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Group test: what's the best external Blu-ray/DVD drive?

The best external optical drives you can buy

PC Advisor reviews the best external Blu-ray/DVD drives you can buy in the UK right now.

5. TDK TB150U

This is Its more than up to the job and, indeed, faster than its rivals, but you can do better for your money.

4. Buffalo MediaStation BR-X816U2

This well-priced external drive makes its presence known with a bulky power adaptor. The Buffalo is by no means portable, but offers very good performance with today’s recordable Blu-ray media.

3. Buffalo MediaStation BR3D-12U3

The Buffalo MediaStation BR3D-12U3 performed well as a writer and a player, with a good turn of speed and low noise levels. For general video editing there’s better software out there than the bundled Cyberlink suite.

2. Asus SBW-06C1S-U Slim

The Asus is a good external Blu-ray writer, provided you have enough USB ports on your laptop to power it. Its performance in our tests with both four- and six-speed media was slow, but reliable. This drive is also quiet, portable and affordable.

1. LG BE12LU38.AUAE10B

Using four-speed TDK media we recorded 21GB of data in a very fast 15 mins 48 sec.

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