External Blu-Ray/DVD Burner

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by USC_Gamecock, May 2, 2013.

  1. USC_Gamecock macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2004
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    Does anyone have a recommendation on a good portable external Blu-Ray/DVD re-writable drive? I've seen a couple online, but they didn't look very impressive. I prefer one with a thunderbolt connection.
  2. fortysomegeek macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2012
    I got an LG one at Frys for $35. USB 2.0 portable powered.
    Normally they're $99 but Frys does have them onsale. Burning blu-ray is gonna be slow regardless. No difference if it is USB 2.0 or native SATA. I have an internal one in my PC and another internal in another mac. They operate the same speed as the external USB 2.0

    This is the one I have:

  3. Giuly, May 2, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2014

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    Most of them are 6X drives with USB 2.0, but 12X USB 3.0 writers are available, obviously twice as fast but more expensive. Pick one, all of them work fine.

    The 14X USB3.0 LG writer with brushed aluminum enclosure should be the best though, and it's explicitly known to work with both Lion and Mountain Lion.
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    You're unlikely to find one with a Thunderbolt connection; Blu-Ray doesn't need that kind of speed & the interface is a lot more expensive. The exception would be if you get a Thunderbolt docking station like the Sonnet Echo 15 which can support an optical drive in addition to other features.
  5. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    I have the LG writer posted above. It works very well for me.

    It does, however, have an external power supply so it's not the most portable drive.
  6. USC_Gamecock thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2004
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    Cool thanks!

    I will look into the LG one -- this is the first time I've seen it.
  7. USC_Gamecock thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2004
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  8. John Kotches macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    Troy, IL (STL Area)

    This is half the speed of the LG listed above. Could theoretically max out the drive speed on a usb 2.0 interface.

    The LG theoretically exceeds usb 2 specs.

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