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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • 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
  • Reads & Writes BD-RE and M-DISC
  • 4MB Buffer Memory
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Includes USB 3.0 Cable
  • Includes Disc Label & Backup Software
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
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The Mercury Pro External USB 3.0 Blu-Ray Reader/Writer from OWC / Other World Computing features a USB 3.0 interface and can be used with both Windows and Mac systems. The plug-and-play optical drive requires no special drivers for use and supports writing to Blu-ray and DVD media at speeds at up to 16x and CDs at up to 48x, while also supporting the reading of Blu-ray media at speeds up to 12x, DVD media at speeds up to 16x, and CDs at speeds up to 48x. It also supports a wide range of disc capacities, including single (25GB, double (50GB), triple (100GB), and quad layer (128GB) Blu-ray media, single (4.7GB) and dual layer (8.4GB) DVD media, and CD media up to 700MB, or 79 minutes of audio. This optical drive also supports M-DISC media and its 4MB buffer helps to ensure uninterrupted disc burning sessions.

Whether you're labeling your finished discs with adhesive labels, using inkjet-printable discs, or laser burning via LightScribe or LabelFlash, OWC has included the software to give your discs a polished, professional, and finished look. Smile DiskLabel for Mac OS X 10.4 and later allows you to create, print, and share CD labels, jewel case inserts, and DVD covers, while Prosoft Engineering Data Backup 3 for Mac OS X 4 and later and NovaStor NovaBACKUP for Windows 7 allow you to backup your data.

The Mercury Pro External USB 3.0 Blu-Ray Reader/Writer includes a 2' USB 3.0 cable, two Philips 4x BD-R discs in cases, and operates using an included 100 ~ 240 VAC power supply at 50-60 Hz. It is protected by a limited 1-year warranty.

General Features

Configured for Your Workflow
Now with an updated design, Mercury Pro brings optical media back to your workflow. With a sleek, durable aluminum chassis and a USB 3.0 interface, Mercury Pro delivers reliable performance that is cool and quiet
USB 3.0 Connectivity
The Mercury Pro is plug-and-play compatible with both Mac and PC workflows, making it a versatile solution. With USB 3.0 connectivity, playback of optical media, data transfers, and archiving all happen as quickly
Long-Term Archiving
M-DISC is a solution for safe and long-term data storage, and the Mercury Pro supports this format, making it a good solution for reliable long-term backup and archiving. M-DISC is an archival-quality storage solution that helps protect your data from degradation and loss for 1000 years or more.

M-DISCs use a proprietary layer made from inorganic, rock-like material for permanent data storage, protected from data rot and extremes of light, humidity, and temperature change. Because the M-DISC ready Mercury Pro engraves the data into this layer, write once and read virtually forever
Reliability & Support
The Mercury Pro is backed by OWC's limited 1-year warranty and 24/7 customer support
Operating System Compatibility
Windows XP and later
Mac OS 10.6 and later
UPC: 812437022612
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Pro External USB 3.0 Blu-Ray Reader/Writer
  • 2.00' / 0.61m USB 3.0 Cable
  • External Power Supply
  • Power Cable
  • 2 x Philips 4x BD-R Blu-ray Media in Case
  • Smile DiscLabel Software (for Mac OS X 10.4 or later)
  • ProSoft Engineering Data Backup 3 (for Mac OS X 10.4 or later)
  • NovaStor NovaBACKUP (for Windows 7)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    OWC / Other World Computing OWCMR3UBDRW16 specs

    Enclosure Type External
    Interface USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s)
    Loading Mechanism Tray
    Buffer Memory 4 MB
    Blu-Ray Access Time 180 ms
    Blu-Ray Read Speed BD-R (SL): 12x
    BD-R (DL): 8x
    BD-R (TL, QL): 6x
    BD-RE (SL, DL): 8x
    BD-RE (TL, QL): 6x
    BD-ROM (SL): 12x
    BD-ROM (DL): 8x
    Blu-Ray Write Speed BD-R (SL): 16x
    BD-R (DL, TL): 12x
    BD-R (QL): 6x
    BD-RE (SL, DL, TL): 2x
    M-DISC Support Yes
    DVD Access Time 160 ms
    DVD Read Speed DVD±R (SL): 16x
    DVD±R (DL): 12x
    DVD±RW: 12x
    DVD-ROM (SL): 16x
    DVD-ROM (DL): 12x
    DVD-RAM: 5x
    DVD Write Speed DVD-R (SL): 16x
    DVD+R (SL): 16x
    DVD-R (DL): 8x
    DVD+R (DL): 8x
    DVD-RW: 6x
    DVD+RW: 8x
    DVD-RAM: 5x
    CD Access Time 150 ms
    CD Read Speed CD-R: 48x
    CD-ROM: 48x
    CD-RW: 40x
    CD Write Speed CD-R: 48x
    CD-RW: 24x
    Mounting Orientation Vertical, Horizontal
    RoHS Compliant Yes, Per Manufacturer
    Operating Temperature 41 to 113°F / 5 to 45°C
    Operating Humidity 15 to 90%
    Storage Temperature -40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
    Storage Humidity 10 to 80%
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 6.5 x 2.0 x 8.3" / 16.5 x 5.1 x 21.1 cm
    Weight 4 lb / 1.8 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.2 x 9.5 x 5.0"

