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LG - 8x External Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperMulti Blade Drive - Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2154 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well for the price

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    DanC
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    I recently purchased LG DVD/CD drive for work purposes due to the fact that materials sent to me often come in DVD form. Although, my work computer is still a dinosaur that has a built in DVD/CD drive, my personal computers does not. Finally, deciding that it would be more convienent to buy an external drive then always bringing my work laptop home, I began researching external drives. I wanted to balance performance with price and settled on the LG AP70NS50 double layer. I have to say it works very well so far with no issues. I plugged it into my MacBook Pro and it instantly responded as if it were a built in piece of hardware (a great benefit of macs). It’s quiet and thin making it easy to travel with. I also set it up for use with my wife’s surface pro as she occasionally has to watch training videos from work, which of course are on DVD. The software and set up was easy and so far it’s working great. I rarely give anything 5 stars, hence my rating, but this device proves well for the price. I would recommend this for anyone who needs the occasional DVD/CD external drive. Since, I do not use it daily, I can not speak for its longevity and it’s performance after continual use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Space Saver

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    JimT
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    My new desktop computer didn’t have a DVD drive; so, I purchased this unit. I really like it’s small size. I’ve had it a few weeks and it installed and functions without issues, as one would expect. The only thing I didn’t like is the vibration noise that occurred when the DVD drive was running on top of my computer. This noise was very annoying. This problem was solved by moveing it to the top of my desk. Maybe all DVD drives would vibrate when placed on my computer. Just something to be aware of if you plan to place this unit on a surface that is not solid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worked on 3 Macs right-out-of-the-box

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    ScottK
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    This drive was bought mostly as a replacement for (another) failed internal SuperDrive in my iMac, but also for a couple of MacBook Airs that lack optical drives. I knew that I'd have to do a workaround to get the SuperDrive to work with the iMac, because the standalone SuperDrive is designed only for Macs without an internal optical drive. As the summary states, this LG worked right-out-of-the-box. On my iMac it has to be plugged directly into the computer, not a hub — even a powered hub. First DVD burn went perfectly and played back perfectly on a BD player. I don't know about how durable it is (check other reviews), but the build quality seems on par with a genuine SuperDrive. Plus, I saved $15 over the SuperDrive on-sale. All-in-all I saved money and didn't have to do any workaround or file patching for it to work on my iMac, two big pluses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mac user--works perfectly

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    Lorraine
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    I think some Mac users were concerned that this wouldn't work for them. I have a new MacBook Pro Mojave laptop--it works perfectly with it. I'm downloading my CD collection to my new MacBook, and the only hiccup I've had was when a CD didn't eject. All I had to do was connect the dvd drive to my pc and use the eject button--no problem. No other issues. It doesn't overheat and it works very efficiently. You will need to find an adaptor for your Mac. I found one on Amazon with the USBC3 Thunderbolt port connection, and it has USB ports and a card reader attached to a small adaptor. I haven't tried using the card reader yet, but right now I'm mainly just focusing on getting my music added to iTunes. For Mac users, I don't see that you have to worry--it's perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice, quiet external player

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    Felixthemetalcat
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    Purchased this external dvd writer/cd player based on many helpful opinions read. It is practically silent, works flawlessly so far and is priced very fairly. It was very easy to be up and running in a few minutes and it also comes with a fair amount of software that I did download but am not positive of how often I may use it. In looking it over however that extra software appears to be useful instead of the usual Microsoft stuff that comes preloaded in everyone's pcs. I certainly would purchase this item again based on my experience to date and as long as it continues to work in the same flawless manner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great.

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    DonSoCal
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    I own multiple computers and had to replace my beloved multimedia desktop. Like many of the newer computers, this one did not have a DVD player/recorder. One of the latest Windows 10 updates wiped out my ability to play DVD's on my old computer. Thus this inexpensive DVD writer/player fit the bill. I can move it between my new notebook, another laptop, my desktop & my laptop. Majority of videos can be downloaded or streamed, but the ability to watch a DVD or install a new program from a disc (rather than downloaded) is terrific. It works perfectly & was inexpensive. To quote another commercial "Who could ask for anything more"? Love this product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Adequate external CD/DVD drive for laptop

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    bibli0phile
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    Seems like a good external CD/DVD drive for newer laptops which do not contain onboard CD/DVD drive. Information provided says it also supports BluRay format, but I have not used this. If you install the "default" device software supplied, this includes an LG Toolkit component, which will run fwupdate.exe every time you boot up, and you will see a popup window asking if you grant permission. The only way to get rid of this annoying "feature" is to de-install the LG Toolkit, which I did, and it does not seem to have caused any problems or loss of function so far. Be aware that, with Win 8.1, you will have to install software to support DVD video playback [not native to Win 8.1]. Free download of VLC Media Player has worked for my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really good drive

