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OWC Mercury Pro External USB 3.0 Blu-Ray Reader/Writer

OWC Mercury Pro External USB 3.0 Blu-Ray Reader/Writer

B&H # OWCMR3UBDR16 MFR # OWCMR3UBDRW16
Key Features
  • Max 12x/16x BD-R Read/Write Speed
  • Max 16x DVD±R Read and Write Speed
  • Max 48x CD-R Read and Write Speed
  • Read & Writes Blu-ray up to 128GB
$15999
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OWC Mercury Pro 24x DVD and 48x CD Read/Write Solution

OWC Mercury Pro 24x DVD and 48x CD Read/Write Solution

B&H # OWCMR3USD24 MFR # OWCMR3USD24
Key Features
  • DVD Read Speeds Up to 16X
  • DVD Write Speeds Up to 24X
  • CD Read Speeds Up to 48X
  • CD Write Speeds Up to 48X
$7900
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LG Slim Portable Blu-ray/DVD Writer

B&H # LGWP50NB40 MFR # WP50NB40
Key Features
  • Max 6x BD-R Read and Write Speed
  • Max 8x DVD±R Read and Write Speed
  • Max 24x CD-R Read and Write Speed
  • Supports 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
$8999
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LG GP65NB60 Portable USB External DVD Burner and Drive (Black)

B&H # LGGP65NB60 MFR # GP65NB60
Key Features
  • 14mm Thick DVD Writer Drive
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • 8x DVD Read and Write Speed
  • 24x CD Read and Write Speed
$2999
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Pioneer BDR-XS07UHD 6x Portable USB 3.1 Gen 1 Blu-ray Burner with M-DISC Support

B&H # PIBDRXS07UHD MFR # BDR-XS07UHD
Key Features
  • Write Speed of 6x: BD Discs
  • Write Speed of 8x: DCD-R & DVD+R
  • Write Speed of 24x: CD-R
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Interface
$14700
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Apple USB SuperDrive

B&H # APMMD564LLA MFR # MD564LL/A
Key Features
  • External Slot-Loading Optical Drive
  • Attached USB Type-A Connector Cable
  • USB Powered
  • Slim & Portable
$7799
In Stock

Pioneer BDR-XD08UMB-S Portable USB 3.2 Gen 1 Clamshell Optical Drive (Midnight Black)

B&H # PIBDRXD8UMBS MFR # BDR-XD08UMB-S
Key Features
  • Up to 6x BD Read and Write Speed
  • Up to 8x DVD Read and Write Speeds
  • Up to 24x CD Read and Write Speeds
  • PureRead 4+ Support
$10688
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ASUS DRW-24B3ST Internal DVD-RW Drive

B&H # ASDVDRW MFR # DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS
Key Features
  • Max 16x DVD Read / 24x DVD Write
  • Max 48x CD Read / Write
  • SATA Interface
  • Power2go 8 Software
$2499
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Pioneer BDR-XD08B Portable USB 3.2 Gen 1 Clamshell Optical Drive (Misty Black)

B&H # PIBDRXD08B MFR # BDR-XD08B
Key Features
  • Up to 6x BD Read and Write Speed
  • Up to 8x DVD Read and Write Speeds
  • Up to 24x CD Read and Write Speeds
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Interface
$9893
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ASUS ZenDrive V1M External DVD Drive and Writer with M-Disc Support

B&H # ASV1MEDDBLK MFR # SDRW-08V1M-U/BLK/G/AS
Key Features
  • DVD Read and Write Speeds: up to 8x
  • CD Read and Write Speeds: up to 24x
  • USB Type-C Interface
  • USB Bus Powered +5V ± 5%
$2899
Reg. $34.99
Save $6.00
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Dell DW316 USB DVD±R/W Optical Drive

B&H # DEDW316 MFR # 8J15V
Key Features
  • Up to 480 Mb/s via USB 2.0
  • Compatible with DVD-RW and DVD+RW
  • Tray-Loading Design
  • Plug-and-Play with Windows 7 and Later
$5999
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ASUS BW-16D1X-U External Blu-ray Drive

B&H # ASBW16D1XU MFR # BW-16D1X-U
Key Features
  • BD-R Write Speed: 16X
  • DVD+/-R Write Speed: 16X
  • CD-R Write Speed: 40X
  • USB 3.0 Interface
$13999
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ASUS BW-16D1HT Internal SATA 16X Blu-ray Disc Rewriter

B&H # ASBW16D1HT MFR # BW-16D1HT
Key Features
  • 16X Blu-ray Disc Writing Speed
  • M-disc Support
  • BDXL Support
  • E-Green Reduces Power Consumption
$9999
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Pioneer BDR-X13U-S External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Blu-Ray Drive with M-DISC Support

B&H # PIBDRX13US MFR # BDR-X13U-S
Key Features
  • Up to 16x BD-R & DVD-R Write Speed
  • Up to 48x CD Read & Write Speed
  • USB-B 3.2 Gen 1 Interface
  • PureRead 4+ Support
$20337
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LG GP65NW60 Portable USB External DVD Burner and Drive (White)

B&H # LGGP65NW60 MFR # GP65NW60
Key Features
  • 14mm Thick DVD Writer Drive
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • 8x DVD Read and Write Speed
  • 24x CD Read and Write Speed
$2999
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ASUS ZenDrive U9M External DVD Writer (Silver)

B&H # ASDRW08U9MUS MFR # SDRW-08U9M-U/SIL/G/AS/P2G
Key Features
  • DVD Read & Write Speeds: up to 8x
  • CD Read & Write Speeds: up to 24x
  • USB-A & USB-C Compatible
  • Ultra Slim 13mm Form Factor
$3499
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ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U/B 8X Slim External DVD+RW Optical Drive (Black)

