Best External Blu-ray Drives in 2020

External Blu Ray DVD Drive 3D 4K,Bluray Disc USB 3.0 Burner Reader Slim BD CD DVD RW ROM Writer Player for iMac PC Laptop MacOS Windows 7 8 10 XP Review:

This has been a great product. Microsoft made my CD/DVD burner in my desktop inoperable with the last update and has never been able to figure out what the issue was.
I finally gave up trying to fix it and purchased this. Its fast, easy to install (comes with the CD) and easy to use.
MicroSoft has lost a customer in me however these folks have gained one due to them! I would definitely buy another one or recommend it.
By the way, it burns things easily and I don't find mine noisy like some people have stated.
I did have to put a rubberized jar opener under it however because it does tend to move on its own when burning due to vibration.

ASUS Computer International Direct Blu-Ray Writer BW-16D1HT Review:

This is a popular drive because it's known to be UHD friendly. I purchased a pair of them for this purpose and needed to reburn the firmware to make them ready UHD blurays once again. If you are late to the game, the manufactures of all these UHD friendly drives started rolling out firmware to spin the disc down when it detects UHD media so you have to downgrade the firmware to make it work with UHD discs if you recently purchase this drive. Whatever you do, make sure you know what you are doing before you downgrade the firmware, you cannot just reflash firmware you find on the web into the drive since you have to "port" the calibration date with the firmware. So you have to pull the firmware off you drive, merge it with "clean" and older firmware, then overwrite the firmware. I'm leaving details out but that's the gist and want to make sure before you buy this drive you know what you are in for.

External Blu Ray DVD Drive 3D, USB 3.0 Optical Bluray DVD CD RW Row Burner Player Rewriter Compatible for MacBook OS Windows 7 8 10 PC iMac Review:

So I purchased a used mac tower it's about ten years old it is my first Mac because I've always been a Windows guy so anyways I get this Mac and couldn't get the DVD drawer to open so I decided to purchase an external one after going through item after item I ran into the External USB 2.0 DVD Drive, DVD +/-RW CD +/-RW Writer Burner Player with Classic Silvery and I though this is to good to be true that this USB external drive has all these features for this price so I made the purchase and let me tell you this thing does not disappoint I haven't had one problem with it was basically a plug and play situation and I am very satisfied with this product

External Blu Ray DVD Drive 3D, USB 3.0 and Type-C Bluray CD DVD Burner Slim Optical Portable Blu-ray Writer for MacBook OS Windows xp/7/8/10, Linux, Laptop PC (Silver-Grey) Review:

 There are two reasons to buy this Blu Ray burner and for the sake of brevity I can say that it pulls of both with flying colors: the ability to play Blu Ray disks which you can get in a regular Blu Ray player and, more attractively in my opinion, the ability to write data to Blu Ray disks.

For the sake of thoroughness, let’s go through each of its major two selling points. With the ability to read Blu Ray disks come the ability to play them. I don’t own any, but thankfully a RedBox isn’t that far of a drive away for me. The jump from 360p-480p to 720p-1080p can be experienced for yourself on Youtube, and if you’re like me and just wait for big budget movies to release on RedBox for less than half the cost of a ticket to the theaters (even when renting the Blu Ray) the getting a Blu Ray player almost becomes a no brainer.

This external Blu Ray drive plays Blu Rays just as you would expect but I do need to point out that you do need some program to play the disks. The your computer will recognize that a Blu Ray was inserted but just won’t know what to do with the Blu Ray. There are paid software that you can get, but there are free solutions out there if you look for them, including some plugins for VLC.

Now this external drive is already competitive in price to regular Blu Ray players that plug in to the TV (with the caveat that additional software is needed), but what really sells this is the fact that you can get blank Blu Rays and essentially use them as long term data storage. CD’s last a very long time and they can therefore hold data for a long time as long as you don’t throw them in a dark, damp attic and take the least amount of care for them.

I purchased a stack of 10 25GB Blu Ray Disks for about $10 here on Amazon. The Blu Ray drive was able to write and format all of them allowing me to have another backup for my family photos and videos. All-in-all, ~$100 for 250GB of storage and a Blu Ray player is a pretty good deal, but if you have a more videos than I do getting an additional 250GB of storage for just $10 is a steal. Buying this external Blu Ray drive is a fantastic investment for those of us that watch/rent Blu Rays and are looking for additional redundancy, long term, and of the cloud storage of our data.

