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Reddit reviews: The best external blu-ray drives

We found 132 Reddit comments discussing the best external blu-ray drives. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 40 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about External Blu-ray Drives:

u/Leachpunk · 2 pointsr/ffxiv

So I don't understand? I think I get it, but is the dual saying you get another 720M in place of the optical drive? That seems like a pretty awesome deal honestly, and if that is the case (doesn't say if it is USB 3.0 or not) but you can pick up a Rosewill USB 3.0 BD burner for $109 on amazon..

seems pretty awesome and I think it should run FFXIV pretty good on the 750m alone, the additional 720m is pretty sweet. Might even be overkill for just ffxiv but will be awesome for other games probably.

u/Redditenmo · 1 pointr/buildapc

I've been referring to the Asus board that you included in your opening build, the MSI is the one I linked in my first comment.

>Also on the storage is that a decent M2? Not overly sure what I'm looking for on that.

The Samsung 970 is a top tier SSD, but there's very little separating any of the top nvme drives from each other, not enough that I'd focus on anything more than price:capacity & warranty.

>And finally the RAM I selected, it seems like a really solid deal, $150 for 32GB's at 3600

It's absolutely a good price, the only reason to downgrade to 16GB is to save some money if it's unlikely that you'll use 16GB in the first place. (If you're a gamer 16GB is enough) but given you use an optical drive, perhaps you've got workloads that consume more ram, you're better placed to know than me.

If an external optical drive does work for you & you are looking to cut costs without sacrificing performance / cooling : I'd do the following :

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | Purchased For $329.00
Motherboard | MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard | $249.89 @ OutletPC
Memory | G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $109.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $59.98 @ Amazon
Storage | Seagate BarraCuda 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive | $94.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card | EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card | Purchased For $1300.00
Case | Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case | $94.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $119.99 @ B&H
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $2403.73
| Mail-in rebates | -$45.00
| Total | $2358.73
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-16 22:36 EDT-0400 |

  1. mobo changed to save money (no sacrifices to performance or features)
  2. Downgraded to 16GB of ram, spent a little bit extra on black dimms with RGB (If you think 16GB of ram is insufficient, stick with your 32gb kit)
  3. Swapped to a cheaper SSD (very similar speed & quality)
  4. Opted for a smaller case, with good airflow & with a similar aesthetic to yours.
  5. Opted for a slightly cheaper 850w PSU, still of top tier quality.

    I'd suggest this Pioneer Drive for the blu ray writer.
u/MacheteSanta · 1 pointr/buildapc

The good news is that the discs that came with the hardware are obsolete and the updated software is available for download on their sites.

The bad news is some software, depending on the vendor, must be installed from the included disc because they do not offer a replacement on their site (to minimize how many people who don't own compatible hardware try using it). Creative and Canon with their DSLR's are two examples where proprietary software is exclusive to their included media and the website merely offers patches.

Also, your OS is downloadable and can be very easily installed to a USB drive of 8GB minimum capacity (it will be formatted to FAT32)

u/AmznTaxHelp · 1 pointr/buildapc

Ooo glad I asked! lol Definitely want to read and write!

So would this external drive work?

It looks like it has good reviews and a good price. Also I realized that since I wont be using it often, it doesn't need to be internal.

Or should I pay up for this one?

Thanks for all the help!

u/brownenotbrown · 2 pointsr/buildmeapc

Presumably, this is a gaming rig, so here's a mATX white build that will be good.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor | $197.65 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler | Deepcool - CAPTAIN 240EX WHITE 153.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $99.99 @ B&H
Motherboard | MSI - B350M MORTAR ARCTIC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $144.89 @ OutletPC
Storage | SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $83.88 @ OutletPC
Storage | Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $44.38 @ OutletPC
Video Card | Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Dual Video Card | $289.98 @ Newegg
Case | Phanteks - Enthoo Evolv TG (Silver) MicroATX Mini Tower Case | $127.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply | EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $99.99 @ Best Buy
Monitor | Asus - VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor | $109.00 @ Best Buy
Keyboard | Corsair - STRAFE MX Silent Wired Gaming Keyboard | $82.99 @ Amazon
Mouse | Corsair - Sabre RGB Wired Optical Mouse | $39.99 @ Amazon
Other | BitFenix Magnetic LED-Strip Cable (BFA-MAG-30WK15-RP) | $16.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $1427.70
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-21 23:39 EDT-0400 |

Here's a QcK mousepad, copy of Windows 10 with instructions on making a USB installer, and here's an external blu ray drive and external dvd drive.

