External Blu-ray Burner Comparison Chart

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External Blu-ray Burner Comparison ChartDuring the past several weeks, we have seen almost every major player in the data storage industry release an external Blu-ray burner drive. We thought it might be helpful to see a comparison chart so that readers could decide which drive is right for them!

Manufacturer: Plextor Lite-On Buffalo I-O Data
Form Factor: Full Size Full Size Slim Slim
Buffer: 8 MB 8 MB N/A N/A
USB 2.0 Backwards Comp. Backwards Comp. Yes (2x) Yes
USB 3.0 Yes Yes No No
eSATA Yes No No No
Write Speeds
BD-XL No No 4X 4X
BD-R 12X 12X 6X 6X
BD-R DL 8X 8X 6X 6X
BD-RE 2X 2X 2X 2X
DVD±R 8X 16X 8X 8X
CD-R 48X 48X 24X 24X
Read Speeds
DVD-ROM 16X 16X N/A 8X
CD-ROM 48X 48X N/A 24X
Access Times
Blu-ray 250 ms 380 ms N/A N/A
DVD 200 ms 160 ms N/A N/A
CD 160 ms 150 ms N/A N/A
Additional Information
LightScribe Yes Yes No No
Software CyberLink BD Suite CyberLink BD Solution CyberLink PowerDVD 10 WinDVD / Nero Express Essentials
Weight 1200 g 1200 g 340 g 320 g
Dimensions 163 x 51.5 x 224.7 mm 168 x 57.5 x 198.5 mm 145 x 153 x 19 mm 137 x 154 x 20 mm
Availability April 2011 May 2011 March 2011 April 2011
MSRP $239.99 $235 $286 $270

As you can see, each drive has its own strengths and weaknesses. Plextor and Lite-On both offer USB 3.0 and LightScribe, but Buffalo and I-O Data offer BD-XL capabilities. All of the drives are very close to one another in price. If you are in the market for an external Blu-ray disc burner, I hope that this comparison chart has helped you determine which drive is right for you!

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