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OWC Mercury Pro 10x Blu-ray LG Super Multi Blue External Optical Solution

OWC Mercury Pro Removable DVD+/-RW Drive

" ... One of the More Affordable External Blu-ray Drives
on the Block." -PC Magazine


OWC Mercury Pro 10x Blu-ray LG Super Multi Blue External Optical Solution

Read, write, & label your Blu-ray, DVD, and CD media with this all-in-one easy to use solution.

The next generation of storage technology. Upgrade your system with an external Blu-ray burner!

With the OWC Mercury Pro 10x Blu-ray LG Super Multi Blue External Optical Solution you can archive massive amounts of data (up to 50GB per disc!), and start creating DVDs using your own family and friends as the stars!

The Super Multi Blue supports BluRay Disc burning at speeds up to 10x, DVD burning at 16x and up to 48x burning for CDs! You can store up to 50GB on a single disc, faster than ever!

  • 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.
  • Has everything you will need to get up and burning with ease! Offering true Plug & Play, it's never been easier to get started creating your own DVDs.
  • Four interface types! FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA! With so many interface choices, it's compatible with virtually any system!
  • Includes two 25GB pieces of retail Panasonic write-once media.

It doesn't even stop there. Once all your burning has been done, the Super Multi Blue's LightScribe technology means you can print custom labels right onto the disc, without inconvenient and clumsy adhesive labels. Simply burn the data to a LightScribe disc, flip the disc over, place it back in the drive, and "burn" the label on the other side.

Blu-ray Burning On Macs Now Made Easy!
Read our How-To here.


Awards & Quotes
American Photo 2007 Award"OWC Mercury Blu-ray External
While hard drives are cheap these days, serious shooters often back up image files to recordable DVDs because they're less vulnerable to physical damage and can be easily stored in multiple locations. The capacity of these disks is limited to 8GB, however. Enter the Blu-ray format, which squeezes up to six times the data on the same size disc. Blu-ray disks are relatively expensive -- about $17 for a 25GB single-layer and $35 for 50GB dual-layer -- but prices are likely to fall when the new format's high-density rival, High-Definition DVD (HD DVD), offers writable disks. (HD DVD is currently limited to read-only movies.)"
Click here to read the entire article.

Get ready to be creative, the possibilities are endless with the OWC Mercury Pro!

The OWC Mercury Pro drive is fully compatible with all of the applications you want it to work with.
The OWC Mercury Pro has been tested and works with:

Apple iDVD*
Apple iTunes*
Apple DiscBurner*
Roxio Toast

*Apple software currently does not support Blu-ray drives, but the DVD and CD burning/reading portions of the OS do function. It is expected a future release of the OS will add Blu-ray support and the ability to display HD Blu-ray video.


