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Mercury Pro
16X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, 48X CD Read/Write Solution

Mac / PC / Linux / USB 3.0
The All-New Desktop Optical
Configured For Your Workflow
Now with an updated design, Mercury Pro is the premier drive to bring optical media back to your workflow. With a sleek, durable aluminum chassis, and high-speed USB 3.0 interface, Mercury Pro delivers reliable performance that matches its good looks. It's cooler, quieter, and better than ever.
Universal USB 3.0 Connectivity
The new Mercury Pro is plug-and-play compatible with both Mac and PC workflows, making it your versatile premium optical drive. With high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity, playback of optical media, data transfer, and archive all happen as fast as possible, with bandwidth to spare.
M-DISC - The Perfect Long-Term Archive Solution
The OWC Mercury Pro supports the revolutionary M-DISC format, making it the ideal solution for reliable long-term backup and archiving. Compared to other recordable storage media like DVDs and Tape, M-DISC offers superior reliability and protection against data loss that will last a thousand years (or more)!

M-DISCs use a proprietary layer made from inorganic, rock-like material for permanent data storage, protected from data rot and extremes of light, humidity and temperature change. Once written, the M-DISC can be read or played on any quality DVD drive that supports the common DVD+R/RW format. Shop our selection of Optical Media.
Reliability and Support You Can Count On
Like all OWC drives, the Mercury Pro is built to the highest standards of reliability and performance. Because our goal is always 100% reliability, it's rigorously quality tested, and backed by our 1 year warranty and award-winning U.S. based Technical Support.


Please note: Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or the Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with this drive, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/. Faceplate design may be different from shown.

Mercury Pro Specifications:

OWC Part Number

  • MR3UBDRW16

Software Requirements

  • OS
    • OS X 10.6 or later
    • Windows XP or later
  • Driver
    • Driver not required

Hardware Requirements

  • Minimum
    • Mac or PC featuring USB 2.0 interface
  • Recommended (Best Performance)
    • Mac or PC featuring USB 3.0 interface

Interface (Chipset)

  • (1) USB 3.0 (ASMedia ASM1053E)

Standard Mechanism

  • LG WH16NS40 16X 5.25" Internal Blu-ray Disc Rewriter

Power Supply

Dimensions

  • Height: 5.8 cm (2.3 in)
  • Width: 16.8 cm (6.6 in)
  • Length: 21.1 cm (8.3 in)

Weight

  • With Drive: 5.7 lbs. (2.6 kg)
  • Without Drive: 4.0 lbs. (1.8 kg)

Operating Environment

  • Environmental (Operating)
    • Temperature (°F) 41° – 107°
    • Temperature (°C) 5° – 42°
  • Environmental (Non-Operating)
    • Temperature (°F) −40° – 149°
    • Temperature (°C) −40 – 65°

LG Super Multi Blue Specs:

General

Drive Type
Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 16x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter
Form Factor
5.25" Desktop
Interface
SATA
Loading Mechanism
Tray
Bezel Color
Black
Buffer Memory
4MB
Mounting Orientation
Horizontal / Vertical
Manufacturer Model Number
WH16NS40
RoHS Compliant
Yes

Performance

Access Time
BD-ROM: 180ms typ.
DVD-ROM: 160ms typ.
DVD-RAM: 180ms typ.
CD-ROM: 150ms typ.
Supported Formats
BD-ROM (SL/DL), BD-RE (SL/DL), BD-R (SL/DL), DVD-ROM (SL/DL), DVD-R (SL/DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R (SL/DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, CD-ROM, CD-ROM, XA-Ready, CD-I, Photo-CD (Single & Multi-Session), Video-CD, CD-Audio Disc, Mixed Mode, CD-ROM (Data and Audio), CD-R, CD-RW

Capacity

Data Capacity
128GB : Blu-ray Quad Layer
50GB : Blu-ray Double Layer
25GB : Blu-ray
8.5GB : DVD General Use Double Layer
4.6GB : DVD General Use
700MB : 79 minute CD
650MB : 74 minute CD
550MB : 63 minute CD

Physical

Height (max)
41.3mm (1.6")
Width (max)
146.0mm (5.7")
Length (max)
172mm (6.8")
Weight (typical)
0.8kg (1.8lbs.)

