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Best external blu ray player 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2019
Best external blu ray player of 2018
I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). We’ve narrowed down our options based on the customer feedback (read positive reviews), functionality, material and size. In other words, we’ve put all fundamentals into consideration to come up with a comprehensive list that suits various needs. Like choosing clothes or cosmetics, choosing external blu ray player should be based on your purpose, favorite style, and financial condition. Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this external blu ray player win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.
Why did this external blu ray player come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.
Why did this external blu ray player take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
external blu ray player Buyer’s Guide
There’s an excellent treatment of digital files, too. The poor remote and a basic selection of apps are the downsides, but overall this future-proof deck is impressive and good value.
The S6700’s bias towards Android devices for both Bluetooth music streaming and for screen mirroring (over Miracast) is irritating, but this diminutive 255x39x192mm, 900g package promises 4K upscaling (for those with an Ultra HD 4K TV), Full HD 3D support and wireless music features galore.
But the real victory for the BDP-S6700 is with its image not only from Blu-ray, which are faultless, but also from lesser sources of video, which are nicely cleaned-up.
Like the other Blu-ray players the BDP-S1500 also upscales standard definition DVD movies to near-HD quality.
You can also stream content from a variety of online entertainment providers (BBC iPlayer, YouTUbe, Skype and apps made for your TV via the Opera TV Store), via the Sony Entertainment Network.
The BDP-S1500 boasts a quick start so will deliver fast loading times, and it boots up in less than a second.
3D: No Wi-Fi: No Ethernet: Yes
The compact Sony BDP-S5500 offers not just Blu-ray and DVD playback, but also supports 3D Blu-rays discs. This Blu-ray Disc player also upscales 2D video to “simulated 3D” for enhanced depth and improved on-screen image detail.
With the BDP-S5500’s built-in super Wi-Fi Pro, you can browse the best online entertainment on the big screen. Smooth, fast streaming means you’ll enjoy Internet content with fewer interruptions and greater picture quality. Upscaled and native 3D Blu-ray movies also come to life in Full HD 3D for a more immersive viewing experience.
Like the BDP-S1500 it is compatible with Sony’s exclusive TRILUMINOS colour technology.
Enjoy all the fine detail of the original recording in clear, high-fidelity surround sound with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. DLNA allows you to share multimedia content across all supported devices in your home. The USB slot is handily positioned on the front.
3D: Yes Wi-Fi: Yes Ethernet: Yes
The no-nonsense, compact LG BP250 is a Blu-ray and DVD player that also allows you to play videos, photos and music via a USB drive (handy slot on the front).
Like the other players here it will also upscale your DVD collection to near-HD quality.
While it won’t work with 3D discs and doesn’t offer smart TV apps most people won’t miss these extras. It has an HDMI slot on the back, but no Ethernet.
3D: No Wi-Fi: No Ethernet: No
The Song BDP-S7200 might cost more than the other Blu-ray drives listed here, but it does upscale Blu-ray Full HD content to 4K for the latest, high-resolution TVs. Audio playback is super high resolution too.
Its dual-core processor enables faster streaming, quicker loading and smoother playback.
3D: No Wi-Fi: Yes Ethernet: Yes
The benefits of Blu-ray are crystal clear: Video from traditional DVDs contains fewer than 350,000 pixels, while 1080p HD video packs more than two million, which translates to sublime, high-resolution detail. If you want to make the most of your 1080p HDTV, you should upgrade to a Blu-ray player.
And there’s never been a better time to do it. The current crop of Blu-ray players offer stellar HD picture quality, fast disc-handling, and extras like integrated Wi-Fi, 3D support, and audio and video streaming.
All players include a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port that can stream audio and video over a single cable. HDMI supports Blu-ray’s maximum video resolution as well as all audio formats, including the lossless ones (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio) that some A/V receivers support, so it’s the best way to hook the player to your HDTV. A few manufacturers include an HDMI cable in the box, but with most models, you need to provide your own. Check out our tips for choosing the right HDMI cable.
Also, all current Blu-ray players will include an Ethernet port for a hardwired network connection, and many integrate Wi-Fi, so you can wirelessly connect the player to your network to access the Web for media streaming, BD-Live, and firmware updates.
