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OWC Value Line Slim

6X Blu-ray USB 2.0 SATA Slim Optical
Drive Solution

Mac / PC / USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • Mac
  • PC
  • USB
Add bus powered, portable, Plug and Play CD and DVD burning with Blu-ray disc read capability to any USB equipped computer
Outstanding Features
Express your digital life with style, convenience, and value!
The OWC Value Line Slim Optical Drive Solution makes CD and DVD creation Plug and Play easy. A fast USB 2.0 interface and a lightweight design provides portable convenience and flexibility for use with both Macs and PCs. Now you can add high performance optical drive functionality with stylish value to notebook or desktop computers.
Compact and versatile - No AC Adapter Required!
Reads Blu-ray discs
Although commercial Blu-ray movie playback not supported in OS X, Blu-ray discs do mount on the desktop and can be backed up to the computer or played via third party software options.
The OWC Value Line Slim Optical Drive Solution offers stylish mobile disk read/write ability with a sleek, totally bus powered design.Take your digital life with you wherever you roam!
*disc read/write capabilities vary depending on installed drive
Note: Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or the Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your drive, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Includes

OWC Value Line™ Slim includes
  • OWC Value Line Slim External Optical Drive Solution
  • High Quality Double Shielded 'Y' type Dual USB 2.0/1.1 (Dual 'A' to 5 pin 'mini-B' type) cable
  • Manual

Gallery

Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • Sunplus

Drive Mechamism

  • LG BD-ROM/DVD Rewriter

Drive Interface

  • SATA (Serial ATA)

Port Configuration

  • USB 2.0 - (1) mini "B" port

Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 2.0 - 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)

Cooling

  • Super quiet fanless ventilation

Read Speeds

  • DVD-ROM :Max 8X CAV
  • BD-ROM :Max 6X CLV
  • CD-ROM :Max 24X CAV

Write Speeds

  • CD-R :16X CLV
  • CD-RW :4X CLV
  • High Speed CD-RW :8XCLV
  • Ultra Speed CD-RW :No Support
  • DVD-R :Max.8X Zone CLV
  • DVD-R DL :2X CLV
  • DVD-RW :Max.4X Zone CLV
  • DVD+R :Max.8X Zone CLV
  • DVD+R DL :2.4X CLV
  • DVD+RW :Max.4X Zone CLV
  • DVD-RAM :3X-5X ZCLV ( 4.7GB)

Macintosh Requirements

  • Mac OS 8.6 or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1 port.
  • USB 2.0 functionality requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x.

Windows Requirements

  • Windows 98SE or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1 port.
  • USB 2.0 functionality requires Windows 2000 or later.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported the USB interface.

Power Supply

  • Bus Power via USB on most computers with USB 2.0 port factory stock.
  • Optional AC Adapter* (available as a separate purchase here)
    * AC adapter not required for most applications provided computer bus supplies appropriate power needs.

External Case Dimensions

  • 5.6 in (D) x 5.7 in (W) x .95 in (H)
    (14.25 cm x 14.5 cm x 2.425 cm)

Enclosure Weight

  • 4.3 ounces (122g)

User Guide

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 5°C - 05°C (41°F - 122°F)
  • (non-operating) -40°C - 65°C (-40°F - 149°F)

Relative Humidity

  • (operating) 10% - 90% RH (Non-condensing)
  • (non-operating) 5% - 95% RH (Non-condensing)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MRSSBD6X UPC#: 794504329650

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.2 / 5 8 out of 10 (80%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Kaner Location: Mokena Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great upgrade October 21, 2016 This is a great upgrade for my internal DVD drive. Now I can play blue-ray movies on my MacBook Pro. Works great.

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Freeland, WA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Great Replacement for Dead internal optical drive May 3, 2016 I bought this to use when I needed to read a DVD/CD on my Late 2008 MacBookPro when the Apple Internal Optical Drive had died for the second time (I was out of AppleCare warranty by this time). Much cheaper than another internal and this one also reads Blu-Ray (although I have yet to test this). Bonus, it also works with my Window box when I want to do a straight duplication of a DVD for archival purposes. My only complaint is that it takes two hands to close the tray unless you secure the unit to something heavier (which I have done using 3M Dual Lock tape).

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Asia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Inexpensive, portable Blu-ray solution February 16, 2016 I got this over Christmas 2014 and the price was low. It serves as a portable Blu-ray drive for my 2012 MacBook Pro. I found that it does require a more powerful power adapter (not included; at least 5V/1A) or it won't work. The casing is pretty flimsy, but it works well enough if you don't abuse it. It works well with Mac Blu-ray Player software (not free). I haven't tried to use it to burn DVD's.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Roselle , NJ Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 a fine cd player for the price February 11, 2016 Im happy .and im almost never happy . thats all i really need to say .

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Denver, CO Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Overall Great Drive June 26, 2014 The drive is fairly straightforward. It's completely Plug&Play on all computers and performs well reading and writing. The USB cable has an extra plug to draw extra power from another USB port and it's long enough to use on my 2013 Macbook Pro, but this seems to be unnecessary in all the computers I've used it on so far.

My only gripe is a small one. The top casing is quite thin and flexible. The first few times I went to push the drive tray back in, my natural tendency was to push with my thumb and rest my fingers on the top to keep the drive from sliding away. This deforms the opening of the case, stopping the tray from closing. So now I hold the drive from the back. Like I said, it's a minor problem, which might make closing the drive a two handed operation for people with smaller hands.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Texas Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Best blu-ray player June 20, 2014 I purchased this blu-ray player for my Apple notebook, I recently upgraded to the new retina MacBook Pro and they took away the optical drive and I have been using the OWC Slim to watch movies, install software that comes on a CD/DVD. Love that there is no external power brick, USB powered. Great product for a great price.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Orlando, FL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Sometimes You Need To Play Discs June 19, 2014 I haven't had a disc player/burner on my macs in years and that hasn't been an issue... until I decided that I needed to back-up my video discs. Fortunately reliable, tested, and inexpensive disc players are available from OWC. So far I've begun backing up both DVD and Bluray to my media-server via my mac and it works perfectly. Great product.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 2/5 Fair, serviceable, but not great May 31, 2014 Performance is as expected. My only dislike is that the plastic enclosure is very flimsy and the drawer feels rickety. I don't expect the moving parts of the drawer of this item to last with extended use. As such, the price is a bit too much for what it is.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles wasteland Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Cheap. Good. September 22, 2013 See my title. Pretty much says it all.

One drawback is the power draw. I need to have both USB plugs in for it to work well, but it does work well.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Racine, WI Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 3/5 Decent but finicky June 9, 2013 I've had a few DVDs and BD that won't read on this unit, the main 'con' is the drawer latch is not well designed. If you push in exactly where the 'compact disc' logo is on the left your success rate of latching will go from 10% to 95%. The plastic case is really cheap, but the bang-for-buck is decent value.

I bought to copy my DVD and BD library into iTunes and i've had decent success. If i had a bigger budget I'd like to have bought a higher-quality model, but I also use a laptop and don't like to introduce an add'l 120v device when not absolutely necessary, so this model is a fair trade-off. Probably about 5% of my discs just won't read in this player but I've had worse success rate on my old internal DVD player in my previous mac book pro.

The speed is plenty, i doubt a 'faster' model will actually get anything done faster; the software still has to rip the data.

If you want to playback directly, then of course you don't need more than 1x speed anyhow.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

OWC Value Line™ Slim Mfr P/N: MRSSBD6X OWC SKU: OWCMRSSBD6X 6X Blu-ray USB 2.0 SATA Slim Optical Drive Solution 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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