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Pioneer Ultra HD 4K BLU RAY Writer Includes Cyberlink - Retail

4K Playback, Ultra HD, Faster Burning, Quad Layer Disk Support, Cyberlink Included

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Pioneer Ultra HD 4K BLU RAY Writer Includes Cyberlink - Retail
 

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Asus External USB Blu-Ray Rewriter (SBW-06D2X-U)

BDXL format support, Extreme 6X Blu-ray writing speed, Blu-ray 3D support, DVD upscaling to HD 1080p (optional),...

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Asus External USB Blu-Ray Rewriter (SBW-06D2X-U)
 

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LG WH14NS40 Blu-ray Writer Optical Drive 14X BDR

BD-R SL/DL: 14X/12XDVD-R SL/DL: 16X/8XDVD+R SL/DL: 16X/8X CD-RW: 24X

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LG WH14NS40 Blu-ray Writer Optical Drive 14X BDR
 

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Asus External Slimline Blu-Ray Combo, USB 2.0, 6x, BDXL Suppo...

Asus (SBC-06D2X-U) External Slimline Blu-Ray Combo, USB 2.0, 6x, BDXL Support, Cyberlink Power2Go 8

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Asus External Slimline Blu-Ray Combo, USB 2.0, 6x, BDXL Support, Cyberlink Power2Go 8 (SBC-06D2X-U)
 

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Pioneer BDR-209EBK 16x BDRW Multilayer 128GB retail

This Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer will write up to 16x on BD-R (25 Gbytes) and BD-R DL (128 Gbytes) media.

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Pioneer BDR-209EBK 16x BDRW Multilayer 128GB retail
 

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Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Burner - No Software

This Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer will write up to 15x on BD-R (25 Gbytes) and BD-R DL (50 Gbytes) media.

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Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Burner - No Software
 

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Asus Blu-Ray Combo 12x SATA BDXL & M-Disc Support Cyberli...

Asus (BC-12D2HT) Blu-Ray Combo, 12x, SATA, BDXL & M-Disc Support, Cyberlink Power2Go 8

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Asus Blu-Ray Combo 12x SATA BDXL & M-Disc Support Cyberlink Power2Go 8 - Retail
 

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OcUK Value Blu-ray / DVDRW combi SATA - OEM

BD Read 8x, DVD±R 16x, DVD±R DL 8x, DVD±RW 16x, CD-R 48x & CD-RW 24x

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OcUK Value Blu-ray / DVDRW combi SATA - OEM
 

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Internal & External Blu-ray Drives

Blu-Ray Drive

What are Blu-Ray Optical Disks?

Blu-Ray optical disks are flat, circular discs which encode binary data in the form of pits on a special surface material which sits atop of a polycarbonate substrate. Think of them as modern vinyl records. In fact, they work in a very similar way. Instead of the stylus resonating in reaction to the groves and converting the electrical energy into soundwaves, a laser illuminates the pits which are picked up by a photodiode which converts the reflected light into Binary data that the computer can understand.

Blu-Ray (BD) is aptly named because of the blue laser diode utilised within the Blu-Ray player/writer. The Blu-ray format was created by the Blu-Ray Disk Association and supported by Sony who introduced the first prototypes in 2000 and officially released the format in 2006 which started the HD format war. Blu-ray eventually took the throne due to the appearance of the PlayStation 3 which contained the format as standard - essentially putting it into the homes of millions across the world.

Are Blu-Ray Optical Drives Still Relevant?

Yes and no, it depends entirely on your needs. If you have already invested in a vast library of High definition (HD) Blu-Ray Movies then absolutely. If you don't, then most people opt for one of a number of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV.

There are still however many benefits to having an internal or external DVD / Blu-ray drive allowing you to save files externally, create a windows recovery disks or even make the occasional DVD family photo slideshow.

Our personal advice is if your desktop chassis can support one - it’s a cheap, worthwhile piece of hardware to own but you can easily live without one.

