Best Blue Ray Burners

Best External Blu Ray Burners & Writer Optical USB Drives With M-Disk

If you are looking for the best external Blu Ray burners, read along to know more. Internal Writers are undoubtedly inexpensive. However, the demand for an internal IDE or SATA connection makes their portability zero. When choosing a right Blu Ray writer for you, speed or performance may not be of high concern. A significant issue is that how it will be connected to the computer system. USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1 or Firewire ports are used for providing connection to an external drive. As these writers are portable, they are also expensive. They directly operate on an external power source and leave the IDE/SATA connection on your motherboard free for other uses.

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These burners can quickly be moved from one system to another, also, can be interchangeably used between your laptop and desktop, making them more convenient to use. They are usually encased in an aluminum shied, helping them to remain cool in most operating environments. With this being said, let us begin the main discussion of today’s topic. We are about to review some best External Blu Ray burners you can buy.

Best External Blu Ray Burners:

All the drives listed below are external drives. You can use software like ‘MakeMKV‘ to get the data off the Blue-Ray disc, and then use ‘Handbrake‘ to convert it to whatever format you want. Some of these drives come bundled with ‘Cyberlink‘ software which you can use to covert or burn disc’s. We hope this list will help you to understand more about these products and also help to choose the right product according to your needs. Here we begin:

1. Pioneer BDR XD05S BDXL Writer:

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Before you make the purchase, do remember that the Silver & White versions are for the Mac and does not come with the bundled software. The black version includes Cyberlink software for Windows. Linux across distros seems to be working just fine with no issues getting detected. The drive works fine with any of the powered USB 3.0 port. The drive supports true USB 3.0 & BD-R QL. Refer to the table below of high-level specs:

Speeds 6x 2x 6x
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 6x (BD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD±R DL) / 6x (BD-R) / 6x (BD-R DL) / 4x (BD-R QL) / 4x (BD-R TL) / 6x (BD-R LTH)
Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 2x (BD-RE)
Media Type Support BD-R, BD-R DL, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, BD-R LTH, DVD-ROM DL, BD-R QL, BD-R TL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, BD-RE TL, BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL
Buffer Size 4 MB
Media Load Type Top-Load
Feature Highlights Power Read

Pure Read 2+

USB Powered

Auto Quiet mode

Interface / Enclosure SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 9 pin USB Type A

External Enclosure

OS Support Apple MacOS X 10.6 – 10.8, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Windows 8
Included Software Cyber link Power 2 go 8

Cyber link Power DVD 12

Cyber link Power Director 10

Dimension 5.2 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
Weight 8.11 oz

2. ASUS BW 16D1XU Blu-Ray Drive:

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This one is the fastest of the lot, with a write speed of 16x. It comes integrated with a “Cloud backup solution” for Android devices and is compatible with both Windows and MAC OS. It comes with Cyber Link Power2Go software suite for burning and can store up to 128 GB. Do note that this will not work as a standalone drive and is dependent on a computer to operate.

Specifications below:

Speeds 16x 2x 12x
Read Speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD) / 12x (BD)
Write Speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 8x (DVD±R DL) / 12x (BD-R) / 12x (BD-R DL) / 6x (BD-R TL) / 6x (BD-R QL) / 6x (BD-R LTH)
Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM) / 2x (BD-RE) / 2x (BD-RE DL) / 2x (BD-RE TL)
Recording Mode Support Disk at once, Incremental Recording, Multi-session, Packet Writing, Random Access Write, Restricted Overwrite, Sequential Write, Session at Once, Track at Once
Media Format Support CD Extra, CD Text, CD-DA (audio), CD-I, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, DVD-Video, Photo CD
Media Type Support BD-R, BD-R DL, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM DL, BD-R QL, BD-R TL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, BD-RE TL, BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL, CD-R
Access Time 160 sec, 170 sec, 180 sec
Feature Highlights Disk Encryption Support
Interface / Enclosure Super Speed USB 3.0 interface

External Enclosure

OS Support Apple MacOS X 10.6 or later, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 8
Included Software CyberLink Power2Go 8, CyberLink PowerBackup 2.5, Unlimited ASUS WebStorage
Dimension 6.5 x 9.6 x 2.5 inches
Weight 2.56 lbs

3. LG BE16NU5 Blu-Ray / DVD Writer:

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The drive supports bdxl which can enable you to store up to 128GB “Quad layer“. It can playback 3D Blu-ray discs and just like the Asus drive, can write at 16x BD-R speeds. The internally motor is virtually silent for movie playbacks and its ‘jamless‘ play smooths out the playback of damaged sectors on Blu-ray or DVD discs. Refer to its specifications below:

Speeds 16x / 2x  / 12x
Read Speed 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 12x (DVD±R DL) / 12x (BD-R) / 12x (BD-ROM) / 8x (BD-R DL) / 8x (BD-ROM DL) / 10x (BD-RE) / 6x (BD-R TL/QL/XL) / 6x (BD-RE DL) / 4x (BD-RE TL)
Write Speed 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 8x (DVD±R DL) / 16x (BD-R) / 12x (BD-R DL) / 8x (BD-R TL) / 6x (BD-R QL)
Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM) / 2x (BD-RE) / 2x (BD-RE DL) / 2x (BD-RE TL)
Recording Mode Support Layer Jump Recording (LJR), disk-at-once, incremental recording, packet writing, random access write, restricted overwrite, sequential write, session-at-once, track-at-once
Supported Formats CD-DA [Audio]

CD-ROM

DVD Video

Media Type Support BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-R QL, BD-R TL, BD-R XL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, BD-RE TL, BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM DL, M-DISC
Buffer Size 4 MB with buffer under run  protection

150 sec, 160sec, 180 sec access time

Media Load Type Tray Load
Feature Highlights M-Disc Support
Interface / Enclosure 1x Super Speed USB 3.0 interface

External Enclosure

OS Support Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits), Windows 8, Windows 10
Dimension 6.3 x 8.7 x 2 inches
Weight 2.31 lbs

4. Pioneer BDR XS06 Portable Blu-Ray Writer:

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At 6x writing speeds, this is not the fastest on the list. However, it supports both the BDXL @ 128GB Quad Layer & Triple Layer Blu-ray media @ 100GB. It is a multi-format capabable drive and can burn disc’s at 6x for BD-R, 8x for DVD-R& +R, plus 24x for CD-R, if it is still a thing. It comes with a slim enclosure and you can buy this with an optional stand.

Specifications:

Speeds 6x 2x 6x
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 6x (BD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD±R DL) / 6x (BD-R) / 6x (BD-R DL) / 4x (BD-R QL) / 4x (BD-R TL) / 6x (BD-R LTH)
Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 2x (BD-RE)
Media Type Support BD-R, BD-R DL, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, BD-R LTH, DVD-ROM DL, BD-R QL, BD-R TL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, BD-RE TL, BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL
Buffer Size 4 MB
Media Load Type Slot Load
Feature Highlights USB Powered
Interface / Enclosure 1x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface

External Enclosure

OS Support Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Microsoft Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, Apple MacOS X 10.6 – 10.11
Dimension 5.3 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
Weight 9.88 oz

5. LG BP50NB40 Ultra Slim Writer:

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Just like the Pioneer drive listed above, this one also can write up to 6x speeds for DR R discs. However, this one does not support BDXL Quad layer, but only triple layer media @ 100 GB. Apart from that, it can write CDs at 24x and dvds at 8x speeds. Refer to the specifications chart below:

Speeds 6x 2x 6x
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 6x (BD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 8x (DVD±R DL) / 6x (BD-R) / 6x (BD-R DL) / 4x (BD-R TL) / 6x (BD-R LTH)
Rewrite Speed 16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM) / 2x (BD-RE) / 2x (BD-RE DL) / 2x (BD-RE TL)
Media Type Support BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-R LTH, BD-R TL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, BD-RE TL, BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM DL, M-DISC
Buffer Size 4 MB with buffer underrun protection
Access Time 200 sec, 250 sec
Media Load Type Tray Media Load
Feature Highlights Jamless Play

M-Disk Support

Silent Play

Interface / Enclosure 1x 4 pin USB 2.0 Type A interface

External Enclosure

OS Support Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1
Included Software CyberLink MediaEspresso, CyberLink Power2Go, CyberLink PowerProducer, Cyberlink PowerDVD
Dimension 5.7 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
Weight 9.52 oz

6. Samsung 506CB / RSBDM Slim Writer:

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The Samsung drive is yet another external 6x external Blue Ray writer using a native USB 3.0 interface. It can work with MAC OS (iMac includes) and does not need a separate driver. This is not as expensive as the LG drive listed above and can do most of your DVD, Blue Ray or CD writing work. Refer to the specifications table below for additional details:

Speeds 6x 2x 6x
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 6x (BD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD±R DL) / 6x (BD-R) / 6x (BD-R DL) / 4x (BD-R QL) / 4x (BD-R TL)
Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD±RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM) / 2x (BD-RE) / 2x (BD-RE DL) / 2x (BD-RE TL)
Media Format Support CD Extra, CD Text, CD+G (Karaoke CD), CD-DA (audio), CD-I, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, DVD-Video, Mixed-mode CD, Photo CD, Video CD
Media Type Support BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-R LTH, BD-R QL, BD-R TL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM
Buffer Size 5 MB with Buffer under run free technology
Access Time 130 sec, 200 sec
Media Load Type Tray Media Load
Feature Highlights Blu ray 3D Support

Double Optimum power control

PSCT, SAT, SACT and TAC technologies

Upscaling technology, Firmware Upgradable

Interface / Enclosure 1x USB 2.0 interface

External enclosure

OS Support Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.4.6 or later
Included Software Cyber Link BD

3D advisor

Dimension 5.8 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight 10.16 oz

Conclusion:

All of the drives featured on this list will support Windows and Mac OS. The difference is the writing speeds, form factor, multi-format support and of course, the price. We hope this should cover for almost everyone who is looking out for the best external Blu Ray burners.

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