- 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
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 Windows, Mac, and Linux 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.
Hello, does anyone know if this can be connected ...
Hello, does anyone know if this can be connected to a tv and used as a player?
No, it will not work with a TV.
Date published: 2021-02-22
Is it possible to check and update the firmware ...
Is it possible to check and update the firmware on this optical drive? I'm having issues reading certain discs.
No drivers or firmware are required to use the OWC Mercury Pro external USB optical drive. It is plug-and-play.
Date published: 2023-01-23
Will this create Blu-ray disks I can play on a ...
Will this create Blu-ray disks I can play on a commercial Blu-ray player (family videos)?
I can't answer your question, but I can say that the unit is solid and well built. I only used it to burn some regular discs, which it did fine. But I've not yet had reason to burn any Blu Rays. The pandemic postponed the project I planned for that app. Hope this helps. SL
Date published: 2020-06-03
Will this work with a new M1 iMac running Big ...
Will this work with a new M1 iMac running Big Sur?
Yes it will. Also, this product is excellent and very heavy duty.
Date published: 2021-07-11
Will this work with Mac OS Catalina 10.15?
Will this work with Mac OS Catalina 10.15?
Yes it does.
Date published: 2020-05-24
Would this be a reliable reader to rip commercial ...
Would this be a reliable reader to rip commercial audio CDs to a Windows 11 PC laptop through a USB 3 hub?
The OWC Mercury Pro External USB 3.0 Blu-Ray Reader/Writer can be used to rip audio CDs to a computer running Windows 11.
Date published: 2023-10-22
All of the Pioneer DVD players/burners I own are ...
All of the Pioneer DVD players/burners I own are Region Free natively (no need to hack anything). Is this player Region Free? I have DVD's from all around the world and I don't want to have to deal with a computer player that can not play DVD's/BD's from any region.
@OWC ANDY.- By Dec 20, 2017 you answered to Michel that "Just like any optical drive sold, it is set to the region and can be reset a few times before it becomes permanent", and now you said that you BELIVE? Thus, this drive IS SET or NOT to a region. On my original question I've clearly stated that "All the Pionner DVD players/burners I own are Region Free Natively" (as sold). I own TWO different external and FOUR different internal Pionner DVD drives,and ALL of them are NATIVELY (sold as) FREE REGION. Just pugged and they CAN play DVD's from any of the 8 Regions around the world. No need to a reset to play from another region. I've read that for Blu-ray players (at present I don't have any), it is necessary a hardware solution (absolutely legal) to make then Region Free. But again, Pionner sells Blu-ray players (Elite) that comes Region Free as sold. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, they are very, very expensive. Some other brands are unclear if their Blu-ray players are Region Free. To finish, usually internal Blu-ray players are sold Region Free and only your software can restrict your open access to any region (I've already had this experience in my Mac); but again, for commercial reasons, when they are put inside a case and sold as external drives, most of them usually come as Restricted Region Drive. This is the reason of my original question concerning this drive: is this player Region Free? As far as I know, when put inside a case, the LG WH16NS40 drive that comes inside this player is NOT sold Region Free (at least when sold as a commercial product inside a case). But I don't know if OWC circumvent this restriction and their Blu-ray player is Region Free (as Pionner drives, for example). Hope this time I've been clear.
Date published: 2020-11-25
Do you need special burning software to write to ...
Do you need special burning software to write to M-disks?
I bought the OWC Blu-Ray Reader/Writer with Toast 17 and burn everything.
Date published: 2020-01-23