External 3D Blu Ray DVD Drive Burner, Portable Ultra Slim USB 3.0 Blu Ray BD CD DVD Burner Player Writer Reader Disk for Mac OS, Windows 7/8.1/10/Linxus, Laptop, PC Review:

Easy to use, very portable and works great. Just need to know that for the Mac, you have to download a blu ray software player if you want to use it for blu ray. But there are free versions.
I bought/installed Mac Blu-Ray Player (software), plugged in this drive via usb to laptop (MacBook Pro Retina 2012, OS X Yosemite), and it worked absolutely flawlessly. I will say, however, the drive is extremely delicate/light in weight. I mainly use mine for pulling files off of data disks as well as watching blurays during travel. I would advise be very careful while traveling/transporting the device. I don't want to find out what it can or cannot withstand. Today is the first day, I foresee it lasting for years!

Blu Ray External 3D Drive Reader Burner, USB C 3.0 and Type-C Writer Slim Optical Portable Bluray CD DVD Drive RW for Laptop Desktop MacBook Windows 7 8 10 PC iMac Laptop (Silver) Review:

We keep family photography and video archived on Blu-ray disks. My 2011 Macbook Pro doesn't have a BR drive, and it has become inconvenient to use the drive on my iMac for long stretches, so I bought this for my laptop. Using this as a Blu-ray reader was utterly trivial; I plugged it in, the volumes mounted on the desktop, and everything just worked.

Apple does not support the Blu-ray movie format in system or add-on software, but there are a few third-party solutions in the Mac App store. I tried two and ended up with Leawo Blu-Ray Player. It takes up to a couple of minutes to do the initial read on a movie, but it played the first two movies I watched flawlessly. It's free, but registration (not cheap) will allow making MKV copies of movies so they can be played from the desktop. This has one particular advantage: the player's read speed is only 2X, so fast forwarding becomes limited and uneven, while rewind barely works at all. Watching from the MKV copy makes for better response, instant start, and improved fast forward and reverse.

The drive is very compact and light. The drive cable is very short and permanently attached. It stores on the underside of the case for easy storage and transport. It seems to run cool. It is a USB 3.0 drive, but plugging it into a 2.0 port works fine, just slower. The manufacturer suggests plugging it directly into the computer, but it worked when plugged into a powered USB hub. There is a adapter plug for USB-C in the box.

On the flip side, the aluminum outer case does not quite fit perfectly, but it's not a functional problem and is hard to see. The drive is a little noisy, but not terribly so. Again, the slow read speed makes fast forwarding and rewind of Blu-ray movies a bit problematic.

I have not attempted to burn any disks yet with either Toast Titanium or the OS X system software. After I do I'll add comments to this review. So far, I'm quite satisfied with this disk.

Pioneer BDR-XD05B Blu-Ray Player & Burner - 6X Slim External BDXL, BD, DVD & CD Drive for Windows & Mac with 3.0 USB - Write & Read on Laptop or Desktop, Includes CyberLink Media Suite 10 & case Review:

The Pioneer BDR-XD05B drive I purchased is one of the best choices for an external bluray / dvd writer currently available. I like that the drive flips open instead of using a slide out drawer or a disc insert slot. This makes it very easy to clean the drive and should make it easier to remove discs in case of a malfunction (though I have not had any problems). The drive is very fast and stable and does not run into buffering issues like I have seen in some of the other drives I have worked with. Supports every disc standard for CDs, DVDs, and Bluray up through quad layer BDXL (128 GB per disc) and dual layer DVD. The one I purchased comes in the retail box with manuals and cables as well as software including various Cyberlink tools to burn discs and PowerDVD to play DVD and Bluray movies. No driver or installation was required on Windows 10 and worked immediately upon plugin. The specs listed online for this drive indicate that it also supports long term storage Mdisc DVD and Bluray media as well in addition to all format types. Overall the drive is about everything one could hope for in an external bluray drive and also runs virtually silent quieter than most drives.

One note of caution, make sure whatever computer you use this drive with that you have two USB ports near each other and at least one of those ports be a USB 3.0 port if you want to also make use of the higher data speeds of this drive:

My one and only complaint about this otherwise fantastic drive is the USB cable uses two USB ports on your computer (one for power and one for data) (both USB larger rectangle type B on the cable) and due to the cable length both ports have to be close together on your computer. This posed a small problem on both my old computer and my new computer. On my laptop, I have one USB 3.0 (type B) port on each side of the laptop and one of the newest very versatile USB 3.1 ports (type C) on one side only so the only side of the laptop actually having two USB ports on my laptop needed for this drive were not the same type of port and included the newest USB 3.1 type C port and the USB 3.0 type B port. The cable included with the drive is unfortunately much too short to allow for the possibility of pluging into ports on both sides of the laptop so my solution was to purchase a USB hub device for my USB type C port which split that port and added USB 3.1 type C port, HDMI video, USB and two USB 3.0 type B ports on the connected hub. I then plugged the included double port cable for this bluray drive into one of the USB 3.0 port on my hub and also the USB 3.0 port located on my laptop next to the USB 3.1 port and that works well. Turns out it also works fine if I plug both ports of the included cable for this drive into the hub. Lesson be learned make sure you have two available USB ports close together on the computer you want to use with this drive. The drive itself supports a 5V power cable which is not included in the box. I assume that this could be used in place of the double port USB cable for power and allow connections to a single port only if one were to obtain a wall power adapter to fit the unused power port on the external drive.