Feel free to ask any questions.

u/gne1217 · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

I would get something like this

EDIT: Ive never done it before so idk what software to use, but Im sure you can do a quick google/youtube search and find some free software to rip/play blu ray discs to your computer. I think handbrake for mac does both DVD and blu rays. I know for sure it rips DVDs pretty well.

u/DestroyerofCheez · 2 pointsr/dvdcollection

Bluray is just standard 1080p HD video. It's far sharper than what you get on DVD, which is standard definition 480p/480i. 4k is 2160p which looks even sharper, though I've heard the difference isn't very noticeable at a distance. Some 4k movies may just even be upscaled 1080p, so the extra resolution becomes redundant. The real gain that people find in 4k is the HDR colors (If it's supported) which can make scenes look more vibrant. 4kUHD is essentially the same as 4K as far as I understand; it's just another title for 4k.

Another thing about 4k is that you will need the right equipment. You'll need a 4k TV/Monitor (preferably HDR supported), a 4k supported devices (i.e. 4k bluray player, apple TV 4k, XBox One S, etc.) and a HDMI cable that can support 4k content (usually provided with the 4k device or TV). If you don't have all 3 of these, then your content will look just like plain HD.

I wouldn't suggest trying to watch 4k bluray on a laptop as there is practically no support for all the three requirements I just listed. A standard DVD/CD drive can't play bluray, but you can use an external bluray drive to play content on your device.

I might not suggest getting 4k on desktop as that requires another round of effort and money (speaking from experience). The drive is pricey enough and it has even more specific requirements to get working.

TL;DR: 4K content is really only worth it if you already have the equipment, or plan to invest in it. I'd suggest simply getting the bluray if you really do want it. Otherwise if money is that much of a concern, then maybe just go digital as the quality is better than DVD.

u/TheMediaAcct · 1 pointr/kodi

Best is going to be a product that fits your description but a small form/factor PC is always a good option. Here is my set up.

Quantum Byte

2TB Hard Drive holds around 1000 movies ($70)

Blu Ray and DVD /r/rw drive

I use this keyboard

This suits my needs perfectly, hope I at least gave you some ideas.

u/ShyProdigy · 1 pointr/gadgets

For utility purposes, I would say this and this.

By using these two pieces of software (MakeMKV and HandBrake) you can make digital copies of any dvd or blu-ray disc you have for free. Personally, I've been assembling a collection of the best movies throughout human history to have when the infection hits and the zombie apocalypse arises. If you're proactive and willing to spend a little more, this is also a great investment for when the lights go out ;)

u/Year2525 · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

I went with a small (mini-ITX) case that I find beautiful, a core i3, SSD/HDD combo and a motherboard with built-in wi-fi. You'll have to buy a slim version of the blu-ray player / DVD-CD burner here ($62) and an adapter like this one ($8)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor | $134.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard | $84.99 @ Micro Center
Memory | Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $67.96 @ Amazon
Storage | Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $69.93 @ Amazon
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $54.98 @ OutletPC
Case | Antec ISK600 Mini ITX Tower Case | $44.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply | Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply | $28.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor | LG 22M35D 60Hz 22.0" Monitor | $89.99 @ NCIX US
Keyboard | Microsoft 2LF-00001 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse | $19.99 @ Amazon
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $596.81
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-11 18:38 EST-0500 |

You can get a cheaper build if we go for a regular tower, though. Edit: that would be it, about $60 cheaper (when you include the optical drive in the other build)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor | $134.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Asus H81M-D PLUS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard | $44.49 @ Newegg
Memory | Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $67.96 @ Amazon
Storage | Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $69.93 @ Amazon
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $54.98 @ OutletPC
Case | Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case | $39.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply | Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply | $28.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive | LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer | $49.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor | LG 22M35D 60Hz 22.0" Monitor | $89.99 @ NCIX US
Wireless Network Adapter | Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter | $11.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard | Microsoft 2LF-00001 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse | $19.99 @ Amazon
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $613.28
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-11 18:52 EST-0500 |

u/redrubberpenguin · 0 pointsr/buildapc

I see a lot of builds here that either go for cost-effectiveness or power. I could be wrong, but it seems like your primary concern here is form factor with a modicum of power, so that's the angle I'll work with, cost-effectiveness be damned.

A lot of people have different ideas of what "light gaming" means. 2012 games are still relatively new, so I put forth two builds, depending on how much gaming you might want to do. Here's the first one:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor | $64.18 @ Micro Center
Motherboard | ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard | $64.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory | A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $36.90 @ Newegg
Storage | PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $99.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card | $99.99 @ Newegg
Case | Silverstone RVZ01B Mini ITX Desktop Case | $84.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | SeaSonic 300W 80+ Certified SFX Power Supply | $39.99 @ Mwave
Other| Slim Blu-ray drive| $69.99
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $561.01
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-03 16:34 EDT-0400 |

This one uses the new miniITX Raven case that allows you to stick a full-size GPU in despite being a very slim design. I opted for 4 GB because I figured a media PC wouldn't multitask much, but another 4 GB is very simple to add.