Environment

Operating Temperature
5° C to 45° C
Non-Operating Temperature
-30° C to 60° C
Operating Humidity
15% to 80% R.H.
Non-Operating Humidity
10% to 90 % R.H.

M-DISC Support

Yes
M-DISC DVD / Blu-ray engraving / burning requires M-DISC specific media
(available separately)

Maximum Read Speeds

BD-ROM
12X
BD-R
12X
BD-RE
8X
BD-ROM (Dual Layer)
8X
BD-R (Dual Layer)
8X
BD-RE (Dual Layer)
6X
BD-R (Triple Layer)
6X
BD-R (Quad Layer)
6X
DVD-RAM
5X
DVD-R
16X
DVD+R
16X
DVD-R (Dual Layer)
12X
DVD+R (Dual Layer)
12X
DVD-RW
12X
DVD+RW
12X
DVD-ROM
16X
DVD-ROM (Dual Layer)
12X
CD-ROM
48X
CD-R
48X
CD-RW
40X

Maximum Write Speeds

BD-R
16X
BD-RE
2X
BD-R (Dual Layer)
12X
BD-R (Triple Layer)
12X
BD-R (Quad Layer)
6X
BD-RE (Dual Layer)
2X
BD-RE (Triple Layer)
2X
M-DISC/+M
4X
DVD-RAM
5X
DVD-R
16X
DVD+R
16X
DVD-R (Dual Layer)
8X
DVD+R (Dual Layer)
8X
DVD-RW
6X
DVD+RW
8X
CD-R
48X
CD-RW
24X

Reliability

System Requirements

Mac
Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
Available 5.25" drive bay and SATA connection
Burning software that supports Blu-ray, such as Toast.
At this time Commercial Blue-ray movie playback not supported in OS X.
Minimum of 1 GB of RAM
30GB or more available hard drive space (60GB for Blu-ray Disc authoring)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MR3UBDRW16 UPC#: 812437022612

Gallery

Includes

  • OWC Mercury Pro 16X External Blu-ray Burner
  • 0.6 meter (24") USB 3.0 (Standard-A to Standard-B)
  • External power supply and power cable
  • Assembly Manual & User Guide

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 97 out of 106 (92%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: brian_feathers
Rating: 5/5 Dad’s happy with it October 15, 2021 He needed a replacement CD-R/RW, I bought him this one, he’s happy with it. No rush needed for delivery, and no complaints from dad about hooking it up himself without having me on the phone to walk him through it without seeing anything he’s doing and then he starts complaining about how difficult this is and then…well, you all know. And that didn’t happen. So, 5 stars.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Pro 24X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Response from OWC, Support October 16, 2021 Thank you for the Awesome review! We're glad Dad is happy with it :)
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: TiredSpider-15964
Rating: 5/5 Great company October 14, 2021 Always appreciate this companies knowledge about Macs.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Pro 24X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Response from OWC, Support October 15, 2021 Thank you for providing us with your feedback. If further assistance is needed, please let us know.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Jim
Rating: 1/5 Failed before it was 90 days old October 6, 2021 The computer (iMac M1, MacBook Pro, Toshiba w/Win 7) could see the drive and set up drivers for the drive but when a CD or DVD was inserted in the drawer the unit acted like it read the CD or DVD but there was nothing on the screen. The drive did not show up in Finder or on the screen. It worked the day I got it. I did not get the 24 hour support. In fact at this writing it has been three days and still no contact from support.

Response from OWC, Support October 8, 2021 Apologies for the optical drive Jim, looking in our cases it does appear that you are in contact with our tech support. These have a 1 year warranty, apologies that this one had stopped working, we can get that replaced for you!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: PerfectDolphin-3328
Rating: 5/5 Works as intended. October 6, 2021 The unit works as intended, and I had no coasters. However, the suggested software, Toast, is a total piece of garbage and is basically unusable. Luckily I have PCs as well and can switch to another.

