During 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!
|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|
|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|
|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|
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!