Got that sleek new laptop that’s missing an optical drive? Or maybe you just need to add Blu-ray writing? The Pawtec UltraSlim External USB 3.0 Slot-Loading BDXL 3D Blu-Ray Writer may be just the thing you need.
- USB 3.0 Plug and Play – Works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and MAC OS X
- Ability to read and write CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs
- Constructed with industry-leading slot loading Blu-Ray writer
- Watch 3D Blu-ray movie discs (Proper setup such as 3D TV/monitor and glasses is required to utilize 3D)
- Sleek durable silver top ABS and polycarbonate plastic finish that does not dent or bend with an aluminum slip resistant bottom
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches ; 11 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- 24x CDR
- 16x CDRW
- 8x DVD-R
- 8x DVD+R
- 6x DVD-RW
- 8x DVD+RW
- 6x DVD-R DL
- 4x DVD+R DL
- 5x DVD-RAM
- 6x BD-R Single & Dual Layer
- 4x BD-R Triple & Quad Layer
- 2x BD-RE Single, Dual, & Triple Layer
- XL BD-RE Quad Layer
- 6x BD-ROM (Blu-ray Read)
- 24x CD
- 8x DVD
- 5x DVD-RAM
The Pawtec drive comes in a simple, fully-recyclable package that’s not much bigger than the drive itself.
Sharp-eyed readers will notice: “Wait, that looks exactly like Apple’s USB Superdrive!” And you would be right. Behold, the Pawtec! I mean, the Apple Superdrive! I mean… You can tell which is which from the bottom, and the small Pawtec logo on the side.
The Pawtec is close behind at 10.4 ounces. Although the Pawtec’s silver exterior is plastic (Apple’s is aluminum), they both feel very close in weight in the hand.
Another difference is the USB interface. The Pawtec uses the speedier USB 3.0 spec, and it is 2.0 compatible. No USB 3.0 on the Apple drive.
The Pawtec worked exactly like its Apple lookalike, with the exception of having Blu-ray and 3D abilities, of course. I do not have anything with 3D so I didn’t test this.
If you want a sleek, slot-loading external USB, which do you choose? Well, if you have to have aluminum, get the Apple USB Superdrive. It’s cheaper ($79) vs. the Pawtec ($179). However, it may not work on Apple laptops that already have an optical drive built in.
The Pawtec works on both Mac and PC, plus features Blu-ray read/write, 3D capabilities (if you have the other equipment required to watch it), and comes with a USB 3.0 interface. It also comes in black, if you prefer. It’s more expensive than the Apple, but it’s definitely more flexible.