Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading Blu-Ray Writer

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  1. yaymath macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2011
    Has anyone used Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading Blu-Ray Writer?

    It seems like a good alternative to Apple USB SuperDrive; it looks like it has a similar design and a slot instead of a tray, plus it plays and burns Blu Ray discs. On the other hand, it's pretty expensive at $159.99 and I cannot find a review on YouTube. I can't remember the last time I've used a CD or a DVD, but I will be getting a rMBP soon and I want to get a disc drive just in case. So, it is worth getting this one?
  2. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    There are two versions, slot-load or tray-load, with the latter being less expensive. I purchased the orange slot-load version a few weeks ago, ad it works quite well. It doesn't come with any software, but will work with OS X or Windows as a generic drive and you can burn data discs from either OS. I have no issues with either my Mac Pro Retina or my Windows laptop.

    Comes with USB 2.0 cable.

    Inside is the current Matsushita UJ-265. There are a few reviews at Amazon. There appear to be a number of sources at various prices. The Pawtec seems to be well made.

    I wanted the slot-load version. There are less expensive versions using tray-load or clam-shell mechanisms, many with software bundles. Usually Toast for Mac OS X. Toast works fine with the drive.

    I don't even try to play back blu-ray movies with the drive, as I have a real player for my TV (PS3 and Sony player). Fine for burning.
  3. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Mine isn't a Pawtec, but it's the same exact thing (albeit aluminum in color), and I've been using it for over a year now with no problems

    I got it because it was the only USB 3.0 enclosure for optical disc drives.

    I used an LG BT20N Blu Ray drive for it, as it was the best one I found at the time (might still be) and had good reviews. Link to drive:

    I give it a 5 star rating.

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