PCpartpicker doesn't have slim Blu-ray drives, but I found one on Amazon. They're probably cheaper options if you shop around.

Here's one with less gaming "oomph", and much more pure media PC:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD A10-6700 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor | $148.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard | ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard | $90.38 @ Newegg
Memory | Kingston Fury White Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory | $45.99 @ Newegg
Storage | PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $99.99 @ Newegg
Other| Slim Blu-ray drive| $69.99
Other| StreamCom F1C Evo Case | $65.00
Other| StreamCom 150 W PSU| $35.00
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $555.34
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-03 16:54 EDT-0400 |

The case is tiny for sure, less than 200mm x 200mm. Very mac-mini like, but the case itself it hard to find. This is the only place I could find it so far. Newegg has some StreamCom stuff but not this particular one.

Windows, of course, would tack on another $100 or so to each PC.

Hope you post pictures if you decide to build one of these beauties!

u/kaidomac · 1 pointr/suggestapc

If you're looking for something compact, check out the Zotac EN1070. $1200 barebones:

https://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-MAGNUS-Skylake-i5-6400T-ZBOX-EN1070-U/dp/B01M3062Z5

BYO OS (ex. Win10, just install it from a USB stick, which you can setup from Microsoft), RAM (up to 32 gigs), and HDD (either an M.2 NVMe or a 2.5" SSD/HDD, or both). I have one in my living room right now & it's great, very compact & quiet. They do make a beefier model with a better GPU (EN1080K) & faster CPU (i7 instead of an i5), but that starts at $1900 barebones (it is also liquid-cooled from the factory). If you really want an optical drive, they have a USB slim Bluray drive (CD/DVD/Bluray) for $89 here:

https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-External-Writer-BDR-XD05B-Black/dp/B00OD39P6A

Legal playback of Bluray discs on Windows is kind of a mess. I like the MacGo player the best: ($60, but there's always $30 off coupons & stuff floating around)

http://www.macblurayplayer.com/windows-bluray-player.htm

As far as a keyboard goes, I like Logitech K400. It's compact, it's wireless, it's cheap ($40, but usually on sale for less than $30), and has a touchpad built-in, so you don't necessarily need your wireless mouse at all times:

https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-007119-Wireless-Keyboard-Connected/dp/B014EUQOGK/

They used to sell a special couch mouse called the M515, although I believe Logitech's only current offering on a multi-surface mouse (like a fuzzy chair arm) is the Anywhere MX 2 for $55: (or the larger MX Master for $70)

https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Anywhere-Wireless-Mobile-Mouse/dp/B00Y09IWGQ




u/construktz · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

Best low budget rig would be a Lenovo G510. But it would be getting just 5 hours of battery life.

Alternatively, the Lenovo U430 with an External Blu-Ray drive would be your best answer as it weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life. The external drive is also pretty slim and can fit into a laptop bag.

u/CyberJeeves · 2 pointsr/SuggestALaptop

That's not really going to happen. Machines at that budget don't have 1080p screens on them, so why would they have Blu-Ray drives to play movies at 1080p if the screen can't even display it?

Your best option is to buy a refurbished Asus Q501LA, which has:

  • i5 4200U processor
  • 8GB ram
  • 750GB HDD 5400RPM
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 15.6" IPS touchscreen
  • Integrated HD 4400 graphics
  • ~4.5 hours of battery life
  • 0.9" thick, 5.1 pounds

    The IPS screen on this laptop has an excellent build IPS screen that'll provide an extraordinary viewing experience. However, it doesn't come with a blu ray player built in, so just buy an external drive. It's more expensive than you originally planned, but you're really going to get the best experience.
u/letsgoiowa · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Nope.

Honestly, matching the "feature set" identically is important at all with how much better digital distribution is at this point. Consoles and PC are fundamentally different; PC is going to be digital-download-focused, while consoles are clearly going to be using physical media. Trying to download digital games on a console right now is expensive and inferior to the physical option, which is cheaper and has its obvious advantages. In the same vein, digital downloads are superior on PC. It's different, and they don't need to point-for-point match consoles because that's unnecessary. They're already way past them.

u/ty04 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Not OP, but I use the ASUS BW-16D1HT and MakeMKV with great success.

u/IronManMark20 · 1 pointr/BuildAPCSalesMeta

I got this (I ended up paying full price). It works really well, can read just about any disc I throw at it. according to this it works with Linux. Note: I have not tried this myself, however, I have played a blu-ray disk on windows with vlc and this player, and libaac, which is basically the only way you can play it on Linux other than ripping using MakeMkv. So I am pretty sure it will work.

u/NotRoryWilliams · 2 pointsr/applehelp

Plenty of options, just find a USB one that has the features you need. The Apple one is nice, and matches and is covered under your Applecare which is nice since (in my experience) DVD drives are among the least reliable peripherals, but otherwise it's not really worth nearly double the price of a comparable third-party drive.

