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LG - 8x External USB 2.0 Blu-ray Disc Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Disc Rewriter - Black

Easily and quickly record up to 100GB of data with this LG BP50NB40 8x external USB 2.0 Blu-ray Disc rewriter that features 6x maximum BD-R and 2x BD-RE write speeds to help you rapidly complete your tasks.

Tablet, laptop
$99.99

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • LG 8x External USB 2.0 Blu-ray Disc Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Disc Rewriter
    • USB cable
    • Blu-ray Drive Install Disc for Windows

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1897 out of 2071)

    Features


    Multiformat support

    For BD-R/RE/R TL/ROM, DVD±RW/±R/±R DL, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM and CD-R/RW/ROM for versatile use.

    Records up to 100GB of data

    Onto a BDXL disc for efficient operation. M-DISC support ensures reliable data storage.

    Fast write, rewrite and read speeds

    6x maximum BD-R and 2x maximum BD-RE write speeds for rapid disc burning, erasing, rewriting new data and more. Up to 6x maximum BD-ROM read speed for fast operation.

    8x maximum DVD+RW rewrite speed

    6x maximum DVD-RW rewrite speed.

    5x maximum DVD-RAM write speed

    For fast disc burning.

    24x maximum CD-R write speed

    Offers quick disc burning.

    16x maximum CD-RW rewrite speed

    To erase discs and write new data to them quickly. Up to 24x maximum CD-ROM read speed for speedy operation.

    4MB cache buffer

    With Jamless Play technology helps eliminate errors for smooth disc burns and uninterrupted playback.

    USB 2.0 interface

    For fast, reliable use.

    250 ms BD-ROM access time

    200 ms for DVD-ROM and CD-ROM to assist you in finishing your tasks quickly.

    Play back recorded discs

    On most DVD players and DVD-ROM drives for wide-ranging compatibility options. The drive plays back 3D Blu-ray Discs.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 2071 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      BD-RE BP50NB40 review

      Posted
      Colly
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I got this drive (LG - 8x External USB 2.0 Blu-ray Disc Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Disc Rewriter - Black ) because I wanted something portable that I could use with either my desktop or laptop PC. The hardware works great. The software, by Cybermedia, also works as expected. However, I was disappointed to find that the PowerDVD player software is only licensed for ONE computer, which makes no sense to me when being sold with a portable USB drive. As a workaround, I use the Leawo free Blu-ray DVD player software, easily found on the internet. I've also read that VLC (VideoLan) can play blu-ray disks, but I found Leawo was easier to use for this. If you wish to backup your Blu-ray DVD's, I recommend MakeMKV (free, although always in beta, but the beta key is repeatedly made available). I have also found (free) Handbrake to be very useful, converting backed up blu-ray DVD info to mp4. The software that came with the drive was rather old. PowerDVD was version 12 and version 16 is out now. The Cybermedia software updates/upgrades were not free, but I feel they should have been since I had just bought the drive brand-new. Also, they should have been perhaps locked to my drive's serial number, but usable on both my desktop and laptop (2 PC's at least). I mostly paid to get the burning software upgrades, since this drive is also a writer, but I have not yet bought blu-ray blanks or tried burning anything to blu-ray DVD, so I can't say anything about how the burning works. I'm pretty sure it will, though. I highly recommend the drive. I would advise waiting to decide about paying for the software updates until after trying the free programs mentioned. Cybermedia needs to make portable software for portable drives and offer updates free at least up to the purchase date. Getting a brand-new drive packaged with 5 year old software and having to pay as much for updates as for the drive, was disappointing - especially after finding it only would run on one PC. I have no affiliation with any of the free software I mentioned. Backups are only legal for private use of DVD's you own and hold. Do not make illegal backups.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This exactly why I shop at Best Buy

      Posted
      TheGDfather
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I hate to say it but this is the reason I shop at best buy. If you want something new and crazy that nobody has and that you have to figure out on your own (even without the employee's knowing about it), best buy is it. I have always wanted something so i can figure it out. When hooking your computer to your tv hdmi wasn't very popular. I wanted to figure out how to do it. I had to be one of the first out of my friends to do it. Before all the apps to watch TV on your computer I was streaming TV through my computer through media center with a TV turner and graphics card bought from best buy. And I was just a poor college student. But I had a 15 inch Tv with recorded dvr programs from my windows media center. With two light scribe internal dvd drives that I bought straight from bestbuy. Now in 2017 I wanted to restart myself where I haven't been in 11 years. So I picked up this LG blu ray burner and software. I was really impressed with how cyberlink looked. I had cyberlink back in 2006 in my college years as well as nero. I loved nero much better. But I'm impressed with this version of cyber link. There are some issues with this blu ray player. First my computer is a 2008 hp. So I had to get a 500 watt power supply, amd 450 graphics card to handle these graphics. But once I play the blu ray, i hate the fact it won't let me use my mouse. Completely void of it. And yes i have an 80 dollar mouse bought from bestbuy. But it comes with a screen version of a mouse. When I'm about to start the movie after the box about the mouse comes on, another comes up saying that the graphics of my computer aren't supported by ratio so it wants to change it. I click no. Some reason when I click yes it slows down and doesn't work. So I click no. I could imagine why. But its annoying to even click that. And i have a 55 inch samsung TV 7100 series so i'm impressed with my TV. Once again it took a lot of things for this blu ray player to work on my computer that most people would not even have. I must say a good thing is the thing worked right away. Unlike the graphics card and other things, the software didn't give me a headache. If you want to watch blu rays on your computer this is it. I haven't hooked this up to a TV yet. So if you wanted to know about how that will work you have to read another review. I'm not sure if I'm more impressed with LG or best buy but either way if I need something advanced for my computer I can't go wrong with either.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Difficult to Install a d Other Issues

