What are the best external optical drives for DVDs and Blu-rays?

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    #1VicTsing VS1-PPC010BVT-VD

    VicTsing VS1-PPC010BVT-VD
    The VicTsing VS1-PPC010BVT--VD is a USB 3.0 Ultra portable external CD, DVD, RW-DVD ROM drive, writer, and burner. It's suitable for Mac, MacBook Pro Air, iMac, laptops, desktops, and notebooks.
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    Dylan Harvey
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Many products in this domain appear to have some reliability issues, and it looks like, unfortunately, this VicTsing device might have some of these issues too, though maybe as not as many as other brands. It's not that the majority of users experience these sorts of problems, but it is definitely a worrisome proportion. It looks like there's a Dell alternative that's about the same price; that is probably what I might go with instead."
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    #2Pioneer BDR-XS06

    Pioneer BDR-XS06

    The Pioneer BDR-XS06 is a Blu-ray 6X/DVD/CD USB 3.0 slim external slot burner. It's colored silver and packaged in a retail box that includes a USB 3.0 cable, software CD and instruction manual with warranty card.

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    Carol Russell
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Maybe I'm just not that knowledgeable about the whole thing, but when you buy an external optical drive so that you can watch blu-rays - shouldn't the software be included? It isn't. As an optical drive, it works fine (no problems). Just be aware that you have at least one more purchase to make (I wish I had known that before I made my purchase!). Also, it lies flat (no stand included) - so, there's that, too (if you care). "
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    #3Pioneer BDR-XD05B

    Pioneer BDR-XD05B
    The Pioneer BDR-XD05B is one of the slimmest and smallest Blu-ray external drives on the market. It has a clamshell design and comes bundled with Cyberlink software. It also utilizes USB 3.0 technology.
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    Albert Simmons
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Really easy to use; just plug it in. Thin, lightweight and portable; this is just what I needed. I think it runs pretty quietly and have given it quite a bit of use so far. If you need an external blu-ray then I recommend this player."
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    #4Sunshine-tipway USB 3.0 SATA Optical Drive Case

    Sunshine-tipway USB 3.0 SATA Optical Drive Case
    The Sunshine-tipway USB 3.0 SATA optical drive case includes an external HDD ODD for PCs and laptops. It has a plug and play function, and is powered by USB and works without needing to install the driver program.
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    Denise Armstrong
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This link is only for the case ? Not for the hard drive itself. Unless I am confused "
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    #5Pioneer BDR-XD05S

    Pioneer BDR-XD05S

    The Pioneer BDR-XD05S is one of the smallest and lightest BD/DVD/CD portable burners supporting BDXL in the world. It's an ultra-compact USB 3.0 drive that's ideal for Mac users or for those who already have the software.

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    Kathleen Young
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "It may not be the best (fastest) burner ever, but the fact that it's so small more than makes up for it. I love how easy it is to use with my mac and that I can move it around with ease, and storing is a breeze!"
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    #6VersionTech ECD819-SU

    VersionTech ECD819-SU

    The VersionTech ECD819-SU is an external CD/DVD 3.0 Ultra Slim portable burner. It's an optical CD+/-RW DVD +/-RW Superdrive that's ideal for MacBook Pro Air, iMac and laptops. It also supports M-DISC.

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    Daniel May
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "VersionTech ECD819-SU is a solid optical drive. Very slim and easy to use for CD/DVD burning and also can handle M-Discs. "
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    #7VersionTech VCD01

    VersionTech VCD01

    The VersionTech VCD01 is a USB external DVD/CD drive and burner. This Superdrive is designed for MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Air, iMac, and laptops. It also comes in a retail package.

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    William Alexander
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a popular choice in this product domain, but the failure rate on these drives seems awfully high to me. It might be worth picking one up as an alternative to having to replace an entire internal drive or an entire system, but I don't feel very confident recommending this device. Consider an alternative device from the manufacturer (typically Apple, in this case) or a more well-established brand."
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    #8VersionTech USB External DVD Drive

    VersionTech USB External DVD Drive

    The VersionTech USB external DVD drive is an Ultra Slim portable DVD rewriter, burner and optical drive for CD+/-RW DVD +/-RW. It's a Superdrive designed to work with MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Air, and laptops.

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    Juan Gonzales
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The VersionTech USB External DVD Drive is a very practical solution for anyone looking to play or write DVDs on a device without a drive. They can be found at a pretty friendly price point, too."
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    #9Confoly USB-C Superdrive External

    Confoly USB-C Superdrive External

    The Confoly USB-C Superdrive external is a slot-in DVD/CD rewriter and burner. It's compatible with the latest Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, ASUS U306UA, and DELL Latitude with its USB-C port.

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    Sarah Jensen
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This is a great external drive. Easy to use, fast and doesn't take up a lot of space."
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    #10Guamar USB-C SuperDrive

    Guamar USB-C SuperDrive

    The Guamar USB-C SuperDrive is a USB Type-C external DVD/CD burner and rewriter drive. It offers high-speed data transfer for the latest iMac, MacBook Pro, desktops, and laptops, and supports Windows10/8/7/Vista and Mac OSX.

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    Deborah Johnston
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "So small and sleek yet gets the job done lightning fast. There can't be anything better on the market today than this burner/reader."

Summary

Best What are the best external optical drives for DVDs and Blu-rays
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VicTsing VS1-PPC010BVT-VDElectronics 13 Paid
2Pioneer BDR-XS06 Electronics 10 Paid
3Pioneer BDR-XD05BElectronics 10 Paid
4Sunshine-tipway USB 3.0 SATA Optical Drive CaseElectronics 8 Paid
5Pioneer BDR-XD05SElectronics 8 Paid
6VersionTech ECD819-SUElectronics 6 Paid
7VersionTech VCD01Electronics 5 Paid
8VersionTech USB External DVD DriveElectronics 4 Paid
9Confoly USB-C Superdrive ExternalElectronics 3 Paid
10Guamar USB-C SuperDriveElectronics 2 Paid
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