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

New Condition | Open Box

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.
The perfect long-term archive solution
M-DISC sets the standard for long-term safe data storage, and the new Mercury Pro supports this revolutionary format, making it the ideal solution for reliable long-term backup and archiving. M-DISC is an archival-quality storage solution that protects your data from degradation and loss for 1,000 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. Because the M-DISC ready Mercury Pro engraves the data into this layer, write once and read forever.
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/.

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: 2.0 in (5.2 cm)
  • Width: 6.5 in (16.6cm)
  • Length: 8.3 in (21.0 cm)

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

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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 4.8 / 5 27 out of 31 (87%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Ehmp Location: Colorado Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Solid Piece of Kit August 28, 2020 I purchased this for achieving at the local level since it supported writing to disc purported to last decades...That was job one...the rest of the jobs were icing on the cake Blu-Ray, DVD, CD writer player. It's a tad big for the desk but it's sturdy, and seems well built. happy with the purchase, no problems using it!

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Reviewer: Jtech Location: Las Vegas Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Well built BluRay external drive July 4, 2020 When I built my latest computer from scratch, the case I chose for it excellent air flow did not allow for an internal BluRay drive. So I search for the best reviewed external unit and that was the OWC Mercury Pro 16X External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Burner. The unit is well constructed, with some serious weight, but a very nice footprint. I built a clear acrylic stand for the unit above my case. The unit is very fast, quiet, and does an outstanding job. Highly recommend,

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Reviewer: JYH32 Location: Las Vegas, NV Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 3/5 Drive is excellent; power adapter not so much March 20, 2020 Enclosure is built like a tank, and drive has worked well, but power adapter crapped out in 13th month (after warranty expired). Had to purchase a $15 replacement.

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Response from MacSales.com, CESSM March 23, 2020 Thank you for taking the time to communicate your concerns. Your opinion and experiences are very important to us. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a bad experience with the power adapter. If you have any questions please contact us via one of the following methods: 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).
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Reviewer: tboy Location: California Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Need optical drive? This is it September 21, 2018 Wanted to replace my old failing optical drive (it was from the IDE days, and I didn't want to try finding an old CD-RW with that interface). Plus, I wanted to get a Blu-Ray drive for my computer. This is literally plug and play, much more quiet than previous drive. Very fast, plug-n-play. No real directions with it, so if you're not good with these things, it might be a problem. So far I have ripped several CDs, plays Blu-Ray movies. Haven't tried burning yet.

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Reviewer: EeeVee Location: Cuyahoga Falls OH Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 WORKED WELL RIGHT OUT OF BOX May 3, 2018 My 8 year old external burner began working only on and off, then it finally died. I needed a new one, so I bought this. It seems to "burn" faster than my older one. Plus, it seems to have a sturdy build. It worked well right out of the box.

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Reviewer: TroyHerrod Location: Booneville, MS Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Product April 4, 2018 Used to burn a dvd movie created in iMovie and it was fast and really good. I was so surprised. Now I can make a bunch of copies. I like too that it is built tough and sturdy.

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Reviewer: Currydog Location: Nor cal. Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This is an awesome burner! March 12, 2018 I purchased this blueray burner to rip my B/R discs. This burner is fast twice as fast as my previous burner. Did not have one read write error. Not surprised OWC always has the best products for my Mac.

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Reviewer: Hallyhb Location: Santee, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Drive enclosure could not be better. January 22, 2018 If the drive mechanism is half as good as the enclosure, it will last forever. The enclosure for this device is solid and built to last. As a result, it is a bit heavy, but then again, I don't have to carry it around. It is the greatest!!

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Reviewer: OneLove Location: Florida Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product November 17, 2017 I use this Burner to make DVDs from within Final Cut X and it works great.

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Reviewer: RossF Location: Maryland Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 A great OWC stalwart October 22, 2017 These are the products I like best from OWC. Simple, economical, and stylish without getting in the way of the functionality.

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Reviewer: Rickspur Location: Nashville TN Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent external drive. September 18, 2017 This drive works as advertised. Plug it in and the Mac recognizes it right away. Load a DVD or CD and the appropriate software launches and you are good to go. The case is heavy duty and put together well, it does not feel like you have to baby it so that it will keep working

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Reviewer: ocandrew Location: Costa Mesa, California Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very good, does the trick. August 27, 2017 Will buy again.

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Reviewer: dPippy Location: Memphis, TN Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic! August 25, 2017 The OWC Mercury Pro 16X External USB 3.0 Blu-Ray Burner is a fantastic piece of technology. Solid state construction, reasonable price, and it just works. I bought this to go with a newly purchased iMac, and it is a great addition to my home tech situation. OWC is proving to be an amazing resource for gear like this. I love it.

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Reviewer: AmateurRecordist Location: Bengaluru, India Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Has performed way beyond my expectations. August 15, 2017 I wish to preserve material recorded by me (unique and priceless chantings of the Rig Veda running into 300 hours of finished material) on high quality hardware and software. The recordings are part of a copyright application that will be submitted in the next three months. SSDs, Hard Disk drives, CDs, DVDs and BluRay disks have their 'life' issues. When I read the reports about it, M-Disks appealed to me. I decided to store copies of finished recordings in SSDs and on BluRay M-Disks for long life storage. I chose the product because it satisfied all the boxes including Mac OS X Sierra compatibility. I have not tried the product for recording own M-Disk BluRay, yet. I expect to do so in the next month or so. But for every other task, it has lived up to its specs. I'll certainly inform you after I burn M-Disks on it.