Most players make good use of that Web connection. Specific services vary by manufacturer and player, but you can typically view photos and stream audio and video from a variety of sources such as Picasa, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, and Slacker. Some manufacturers, like Samsung and Vizio, also include widgets that display news, weather, and give you access to social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Then, of course, there’s the Sony PlayStation 3, which in addition to being a very solid Blu-ray player, also lets you stream video and play hundreds of games.
Who this is for
Over years of testing, we’ve found that external optical drives have few big differences between them—they tend to look alike and perform similarly. If you already have an optical drive that serves you well and works with the discs you have, you won’t gain much, if anything, from upgrading to one of our picks.
If you still need an optical drive, but only sometimes, you’re better off getting one that connects via USB rather than buying a chunky laptop with a built-in drive.
You also shouldn’t buy a portable drive for a desktop computer that has room for an internal drive, because drives with a dedicated power source tend to be faster and cheaper than portable USB-powered options. Nor should you buy one to use with a tablet.
How we picked
The most important features for an optical drive are speed, size and weight, and noise. Price and availability are also important, as we’ve seen models disappear completely or become fare for third-party price-gougers as optical drives become less necessary to most people.
Speed: The speed of an external drive has two components, namely the drive’s read and write speeds, and the speed at which data travels between the drive and the computer. Theoretically, a 6x Blu-ray drive, for example, should need only a USB 2.0 connection, since the drive writes at a maximum of 2megabytes per second, and USB 2.0 reaches about 35 MB/s. In practice, however, the USB 3.0 drives we tested (such as our top Blu-ray pick) were faster than the USB 2.0 models. Most affordable models use USB 2.0.
Size and weight: About 7percent of the more than 300 people who responded to our survey said they used their external optical drive only at home, but enough people travel with one that both size and weight are important considerations. Plus, a more compact drive is easier to store when you’re not using it.
Noise: All optical drives make noise, but the drive shouldn’t drown out, say, the movie or show you’re trying to watch.
Sturdiness: Few external disc drives are pretty, but the case shouldn’t fall apart under light pressure, the connections shouldn’t be wobbly, and the buttons need to work when you press them.
Bus-powered (single-cable) operation: Most recent computers provide enough power to run an optical drive off a single USB cable, but some older laptops (such as the 20MacBook Air) don’t provide enough juice to a single port. For those computers, you’ll need a Y-cable that plugs into two USB ports to power the drive. Drives that come with a Y-cable, whether built-in or separate, provide some handy foolproofing. We didn’t test larger external drives that required their own power cord, as we saw those drives as being too expensive and bulky for most people’s needs.
With those criteria in mind, we scoured retailers for the best-selling and top-rated optical drives, and we checked manufacturer websites for models released since our previous update.
The LG GP70NS50 burned and ripped DVDs at about the same speeds as other drives we tested in 2017, but it currently costs more than our picks, and its silver paint scratched a few times in our travels. It’s a fine drive otherwise, and worth the investment if you can find it on sale.
The Samsung SE-208GB was our previous top DVD pick for this guide, due to its uncanny speed at ripping DVDs in Windows and its convenient top-mounted eject button and light. But it’s no longer available consistently at its prior price, and Samsung seems to have discontinued all of its optical drives after the bankruptcy of its TSST partnership with Toshiba. The same lack of availability eliminates the Samsung SE-218GP and the Samsung SE-506CB Slim Blu-ray Writer, also former picks.
At this writing, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2VB (aka the Buffalo MediaStation) costs more than our picks, but in our tests it ripped and burned DVDs at roughly the same speeds. It’s also a half-inch bigger on one side. The built-in Y-cable is worth paying for only to someone who travels a good deal with a low-power laptop.
The LG SP80NB60 is cheaper than our picks—and feels like it. This model ripped and burned at roughly the same speeds in our tests, but the USB connection felt loose, and we could feel the components of the drive shifting inside the case.
In our tests, the Dell DW31was notably slower (by about 1minutes) at burning DVDs on Windows. It currently costs more than our picks, and it’s not always in stock at retailers other than Dell. If you were buying a Dell laptop and needed an external drive mostly for reading discs, this model would not be a bad add-on purchase, but you can do better otherwise.
The Pioneer BDR-XD0was a former Blu-ray drive pick, but the company has replaced it with the BDR-XD05B.
