What You Need To Know About Blu-ray Drives
A Blu-ray drive is an optical drive used with Windows and Mac computers. It can play and burn a variety of disc formats but its primary function is to create high-definition and ultra high-definition video discs, most often with movies or video games.
What Are the Blu-ray Drive Read and Write Speeds?
- Every optical drive, including CD, DVD, and Blu-ray has read and write speeds. The read speed is how fast the drive can play content off the disc, whereas the write speed refers to the Blu-ray writers speed of burning data on the disc.
- The Blu-ray burners speed is expressed as Nx, where N is a number. For example, a Samsung BD drive can have a read speed of 12x. This means that it can read data 12 times faster than the baseline 1x speed of 36 Mbps.
What Are the Differences Between Internal and External Slim Blu-ray Optical Drives?
- An internal Blu-ray drive is designed to be installed within a computers optical drive slot. It has a plain metal casing and no visual design appeal as it is meant to be used inside a computer case.
- An external, or portable Blu-ray drive is designed to be a stand-alone device that can be connected to your computer via USB. Most external optical drives also have slim design, meaning they are a lot thinner than the internal counterparts. For example, Samsung offers portable Blu-ray burners than are as slim as 14 mm. Portable drives are powered through the USB interface and do not need a separate power source.
- You will most likely need some type of Blu-ray capable software and drivers installed on your Windows or Mac in order to use your BD drive.
What Are the Disc Formats That Blu-ray Drives Support?
BD drives are a lot more versatile than DVD writers when it comes to the disc formats they support. Because they can burn and play not only Blu-ray discs, but CDs and DVDs, BD drives are meant to replace DVD writers.
- Writable Formats: The Blu-ray writer can work with the following formats - BD-R, BD-R Dual Layer, BD-RE, BD-RE Dual Layer, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R Dual Layer, and DVD+RW.
- Readable Formats: When used as a Blu-ray player, the drive supports the following formats - BD-R, BD-R Dual Layer, BD-RE, BD-RE Dual Layer, BD-ROM, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+R Dual Layer.
How Do I Use a Blu-ray Optical Drive With a High-Definition TV?
- Portable BD drives cannot be used as players with your smart TV. Even though your TV may have a USB or a USB to HDMI connection, it does not have the software and drivers needed to interpret the content on the Blu-ray disc.
- You can use your burner to burn Blu-ray movies and use a regular Blu-ray player connected to your TV to watch them. Make sure to connect your player to your TV via HDMI for true a HD viewing experience.
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