Only other caveats; unit I received looks different than the website picture, and from the actual manufacturers unit on their website. However, the hardware does show up as the right model# in the computer. Not sure why the faceplate is different.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support October 9, 2021 Thank you for the 5 Star review! I'm happy to hear the optical drive is working as it should. In regards to the look of the item, the stock photo may just be old, it happens sometimes. Sorry for any confusion, and enjoy the Mercury Pro!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: RayCummings
Rating: 5/5 positive September 29, 2021 I just love my Mercury Pro Blue Ray/DVD/CD burner, It's just what I wanted, and the 3.2 USB just puts the icing on the cake. I am a satisfied customer.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Pro 24X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Response from OWC, Support September 30, 2021 We are. happy to hear you love your Mercury Pro Blu Ray/DVD/CD burner! We appreciate your feedback!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: rod12056
Rating: 5/5 Excellent A+ seller September 23, 2021 Super fast shipping! Excellent product-great company to deal with. Would definitely recommend!!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support September 24, 2021 Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your awesome review, we really appreciate it rod12056. We love hearing that you are happy with our the upgrades. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions, comments, or concerns. Phone 1-800-275-4576 or +1-815-338-8685 Customer Service/Sales & Technical Support - Monday-Friday (8am-8pm CT) - Saturday & Sunday (Closed) Live Chat Technical Support - Monday-Friday (8am-8pm CT) - Saturday (9am-5pm CT) - Sunday (Closed) Live Chat Customer Service/Sales - Monday-Friday (7am-10pm CT) - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm CT). Thanks for choosing OWC, and have a great day!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: FaithfulToad-45471
Rating: 5/5 Just what I was looking for. September 11, 2021 Optical drive enclosure was nicely constructed of quality materials. Perfect fit and finish. Brushed aluminum case nice match w Mac Pro.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Pro USB 3 External Enclosure for 5.25-inch Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Reader/Writer.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: hulkss
Rating: 5/5 Works perfectly with Asus and LG optical drives September 9, 2021 Plug and play with M1 Mac Mini. MakeMKV software can operate the drive without issues.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Pro USB 3 External Enclosure for 5.25-inch Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Reader/Writer.

Response from OWC, Support September 10, 2021 Very good to hear about the software, thanks for the great feedback and enjoy the optical drive!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: KindSparrow-65592
Rating: 5/5 Excellent September 1, 2021 Excellent best Product ever

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support September 2, 2021 Thank you for your review!!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: rah-75217
Rating: 5/5 High Quality Enclosure August 30, 2021 Better than I expected.... very well made, perfect for my LG Blu Ray Drive. Solid and reliable so far.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Pro USB 3 External Enclosure for 5.25-inch Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Reader/Writer.

Response from OWC, Support August 31, 2021 Thank you for providing us with your feedback. We are delighted to hear that the Mercury Pro enclosure exceeded your expectations!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Towerhd
Rating: 4/5 Great Burner August 28, 2021 This my first blue ray burner to work with mac I have been using windows for many years but all my music playback has been with apple so far burner is doing great

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC Mercury Pro 16X External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Burner.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: RealAlpaca-67946
Rating: 5/5 Just what I needed August 27, 2021 I had another external drive previously which was OK for reading disks, but sometimes failed during the burn. This device has been rock solid.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support August 27, 2021 We are glad to hear that this burner has been a solid part of your work flow! Thank you for your review and for being a valued OWC customer!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: villagehiker
Rating: 5/5 Helps Solve Blu-Ray 'bag of hurt' August 24, 2021 Mercury Pro 16X Super…Optical Drive works most excellently with 2016 touchbar Macbook Pro. The drive comes nicely packaged, works out of the box, runs quietly and plays anime Blu-Ray smoothly. The supplied cable requires a USB-C adapter. The drive helps solve the 'bag of hurt' mentioned by Steve Jobs in 2008, referencing the cost of Blu-Ray hardware and licensing. Nicely done.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support August 25, 2021 We are glad to hear that your new Mercury Pro 16X Super Optical Drive is meeting all of your expectations! Thank you for your 5/5 review and for being a loyal OWC customer!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Cpetriak
Rating: 5/5 Great drive. August 23, 2021 I bought this drive to put my movie collection on a hard drive. I haven’t had any issues moving the files. It’s quite, and fast enough for my own needs. It burns a dvd in about a 1/2 hour and a blu ray in about an hour.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support August 24, 2021 Appreciate the review! Thanks for the feedback and enjoy the optical drive for your movie library! Hope we can assist you again for tech needs soon!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: MisterFamiliar
Rating: 3/5 Doesn't read about 10% of DVDs August 22, 2021 No problems w/ the Blu-ray functionality, and I've never experimented with the M-Discs. However, for DVDs, the bread and butter of what I burn, I've found that about 1 in 10 discs just can't be read by this burner/reader at all. Doesn't matter if I reinsert them, clean them, turn it on and off, they just never mount on my computer. Pop 'em in my cheap Blu-ray/DVD player though and they play fine. For the heft and price of this device, I'd at least expect it to handle more (most) DVDs thrown at it since that technology isn't exactly new. Oh well. 9/10 isn't so bad. Is it?

