External Blu-ray drive recommendations?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by macfilm, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. macfilm macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2007
    Hi, I'm looking to purchase an external Blu-ray drive to attached to my 2012 iMac running Mavericks. It needs to author discs and have BDXL support.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks :)
  2. catonfire macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    BluRay Burner for Mac


    I've been using an LG burner to author & playback BluRays on my rMBP for the past year without problems. I connect with USB 3 using an Archgon USB 3 enclosure. $33. It has a detachable small SATA /USB 3 interface hub which you can plug into any bare drive or burner & plug & play. Not elegant but simple & versatile & cheaper than 5.25" enclosures.

    I use MacGo Blu Ray Player which isn't great but it works.
    I've authored using Adobe Encore and the LG works swell.

    Below is a NewEgg link. $68. Plays 3d blurays and supports BDXL.

  3. sjschall macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2013
    I use a LaCie D2 BluRay burner but a quick search says it's discontinued now. But it works great for me, if you can find one. A bit on the bulky side but fast and reliable.
  4. davea11ee macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2011
    Houston, TX
    OWC has several options that are good. I grabbed the one that came packaged with Toast 11. A bit bulky, but it uses USB 3 over 2 and has the best BR write speed of any others that I've seen.

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