The Archgon MD-3107S is large, heavy, and expensive, and it doesn’t come with Windows software. We also encountered several errors when trying to play DVDs that worked without issue on the other drives.
The Pioneer BDR-XU0has positive owner ratings and is thin and light, but is too expensive right now.
Pawtec’s drives (in black, orange, and red) have poor ratings, and the red model does not write Blu-rays.
All the external Blu-ray drives we tested, from top: Pioneer XD05, Samsung SE-506CB, Buffalo MediaStation BDXL, Samsung SE-506BB, and Archgon MD-3107S.
Then we chose four Blu-ray drives and one DVD-only drive to go head-to-head against our previous pick, the Samsung SE-506BB Blu-ray drive. We tested the Buffalo MediaStation BDXL, the new Samsung SE-506CB Blu-ray drive, the Pioneer BDR-XD05, the Archgon MD-3107S, and the Samsung SE-218CB DVD drive (for people who don’t care about Blu-rays).
Our pick was the quietest drive we tested, and it’s conveniently thin and light for storage or portable use. The Samsung was the fastest to rip a Blu-ray to an MKV file. It was a few minutes slower than the competition in our other tests, but all the drives we tested (except the pricier Pioneer) take more than an hour to rip and burn Blu-rays.
The best external Blu-ray drive for most people is the Samsung SE-506CB.
The Samsung comes with the CyberLink Media Suite for playing DVDs and Blu-rays. This software works only on Windows, though, so Mac users will have to purchase other software or use other programs which are free, but technically illegal in the US, to watch Blu-rays.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The Samsung’s biggest flaw is that it’s a little bit slower at burning and ripping DVDs and Blu-rays and the other drives we tested. However, it was within minutes of the competition in almost all our tests, which take over an hour each.
In the early days of the Blu-ray format most players could not internally decode HD multichannel audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD MA. Some players could decode either Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD Master Audio, but not both. Buyers without a receiver capable of decoding of the compressed audio would often seek that feature when considering which player to purchase. Today, most of the players on the market (even the inexpensive models) are capable of decoding all the Blu-ray lossless audio formats and sending them as a LPCM signal to your receiver or HDTV. If you have a high end home theater receiver, you might prefer for the Blu-ray player to bitstream and have the receiver work the decoding. Bitstreaming (sending the compressed HD audio signal to the receiver as a raw digital stream) is also supported by most of the current players.
Format support for SACDs (Super Audio CD) and DVD-Audio discs are essential features for lovers of high resolution music. SACD and DVD-Audio compatibility are usually not included with inexpensive players, but as a premium feature on medium or higher priced models.
Connects a digital camera or thumb drive to view video or music. The port can also be utilized for external memory needed in many BD Live features.
The player comes equipped with all the devices required for it to access a wireless network.
Wireless or USB Keyboard Support
Connecting Your Drive
There are currently two versions of USB slots around. USB 2.0 is the standard variety that nearly all computers have while USB 3.0 is the faster version that is the future. USB 3.0 offers transfer rates that are ten times faster and will become the norm in the future, but at the moment the two versions can cause issues.
Many newer laptops will have at least one USB 3.0 port, which is usually blue. Some of the best external DVD drives will be powered by USB 3.0 and will often clearly advertise the fact.
Write speed is the time it takes for a drive to create a new disk. Copying movies or music onto a disk is one of the most useful features of a disk drive and the write speed determines how long that process will take.
Choosing a write speed is all about what the drive will be used for. If you just want to watch movies on the go, a low speed is fine but if you plan on copying a large amount of files, then go for one of the best external DVD drives with something above 20X.
An external DVD drive and writer is the only way to play and burn files onto CDs and DVDs if you do not have a built-in disc writer on your laptop.
Silent Play – Reduces noise when playing or writing discs.
Buffer Underrun Free – Prevents common errors when burning discs.
TV Link – Connects to any TV that supports flash drives and allows you to access files on the disc drive.
Slim and Lightweight Design – Will be of importance to you if you plan on taking the device travelling.
Generally, manufacturers term the above features differently for their own branding but they pretty much do the same thing.
For region-free Blu-Ray players, the LG BP16clocks in around the price of a standard Blu-Ray player. You get region-free Blu-Ray and DVD playback, and 1080p video. Additionally, the BP16includes a front-facing USB port for digital content via external hard drives and flash drives.
