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OWC Slim

External 6X Blu-ray & CD/DVD Burner

Mac / PC / USB 2.0 & 1.1 / Bus Powered
  • Mac
  • PC
  • USB
Light, Portable, Reliable
Outstanding Features
Express your digital life with style, convenience, and value!
The OWC Slim optical drive makes CD and DVD creation Plug and Play easy. Now you can add high performance optical drive functionality with stylish value to notebook or desktop computers.

Supports the burning of up to 50GB of data or high definition video per Blu-ray disc, or up to 8.5GB using low-cost Dual Layer DVDs
Compact and versatile – No AC Adapter Required!
The OWC Slim optical drive offers stylish mobile disk read/write ability with quiet, smooth tray-loading operation. It's small enough to slip into a laptop bag so you'll always have an optical drive on hand.
Reads and Writes 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.
Total Backup & Archive Solution
Backing up to optical media is becoming increasingly more popular – especially for photos, audio files and video. This optical drive includes all the software you need to archive your data on either a Mac or a PC. Don't let your only copy be the one on your hard drive – optical media is durable, portable and easy to store.
M-DISC Compatible - Write Once and Read Forever
Compared to other recordable DVDs on the market today, M-DISC offers superior reliability in data storage that provides the permanent optical data storage solution. Once written, the M-DISC can be read or played on any quality DVD drive that supports the common DVD+R/RW format. M-DISC Media sold separately.
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

Gallery

Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • Sunplus

Read Speeds*

  • Blu-ray up to 6x
  • DVD up to 8x
  • CD up to 24x
  • M-Disc up to 4x

Write Speeds*

  • Blu-ray up to 6x
  • DVD up to 8x
  • CD up to 24x
  • M-Disc up to 4x

Standard Mechanism

Product Specifications

General

Drive Type
Internal slim Blu-ray/DVD/CD writer
Form Factor
12.7mm laptop
Interface
SATA
Loading Mechanism
Tray
Bezel Color
Black
Buffer Memory
2MB
Mounting Orientation
Horizontal/Vertical
Manufacturer Model Number
UJ240
RoHS Compliant
Yes

Performance

Supported Formats
BD-ROM (SL/DL), BD-RE (SL/DL), BD-R (SL/DL), DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, CD-Audio, Video-CD, Photo CD, CD-I(FMV), CD-Extra, CD-TEXT, M-Disc

Capacity

Data Capacity
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

Disk Labeling

Disc Labeling
No

Physical

Height (max)
12.7mm (0.50")
Width (max)
128.0mm (5.04")
Length (max)
129.0mm (5.00")
Weight (typical)
0.14kg (0.31 lbs.)

Maximum Read Speeds

BD-R
6X
BD-RE
4X
BD-RE (dual layer)
4X
BD-ROM
6X
DVD-R
8X
DVD+R
8X
DVD-R (dual layer)
6X
DVD+R (dual layer)
6X
DVD-RW
8X
DVD+RW
8X
DVD-ROM
8X
DVD-ROM (dual layer)
6X
CD-ROM
24X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
16X
M-Disc
4X

Maximum Write Speeds

BD-R
6X
BD-R (dual layer)
4X
BD-RE
2X
BD-RE (dual layer)
2X
DVD-R
8X
DVD+R
8X
DVD-R DL
4X
DVD+R DL
4X
DVD-RAM
5X
DVD-RW
6X
DVD+RW
8X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
16X
M-Disc
4X

Reliability

Warranty
1 year OWC Warranty

Environment

Operating Temperature
5° C to 50° C
Non-Operating Temperature
-40° C to 65° C
Operating Humidity
5% to 90% R.H.
Non-Operating Humidity
5% to 95% R.H.

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

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. It is however, required to burn M-Discs.

