Pioneer external burner bundle includes a 3 pack M-DISC BD
M-DISC uses a non-volatile rock-like data layer, which is more durable than reflective organic dye-based layers found in conventional DVDs. Writing onto M-DISCs using an M-DISC supported drive allows permanent data storage lasting up to 1000 years.
Operating requirements: Mac OS X (10.6 or higher), Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1. CPU and RAM requirements: Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66MHz), AMD Phenom 9450 (2.1GHz) or faster, 2.0GB RAM (for Blu-ray playback)
Maximum write and read speeds of 6x for BD-R. Maximum write and read speeds of 8x for DVD-R. Maximum write and read speeds of 24x for CD-R. Maximum BD Dual Layer (DL) burn speed at 6x and read speed at 6x. Maximum DVD Dual Layer (DL) burn speed at 6x and read speed at 8x
Buffer size of 4MB and USB 3.0/2.0 Interface
This product is a bundle. The bundle includes a 3 pack M-DISC BD. The Pioneer slim BD drive model number is BDR-XD05B. The color of this portable rewriter is black and packaged in a retail box. The retail box includes a 2 port USB cable(USB 3.0/USB 2.0), software CD and instruction manual with warranty card. The BDR-XD05B is one of the world's smallest and lightest BD/DVD/CD portable burners supporting BDXL. The ultra-compact USB 3.0 drive can read and write to all BDXL discs including BD-R triple-layer 100GB media, BD-R quad-layer 128GB media, and BD-RE triple layer 100GB media, as well as conventional Blu-ray discs (single-layer 25GB media and dual-layer 50GB media). The portable device also has the ability to be powered directly via USB.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I ordered this Blu-ray burner to replace a LG burner which is picky with its food. Did not regret it. This is one of the few high-end external Blu-ray burners that supports true USB 3.0 and BD-R QL.
Some people might say the speed of the optical drives doesn't even reach the limit of USB 2.0, so having USB 3.0 is pointless. This is not entirely true. The Blu-ray burner running at its full speed of 6x would result in a data rate of 205Mbps, which is already 43% of available bandwidth. This doesn't even count the framing and protocol overhead, and other devices share the same bus. The bandwidth budget is actually pretty tight.
There are another 2 major advantages of USB 3.0. One is that USB 3.0 supplies more juice over its power lines, so you don't need a external 5V power adapter or to waste an extra USB connector. Also USB 3.0 supports a larger packet size than USB 2.0, which means less CPU power is wasted on data transferring.
I am surprised at how well the drive works; it is quieter than the blogger/reviewers led me to believe. One caveat, the bundled software needs to immediately be jettisoned as malware/spyware. If you want to actually view a Blu-ray movie you need to cough up more money for codecs and a better player than the junk included with the drive. After many years of turning out crappy software, I didn't think that CyberDVD could produce anything worse - yet they did. Not only does it kludge up your rig, it gives you the middle finger by enumerating and collecting your media collections for the company's own purposes.
I just picked this up locally on sale today so I can archive almost 100GB of photos. Upon opening the box, I've noted there's no software CDs for installing Cyberlink Powerdvd 14 that's advertised for the black version on Pioneer's website. I also dug through the manual for any links and or product keys to download the listed software. None were included in the package. Normally that isn't a problem, however, since neither Windows 8.1 or OSX support Blu-Ray video playback, a software codec and or player is required to view the movies. The white version is intended for "Mac" users according to Pioneer's website, so they lovingly omitted the player software. Basically the $15 I saved by buying the white version is lost if I choose to buy the omitted $80 Powerdvd software. In the mean time I installed the free unofficial plugins for VLC media player to playback blu ray movies. I was able to get my Donnie Darko blu-ray to play successfully but Tron Legacy refuses to play on the modified...
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