Unfortunately, LG’s BP16doesn’t allow for streaming whether hardwired with Ethernet or over Wi-Fi. Oddly, the BP16doesn’t feature a display. It’s a pretty barebones albeit functional region-free Blu-Ray player. You might also consider the iVid BD780. While it’s not a name-brand device, the iVid remains Blu-Ray zone A, B, and C compatible as well as DVD region 0–compliant. Plus, there’s a front display and 3D playback.
Sony BDP S3200
Sony’s BDP S3200 offers a slew of features. There are region-free Blu-Ray and DVD playback plus streaming support. With the BDP S3200, you can stream from the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu. This makes it probably the best region-free Blu-Ray player available.
As per standard, Sony includes a front USB port for multimedia playback. Unfortunately, there’s no display on the device. But the region-free playback and streaming options make the BDP-S3200 a phenomenal Blu-Ray player. If you don’t need Wi-Fi functionality, Sony also makes the S1500RF. It still features streaming, including video game streaming from PlayStation consoles, but you’ll need an Ethernet hookup.
If you need 4K upscaling and 3D playback, the Sony S6700 region-free Blu-Ray player is the best device available. It’s loaded with a premium feature set. There’s the aforementioned 4K upscaling and 3D playback, as well as built-in Wi-Fi.
Beyond the DVD
External Blu-Ray burners, on the other hand, are not actually installed into your system and simply connect to your computer through a USB or eSATA port. These burners are sometimes slower than internal models, but it is very easy to unplug them and connect them to a different computer on the fly.
The cache size, or cache memory, represents physical memory in the Blu-ray burner used to temporarily store data before transferring it to a computer or writing it to a disc. This is a pretty simple specification and obviously the more memory/larger cache size is better. You should look for a burner with at least a full 1MB of memory but 4MB or more is definitely preferable. This helps ensure fast, smooth burning and minimizes opportunities for data corruption.
Quite simply, burn speed indicates the maximum speed at which data can be written to a disc. In general, most Blu-Ray burners have about the same speed for older media types like DVD and CDs, so really look at Blu-Ray write speed. At the very least you should pick a model with a maximum speed of 12X (especially for an external device) but a speed of 16X is preferable.
An internal burner should have a maximum speed of 16X to ensure fast writing, but external devices usually burn a bit slower. One thing to keep in mind is that burn speeds to rewritable discs (BD-RE) are often much slower, so look at BD-R speed for burning to a standard Blu-Ray disc.
The access time, also referred to as BD-ROM access time, indicates how long it takes for a drive to receive a request for data from a system and then fulfill it. What it comes down to is that you want to find a burner that receives and relays data quickly, which means lower times are better.
Look for an access time of less than 200ms for an internal device, while external devices will probably be closer to about 240ms. Anything above 300ms is going to be noticeably slower than other models when accessing data, so you probably want to avoid models with such high times.
As you consider different Blu-Ray burners, keep in mind any extra features and options provided by various models. The software included with a burner can be very important, including both burning programs as well as software for reading data. If you want to play Blu-Ray movies through your computer, then you should definitely look for a burner that includes software for playing media.
You should also consider models with M-DISC support, which is a type of media designed to withstand heat, erosion, and weathering. If you want to keep your data around as long as possible, M-DISC is worth looking for, though you then need appropriate Blu-Ray discs.
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June 1st 20– Plextor, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, announces its new networked media player PlexMedia, as well the compatible PX-B120U external BD-ROM drive, at Computex 20in Taipei, Taiwan.
Visitors can take a first look at Plextor’s new networked media player, the PlexMedia, while at the show. This is the first networked media player that can be connected to an external USB BD-ROM drive, making it possible to watch high-definition Blu-ray discs in your living room without having to purchase a Blu-ray disc player.
Simultaneously with the media player, Plextor also launches the PX-B120U, a compatible external BD-ROM drive. This portable drive can be connected to the media player to become your living room Blu-ray disc player, but is versatile enough to carry in a notebook bag or connect to a desktop PC – allowing you to enjoy High Definition content everywhere.
Also at Computex, Plextor will showcase its complete Blu-ray disc drive portfolio, including its PX-B940SA 12X BD Writer and PX-B320SA 8X BD Combo.