    OWC / Other World Computing OWCMR3UBDRW16 reviews

    Mercury Pro External USB 3.0 Blu-Ray Reader/Writer is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fast, a bit loud on playback I have a huge number of pictures stored on blu ray discs. They are large files as I keep the raw copies as well as jpg. This is a joy to use when looking at my old blu ray discs because it so fast. I needed a device that would be compatible with my iMAC and USB3. This has fit the bill nicely. It burns very quickly as well. It is a bit loud when displaying the images though. My biggest fear was that it would not play well with my MAC and that has not happened. I plugged it in to the iMAC and was burning discs immediately using TOAST.
    Date published: 2016-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product, But Expect Obstacles Easy to install. Mac OSX 10.11.5 (El Capitan) immediately acknowledged the drive. I am using Roxio's Toast IT Titanium 14. I burned data files to the Verbatim BD-R DL (50gb) with no problem. When I tried burning data files to the Verbatim BD-R XL (100gb), it kept giving me the following error at 34% of writing: The drive reported an error: Sense Key = MEDIUM ERROR Sense Code = 0x0C WRITE ERROR I unsuccessfully burned 2 100gb Blu-Ray discs. Suddenly, the Toast It software popped-up a message stating that if I am experiencing errors, to download the update. So, I updated the software. I successfully burned data files on to the Verbatim BD-R XL (100gb) discs. In addition, I set the burning speed to 4x, instead of Best. Burning large amounts of data is time consuming. Burning 225gb of data took approximately 5 hours. The manufacture claims that this drive supports M-discs. We will see when I get around to purchasing those discs.
    Date published: 2016-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Reader/Writer (despite some initial confusion) This is a great burner! It is very fast, both in reading and in writing to discs. After my 7-year-old iMac finally bit the dust I needed an optical drive for my current set-up. This is a HUGE upgrade from the Apple Superdrive I've been using for years. The speed difference is so noticeable that I can't believe I was ever ok with using the superdrive for as many years as I did. Even if you don't write to M-discs regularly, having the option to write important files to a medium that is a truly archival in the long-term is great. You can still use this drive for standard blu-rays, dvds, and cds as you normally would. M-disc is just an additional option that you now have and I would argue that, when needed, it's great to have that option. I want to make this last point because there seems to be some confusion on the topic-- I was confused myself when I was researching this drive because I'm not an expert on optical media: -- You should know that you DO NOT need any additional software to burn to blu-ray or m-discs. In OS X, you only need additional software for the playback of blu-rays because of the video format. I think the confusion on this topic is happening because people keep mentioning Roxio Toast and some bundles online include that software with this drive or at least a discount on it. Toast is a suite of advanced tools for DVD or Blu-Ray authoring, but you do not need it to simply to burn data to a blu-ray using this drive-- you can do that using nothing but Finder. If you plug this drive in and insert a blu-ray or Mdisc, it will show up in Finder like any other disc. To test this I burned to a 25GB blu-ray Mdisc right away using only OS X's built in tools and it worked immediately. If anybody out there is on the fence about getting this drive because you want to burn to blu-rays and Mdiscs but aren't sure if you need additional software to do so, you don't-- everything you need for doing that is in the box. I hope this is helpful.
    Date published: 2017-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Drive for a Mac Computer I tried another brand of drive on my brand new iMac computer and it didn't fair so well. Might have just been a bad drive or whatever. Compared to the Mercury Pro though ... no contest. Do NOT hesitate to get this drive. This drive is AWESOME. Worth every penny.
    Date published: 2016-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality! Very fast, no problem with Mac OS El Capitan, LightScribe ability.
    Date published: 2016-10-16
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Satusfied! Did NOT come with the advertised software programs...did not come with ANY software. B&H support/sales suggested I contact the manufacturer, the manufacturer of course referred me to B&H. Guess B&H is joining the ranks of other online entities, so so service!
    Date published: 2016-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional Burner, Best I've Ever Owned I was looking for a solid DVD all around burner and this is it. Automatically installed in seconds and works perfectly. I video edit and burn a lot of DVDs, looking forward to this lasting a while.
    Date published: 2016-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just received it today, fast set up, 2 Blu-ray 25GB included The unit is rugged and impressive. OWC includes two free 25GB blank Blu-ray disks and a 2' USB 3 cable. The user can download free backup software and disk labeling software. The burner is an LG M-DISC Blu-ray unit, disc tray loading. I had already loaded free Bu-ray and started it with a new movie and it played fine. I bought it to archive my 20+ years of photos on M-DISCs; the ability to play movies and music is a big bonus. Of course, great B&H delivery.
    Date published: 2016-12-06
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