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Pioneer - 8x External USB 3.0 Quad-Layer Blu-ray Disc DL DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive - Silver

This Pioneer BDR-XD05S external drive allows you to archive up to 128GB of data on BD-R QL media and up to 100GB of data on BD-R TL media, plus supports DVD and CD formats, so you can burn your favorite movies and music to discs.

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    What's Included

    • Pioneer 8x External USB 3.0 Quad-Layer Blu-ray Disc DL DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (903 out of 986)


    Multiformat support


    PowerRead technology

    Skips past unreadable areas on a disc for steady playback. PureRead2+ technology helps the drive reread obscured data to extract audio accurately.

    Auto quiet mode

    Adjusts rotation speed automatically to minimize operational noise during audio and movie playback.

    Archive up to 128GB of data on BD-R QL media

    Plus up to 100GB of data on BD-R TL media for flexible burning options.

    Fast write, rewrite and read speeds

    With 2x maximum BD-RE XL TL, BD-RE DL and BD-RE write speeds, 4x maximum BD-R XL QL and BD-R XL TL write speeds and 6x maximum BD-R DL, BD-R LTH and BD-R write speeds.

    6x maximum BD-ROM DL read speed

    Plus 6x maximum BD-ROM read speed.

    6x maximum DVD±R DL write speeds

    Along with 8x maximum DVD±R write speeds for rapid disc creation.

    8x maximum DVD+RW write speed

    With 6x DVD-RW maximum write speed, so you can quickly archive media.

    8x maximum DVD-ROM DL and DVD-ROM read speeds

    Ensure fast operation.

    5x maximum DVD-RAM write speed

    For fast disc burning.

    Quick writing and rewriting

    With 24x maximum CD-R write and CD-RW write speeds.

    24x maximum CD-ROM read speed

    Offers fast access to data.

    4MB buffer and buffer underrun protection

    Help eliminate errors for smooth disc burns.

    USB 3.0 interface

    Delivers rapid data transfer and wide-ranging compatibility with Mac and PC systems.

    Slim, lightweight design

    Measures just 0.6" thin for simple transport.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 986 reviews

    would recommend to a friend



    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Good Drive with Some Problems

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This could be an excellent drive. When it's working, It does everything it is advertised to do and does it well. BUT -- as some have already noted, it doesn't come with any software. You could spend as much as $100 for a Blu Ray s/w package. I already had Nero, but there is definitely an incompatibility between the drive, Nero, and my Dell XPS 12 video card. The drive crashes or won't detect the Blu Ray disc. I've worked with Nero and they say it's my video card. Well, that's not the case. The drive works flawlessly with CyberLink. Still, Nero's pretty mainstream, so the drive won't work with it, and that's a problem. That problem could be Pioneer's, Nero's, or Dell's, but it is still a problem. That said, Nero works fine with DVDs. Just Blu-Rays are a problem. But that's the reason I bought a Blu Ray drive, so it's kind of a showstopper.The bigger problem is that there was no software with the drive. Which I don't understand because I purchased it's sibling, the BDR-XD05B and it came with the complete CyberLink suite. It works flawlessly with my Dell XPS 12. I have now seen this drive (the BDR-XD05S) is made for Apple computers. But it also says it works with Windows, so I bought it. Nowhere does Pioneer or Best Buy say "Apple Only", so one would assume that it would work fine. It didn't. As an aside, I gave it to my son who has a new Dell XPS 15 (Dec. 14) and he doesn't have any problems with it. He doesn't have Nero (bought Cyberlink) so I have no idea if the problem doesn't exist with the XPS 15 video card, etc. But so far it is working fine. There's one other issue. USB 3.0 Wi-Fi interference. When using the drive, my 100 mps + Wi-Fi signal goes to 5 - 10 mps. Unplug the drive, it goes back up. Can't prove it's the drive, but that's what it looks like to me. BTW, the same thing happens with the other Pioneer drive. So, you're not going to be surfing the net while burning a CD. Is that specific to my XPS 12 and somehow related to my Wi-Fi card? Don't have any idea. It's the only USB 3.0 laptop I have so I have nothing to compare it to. So, with the right software, the drive works well. Ironically, I would have probably given the drive 5 stars if they had included the same Cyberlink S/W package Pioneer included in the BDR-XD05B. I probably would never have even found out about the Nero incompatibility. But if you are going to force the consumer to go out an buy s/w to even use the hardware, you ought to test it with the major players on the market and try and resolve any incompatibilities. I definitely consider Dell and Nero major players, so given this, and the Wi-Fi interference, I wouldn't recommend it.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Needed USB Hub to use

