Most affordable but well performing external CD/DVD drive for a MacBook Pro Retina?

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  1. Republius macrumors member

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    I do not care if it is Apple brand or a third-party brand.

    Thank you for your expertise and assistance.
     
  2. jlc1978, Mar 12, 2016
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    I bought an LG BluRay drive and am very happy with it. If you get a used one from Amazon or an open box from Best Buy you can save some money. The DVD drives start at around $20 and the BluRay around $60. I've had mine about 3 years now with no issues.
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    The one that fits your needs and budget. They all pretty much come from the same factory. If it has the features you want at a pricepoint you like, buy it.
     
  4. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

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    I used the DVD drive from my Lenovo laptop, replacing it in that machine with a second SSD. The complete kit of SSD adapter caddy for the Lenovo and external housing for the DVD drive cost about £20 from Amazon, and it works great with Mac or PC. I've only tested it, mind you, I doubt I'll ever again need to use an optical disc.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Samsung sells this (amazon link):
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SE-50...1458052726&sr=8-3&keywords=samsung+506+bluray

    Although I'm not currently a BluRay user, I thought it might be worth having for future considerations.

    Of note is that (at least with my Mac Mini) this drive requires only -one- USB cable to operate. Some external DVD/CD drives require two (using a Y-cable) for enough "bus power".

    Also be aware it's a "tray loading" drive. This was my preference, may not be yours.

    In my opinion, a more capable drive than Apple's for not much more $$$$...
     
  7. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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