One option to consider is getting a Bluray drive, since you can find several options that are still cheaper than the Apple drive but add that extra capability. I got this one and both of the times I've needed to read an optical disk in the past year it worked well.

Key word in that sentence, though, is "both." I've essentially paid $40 each time to rip a disk - significantly more than the cost of the disk itself, or the cost of a flash drive and a case of beer to just rip the disk at a friend's house or library. I thought I would need it more, but I just don't. I can think of a few justifications for a drive; like if you had an extensive collection of movie or music discs that hadn't yet been ripped, or if you run or support a lot of legacy software. For one driver disc that probably won't work anyway, it's not likely to be worth the cost.

I would carefully consider whether this is something you actually need before potentially wasting money on a paperweight.

u/DanielBerlin · 1 pointr/applehelp

http://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-External-Blu-Ray-Writer-Apple-MacBook/dp/B008MCZJXG

I guess the region lock is in the software? I remember that is was when i had a PC 15 years ago anyway. So that should not be a problem. If unsure, e-mail the company and ask them.

I think this external player looks good. I don´t have it myself, but i want it, hehe.

So, get a good software for the player and I don´t think there will be any problems.

"Please note that Apple does not support Blu-Ray, and the Blu-Ray drive does not come with software, you need to purchase/download additional 3rd party Blu-Ray software in order to play or burn blu-ray disk with this unit."

u/legos45 · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

Hey,

As already mentioned, I would also recommend the Dell Inspiron 15 7567, I think it is the best fit for you. Some mods can get intense in Minecraft or other games so I think you would benefit from a stronger GPU. The laptop has a fairly good battery life, 7-8 hours if you disable your dGPU for general use. It runs Windows 10 Home. The laptop has a good build quality, more premium than other laptops in this range.

The display isn't the best, it is IPS, but not very good color accuracy. I own it myself, it isn't too bad for general use.

You can purchase an external Blu Ray drive if you do want to run Blu Ray disks.

u/sawasawa12 · 1 pointr/Piracy

MakeMKV for the program to use. It's free and in beta mode so there's a key on their online forum to unlock it.

A standard bluray writer. My friend owns this (I've used it before as well) and its just plug and play.

https://www.amazon.com/Computer-International-External-Blu-Ray-SBW-06D2X-U/dp/B007581HIO/

Then, a program to make the mkv files smaller is HandBrake. Works well.

u/pc-guy-2019 · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

High end gaming PC for 2500$ AUD


PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $495.00 @ Shopping Express
CPU Cooler | Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $79.00 @ Centre Com
Motherboard | ASRock X570 Steel Legend ATX AM4 Motherboard | $299.00 @ Umart
Memory | G.Skill Trident Z Neo 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $161.70 @ Newegg Australia
Storage | HP EX920 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $194.70 @ Newegg Australia
Storage | Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $80.00 @ Centre Com
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card | $826.10 @ Newegg Australia
Case | Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case | $149.00 @ JW Computers
Power Supply | Corsair RM (2019) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $160.19 @ Amazon Australia
Wireless Network Adapter | TP-Link Archer T4E PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter | $42.30 @ Device Deal
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $2486.99
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-29 03:02 AEDT+1100 |

So there is not a lot of cases that have a Optical drive bay, so it’s better to just buy an external one for around $120, so total is around $2600 AUD

u/owatnext · 1 pointr/DataHoarder

If you're looking for an easy to use drive without much consideration for security, etc, you might wanna consider a WD MyCloud. Simple enough to use, and it's wireless so you could access it on your TV, I believe.

For external disc drive, well, external drives aren't usually as reliable as internal, and they're slower too. But to get it done, you could check out this one. Or for no BluRay, check this one.

u/eyun · 3 pointsr/apple

This seems to be the cheapest that I can find, though it was really a cursory search.

A review there says that it should be able to do what you need it to.
>I purchased the "Blu-Ray Player External USB DVD RW Laptop Burner Drive" in order to read Blu-ray discs on my Mac. Although the OS X operating system does not permit Blu-ray disc playback, you can use a Blu-ray drive with MakeMKV to rip the encription off of Blu-ray discs and convert them to MKV format (MakeMKV is a free bata release that works very well). Once converted to MKV format (the process is lossless) the files can be played back on a computer or compressed using a program like Handbrake.

I haven't tried this out at all (haven't even read all the reviews), so don't take this as an endorsement from me.

It's a little over $50 and it runs off a USB 2.0 port though, so it seems to meet your criteria.

u/geekdaddy · 1 pointr/applehelp

Because I'm a good boy, I decided to do a search in AppleHelp before I reposted the same question. I am looking at this as a solution to play and possibly burn blu-ray's with Handbrake. What solution did you end up with?

u/doug_peck · 5 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I know of them, it's not my favourite idea. I prefer to keep it self contained, though it wouldn't be hard to just stuff it elsewhere on my desk when not in use.