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Purchased quickly, on the (dragon) fly, with new MacBook Pro Laptop, missing DVD/CD drive. Haven't used much, however playback worked excellent, except being noticeably noisy during loading portion, before movies. Included instruction manual doesn’t picture or (by the numbers) explain the onscreen control panel for the player. And on-screen dashboard, doesn't clearly Label an "Eject" function. (It's in upper right of the rectangular dashboard: the top corner "Pointing Down" arrow). Huh? Now that I know what to look for, on-screen, remotely ejects discs perfectly. To be fair, probably explained in Pioneer's online owner's manuals website. Why it's not with the comprehensive box instructions/specs baffles me. BUT BE CAREFUL, before leaving store. If your laptop does not have TWO 3.0 USB ports side by side, (MacBook Pro has one USB each side.) then this player REQUIRES you buying a USB hub because the supplied cable setup OBVIOUSLY WAY too short: 3 inches. No kidding. I measured. (Reminiscent of buying printer and then finding out it doesn't come supplied with correct cable, only power cord.) Went back to BestBuy. Then when home AGAIN from BestBuy, after buying USB Hub, the manual reads: "Connecting this unit through a USB hub or using unspecified cables may not guarantee proper operation." Awesome! Outside of box omits important detail. This Pioneer says it's powered best and works optimally with 2 USB 3.0 ports... and of course... the manual, INSIDE THE BOX, let's you know you're computer might not be powerful enough "if you have lesser USB ports".... so you will need to "connect an AC adapter (NOT INCLUDED) using a wall outlet. Pioneer just happens to have some of those. Probably would have purchased external Apple drive if it handled Blu-ray. (Because Hey, Retina Display, why not Blu-ray?) Before reviewing above Pioneer player, I reviewed MacBook Pro for BestBuy and made an error. AudioQuest Dragonfly DAC devices are for enhancing headphones, and not speakers. Sorry. Okay, reviewed this Pioneer as Average because overall, if you're the kind of shopper who opens the box before buying stuff and reads the instructions first, all of them, diligently-- You got this. Unfortunately my shirt reads "Tech Blunder" not "Tech Wonder". My pet saying: "Plug and play, all the way". Not fond of complicated. Must admit, the whole review been calling this a Pioneer Player, when outside of the box boldly states: Pioneer Blu-ray BURNER. Own Pioneer A/V Receiver. Really respect Pioneer (Elite) brand. One of my favorites, and exactly why I didn't even bother researching BestBuy review site, before buying Pioneer product. Excellent playback (5 stars) minus poor instructions (2 stars) equals 3 stars overall. Even with tech info setback, and being forced to buy USB Hub accessory, I'm hoping to enjoy another Pioneer for many years.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Great item, when it works...

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this last year because my Apple SuperDrive doesn't play Blu Rays. This Pioneer Drive played everything I tried, even some majorly scratched up DVDs & CDs. I couldn't have been happier. Until about a month after I purchased it. Then it would just stop working while it was being used. The light would go out, clueing me to the fact that the connection was failing. I checked my USB Port and that wasn't the problem. So I connected it to another laptop and it continued to do it. I called Best Buy and all they told me was that I needed to call Pioneer. I took it in, and I showed them what it was doing, so they took it to their Geek Squad office and brought it back out five mins later, telling me that there's nothing wrong with it, when I'd just showed them what it was doing. So I went ahead and called Pioneer, who told me that I'd need to send it to them at my cost, and if they couldn't find anything wrong with it, then they'd send it back, again at my cost. It would only take about two months. So I gave up. It's really too bad because I really liked this unit. Now I'm looking for another one to replace this one. It's pretty bad when my friend's $30 Blu Ray Drive is still working flawlessly after two years of heavy use, and I couldn't get this one to last a month.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great DVD/Blu Ray drive

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Overall, this is a great device. It's quiet, fast, and reads DVD's and Blu-ray discs perfectly. There's only two reasons I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5: 1. The cord is way too short. Seriously, a 12" cord is almost useless. I bought this for my desktop computer - luckily, I literally keep my PC on top of my desk, and the cord is barely long enough to reach from the USB port to the desk. 2. The drive requires TWO USB ports to work properly - one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. Computers these days are short on USB ports the way it is, and I was planning to use this as a semi-permanent addition to my computer. However, since it hogs two USB ports, I'll have to disconnect it occasionally as I need to use other accessories. Other than that, I've had no problems with it whatsoever. I use it to rip DVD's and Blu-ray discs to my hard drive, I've got almost 20 hours straight of continuous use at full speed out of it so far and it hasn't skipped a beat. For those who rated this drive 1 star because software isn't included - it says on the box that software isn't included, don't blame the drive because you didn't read the package. This is an excellent Blu-ray/DVD drive, but finding software to play Blu-ray movies is your responsibility -- not Pioneer's.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      So far, so good