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)

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 MRSSBDR6X UPC#: 794504765823

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.4 / 5 93 out of 101 (92%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: beckett_wjbeckett_bill
Rating: 5/5 Great external USB DVD player at a bargain price. April 27, 2021 Plug and play right out of the box, excellent Burner/Reader.

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Reviewer: cliffordoliver527
Rating: 4/5 So far so good. April 27, 2021 Not so keen on the double plugs nor the lack of instructions on how to use them. Other than that, so far so good with the workings and readings of this DVD Burner/Reader.

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Reviewer: BronzeBat
Rating: 2/5 Don't bother April 27, 2021 the device is flimsy and temperamental. I couldn't get it to work reliably every time. It's currently sitting on the shelf in my closet.

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Reviewer: CarefulTortoise-57113
Rating: 5/5 Works Well April 24, 2021 I bought this to transfer files from DVD disk to a drive and it performs well.

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Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Betty Location: Nebraska Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 Just what we needed September 17, 2020 I'm always satisfied with OWC. If I need to talk to a teck or order, they've always listened to any questions, had good information or just good products. Thia was no exception. Very happy with them.

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Reviewer: TheCoffeeUnderachiever Location: Pittsfield Township, MI Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Good at Reading Damaged Discs April 21, 2020 I bought this because my vintage 2008 Mac Pro's optical drive is no longer reliably reading some CDs and DVDs. I replaced it once years ago, but don't really want to replace it again because I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to keep the computer.

I have noticed that my PC laptops seem to do better at reading damaged or poorly manufactured discs. So I decided I'd spend a small amount on what is basically a laptop DVD drive in a case and see if it would work to read those bad discs.

I was a little put out to notice that it requires two USB ports, but that's a pretty minor inconvenience, since my Mac Pro has two on the front panel.

The drive actually worked just like I was hoping it would - with this drive I was able to read several DVDs that my internal optical drive just gives up on and spits out. I could then copy everything from those discs without errors. That's just what I hoped for!

However, just as some other customers have pointed out, the drive won't close! The case around the drive interferes with the drawer mechanism sliding back in. I have to use something like a thin plastic guitar pick and slide it between the drawer and the case to flex the case enough to allow the drawer to close.

I can't be too upset because it was inexpensive, and does exactly what I purchased it to do. So I don't want to return it. So my advice: buy it and keep it in your laptop bag or on a shelf if you are only planning to use it occasionally. If you need a drive to use daily, spend a little more on a different model.

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Reviewer: BasilFawlty Location: East Mountains, New Mexico Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Churnin' and Burnin' for 6 years! December 15, 2019 This may not be the fastest, most high-speed BluRay player/burner out there, but it has served me well for 6 years, I use it for playing regular DVDs and occasional BluRays, but as for burning, I mostly just burn DVDs with it. For my use case it is perfect, The fact it is only USB 2 has never been an issue for my purposes, but I suppose if I was burning BluRay it might be an issue.

My son needs a BluRay player for Christmas and, since he only has USB 2.0 on his computer, this is perfect for him. I'm about to buy one for him for a Christmas gift.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: MikeDelighted Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 3/5 Drawer hard to close and uses 2 USB ports November 7, 2019 I bought this drive as an 'open box' under a different SKU, so if my review shows as 'not verified' that's why. As another reviewer noted this line of drives is VERY hard to close. Really have to 'slam' it closed or it just doesn't catch. As that reviewer mentioned, it is really seems too hard to close and not really acceptable (have to use one hand to hold the drive and the other to give the drawer a shove closed). Further, as noted in that other review the product description does NOT mention that you will need 2 USB ports for this thing (I assume one port is data transfer and the other to power the drive). If you have a 2018 or newer MacBook Pro with only USB C ports this will mean having at least 2, USB C to USB A adapters (and of course, regardless of computer, 2 open USB ports); while I understand why the two ports are needed, OWC NEEDS TO UPDATE THEIR PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS FOR THIS LINE OF DRIVES TO MAKE THIS POINT CLEAR. Having said all that, I have been very happy with all of my other purchases from MacSales/OWC, especially the upgrade kits. And, this drive does rip a CD into iTunes quickly, even with bit checking turned on. So, it does what it is supposed to do in that regard, is a lot cheaper than an Apple Superdrive (which, as of Nov 2019, STILL doesn't have a USB C connection, AND Apple doesn't provide the USB C to USB A adapter at more than twice the price of this drive). So, there's that. If price is your #1 concern, and like me--and the other reviewer I mentioned--you won't be using this drive often, then buy it anyway, just be aware of the bugaboos with this drive.