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Reviewer: R0LLc33 Location: PHILIPPINES Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Burn it, Baby! June 13, 2017 I'm loving this optical media drive so far. Plug n Play on the Mac. Plays some of my BluRay collection. Oh yeah, it also burns! Pretty excellent for your home movie project needs. I highly recommend it.

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Reviewer: tnut Location: Milw. / TCW Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Needed to replace My DVD burner May 14, 2017 When my old DVD burner Was not recognized by the computer I went to OWC To buy a new one. OWC has quality products For MAC computers. This is a very good DVD burner for the price.

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Reviewer: DrDuck Location: Sioux Falls, SD Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 faster than previous March 23, 2017 Previous product would only write 4X but this one is four times faster which makes getting discs made easier

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Reviewer: MCWilke Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great for at work February 14, 2017 I needed to have a DVD/CD at work. Picking up this unit fit the bill. Sits at the corner of the desk and plugged into my Thunderbolt 2 dock and ready for whenever my Macbook Pro needs to access media. Nice that the drive also has M-Disc capabilities if I ever need to burn a large database for archive purposes.

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Reviewer: Mac2Man Location: Shiga Japan Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Solid Build and Performance! January 18, 2017 OWC Mercury Pro 16X External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Burner is outstanding for the "PRO" quality of its sturdy construction based on a solid extruded aluminum case which houses an LG Blu-ray drive. Using a Mac Book Air, it flawlessly burned a BD-R the first time. During the burning process, however, you may notice a momentary whirring sound which is quite loud. Nevertheless, its overall performance is truly professional grade -- no regrets whatsoever on this purchase.

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Reviewer: peterl7 Location: Austarlia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 BRILLIANT!!!!! January 17, 2017 Love this reader/burner

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Reviewer: Javier Location: Jacksonville, FL Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great external Blu-ray drive January 16, 2017 I decided to buy this drive from OWC after a cheaper one I bought from Amazon decided to up and die after less than 5 months. I figured I had bought some hardware from OWC before and i had been very satisfied. I was a bit taken aback by the price, but I was already $90 in the hole from the other drive, so I decided to pay the extra $40 this drive would cost over the other one, but after buying it, I'm glad I did. This thing is built like a tank. The enclosure is all-aluminum, and beautiful as well. It comes with an external power brick, and a USB cable to connect to the Mac. The drive also has an ON-OFF switch in the back, so you can keep it powered off until you need it. No drivers or extra software is required. I have been using the heck out of it since i bought it, to rip my movies to my NAS so I can watch them easily whenever I want. I have used it many times since I received it, and all without a hitch. I am extremely happy with this purchase. Besides, this drive comes with a long 3-year warranty, which is both testament to its build quality, and also gives me peace of mind.

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Reviewer: RonC Location: Arlington, Texas Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Mercury Pro Drive Saved Christmas 2016 December 26, 2016 I purchased this drive to use with M-Discs to archive data, but on Christmas day my dvd camcorder failed to finalize the video I just created of our opening gifts Christmas morning. My camcorder would not play the disc. I connected the drive to my Macbook Pro and the drive was able to read the disc. I was able to play the video using dvd player. I created a disc image of the file using Toast Titanium and then made a new dvd disc and saved Christmas !!! I highly recommend this drive as it may save your day also !!!

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Reviewer: Bearface Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Hobbiest
Rating: 5/5 I Should Have Started Here With This Drive November 23, 2016 I was having trouble using MakeMKV and a popular portable Samsung Blu-Ray Drive on some Blu-Ray discs that had transparent squiggly lines. I kept seeing error messages and everything I Googled suggested the issue was the Drive, for one reason or another. I replaced it with the OWC Mercury Pro Drive and was quickly relieved to know I made a great choice. Even with a USB 2 connection (the drive supports USB 3), this unit transfers faster and seeks/operates faster than my old drive. I have not had any issues with disc usability since then and highly recommend this unit to anyone in the market for a Mac compatible Blu-Ray drive, especially since it is an LG drive which came highly recommended from other sources.

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Reviewer: GaryL Location: Saskatchewan Canada Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Solid Burner October 31, 2016 I have not used this burner much yet, but, the few times I tried it, it worked well. I purchased this unit to archive CD, DVD and Blu-ray disks (mostly for Data) since I am running out of iMacs with internal burners. The price was a little more than I wanted to spend but I think it is money well spent for the top quality product that is seems to be. I also bought Toast Titanium 15 which seems to be much easier software to learn than the "free" software that comes with the burner. Truthfully though I didn't give the "free" software enough time. The pdf instructions manual that comes with the included Pro Soft Data Backup should provide a valuable tool for cloning and incremental / versioning backup with the drive or even an external HD. If you want to get the full potential from the device though you should consider buying Toast Titanium with this drive. I look forward to burning some GoPro home video to Blu-ray in the future. I also plan to use this drive to give future clients drone footage.

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Reviewer: TimFrazier69 Location: Nashville, NC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product and reliable October 24, 2016 This is a great product and has been working flawlessly since the purchase.

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OWC Mercury Pro 16X Blu-ray, 16X DVD, 48X CD Read/Write solution Mfr P/N: MR3UBDRW16 OWC SKU: OWCMR3UBDRW16OB Aluminum housed desktop optical drive with USB 3.0 and M-DISC support for reliable long-term storage. 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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