What are the Main Blu-Ray Formats?

There are a variety of different 4.7” Blu-Ray optical formats which support a variety of speeds and capacities as detailed further below. 

  • BD-R: Write only (25GB)
  • BD-RE: Rewritable (25GB)
  • BD DL: Dual Layer (50GB)
  • BD-RE DL: Rewritable + Dual Layer (50GB)
  • BD-XL TL: Triple Layer (100GB)
  • BD-XL QL: Quadruple Layer (125GB) 
  • BD-XL DS TL: Double Sided + Triple Layer (200GB)

What are the Main Differences?

The majority of confusion occurs when looking at the end ‘tag’. With this in mind, we have put together this list to help you decipher.

  • R: The ‘R’ stands for recordable. It simply means you can ‘record’ onto the disk once. The data is safe on these for anywhere between 20-200 years depending on quality and storage.
  • DL: These are Dual Layer disks, each capable of storing just under 50GB on a single Blu-Ray DVD. Data on these disks will last just as long as recordable variants.
  • TL: These are Triple Layer disks, each capable of storing just under 100GB on a single Blu-Ray DVD. Data on these disks will last just as long as recordable variants
  • QL: These are Quadruple Layer disks, each capable of storing just under 125GB on a single Blu-Ray DVD. Data on these disks will last just as long as recordable variants
  • RW: Rewritable disks that can overwrite the data many times. They should not be used for archiving data as they only last about 15 years which is of course more than enough for most people.
  • RE: Also similar to RW and stands for Recordable Erasable.
  • XL: Thanks to a 3 storage layer the capacity of BD-R XL disks is around 100GB making them the largest consumer mass-produced optical disk currently available. 
  • DS: Double-sided disks are literally double the capacity of a standard XL Blu-Ray disk as both sides of the disk contain data. This expands the storage to around 200GB.

Speed

All optical drives including Blu-Ray are rated using an “X-Factor” which are different depending on the physical media, format and read/write activity.

CD: A CD’s base speed is 1x which is the equivalent to 150KB/s. For example, a drive that is described as 52x can do a specific operation such as read or write at 52 x 150KB/s giving us an average speed of 7.8MB/s.

DVD: A DVD’s base speed is many times higher than a CD coming in at around 1.321MB/s for 1x meaning 16x would be roughly 21MB/s which is nearly 3x that of a 52X CD drive.

Blu Ray: A Blu-Ray has a 1x base speed that is 3 times faster than a DVD at around 4.5 MB/s. Unfortunately Blu-Rays max out at 6x which allows for 27 MB/s which is actually only 6MB/s faster than a DVD. This means when writing to large capacity disks it can take up to 64 mins to write 100GB at 6x. 

Internal Blu-Ray Drive

Internal Blu-Ray Optical Drives

Internal Blu-Ray optical drives are connected via the SATA interface and fit within a specially designed 5.25” drive bay that is designed to be accessible from the front of the desktop computer. Once a standard on nearly every PC across the globe they are now becoming rarer by the day as most applications and media are either downloaded or streamed - Even Microsoft has started to make the switch by selling its OS (Operating system) on a USB drive for the first time.

Case manufacturers are additionally noticing the switch in media use and removing the 5.25” drive bays in favor of shrinking the chassis. This, of course, renders the installation of an optical drive impossible on certain models.

External Blu-Ray Drive

External Blu-Ray Optical Drives

If you have recently bought a PC without a drive but find yourself needing one, don’t worry! We have you covered. The easiest method to add Blu-Ray capability to your desktop computer is by using an external which needs zero tech knowhow to install – Simply plug and play!

 

There are several reasons you might opt for an external including:

  • Lack of case drive bays in modern cases
  • Small form factor computers
  • Upgrading to support Blu-Ray
  • Location – You want the drive on top of the desk away from the PC
  • Lack of tech-Knowledge to install
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