be drives that are a little faster, but I like how it replicates the SuperDrive.

    I intend to do a lot of ripping with MakeMKV as well.
     
  4. bigcat thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the feedback. Not all drives work. I already have a slim bluray player which is really nice because it's light and USB powered but makeMKV fails all the time reporting a hardware error when ripping. I can play bluray movies just fine, can't rip them. I suspect the drive is not getting enough juice out of the USB port on my rMBP.
     
  5. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    That's interesting. Well check out The Wirecutter's opinion, they tested multiple external Blu-ray drives and specifically tested MakeMKV compatibility.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    I have the Samsung SE-506BB Bluray/DVD writer mentioned in the article in the post above.

    Granted, I've only subjected it to light usage so far, but it works fine with my late-2012 Mac Mini. No problems at all.

    Be aware that this is a "tray loader", not a "slot loader". I actually prefer the tray loading method.
     
  7. bigcat thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, that seems to be a rock solid drive according to reviews. But since what I need does not have to be that portable, I'd prefer a faster drive, knowing it will be heavier and require ac power possibly. That's why I was looking at OWC's 15X and 16X Mercury Pros which are also USB 3.0.
     
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  9. Mahty macrumors newbie

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    B&H has this item on sale for $119.95. I was able to price match at BestBuy.

    Some people report successful compatibility with Macs while others are having issues. BestBuy's Holiday Return Period ends on 15 January, so I have some time to see if this item works for me and my Macs.

    I may never need the Blu-Ray capabilities, but I'm having trouble convincing myself to buy an Apple SuperDrive. I guess I'd rather spend some extra money just to keep my options open.
     
  10. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I use a slightly older LG external and it works great.
     
  11. RCAFBrat macrumors regular

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    Just picked up a Pioneer BDR-XD04 for a Christmas gift, 100 CAD at Best Buy. Now officially Mac OS compatible (bundled software maybe?).

    Will have to wait to see how it performs. Review at the following link:

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2401004,00.asp

    Would be curious what someone who has first hand experience thinks about it.

    Cheers
     
  12. bigcat thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tip. I just picked this up as well from BB at B&H price. Will try and rip some blurays this weekend and report back.
     

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