External 3D Blu Ray DVD Drive Burner, Wihool Ultra Slim USB 3.0 and Type-C Blu Ray BD CD DVD Burner Player Writer Reader Disk for Mac OS, Windows xp/7/8/10, Laptop PC (Black) Review:

 It was time to replace my Pioneer Blu ray drive. This Wihool drive supports all disc formats, reading and writing. Blu-Ray drives. DVD and CDs can all be read. It can also write to Blu Ray discs as well as DVD and CDs. It automatically installs as a MATSHITA BD-MLT UJ260 drive. The same as the Panasonic brand UJ-260.

It has a built in USB cable, so no separate cable to worry about. It supports USB 3.0 or type-C. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2 and 1. The Blu-ray speed is 6X. Just plug in the USB cable to a Mac or PC and it is automatically detected.

To play Blu-Ray you will need to install software to play back as Mac or PC does not have native support for Blu-Ray. DVDs should play fine.

Easy to install
Supports all Disc formats, BD, DVD and CDs
USB cable connected to drive
No External Power source required
Ripper software works perfectly
Fast performance

No software included
A little bulky in size

External Bluray DVD Drive, MthsTec USB 3.0 and Type-C Blu-Ray DVD Burner 3D Slim Optical Bluray CD DVD Drive Compatible with Windows XP/7/8/10, MacOS, Linux for MacBook, Laptop, Desktop Review:

Kudos to MthsTec for standing behind their product!

Out of the box this external Bluray drive did not work as expected. I had inconsistent results with my DVDs and Blu-ray discs and could figure out the problem. MthsTec offered to send me a new drive to see if that would fix the problem. The new drive didn't do much better. However, I found that the drive (which shows up as "Matshita BD-MLT UJ240ES USB Device" on my system) was set to DVD Region 2, and for my use I needed to change it to DVD Region 1. I did that, and now have no problems reading the discs.
I also noted that the Windows 10 driver on my system for this drive (cdrom.sys) is as follows:
Provider: Microsoft
Driver Date: 6/21/2006
Version: 10.0.18362.1
This seems like a very old driver, so if anyone comes across something better please let me know.

Last, the instructions for this drive talk about the micro USB cable hooked up for power, but it seems to work fine without it. MthsTec recommends connecting the power cable during use, so the choice is yours, I guess.

Overall, I am happy with the product and the customer experience. MthsTec cares about supporting their product and this really does matter.

1. I found that the drive (which shows up as "Matshita BD-MLT UJ240ES USB Device" on my system) was set to DVD Region 2, and for my use I needed to change it to DVD Region 1. I did that, and now have much fewer problems reading the discs. However, the playback on some DVDs is "choppy" and it is not good video. I am still looking into this.

2. The Windows 10 driver on my system for this drive (cdrom.sys) is as follows:
Provider: Microsoft
Driver Date: 6/21/2006
Version: 10.0.18362.1
Is this correct? It seems like a very old driver.

3. Not related to the problems I am having, but do I need to have the micro USB cable hooked up for power? The drive seems to work just fine without it.

ASUS Powerful Blu-ray Drive with 16x Writing Speed and USB 3.0 for Both Mac/PC Optical Drive BW-16D1X-U Review:

Just received this today, so I won't brag too much about it just yet. I've always trusted Asus's products they do make good stuff and I've had superb luck with what they make, so I'm confident I'll get lots of use out of it. I did notice to my dismay that it looks smaller in pictures than it really is. I was quite surprised the size of it, but then it's not so big I can't find desk space for it either. I'll compromise if need be later on for desk space because it's an Asus product. I went with an external drive for its flexibility, as most pc cases are fading out optical drive bays which I plan on upgrading to as soon as possible. Lot's of nice cases out there with no optical drive bays so external is the way to go. Anyone interested in buying one of these keep in mind, the eject button seems to have a problem at first, but then when you figure how it works, it's not any big deal at all. It works flawless when you use it correctly. The button on the far right side is designed to be push straight in from the front, in the "center" of the button. Don't bother pushing it in from the side, it won't respond. Remember, from the "front center" of the button straight inwards. I mentioned that due to some reviews I've read, so don't let it bother you this is a decent product and nothing wrong with the eject button. Asus is number 1 imo and worth the extra cost. I didn't give it 5 stars though, however, I rarely give anything 5 stars anyways so the 4 stars i gave it means it's a good deal.