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

      It does not come with software for playing Blu-Ray movies and Microsoft does not offer any software for doing so either. So, if you want to use this to watch Blu-Ray movies, you'll have to find a program from a company like CyberLink. That said, the drive reads data off of Blu-Ray discs just fine and transfers data quite fast. I have not tried the burn functions yet though since I don't have any blank discs. CDs play perfectly in Windows Media Player. I was also able to watch a DVD using VLC Player. It acted a bit strangely, but it worked. I imagine I would have fewer issues if I used the official Microsoft DVD player app, but that's $15 I'd rather not spend when I already have plenty of other devices that can play DVDs. In any case, the drive seems to read all the major kinds of disc formats without any issues. It's a great solution to the fact that my computer didn't come with a disc drive. Buy this drive if you want to be able to transfer data to/from Blu-Ray discs. If you want to watch movies, it's probably cheaper to just buy a standalone Blu-Ray player. And if you don't care about Blu-Rays (maybe you only need a drive for ripping CDs), there are much cheaper external drives than this one. The physical build quality of the drive feels about on par with a laptop disc drive. You hit the "Open" button and the lid unlocks. You then need to use a bit of force to attach the disc to the spindle and snap it into place. To remove the disc though, you basically have to pry it off. I'm not a fan of this design. I would have preferred an eject button of some kind, but I guess it's not a big deal. Also, because the lid only opens about 45 degrees, it can sometimes be hard to get your hand in there to pry the disc out. I'm getting used to it, but yeah, it could be better. Also, the "open" button isn't connected to a physical mechanism, so if the drive isn't connected to your PC, you can't get it open. So, don't forget to take your disc out before disconnecting the drive or turning off your PC. Overall, this drive seems to function as I need it to, at least for now. I will be putting it through its paces soon enough.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Overall good product.

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

      The Pioneer BDR-XD05S external drive does a good job for what it is, an external blue ray player. However, if you own a MAC, you will have to do some research and find the correct drivers to make it work. I tried two, one from Pioneer and one from Apple. Mac Pioneer Drive U for me, did not work on our MAC. We have the 27 inch MAC, running El Capitan. However, I did find free mac blu ray player in the Apple store and that driver DID work! Before finding the free mac blu ray player app, I was considering taking the unit back to Best Buy and letting them know that it did not work with MAC OS X El Capitan. But, fortunatly it idid work with the correct drivers. I don't know why MAC does not include a blu ray player or blu ray app for MAC preinstalled on the MAC. This IS 2017 after all! And if you want to put software on your computer, be it PC or MAC, the software on a disk, will likely be via blu ray. Not everyone wants to take the time and eat up the resources to download a large program. Overall, with a little patients and research, I would recommend this product. It works well. It's quite, and convenient. The only downside, is that it does not play 5 K. So, the picture quality of a blu ray movie won't look as good on your 5 K resolution MAC or PC. But, as stated before, if you need to load software from blu ray, or burn a blue ray, this is a good option for you. And it's under a hundred $$!!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works (for the most part) on Linux

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Purchased this because I wanted an optical drive for my laptop that lacks such a drive and this seemed to be the best choice for bluray and DVD. Can't speak for the disc burning function as I've not used it for that yet. Overall it serves my intended purpose: watching DVD/BD movies. Things of note: - This item is ONLY the drive itself. You will need to obtain the proper libs/software to get any sort of playback or disc burning functionality. Even so, you may find some BD unplayable as is the nature of the beast with Linux and bluray. - I did not update firmware for the drive, only used the playback libs/software. - Has a port for 5V DC if you have need of external power for this device, however, cables for this are not included. Only a USB3.0/2.0 cable is included in the box, which is generally how this drive is powered. - It does have a (small) manual switch on the bottom of the unit to open the drive, in case you unplugged before removing the disc. - I find the drive is fairly warm to the touch during use. - Used with Void GNU/Linux and Artix Linux on LTS kernel 4.14.44+ Good luck and enjoy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Addition

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I recently purchased a top of the line laptop that had no optical drive so I made this purchase to go with it. In many ways this is a much better way to go as there is less weight, the drive is easily replaceable, it is less expensive than built in Blu-ray (not an option for me anyway on my laptop). The big trend is to move away from optical drives but Blu-ray is a fantastic backup medium because of the capacity so I was glad I found this drive. It wont get used a lot, perhaps the reason for the trend. I have used it a couple of times to do a backup (the laptop has a critical function so I needed a couple of backups) and I used this drive to store that backup. It was quite fast, in fact it exceeded my expectations. Reliability. I have not had it long enough but I do trust Pioneer to make a great product. It will be put away most of the time so I expect it will not take any bumps or rough handling. Another advantage of an external drive. So I expect it to last a long time. Price value. I know even today there are laptops that have the option of adding optical, usually not too expensive for DVD-R but Blu-ray can be quite expensive. This drive was not expensive so it makes a way more affordable option. I would definitely recommend this product and I would make this purchase again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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