OWC Mercury Pro 10x Blu-ray External Product Specifications:
Chipset: Oxford 934DSB
  • FireWire 800 (1394b) - 2 Ports
  • FireWire 400 (1394a) - 1 Port
  • eSATA - 1 Port
  • USB 2.0 (1.1 Backwards Compatible) - 1 Port
Format: External
Mechanism: LG Electronics Super Multi Blue 10x SATA Blu-ray Recordable Drive with LightScribe functionality
Buffer: 2MB
Write Speed:
  • BD-R (SL/DL): 10x Max
  • BD-R (SL L to H): 2x Max
  • BD-RE (SL/DL): 2x Max
  • DVD+R: 16x Max
  • DVD+R (DL): 8x Max
  • DVD+RW: 8x Max
  • DVD-R: 16x Max
  • DVD-R (DL): 8x Max
  • DVD-RW: 6x Max
  • DVD-RAM: 12x Max
  • CD-R: 48x Max
  • CD-RW: 24x Max
Read Speed:
  • BD-R (SL/DL): 10x Max
  • BD-R (SL L to H): 4x Max
  • BD-RE (SL/DL): 2x Max
  • BD-ROM (SL/DL): 8x Max
  • DVD+R: 16x Max
  • DVD+R (DL): 8x Max
  • DVD+RW: 10x Max
  • DVD-R: 16x Max
  • DVD-R (DL): 8x Max
  • DVD-RW: 10x Max
  • DVD-ROM: 16x Max
  • DVD-ROM (DL): 12x Max
  • DVD-RAM: 5x Max
  • CD-ROM: 48x Max
  • CD-R: 48x Max
  • CD-RW: 40x Max
Data Capacity:
  • 50GB BD-R (Double Layer)
  • 25GB BD-R (Single Layer)
  • 8.5GB (Double Layer DVD+/-R DL Disc, General Use)
  • 4.7GB (DVD General Use)
  • 700 MB (79 min. disk)
  • 650 MB (74 min. disk)
  • 550MB (63 min. disk)
Lightscribe Note: LightScribe requires USB interface (FireWire not supported) and Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Loading Mechanism: Tray
Supported Formats:
  • BD-ROM (SL/DL)
  • BD-RE (SL/DL)
  • BD-R (SL/DL)
  • DVD-R (SL/DL)
  • DVD-RW
  • DVD+R (SL/DL)
  • DVD+RW
  • 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
Recording Modes:
  • Disc-at-Once
  • Session-at-Once
  • Track-at-Once
  • Packet Writing (variable and fixed)
  • Multi-Session
Sustained Data Transfer Rate:
  • BD-ROM: 287.72 Mbits/s (10x max.)
  • DVD-ROM: 22.16 Mbytes/s (16x max.)
  • CD-ROM: 7,200 Kbytes/s (48x max.)
Average Access Time:
  • BD-ROM: 180 msec (Typical)
  • DVD-ROM: 160 msec (Typical)
  • DVD-RAM: 180 msec (Typical)
  • CD-ROM: 150 msec (Typical)
OWC has tested and qualified the following cards for use with the eSATA interface port on your OWC Mercury Pro Optical Solution:
eSATA Extender Cables for Mac Pro  
Newer Technology eSATA Extender Cable Adapter for Mac Pro (NWTMPQXES2) PRICE: $5.88
SHIPS: Same Day
PCIe (PCI Express) for Desktops and Towers  
Sonnet Technology Tempo SATA E2P Serial ATA Host Adapter Card (STITSATAIIE2P) PRICE: $19.00
SHIPS: Sold Out
NewerTech MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card (NWTMXPCIE6GS2) PRICE: $39.99
SHIPS: Sold Out
Firmtek Seritek/2SE2-E PCI Express (PCIe) Serial ATA Adapter (FTKSATA2SE2E) PRICE: $99.00
SHIPS: 24-48 hrs
DAT Optic PCIe 8x 4 Channel eSATA host adapter (DOIESATAPCIE8) PRICE: $157.99
SHIPS: Sold Out
Apple iTunes Support
Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther":
This drive fully supports burning using Apple iTunes when PatchBurn 3 (available here) is used. Installation is a simple one-click process.
Apple DiscBurner Support
Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther":
This drive fully supports burning using Apple DiscBurner when PatchBurn 3 (available here) is used. Installation is a simple one-click process.
Mac OS 9 Notes: This drive is not supported under Mac OS 9 or earlier.
Operating System:
  • Macintosh
    • FireWire Interface and OS X 10.3 or above
    • USB 2.0 Interface and OS X (any version)
  • PC
    • FireWire Interface and Windows XP SP2 or later.
    • USB 2.0 Interface and Windows XP SP2 or later.
  • Linux
    • Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.
Installation: Horizontal
Case Dimensions: 10.5"(D) x 7.5"(W) x 2.5"(H)
266.7mm x 190.5mm x 63.5mm
Warranty: 1 Year OWC Warranty

Rear View

This Solution Includes:
  • OWC Mercury Pro (LG Electronics Super Multi Blue) FireWire / USB / eSATA Combo Drive
  • Power Cable
  • FireWire 800 (1394b) 9 pin - 9 pin Connecting Cable - 3'
  • FireWire 400 (1394a) 6 pin - 6 pin Connecting Cable - 3'
  • eSATA connecting cable - 3'
  • USB A-B Connecting Cable - 3'

Brand may differ from pictured
  • Two Pieces 25GB BD-R 4x Write-Once Media