      Posted
      Spidey
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I had to return everything as the Geek Squad and the customer service worker could not figure out how to get it to play blu-ray movies after over 3 hours of working on it. I spent 4 hours on a Windows 7 laptop, a Window 8 laptop and a Window 10 laptop. I would like to thank the customer service worker with no name tag that spent his time helping me. He tried everything he could, and I appreciate it. I bought it the day before with the Lenovo idea pad laptop suggested by an employee in the computer area. I explained that my grandmother had a stroke and my twin brother, whose wedding she couldn't make it to, suggested I ask how to go about showing her the wedding video in blu-ray on a laptop since him and my sister in law wouldn't be able to visit her. So he, the Best Buy employee, said it would work as I made sure to ask before purchasing everything. Unfortunately it didn't. I was disappointed with the customer service of the Geek Squad employee the next day as he said that the only compensation that he could give me for all the wasted time, effort, choice made by the employee in the computer section the day before, having me stand for over 3 hours and all the stress and frustration of the ordeal with the laptop and external blu-ray drive was to let me return it. I didn't appreciate that since I could return it regardless since it was the next day. So I had both great and not so great customer service. It would have been nice if they could have found a laptop that the external blu-ray drive would've worked on and given me some sort of discount or even for example a $5 gift card to use in Best Buy as the store would still make money on whatever I would've purchased. I understand yet I don't as afterwards I went to Culver's. They forgot my burger and gave me a free pint of frozen custard for the mistake since I had to drive back to go get it. I think that this is a good example for all Best Buy employees to strive for since there was no fault on my part. Again the customer service employee was the best part of the experience. I would have liked the external blu-ray drive to work with the new Lenovo ideapad laptop like I was told. I ended up returning everything as I was told by Geek Squad that they didn't know if it was an issue with the external blu-ray drive or the laptop. So buyer beware if you purchase this item as it may not work as anticipated. If I can help save anyone from a similar experience then I am glad. I probably should have talked to a store manager, but there's no saying that he/she could have come up with a good customer service solution. So thanks for those who tried to help regardless of the outcome! I apologize if I said anything I shouldn't have, but context always helps in understanding the reason for my review.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Needs iPhone format support

      Posted
      jlo138

      So this little guy is super light weight and simple to use. You only need to have one USB port for it if you have a modern computer that pushes out more power, otherwise you'll need to plug in the other USB which is part of the "Y" it comes with. I didn't need it so one plug just lays there. I'd probably recommend using Velcro or similar and adhere the drive where you like it since it's so lightweight compared to others. So I just burned a DATA disc to a BD-R and I only had 11gb to use and it took about 13minutes to complete. Why a DATA disc you ask? Well the program by Cyberlink that this comes with (which is bundled with quite a bit if you ask me) does not recognize .MP4 from iPhones / iPad. I'm part of 5 YT channels in which I do quite a bit of video editing using both iDevices I have and the iMovie app. I store our content on an external HDD for backup purposes and hopefully one day (hoping that was today) I could burn the seasons onto a Blu-ray with menu etc. Well, it doesn't import that file type unfortunately for me but with modern Blu-ray players and even DVD, they still support reading burned DATA discs even when contained in folders. It's because the player can decode the file type where the program cannot. I'm testing our the DATA disc I burned just now and it plays fine with a few hiccups like short audio breakage (split second breaks). Which could be the audio format and my Blu-ray doesn't handle it perfectly. IDK. You browse the disc like a folder setup if your wondering. I even selected the option which doesn't finalize the disc so I can add more later. Hopefully this helps you. I also have Windows 10 Lenovo Laptop with 8gb ram, Core i5. The Blu-ray blanks were on clearance at OD for $9.99/15pk 25gb discs. BD-R.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great External DVD and Blu-ray Writer