B&H # ASDRW08D2S MFR # SDRW-08D2S-U/B/G/ACI/AS
Key Features
  • Up to 8X DVD Read / Write Speeds
  • Up to 24X CD Read / Write Speeds
  • 160 ms DVD Access Time
  • 140 ms CD Access Time
$2799
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Pioneer BDR-XS07S 6x Portable USB 3.1 Gen 1 Blu-ray Burner with M-DISC Support

B&H # PIBDRXS07S MFR # BDR-XS07S
Key Features
  • Write Speed of 6x: BD Discs
  • Write Speeds of 8x: DVD-R & DVD+R
  • Write Speed of 24x: CD-R
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Interface
$11800
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LG GP60NB50 8x Super-Multi Portable DVD Rewriter with M-DISC

B&H # LGGP60NB50 MFR # GP60NB50
Key Features
  • Max 8X DVD± Write Speed
  • Max 24X CD Write Speed
  • M-Disc Support
  • Connects Via USB 2.0
$2999
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Apple USB SuperDrive Kit with USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Male to USB Type-A Female Adapter

B&H # APMMD564LLAK
Key Features
  • External Slot-Loading Optical Drive
  • Attached USB Type-A Connector Cable
  • USB Powered
  • Slim & Portable
$9604
In Stock

Pioneer BDR-XD08S Portable USB 3.2 Gen 1 Clamshell Optical Drive (Snow White Silver)

B&H # PIBDRXD08S MFR # BDR-XD08S
Key Features
  • Up to 6x BD Read and Write Speed
  • Up to 8x DVD Read and Write Speeds
  • Up to 24x CD Read and Write Speeds
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Interface
$11000
In Stock

ASUS ZenDrive U9M External DVD Writer (Black)

B&H # ASDRW08U9MUB MFR # SDRW-08U9M-U/BLK/G/AS/P2G
Key Features
  • DVD Read & Write Speeds: up to 8x
  • CD Read & Write Speeds: up to 24x
  • USB-A & USB-C Compatible
  • Ultra Slim 13mm Form Factor
$3499
In Stock

Lenovo ThinkPad UltraSlim USB DVD Burner

B&H # LE4XA0E97775 MFR # 4XA0E97775
Key Features
  • USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 Port
  • DVD-ROM 160ms Access Time
  • CD-ROM 140ms Access time
  • Support CD-Text Read/Write
$8667
In Stock

ASUS ZenDrive U7M External Ultra-Slim DVD Writer with M-Disc Support

B&H # ASU7MUSDVDW MFR # SDRW-08U7M-U/BLK/G/AS
Key Features
  • DVD Read & Write Speeds: up to 8x
  • CD Read & Write Speeds: up to 24x
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • Supports 8 and 12cm Media
$2999
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LG Internal 24x Super Multi DVD Rewriter with M-Disc Support

B&H # LGGH24NSC0R MFR # GH24NSC0R
Key Features
  • Serial ATA Interface
  • Up to 24x Write Speeds on DVD-R Discs
  • Up to 48x Write Speeds on CD-R Discs
  • 0.75MB Buffer Size
$2799
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Expected availability: 7-14 busin

Buffalo Mediastation 6X Portable BDXL Blu-Ray Writer with M-Disc Support (TAA-Compliant)

B&H # BUBRXLPUS63B MFR # BRXL-PUS6U3B-TAA
Key Features
  • Ultra-Slim and Compact
  • USB Bus-Powered with LED Power Indicator
  • M-Disc Support
  • Cyberlink Media Suite
$11499
Special Order
Expected availability: 7-14 busin

Buffalo 16x Desktop BDXL Blu-Ray Burner

B&H # BUBRXL16U3 MFR # BRXL-16U3
Key Features
  • Burns Blu-Ray, DVD, and CD
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • 128GB BDXL Support
  • Video Upscaling
$14999
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Verbatim External All-in-One Optical Writer

B&H # VE71094 MFR # 71094
Key Features
  • CD, DVD, & Blu-ray Disc Support
  • BDXL Disc Compatible
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Interface
  • Read & Write Capabilities
$18800
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Upgrading Your Computer With Optical Drives and Burners

If you want to use your computer to read CDs and other discs, you'll need a computer optical drive, and to write files onto blank discs, you'll need a burner. While some computers come with optical drives, they may not have burning capabilities. Some laptops don't come with optical drives at all. Optical drives add bulk to laptops, and many slim laptops sacrifice this feature for a smaller and lighter frame. Adding external optical drives and burners can provide you with all the capabilities you need.

 

Types of Optical Drives

There are two main types of optical drives and burners: internal and external. An internal optical drives is part of the computer, installed directly into the electronics. You can connect external optical drives to virtually any type of computer, and they're easily detachable. A portable DVD drive may be a useful idea if you want to watch DVDs with a slim laptop. If you're going to play your collection of Blu-rays, choose an external Blu-ray drive. For even more convenience when traveling, choose an external slim optical drive, as these are smaller and more compact.


Features of Burners

Most computer optical drives have burning capabilities. Some optical drives come with bundled software to help you burn your discs, or you can purchase optical media burning and ripping software separately. Some are CD/DVD burners, while others also feature Blu-ray burning capabilities. Another essential feature to consider is read/write speeds. CDs are easier to read and write to, and burners can write CDs with speeds of up to 48x or more. Many Blu-ray and DVD writers also feature fast read/write speeds of up 14x or 24x. Many burners and optical drives are compatible with both Mac and PC.


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