SuperDrive vs OWC external Blu-Ray

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by PaulMoore, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. PaulMoore macrumors regular

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    Hi
    Have a new iMac and need a drive for occasional CD imports and very occasional DVD burning... Was considering the apple SuperDrive but saw OWC have a bluray for the same price
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MRSSBDR6X/

    Does anyone have this or have an opinion as to which would be better? Once in a while I do burn DVDs and would like a BR option if it's a low cost alternative... But not at the expense of reliability or ease of use
     
  2. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    Forget both. Go to your local Best Buy and take a look... you can get a non apple Superdrive for well under $50. You can get a BluRay reader for under $80, and a BluRay burner for under $150, all portable. Plus, if you get a bluray drive you get the option to get the player software to watch movies.

    Here's a "superdrive" for $30.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lg-8x-external-double-layer-dvdrw-cd-rw-drive/1802006.p?id=1219064878253&skuId=1802006&st=categoryid$abcat0504005&cp=1&lp=2

    Here's a BD drive for under $70.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lg-8x-external-usb-2-0-3d-blu-ray-disc-double-layer-dvdrw-cd-rw-drive/3794001.p?id=1218432163829&skuId=3794001&st=categoryid$abcat0504005&cp=1&lp=4
     
  3. PaulMoore thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I strongly recommend you consider a full size external blu ray drive. The slot loads and other smaller units don't last nearly as long and are slower.
     
  5. PaulMoore thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the suggestion- any you would recommend?
     
  6. Gasu E. macrumors 601

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    Unless I'm reading something wrong, your suggestion saves him exactly $10, while losing the ability to write BlueRay.
     

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