      Posted
      pinkpower
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I use this mostly with a desktop Dell XPS 8300 i7 processor running Win 10 Pro that did not come with a blu-ray burner and a Microsoft Surface Pro (first generation) that does not come with a built-in DVD / blu-ray drive at all also now running Win 10 Pro. I have also used it to install Windows on laptops with broken drives and more. It really has come in handy. Note that this external LG DVD / blu-ray drive does require two USB ports. With the Surface Pro, I just use a Belkin USB 3.0 3-Port Hub with Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, Model B2B128, that was also purchased locally at Best Buy. This is not a slot drive, but a has a tray that comes out when a button is pressed on the front. This drive comes with older versions of Cyberlink's Power2Go, PowerDVD, PowerProducer (I prefer PowerDirector), and MediaShow. You can use these versions to upgrade to the newer version of software for less. I have used other video editing and burning software, and Cyberlink is my software of choice right now for these purposes, and I have other Cyberlink software too. PowerDVD is great for watching movies. Power2Go is great for utility type disc tasks and social media backup including preserving special memories others share online, which you can now burn to DVD or blu-ray. If you are wanting a portable DVD *and* blu-ray writer that is compatible with Windows and MAC, then take a look at this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Working great so far

      Posted
      southjerseygma
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I was a little concerned about this drive because I saw some negative reviews for it. I've put this drive through the paces, and I think it's a good product. I bought this for use with my new laptop which did not come with a built-in optical drive. I read some complaints about not being able to play DVD's or Blu-Rays. I installed the software onto my Windows 10 Pro laptop, and Blu-Rays do work. I haven't sat through a whole movie yet, but the discs that I've popped into this drive do load up and appear in the PowerDVD software bundled with the drive. I did not have to pay any extra fees. Maybe because I have Windows 10 Pro instead of Windows 10 Home? I also used the drive to install Linux on my laptop. In this case, I decided to put the drive through the paces of burning a DVD-R (yeah, I know, I could've used a USB stick, but there are advantages to keeping an optical disc on your shelf for emergency recovery). The bundled software burned the Linux ISO image files I downloaded to three discs without a hitch. Then Linux installed just fine from the completed discs. I think this drive does a fine job. I like that it doesn't need a dedicated power supply - it draws all the power it needs from the USB port. As other reviewers pointed out, it is a bit loud, but not much more so than any other optical disc drive. Hopefully this drive will ll last, but so far it hasn't let me down.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Slim Light Portable PC Blu-ray Player/Writer

      Posted
      LOVEWarrior777
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This LG Blu-ray Player/Writer for PC is Slimline, Light, Portable, sturdy. Take good care of it, handle it with care, buy a Geek Squad Protection, and you'll enjoy watching Blu-ray movies, DVD's, listen to CD's, and save your precious Data, Music, Videos, and Photos. Personally, I saved my complete Music Collection on only one 50 Gb Blu-ray Disc. I used 50 Gb Blu-ray bought at Best Buy, but you can also use other brands, recommended by manufacturer depending on the purpose. I personally used ones bought at Best Buy and my non-PC Blu-ray Player recognized it without errors and reproduced well on my HDTV. You can burn the equivalent of quite a bit more than 10 DVD's on a single 50 Gb Blu-ray Disc. Keep your Data Safe, and minimize space, using less Disc to back-up your data. You can also save your personal non-protected HD Videos using this LG wirter. Comes with Cyberlink PowerDVD 12 software for Windows. If you are a musician, or voiceover artist, with the appropriate equipment and software, you'll be able to record Hi-resolution Audio and then back it up on Blu-ray Discs. Most players will recognize discs being burned by this writer. It connects to your PC using 2 USB at the same time. Consult Geek Squad to see if it will work if your PC only comes with just one. They'll also tell you if it may be compatible with Apple MAC

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Will NOT play blu-ray movies after Win10 upgrade

      Posted
      TechGuy
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Wow, talk about identifying a Win10 issue too late! This external drive will play blu-ray movies on my laptop in Win7, but not after upgrading to Win10. Tried EVERYTHING! Tried all the available Win10 AMD 6620G drivers to no avail. Tried all the PowerDVD potential fixes to no avail. Spent hours and hours trying. The Win10 drivers work for my most demanding games, but not this blu-ray drive when trying to play blu-ray movies. Not sure of other functions. PowerDVD says my video card not sufficient, but same card works fine with the same PowerDVD software to play blu-ray movies in Win7. Plays blu-ray movies on my other very wimpy laptop with Win10 and its wimpy graphics card (it won't even come close to handling the same video as my HP DV6 Entertainment Laptop). Definitely an AMD / Win10 video driver issue. Thank goodness I kept my old hard drive with my Win7. Will be switching back to Win7. Maybe one day AMD & Win10 will work it out eventually, but not hopeful.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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