This review is from OWC Slim Portable Bus-Powered USB External 8X DVD DL+CD Burner/Reader.

Response from OWC, Call Center November 8, 2019 Hello. I'm very sorry to hear about the issues with the OWC Slim Optical Drive. We are working on some of the issues with the door closing and our current shipping models are working better. We do also plan to redesign this to completely eliminate the issues. As for the two USB ports, we do have a note under the specifications that mentions two ports may be required and do apologize if that was not clear. Not all computers will require both ports, and would depend on the specific USB port in use and how much power that can provide. Please feel free to contact us at https://www.owcdigital.com/support or 800-275-4576 if you need any assistance!
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: LongTimeMac Location: Central Virginia Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 2/5 Just too hard to close June 25, 2019 Others have mentioned how hard it is to close the tray but not penalized in the rating. Maybe mine is worse than others, but it's just too hard to be acceptable. I was going to send it back, but since I would have to pay shipping and since I won't actually use it very often I've decided to keep it.

Also I didn't realize until it came that it ties up two USB ports. I assume that's to power the unit, but other units are powered through a single port so not sure I understand.

OWC has provided impeccable service through the years. This is my first disappointment, a minor one in the scheme of things.

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Reviewer: 47adrian47 Location: Crestline, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Still need a DVD drive. November 3, 2018 This portable DVD does exactly what I need it to. I am able to load programs from DVD's on my Macbook Air. Also use it on Windows laptops at work for watching DVD videos. Sometimes the tray "sticks" with the enclosure, but a paperclip fixes it. One warning, it needs 2 available USB ports to run.

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Reviewer: jjennings089 Location: Seattle Wa Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Perfect CD/DVD September 24, 2018 My wife rips a ton of cd's. She barrows audio books from the Library rips them and listens to them on her iPhone in traffic. I would be poor if she had Audible. Anyway our past work horse CD drive died. This one seems just as good my only complaint is if you not careful pulling the CD out you can scratch the surface. I made a few playlist CD's for my old car and scratched them all till I figured what is the best angel to remove them. All IN all 5 stars. Would buy again.

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Reviewer: Simba11 Location: Israel Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 very good April 24, 2018 very good product

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Reviewer: scoootertramp Location: Oregon Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Plug and Play April 17, 2018 I ordered this and received it within two weeks , it was literally a plug and play . I was watching my favorite video within ten minutes of un boxing it. like the other reviews the door was picky about how it was closed , but once I got a handle on that I was off and watching videos. :-{). .I have already recommended this to others . loved it.

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Reviewer: GaryA Location: Western CO Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 A good addition to my mini-Mac February 14, 2018 I purchased this so I’d have the function of loading to my Mac Mini directly as well as make complete backups for my photos. I have used it so far only to copy music from an album to my computer.

As previous reviews stat, it is somewhat hard to get the tray to close securely, at least the first few times. For the price, I believe this was a good solution to my problem.

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Reviewer: MarcoFusilli Location: Delmar, NY Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Good Value February 13, 2018 I have only used this DVD-Cd reader/writer foe a few days. To date the unit operates well, although the burning speed for CD's is somewhat slower than I expected. A caveat here on the speed of the cd burner. I have only burned a few cd's so it might be the cd itself. The door closes with a bit of prompting.

