Best External Blu-ray Drive/Burner for Laptop of 2018-2019

An USB external Blu-ray drive or burner is the best choice to rip, burn, and play blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs, if your laptop or desktop have no built-in optical drive.  Most external Blu-ray burner/drive come with driver inside, which enables owners to plug-and-play on laptop or desktop.

Before purchasing, we need to make sure our computer can provide enough power for the external device, some ultra slim laptops or tablets have power shortage problem, require a powered HUB or docking station to supply extra power for external devices.

It also should be noted that some external Blu-ray drives only work with Windows, others only work with Mac OS, and some can be used with both.

We analyzed the review of most products and found that some unknown products with 5-stars product reviews added within in a few short days, these sellers would deal with buyers to get positive reviews through other channels, the fairness of these reviews is doubtful.

No product is perfect, so we should be able to understand the bad review. However, for external optical drive, many problems are common and caused by system error, usually we can easily find troubleshooting steps to solve them.

PS: If you rarely use Blu-ray disc or only play DVDs and CDs, recommend to buy external CD/DVD drive, it’s much cheaper than external Blu-ray drive.

Here are a few good products that we have selected and we will keep it updated.

1. Pioneer Electronics USA 6x Slim External Blu Ray Drive BDR-XD05S Silver

Specifications:

  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 7 and Mac OS 10.9 +
  • Supports BDXL, Blu-ray, DVD, and CD media
  • Maximum burn speeds of 2x for BD-RE, 6x for BD-R/DVD + R (Double Layer)/DVD – R (Double Layer), 8x for DVD-R/+R/+RW and 24x for CD-R/-RW
  • Maximum read speeds of 4x for BD-RE, 6x for BD-R/BD-ROM, 8x for DVD-ROM (Dual)/DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW, and 24x for CD-ROM/CD-R/CD-RW
  • Powered and data transfer by signal USB cable
  • Plug and play, no extra driver required
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2. Pioneer BDR-XS06 Blu-Ray 6X/DVD/CD USB 3.0 Slim External Slot Burner

Specifications:

  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP and Mac OS X 10.6 -10.11
  • Supports BDXL, Blu-ray, DVD, and CD media
  • Maximum burn speeds of 6x for BD-R, 8x for DVD-R/+R and 24x for CD-R
  • Maximum read speeds of 6x for BD-R, 8x for DVD-R/+R and 24x for CD-R
  • Powered and data transfer by signal USB cable
  • Plug and play, no extra driver required
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3. Pioneer BDR-XD05B 6x Slim Portable USB 3.0 Blu-Ray Burner (Black) – Supports BDXL/BD/DVD/CD – Bonus CyberLink Media Suite 10 Windows Software

Specifications:

  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP and Mac OS X 10.6 – 10.12
  • Supports BDXL, Blu-ray, DVD, and CD media
  • Maximum burn speeds of 2x for BD-RE, 6x for BD-R/DVD – RW/DVD + R (Double Layer)/DVD – R (Double Layer), 8x for DVD-R/+R/+RW and 24x for CD-R/-RW
  • Maximum read speeds of 4x for BD-RE, 6x for BD-R/BD-ROM, 8x for DVD-ROM (Dual)/DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW, and 24x for CD-ROM/CD-R/CD-RW
  • Powered and data transfer by signal USB cable
  • Plug and play, no extra driver required
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4. ASUS Computer International Direct ASUS BW-16D1X-U Powerful Blu-ray Drive with 16x Writing Speed and USB 3.0 for Both Mac/PC Optical Drive BW-16D1X-U

Specifications:

  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP and Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Supports BDXL, Blu-ray, DVD, and CD media
  • Maximum burn speeds of 16x for BD-R/DVD+R/DVD-R, 12x for BD-R(DL), 8x for BD-R(LTH)/DVD+RW/DVD+R(DL)/DVD-R(DL), 24x for CD-RW, 40x for CD-R
  • Maximum read speeds of 12x for BD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD+R(DL)/DVD-ROM(DL), 8x for BD-R(LTH)/BD-R(DL)/BD-ROM(DL), 4x for BD-RE(TL), 16x for DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD-ROM, 5x for DVD-RAM, 24x for CD-RW, 40x for CD-R/CD-RW
  • Support cloud backup for Android devices
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(UPDATE: Feb 19, 2019)


For chromebook/Chrome OS, currently there is no good solution that allows chrome laptop to use USB-C/USB-A external optical drive. There are serious limitations to what an external optical drive for Chromebook can do, since the system was created to function primarily online. You can access the files in disc if you use a USB/USB-C external optical drive, it only allow to play music files like mp3s and converted video files like mp4s, so if you have the right files in your discs, you can use VLC by VideoLAN to play media files on Chrome OS.

 

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