One thing that's not entirely applicable is that we make fun of apple products for removing functionality from the device and giving it back as a dongle/adapter. But remove CD/DVD drives from PC's and use external ones.

It's not a 1:1 comparison though because apple does it to make their computers more unnecessarily thin as well as to sell you more of their overpriced shit, and PCs do it for more fans or other internal space.

Also, I'm not sure how an external blu-ray drive works. But I know you can get VLC to play discs off internal blu-ray drives, and the ability to quickly take snapshots like this at source quality using VLC without having to faff about with other shit is one thing I particularly like having.

At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference, and my personal preference, outdated and impractical as it is, is to have it all internal rather than external.

EDIT: After checking the cost of an external blu ray burner, they're almost double the price of an internal drive as well.

u/IvoCass · 2 pointsr/Bluray

How dare you say "Blue-Ray" in this subreddit?
Heresy!
 
I have this one, and it works great. You won't be able to play UHD Blu Rays (4k) of course.

u/XS4Me · 1 pointr/buildapc

It is a LG Slim Blu-Ray Combo Drive - SATA CT40N. Taking a look into the "frequently bought together" section, looks like I'll be needing this adapter. Thanks for the help.

u/SkullZ0MBIE · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I would love to have this. I don't need one because no one use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray DVD anymore. Its on PC Upgrade (Must have Wishlist). Awesome contest.

u/VisaEchoed · 5 pointsr/Piracy

Thank you for your post. It sounds like I should upgrade my hardware (and also do a better job with my selections)

My CPU is only an Intel Core i5-6600K LGA1151 and the blu-ray drive I have is shown here (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E6ZAZ8W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 )

u/Orangematz · 1 pointr/SuggestALaptop

Bluray players are overall pretty rare on laptops.

Is this too heavy/big? It has a fast quad-core i7, dedicated 850m for gaming, a high quality IPS 1080p display, quad speakers w/ an external subwoofer and very premium build quality. If you really wanted a blu ray player you can find an external one here.

u/simplequark · 3 pointsr/apple

This is probably overkill for you, but I'm just going to mention it for completeness' sake:

I'm using this one with a Mac Mini. It's good for playing, ripping, and burning BluRays, but it's obviously also bigger and more expensive than the other suggestions.

u/captain_hotbeef · 1 pointr/htpc

I guess it is the nomenclature that wasn't clear to me. Is it a stand alone "external" player like this :

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-BD-F5700-Wi-Fi-Blu-Ray-Player/dp/B00EUY59Z8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418940758&sr=8-1&keywords=blu-ray+player

or something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Blu-Ray-Player-External-Laptop-Burner/dp/B001TVAU0E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418940822&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+blu-ray+player&pebp=1418940825017

I would consider both of those to be "external" vs a traditional mount in a case internal drive. My own personal solution was to get a USB Blu-Ray drive, rip a disc to Mkv, and then watch it from either VLC or Kodi and never worry about paying for Cyberlink or AnyDVD. Just delete the mkv when you are done if it is a rental.

u/ElJethr0 · 1 pointr/PleX

I picked up a pioneer USB 3 reader/burner : https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00OD39P6A/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I did approximately 80 blu rays so far. Also ripped about 200 other discs DVD movies and tv with it. Zero hiccups.

I started out with makeMKV but went away from it after I had issues with ripping some blu rays. I ended up purchasing a DVD/blu ray license of Leawo ripper : https://www.leawo.com/pro/dvd-ripper.html. It works very well, and you can manipulate the DVD while ripping. Leawo will do MKV files as well as other formats.

Be aware that some makeMKV binaries contain a back door trojan thing. The first one I downloaded had this.

u/PhaseFreq · 2 pointsr/PleX

amazon link

PS: when i look into those things, noise isn't on my list of things i care about, i just want to it to work well. Just a disclaimer in case that's a thing you take into consideration.

u/antsam9 · 3 pointsr/FindItOnAmazon

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SE-506BB-TSBD-External-Blu-ray/dp/B00AO1XFM0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394663006&sr=8-1&keywords=samsung+bluray+drive+external

This drive is what I use, it does NOT need external power so it's ultra portable, very slim profile, plays bluray as well as write blurays, as well as read/write dvds and cds.

u/sparklingwaterll · 2 pointsr/htpc

The prices for external or internal Blu-Ray drives aren't great. Plus the added expensive of purchasing software to play the Blu-rays on the computer make it expensive. Then the fact you can buy some bare bones Blu-Ray player on amazon for the same price or less of a Blu-Ray drive it just makes the whole proposition no longer practical. Now if its more for the principle then the practicality. Then I'd go with the cheapest drive with the best reviews.
Like this one. But I have no experience with it.

u/Black_beast01x · 1 pointr/Bluray

but do burners save a movie in a file ? and if a internal burner is made for windos7,8 does it work on windows 10 ? im looking at this:

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Computer-International-Blu-Ray-BW-16D1HT/dp/B00DWFPDJI/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

u/ggchappell · 3 pointsr/mac

I have a Samsung SE-506[1] plugged into my iMac, which runs El Cap. Never had any problems at all: I plugged it in, and it worked. I did need to install additional software to play Blu-ray discs, but it played DVDs immediately.

