MacMini USB options for external Blu-Ray / DVDRW

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Cybermenace, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Cybermenace macrumors newbie

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    Hi folks, I am going to purchasing an used MacMini from a user on another site but I will also require a blu-ray/dvdrw to go with this at some point,

    Do people have any recommendations for this? As the apple super drive doesn't come with Bly-Ray and has terrible reviews I don't want to buy something that's just worth throwing away.

    Cheers
    Billy
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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  3. FriendlyMackle macrumors regular

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    I purchased on Amazon an external USB3 dvd/blu-ray writer/player. It's a nice aluminum case housing a Panasonic external blu-ray writer (Panasonic blu-rays being considered one of the best manufacturers). I have the slot-loading version, because I like the lack of a flimsy plastic tray (breakable, prone to problems).

    It has worked very well for me with two different Macs (iMac 2013, and R-MBP 2013). The particular model which I purchased was by Archgon (but there are many other producers which house the same Panasonic drive). I've had it for over a year now without any problems. My model: http://www.amazon.com/Archgon-Slot-loading-Aluminum-MD-3102G-U3-K-Cyberlink/dp/B00E5ZUUJC
     
  4. Cybermenace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply I appreciate the time and links you've added,

    I will see if I can find these products on the Amazon UK site
     
  5. FriendlyMackle macrumors regular

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    You are very welcome! Note that it does have the "Y" cable -- but that is only needed if plugging in to USB2. I just use the cable and only plug in the "main" plug (and leave the second one free). I actually think this is good to have - so if whatever you're connected to needs more power, you then connect the second input.
    I'm sure there's this model or something close to it on the UK site. Good luck! :)
     

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