Also being showcased are the recently-introduced Networked Attached Storage device (NAS), and a new portfolio of Solid State Drives (SSD). The two-bay NAS drive will be followed up with a four-bay NAS solution for small to medium-sized businesses. By adding this new NAS system, Plextor aims to provide storage solutions for both home users as well as professionals.
Plextor also recognizes the growing demand for faster and more reliable storage solutions and announces its new portfolio of SSDs at Computex. Plextor will launch both MLC and SLC format SSD drives later in 2010.
The SSD drives complement Plextor’s range of storage products, which will also consist of a new lineup of external Hard Disk Drives. At Computex, Plextor will showcase its new generation of portable USB 3.0 and e-SATA Hard Disk Drives.
Plextor welcomes Computex visitors to visit the Plextor booth – G220-22and G319-32in TWTC Hall from June – Contact Plextor now to schedule an appointment or feel free to visit the Plextor booth anytime during the event.
When Blu-ray technology had just been introduced, they weren’t quite able to compete with DVD purely because they were more expensive and the market was still dominated by CRT TVs. With the ever growing popularity of HDTVs though, Blu-ray players have also become a must-have gadget in the modern living room. They have also caught up in terms of pricing. You can buy a decent Blu-ray player for as low as Rs. 5,000, just a bit more than DVD players.
Video format support
One of the biggest features to look out for, while buying a Blu-ray player is the number of file formats supported by it. Many of the Blu-ray players today can handle USB drives and the content in them. Some of the popular formats used for HD content include MKV, MP4, and the traditional AVI. The more the number of formats the player supports the less time you have to spend on converting them using a video converter. Also check to see if the player supports NTFS file partitions so you can connect external hard drives and flash drives without any issues.
Connect to the Internet
Most Blu-ray players present today can connect to the internet. Initially, this feature was brought in for a completely different feature called BD-Live. The feature allowed access to some additional content for the movie being watched, via the internet. This content could include anything such as bloopers, interviews and behind the scene segments. Internet-enabled Blu-ray players offer many more features today. Most Blu-ray players like smart TVs give you access to many audio-video services online such as YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and many more. You can also find 3D content on some of these services. Some Blu-ray players also have an in-built browser to view websites. If you have a non-smart TV than these Blu-ray players are the ones you should opt for.
Wi-Fi connectivity on the Blu-ray player not only allows it to connect to the internet but also allows other devices on the network to stream media content to it, wirelessly. You can use your smartphones or tablets to stream files on the player, with the help of a router. Some high-end BD players also support Wi-Fi Direct, which allows you to stream content directly to the player, without the use of a router.
USB port to play media files
Most of us have store our content on external hard drives or pen drives. It’s very convenient to be able play movies off these drives on a Blu-ray player. Make sure that the Blu-ray player you’re looking to purchase supports hard drives formatted in NTFS partitions. Some Blu-ray players may also come with USB 3.0 support, which means smoother and quicker playback if your drive supports USB 3.0.
Easy to use remote
Every added feature on a Blu-ray player means more complicated menus and buttons on the remote. The buttons can make operating the player confusing at times. To keep things simple for everyone using the player, look for a Blu-ray player that offers all those features yet has a remote with few buttons on it. Some manufacturers have created mobile apps that let you use your phone as remote controls for the Blu-ray players. They can sometimes be easier and more interactive than the stock remote controls that come with the player.
Ematic EPD90inch DVD Player
Ematic EPD90is a inch screen sized DVD player with 480 * 23resolution, available in different colors : Blue, Teal, Purple and Red. The screen can be tilt and swivel up to 180 degree. With this package, you will also get one matching bag and a headphone. You can play mp3, DVD and still photos with this DVD player. You can also connect it to a TV using the TV-out port, ( the cable is not included ).On-screen display is multi language. The battery can last for to hours.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your external blu ray player wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of external blu ray player
- №1 — Pioneer BDR-XS06 Slim Portable Blu-Ray Writer USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD 6x External Slot Burner
- №2 — LeaningTech Upgrade Version Portable Ultra Slim External CD DVD Blu-Ray Drive
- №3 — Pioneer Electronics USA Slim External Blu Ray Drive BDR-XD05S Silver