[1] Specifically, this.

u/somegetit · 1 pointr/xbmc

I got Brix, which is similar to NUC (but from Gigabyte instead of Intel). It has Intel i5, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD. It runs Windows 7 and XBMC. 1080p BluRay runs flawlessly. Very fast boot time (few seconds from start to play). I stream through LAN from my server. If you want BluRay drive, you can easily attach it to that setup (it has 4 USB3.0 connections), they cost about $80 at Amazon.

u/12_nick_12 · 2 pointsr/PleX

> assuming

Yes and then use MakeMKV to remux them, by doing this though you will end up with 25-50gb movie MKVs which I love, but it's a lot of space to some people. I've been looking at this one I just haven't bought it yet. [Samsung Burner] (http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-External-Blu-ray-SE-506CB-RSBD/dp/B00JJGFRIQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459197428&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+bluray+burner)

u/NeuHundred · 1 pointr/movies

I use one of these and it's brill

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SE-506BB-TSBD-External-Blu-ray/dp/B00AO1XFM0

I don't know if the Blu is region-free since I haven't come across a Euro blu-ray, but Euro DVDs work fine so I imagine the Blu-rays should as well (and if not, I'm sure there's a driver you can install).

u/philberttheduck · 3 pointsr/apple

Just remember that you have to shell out extra cash for a media player software, as VLC won't read decrypted/encrypted(?) blu-ray movies, such as the popular MacGo for $40 since they got the license and Apple does not.

I was pretty disappointed so instead I just use my blu-ray drive to rip movies with handbrake with the AppleTV preset at max settings for playback (roughly 25GB per movie) because I can't justify a $40 add-on/license to use with my ~$70 bluray writer. You may consider the price for convenience though. BTW I was using this external LG bluray player

u/rod156 · 1 pointr/techsupport

You can find external DVD drives for cheap (about $30) on your local store or on the internet, and if you want Blu-Ray functionality, you can get one like this.

In terms of the SSD, the location should not matter since the cable distance has very, very little effect on the speed. You should also notice faster speeds, even on SATA2.

u/mcKempt · 1 pointr/buildapc

You could get an external like this one if you want to use BluRay disks. If not, you can just mount the BluRay player to a SATA port on the mobo just for the install and then remove it.

Or I can look at those other cases, if you want a permanent drive that's attached to the case.

u/D1sc0nn3ct3d · 1 pointr/vudu

I bought this one back in 2014 and had good luck with it, but there may be cheaper ones. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AEU2J8W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/ROMERD · 2 pointsr/PleX

Been using Pioneer BDR-XS06 with makemkv for about a year. Works great, no issues, and you can sometimes find it for under $100.

https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-BDR-XS06-Blu-Ray-External-Burner/dp/B00TL4HGB2

u/misterfox20 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

For an external bluray player, $57 as good of a deal as I can find: https://www.amazon.com/Blu-Ray-Player-External-Laptop-Burner/dp/B001TVAU0E/

An internal reader (that replaces your computer DVD drive) will run you about $35

u/Ecks83 · 3 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

Your best bet is probably to just buy an external drive.

You can get DVD-RW pretty cheap: https://www.amazon.ca/External-Stylish-SDRW-08D2S-U-BLK-AS/dp/B006HUMYCO/

External Blu-ray drives starts around $100: https://www.amazon.ca/Pioneer-Electronics-External-BDR-XD05S-Silver/dp/B00OLZCD5K/

If you already have a blu-ray drive lying around you could save a bit of money by getting a 5.25" enclosure like this but from what I can see there isn't a huge selection and if you don't already have the drive it will be expensive, heavier, and much larger than just buying one of the slim external drives above. The enclosure isn't worth it for DVD even if you have the drive since the external drives are already cheaper than it.

u/Zxello5 · 4 pointsr/PleX

Pioneer BDR-XD05B 6x Slim... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OD39P6A?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

I use this and it has served me really well for 700 movies now.

u/NotmuhReddit · 5 pointsr/makemkv

This is the drive I use, yeah you have to flash custom firmware which can be found here (in the description). It's basically just open the firmware flasher and flash, it's one click with this drive (It's the official Asus firmware flasher, just modded to flash the custom firmware).

u/janre75 · 2 pointsr/makemkv

I tried to copy Hellboy but I got the above error message, is there is a fix or work around?

location - North America

DVD drive - Pioneer BDR-XD05B

EDIT I just cleaned the drive and the DVD and I was able to play it with VLC. It seems to be working but now I'm not sure which one to save, I haven't come across this before. Usually I just grab the largest file but there are a few that are the same.

