Compatible with Windows, macOS, Linux, and, sometimes, even the notoriously picky Chrome OS, the Rioddas External is a remarkably low-priced option that will satisfy most users. It’s great for watching movies, though it may not work perfectly will all burning software.
Simple, elegant, and easy to slide into a backpack or laptop sleeve, the Dell DW316 can handle your movie collection with ease. If you need to use it to burn new discs, it’s more than up to that task, too, with write speeds of up to 8x.
The Pioneer BDR-XU03 works with all major optical formats including Blu-ray and runs quickly and quietly. It’s suitable for both Apple and Windows operating systems, and comes with a handy stand that holds it vertically to reduce its footprint.
If your ultra-compact laptop doesn’t put out enough amperage over its USB circuit to reach maximum read speeds, the Roofull Powered can solve your problem. It comes with a wall transformer and a barrel plug that provide 3 to 5 watts as needed.
Wihool Ultra Slim
A two-way cable design makes the Wihool Ultra Slim suitable for use with most old and new notebooks, whether they are equipped with USB-A or -C jacks. This one is among the least expensive models that can read HD and 4K Blu-ray discs.
Thanks to a slot-loading design, the LG GP70NS50 is more elegant than those with trays, and also has fewer fragile parts to break. It can write videos at up to 8x their normal speed, though it is a bit pricier than comparable units.
Those who worry about a disc getting stuck and ruining their hardware will appreciate the clamshell design of the Pioneer BDR-XD05B . Its sleek format looks good alongside any modern computer, and it comes bundled with PowerDVD video software.
The LG GP65NB60 boasts 8x video and 24x audio write speeds, and features “Silent Play” technology, which automatically adjusts its read speed to reduce its noise level, so that there are fewer distractions when watching movies.
Though not particularly fancy, the Roofull Burner is exceptionally popular and reasonably priced. It also features a Y-connector with both Type-A and Type-C plugs, so it pairs perfectly with many modern laptops that don’t have a ton of connectivity options.
One of the most reliable selections from a well-known manufacturer, the Asus ZenDrive burns at speeds up to 8x. It supports M-disc creation for effective long-term archival, and includes the Nero BackItUp suite for preserving data from PCs as well as Android devices.