Response from OWC, Support August 24, 2021 Apologies for the frustration! We appreciate your feedback and hope we might be able to assist with troubleshooting or warranty testing within a year of purchase. Look forward to working with you again soon!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: GlamorousSailfish-66691
Rating: 5/5 Better than the old days August 21, 2021 I still like to import music from cds and the like and I burn files for archiving because I can manage to erase or loose any file saved digitally.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC Mercury Pro 16X External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Burner.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: chitorefuerzo
Rating: 5/5 OWC, THE BEST MAC GADGETS STORE August 10, 2021 As always, OWC literally delivers. The best Mac accessories store in the net!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support August 11, 2021 Glad to see your experience has been a positive one, we always strive for excellence at OWC!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: JR_swell
Rating: 5/5 Does what it is supposed to do August 2, 2021 I've been using it to record CDs. Works great.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Pro 24X Super-Multi DVD/CD Burner/Reader External Optical Drive with M-DISC Support.

Response from OWC, Support August 3, 2021 Glad to hear you are satisfied with your purchase, please let us know if we can help you with anything else!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: drdreric
Rating: 5/5 Another good OWC product July 13, 2021 OWC always makes great products with outstanding service and good value. This drive is more of the same.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support July 13, 2021 We are glad to hear you are satisfied with your purchase, and we're looking forward to hearing from you again, thank you!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: johnmcboston
Rating: 5/5 Nice drive update. July 12, 2021 Bought a similar drive about a dozen years ago that finally gave up the ghost. THis replacement is up to the challenge. No problem working with CDs, DVDs or Blue ray. QUiet drive and quiet mechanism. very happy with the drive.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support July 12, 2021 Thank you for your 5/5 review! We are so glad that this replacement burner is working with all of your discs wether it be a CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray and that the performance is quiet. We value you as being a loyal OWC customer and look forward working with you in the future.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: EncouragingPython-69816
Rating: 5/5 Perfect for a Mac Entertainment Setup June 30, 2021 I upgraded my home server from a 3,1 (2008) Mac Pro and PS3 (For Blu Ray Player) to a M1 Mac mini. With this blu-ray drive I was able down size my home media set up. It now sets nice and snug in the bottom cabinets of my entertainment center.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support June 30, 2021 Glad to hear we could help reduce some of the clutter in your setup, if you're looking for any other peripherals please let us know!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: SillyBee-58454
Rating: 5/5 Great service June 22, 2021 Received quickly and product was as specified.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Pro USB 3 External Enclosure for 5.25-inch Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Reader/Writer.

Response from OWC, Support June 22, 2021 Thank you so much, if you need help with anything please let us know!!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: ExuberantParakeet-74788
Rating: 5/5 Great product June 16, 2021 Does what it should and does it well.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Pro USB 3 External Enclosure for 5.25-inch Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Reader/Writer.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Jomacpack
Rating: 5/5 So Far So Good! June 4, 2021 Haven't used it a ton but so far it plays Blu-Ray, DVD, and Mini DVD from my old camcorder very well!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: splaun432
Rating: 5/5 A very good dvd burner May 29, 2021 It is a very good dvd burner

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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