****EDIT**** I went down the list and tried them until i found one that worked. In this case it was the 3rd one. I'm still not sure what the differences were, but it seems like it is working.

u/sk9592 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Basically these devices were such low demand, and there was pretty much next to no market for them. Only a handful of companies made them, and most of stopped even bothering manufacturing them. The Silverstone one is pretty much the only one you can find new, and it costs $165 at the cheapest.

You can try eBay.

Personally, I think USB based drives are much more versatile and useful for multiple applications:

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-External-Blu-ray-SE-506CB-RSBD/dp/B00JJGFRIQ/

u/niksal12 · 1 pointr/PleX

I have this: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SE-506CB-RSBD-Blu-ray-External/dp/B00JJGFRIQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414634827&sr=8-1&keywords=external+blu+ray

That is the main one that I use here on my desktop and laptop, if you don't care about portability or size I would recommend a full sized drive as it will be faster. I have the one shown above, one pulled from a laptop and a full 5.25" in an external enclosure and the 5.25" drive is significantly faster.

u/ajpri · 1 pointr/DataHoarder

I've been using this Pioneer drive for almost 2 years. Works well with MakeMKV. I don't believe this model supports UHD disks, I haven't tested.

u/halcyoncmdr · 2 pointsr/movies

Or an external BluRay drive for that HD goodness: https://smile.amazon.com/Pioneer-Electronics-External-BDR-XD05S-Silver/dp/B00OLZCD5K

A cheaper one: https://smile.amazon.com/Blu-Ray-Player-External-Laptop-Burner/dp/B001TVAU0E
I make no guarantees for the quality of the no-name one there though. It claims to have a Panasonic drive inside... you can be the judge of that. But it's 1/3 the price.

u/kapitanpogi · 1 pointr/buildapc

looks like Samsung is preffered for external. Guaranteed its not as fast as internal ones but for my needs it fits the bill. Comes with powerdvd software and other softwares.

u/Stingray88 · 3 pointsr/mac

I bought this model for $75 a few years ago https://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-SE-506CB-RSWD-Blu-ray-External/dp/B00NPSFXRO?th=1

Not for sale anymore apparently. But I did find this one https://www.amazon.com/SEA-TECH-Aluminum-External-Blu-Ray/dp/B008MCZJXG

I'm sure there is more, but Amazon's search blows for computer parts sometimes.

u/Rich700000000000 · 3 pointsr/preppers

I had that same idea! My plan when I get some money is to get:


  1. A small laptop/netbook.

  2. A mini projector.

  3. A usb BluRay drive.

  4. And a bunch of BluRay disks.


    I burn all the movies, music, books, documentaries, archives, libraries, videos, tv shows, and games that I want, then put the projector, netbook and USB drive in a Faraday Cage. This gives me an unbeatable storage archive that is waterproof, drop-proof, EMP-proof, corruption-resistant, and very portable.
u/TheBaenAddict · 1 pointr/buildapc

If you plug the bluray player into your monitor, it doesn't use your PC. The player itself should have built in software.

Edit: I use this standard USB Bluray player that cost $80: Amazon I pair that with MakeMKV and watched the ripped Blurays on VLC. It works well for me, and lets me avoid the hassle of always putting in the disc when i want to watch something twice

u/My_Police_Box · 1 pointr/techsupport

There are portable Blu-Ray players, but they are not cheap.. An example of on is here.

u/d_pyro · 0 pointsr/Piracy

Should have just bought this instead. Then you could rip UHD discs too.

u/blueguy007 · 1 pointr/PcMasterRaceBuilds

[This.](http://www.Pioneer.com/ Slim External Blu Ray Writer BDR-XD05B (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OD39P6A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Ri6Gzb0FZM6NV) Do a little research to confirm that because I only did a quick Google search.

u/Xaelias · 1 pointr/hometheater

Oops so sorry... wrong one. That's my previous BR reader ><
That's the UHD compatible one I have right now.
https://amazon.com/gp/product/B00DWFPDJI
Apologies.

u/some_asshat · 2 pointsr/Roku

No, the USB blu-ray drive plugs into your laptop. I bought one of these a few years ago, which is what I use to rip blu-rays and dvds. Ripping blu-rays is an entirely different realm though, because they're locked down a lot tighter with various kinds of encryption.

u/TheEmptyJuiceBox · 3 pointsr/Piracy

As far as I know this is the only USB Blu Ray drive compatible with libre mode.