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Reviewer: Beatseverything Location: Kansas Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Great customer service, quality could be improved February 2, 2018 I was pleased with this company's customer service in that I got it very promptly and with very little hassle. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the quality of the product. It does work, I just had a little trouble with the tray not going in smoothly. Since it works, I didn't go through the hassle of trying to get a replacement since I didn't know if that was just the nature of the beast.

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Reviewer: StymieD
Rating: 5/5 3 Years and Still Going Strong January 30, 2018 Works great. As the title says, I've had this little device for over three years and it's still going strong.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: SoCalMike Location: San Bernardino, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This is a great optical drive October 24, 2017 The drive is quick and BlueRay compatible (just not for Mac's). It works quietly and and reads everything.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Slim USB 2.0 Portable Slot-Loading 6X Blu-ray + DVDRW/CDRW External Bus-Powered Solution.

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Reviewer: Betty Location: Nebraska Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good product October 19, 2017 I needed another CD/DVD drive on an older machine. Works great

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Reviewer: NewMacGuy Location: Evanston, IL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 Good Drive Option October 2, 2017 I purchased this drive for my iMac instead of the apple drive. I liked it because it gave me the Blu-ray option at a price less than the apple drive. It has worked flawlessly since I purchased over a year ago.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: donInPittsburgh Location: Pittsburgh Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fast and reliable August 11, 2017 I tried—and returned—a popular Pioneer drive that gets a lot of love so that I could encode some of my Blu-rays. . It mounted... some of the time. It wasn’t worth the hassle of connecting and reconnecting it to get it to work. So I decided to try this presumably more-Mac-friendly drive and have been very pleased. It mounts every time, is (relatively) quiet, and hasn’t failed me yet.

Don’t let the USB2 connector worry you; I don’t notice it to be slower than the USB3 on the Pioneer—I believe the speed specs are, in fact, identical.

Don’t expect Apple or LaCie-level industrial design... this is bare bones. Of course, the Pioneer wasn’t much better looking, to be honest..

Highly recommended if you just want to read Blu-ray disks anddon’t need BD writing.

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Reviewer: MacBob Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic! July 12, 2017 This works beautifully. Connected and recognized by my macbook pro right out of the box. Be advised that it takes up 2 USB ports, one for data and one for power.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Enkelkind Location: Tasmania, Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 A reliable performer July 2, 2017 Bus-powered so there are no power cables to worry about. Its read-speed for CDs is not high, of course, so I use another drive for that, but whenever there is a CD that my other drive can't read or recognise, this unit can always do it. Lovely small form factor, nice case design, good for portability.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC Slim USB 2.0 Portable Blu-Ray 6X + DVDRW/CDRW External Bus-Powered Solution *Open Box*.

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Reviewer: TRUCHELI Location: FLORIDA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very slim and light June 26, 2017 very happy, will be nice if it comes with a power supply so you don't have to use 2 USB ports. It burned a DVD brand that my other burner wouldn't thanks OWC for the extra free software (Data Backup 3)

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Reviewer: Melaure Location: Lyon, France Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Excellent drive but lacks USB3 or TB for some high data rates BR June 7, 2017 Hi,

I use this drive for many years with my 27" iMac (personal use, not pro use), and are satisfied with the drive itself. The enclosure seems light (maybe too light and fragile), but is nice.

The trouble is that USB 2 can be saturated with some Blu Ray with high rate/low compression movies, and movie lags a lot (like Gladiator). Happilly I have an external Firewire 800 BR burner (OWC enclosure, unfortunately not available anymore ...) with a Pionner BDR-209DBK. With Firewire 800, no problem at all !

So it would be nice to have a new product with USB3+TB, to overcome the saturation problem.

Sincerely,

Gilles

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OWC Slim Mfr P/N: MRSSBDR6X OWC SKU: OWCMRSSBDR6X External 6X Blu-ray & CD/DVD Burner 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Pending Only $119.99OWC Price $99.00
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