Good external DVD drive (Mac compatible) to recommend?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Zoowatch, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. Zoowatch macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Sheffield, UK
    My Power Mac only plays region 1 DVD movie disc.

    Now, i am think about renting DVDs from t watch
    of course, these are all region 2 discs.

    For this purpose, I am looking for a good external DVD drive which...

    1. is Mac compatible
    2. reasonably good looking
    3. supports firewire 800/400 or USB 2.0 connection
    4. allows me to watch a DVD smoothly

    multi-region support will be a plus, but not neccessary
    i am flexible with price, as long as it is worth the quality
    can you guys please recommend me one...

  2. Paladin macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2002
    Houston, TX
    I have a Lacie 16X External DVD DL Burner. I'm not going to be using it anymore as soon as I get my iMac, so I'll be looking to let it go pretty cheap. It's good looking, and it works very well over Firewire. Let me know if your interested.
  3. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    You'd probably have more luck finding a bare drive and putting it in a case. Check out the Drive Compatibility Database at XLR8yourmac.
  4. kevinliu4 macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2006
    I am looking to buy a Lacie external dvd drive to allow me to rip my region 1 dvds on my MBP. My MBP's internal dvd drive has already been set to region 3.

    My question is, do the Lacie drives come with any specific region or do you set it in the same way as an internal drive? Or do they come region free and stay region free?

    Thanks for any help.
  5. kevinliu4 macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2006
    I ended up getting the LG GSA-E40N model. It was all the shop had and I didn't want to wait. Anyway it was only US$77.

    It's supposedly the world's first 18x DVD writer, but more importantly, it does exactly what I want it to do.
  6. Jimmieboy macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2005
    I purchased a sony DRU-810UL. I love it. At the moment I have it running with firewire 400, but you have the option to use USB 2.0. It's a dual layer burner, meaning if you use a dual layer disk, you can burn twice the amount of data than your normal, single-sided DVD.
  7. hunter3740 macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Mac compatible external DVD burner

    Try the Samsung SE-S084B

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