Basically blu rays are heavily encrypted and normally, even with a Blu Ray drive, you would need to have the specific key to decrypt and rip a Blu Ray (every movie has its own key you would need) and you would input the key and it would take ages to rip. With libre mode, all you do is put the disc in and it rips it with no fuss. Just put the disc in and press the start button. That’s literally it.

u/Enignite · 1 pointr/hardware

/r/SuggestALaptop but the thermal paste probably isn't worth it, have no idea if the display would be worth it and 8x1GB RAM is about $50 if you wanted to add it yourself. OS/Programs on SSD and HDD as mass storage, but to do that you would need to use an mSATA + HDD or drop the optical bay for room to have both SSD + HDD. If you go that route and still want an optical drive then USB Blu-Ray players can be as low as $35, DVD Players a bit cheaper (Blu-Rays are still a pita on PC as well, either need to strip DRM or buy a program to play them)

u/tloznerdo · 1 pointr/htpc

I'm no pro. I don't know much about specs, and I'm not an audio/videophile necessarily. I just like something basic, uncomplicated, that works, while not sacrificing on audio/video quality in big ways. I always rip and store my own media to stream to any decide in my house, and stream lightly on both paid and unpaid services. My basic setup meets all my needs with no issues whatsoever.

I have this basic box from Amazon. I popped a small solid-state hard drive, 4GB memory, and Windows OS onto it, hooked it up by ethernet to my internet connection, and have it hooked up to my 3TB external drive. I stream my local media from this box to any other device in the house running Kodi via UPNP or SMB. I have a modest Samsung external Blu-ray burner for ripping.

This meets all my needs completely, and the basic box and accessories ran me a few hundred bucks. You may have some parts lying around you can use.

u/The_Funky_Stink · 10 pointsr/pcmasterrace

ASUS BW-16D1HT ~$80USD. Only rips CDs as I haven't installed MakeMKV, but as soon as I get off my lazy ass I'm going to try that on ubuntu


Have been using a Pioneer BDR-XD04 on my macs for a number of years for plain 1080p rips using MakeMKV

u/Pluckerpluck · 1 pointr/Games

> Actually, ramping up to 16x is instantaneous, because the drives EXIST NOW.

Which of them ramp up instantly? The only drive I've ever used take time to spin up. Unlike HDDs these things aren't constantly spinning at a single speed. They take a moment to reach the max speed, especially when 16x is pretty much the absolute max speed you'll ever get from these discs.

For the sake of this argument I'm going to ignore the fact that there are no slimline drives that would operate at 16x (you need full rate for such crazy speeds).

I'm not going to ignore that the drive would probably sound like a jet engine. You need something like 10,000RPM to get 12x reads at the edge of the disc! I'm sure that, given your knowledge about these drives, you know how loud they get when spinning at full speed.

I'm also dubious of any drive saying it can perform over 12x consistently. Pushing from 12x to 16x is really pushing the physical limitations of the discs themselves. Even if the drives can do it under optimal performance, I see the dics themselves causing issues. I'm not saying it can't happen, but that there are so many issues involving it that I see it not happening most of the time.

> The vast majority of console users are NOT switching to SSDs, and changing it on the XB1 vids your warranty. This point is rather irrelevant.

This point was about referencing that PC is already trying to move to low seek times, so sticking with slow seek times seems like a backwards step.

> Why would the streaming be magical? The tech exists already, developers used it all the time on previous consoles-streaming tech is not arbitrarily limited to a certain speed.

You're going to have to actually explain what you mean by streaming now. I had assumed you were referring to some smart way to extract continuous data from a disc in order to avoid seek times. But it doesn't sound like that's what you're on about. I have no idea what you are on about...

> Yes, random read times are still an issue, but they're not a critical issue preventing the game from being played.

They are a critical issue involving load times. Load times are basically the single most annoying thing to a gamer. It's pretty much the entire reason the PC community has moved towards SSDs.

Oblivion actually duplicated data on their discs in order to attempt to lower this issue, that's how bad it is.

On a random 6x drive I found the average seek time to be 350ms! Even at 16x you're looking at a minimum of 130ms seek time (and it's unlikely to be a linear decrease, in truth it's unlikely to decrease all that much at all).

That's compared to the sub 9ms seek times of a HDD.

That difference is massive. Ridiculously massive. I can't even imagine trying to load a game like GTA or Skyrim from a bluray disc if the data isn't all perfectly in the right location. It would be absolutely horrible.

I got an SSD in my PC entirely due to Skyrim load times. That's 9ms to 0.1ms seek times. And you want to go up to 300ms!

Seek times are the single most important aspect of how long a game takes to load nowadays. It's not the speed it can read a continual block (though that makes a difference in open world games), it's the seek times.

To ignore those would be ignoring the the entire reason (beyond the crazy sound levels of a 16x blu-ray, increased cost, and larger form factor) that we install games right now.