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

5. TDK TB150U

TDK TB150U
  • Reviewed on: 19 January 12
  • RRP: £115 inc. VAT
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This is Its more than up to the job and, indeed, faster than its rivals, but you can do better for your money.

Read our TDK TB150U review.

4. Buffalo MediaStation BR-X816U2

Buffalo MediaStation BR-X816U2
  • Reviewed on: 16 January 12
  • RRP: £129 inc. VAT
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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.

Read our Buffalo MediaStation BR-X816U2 review.

3. Buffalo MediaStation BR3D-12U3

Buffalo MediaStation BR3D-12U3
  • Reviewed on: 17 January 12
  • RRP: £200 inc VAT
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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.

Read our Buffalo MediaStation BR3D-12U3 review.

2. Asus SBW-06C1S-U Slim

Asus SBW-06C1S-U Slim
  • Reviewed on: 16 January 12
  • RRP: £111 inc. VAT
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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.

Read our Asus SBW-06C1S-U Slim review.

1. LG BE12LU38.AUAE10B

LG BE12LU38.AUAE10B
  • Reviewed on: 17 January 12
  • RRP: £126 inc. VAT
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Using four-speed TDK media we recorded 21GB of data in a very fast 15 mins 48 sec.

Read our LG BE12LU38.AUAE10B review.