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    michaelkagan8
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    I was looking for a media drive for my new HP computer that didn't come with on and after talking to the Best Buy rep I decided to buy this one because I trust the LG brand and company and was not disappointed. It is plug and play wright out the box and works well with my new Windows 10 computer like hand in glove. I can say though one thing shocked me though and made me a mad was that the drive comes with no DVD-ROM suite of drivers or software to put on your computer so should need to update the drive you can but I think it is online anyway. It's great drive none the less plays DVDs quiet well and rips CDs real fast! If you need a nice media drive the stop here this the one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

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    MomOf3
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    I needed a disk drive for my daughters laptop because it's one that didn't come with a drive. At first it was difficult to load the driver onto her computer but I think it was more the computer than the driver. When I got it loaded it worked like a champ!! Just plug it into the USB port, slide a disk in and BOOM, working!! And it's so lite and compact it will be easy to take along on trips if we want to watch DVD's. I was also able to get all our old CD's ripped into iTunes and put on both her and my phones. Had I known how easy and affordable this was I'd have bought it a long time ago!!! Can't wait to try and burn a picture disk!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality item. Works very well

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    jfe1951
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    This dvd player/burner runs circles performance wise over the internal player/burner built into my tabletop pc. It is 2.0, but 3.0 compatible. When I plugged into a 2.0 port, my home made video still stumbled. When I plugged into a 3.0 port, the performance became everything I hoped for. I recommend this product strongly. It's worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Plug and play for Mac

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    FebruaryFilly
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    Plugged it in and fired right up, quickly uploads content from DVDs. Had to ask Best Buy rep to look up functions (Blu-ray compatible or not - it's not BTW), because NOTHING is listed on the carton package. If it continues to function properly (only a test of time), it's a fair alternative to the name brand external drive for a better price. Haven't had a chance to put it through the paces of everything I'll need to use it for - installing software, creating backups, burning DVD video projects for clients who are not yet cloud savvy/accessible. My household is still reliant on a DVD drive to play movies on the computer during travel until all of our library is converted to digital content.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does What It's Supposed To Do

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    Pasko1
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    After my iMac's internal "SuperDrive" died, Apple wanted about $200 to fix it. As I've done since the first Mac I'd owned in 1988 blew out it's internal 800k floppy drive, I looked for a 3rd party solution for an expensive mechanical fix for an Apple product. This small, unobtrusive unit fits neatly on the "pedestal" of current iMac's and the aluminum case means it blends right in. Reads CD's and DVD's no problem. Does what I need it to do. Only issue is I wish the eject button on the unit would work properly with Macs, but at least there's a sticker right on top telling you to use the eject function in whatever app you're using.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Served the limited purpose I bought it for

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    ScrappyScott
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    This is an inexpensive DVD±RW/CD-RW drive. It is by no means the fastest drive, indeed sometimes I got a bit frustrated with the amount of time transferring files. I was also frustrated by the fact that it kept disappearing from Finder on MacBook Air and it could take as long as ten minutes to get it recognized again (fwiw, other external drives I have attached to the same laptop are typically recognized in seconds but a minute at the longest). On the plus side, it is a very nice looking, lightweight piece of equipment. As my summary said, it was an inexpensive way to accomplish the limited amount of use that I bought it for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great little unit

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    porsche911c4
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    the LG SuperMulti Blade Ultra Slim Portable DVD WRITER, Model AP70NS50, does exactly what it is supposed to do. it burns extremely well and it is a very quiet unit when burning. there are a couple secs of noise when the loading mechanism loads and unloads the DVD, but I can't hear it in the adjacent room. I bought this unit because it is a slot-load device, and I am lazy. DVD's pop out when done. however, do not stack them (I have 4), they can get warm when stacked, and some of the internal lubrication can get on the recorded surface of the DVD. I have had 2 of them for a year and 2 for about 3 months. all running. no problems. planning to buy 2 more when they go on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT PRODUCT.

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    MISTERJIMMY
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    EXCELLENT PRODUCT. I CAN NOW WATCH DVD'S ON THIS DRIVER THAT WON'T PLAY ON MY COMPUTER. I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE PRODUCT. I AM SO GRATIFIED WITH THE GEEK SQUAD FROM THE BEST BUY PROGRAM IN ASSISTING ME ON LINE WITH DOWN LOADING THE DRIVE. THE AGENT WAS TREMENDOUSLY CO-OPERATIVE AND KNOWLEGDABLE AND PATIENT. HE IS A GREAT ASSET TO THE BEST BUY CORPORATION. THE AGENTS WITH THE BEST BUY PROGRAM HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PROFESSIONAL, EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGABLE AND VERY COURTEOUS WHENEVER I HAVE NEEDED THEIR EXPERTISE OVER THE YEARS WHEN IT COMES TO SOLVING PC ISSUES OR INSTALLING PROGRAMS FOR ME. THANKS A LOT. YOU FOLKS ARE THE BEST!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sleek, low-profile unit

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    Kahuna42
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    My spouse has a new All-in-One computer unit that did not come equipped with an already-equipped disk drive, and she does not like a cluttered desk top, so I settled on this sleek, low profile unit that is barely noticeable but thus far works like a charm. She is as pleased as Punch with this device which so far has done its job very well. It has the generally dependable LG brand name which should mean a lot for a consumer. It does not have the full complement of bells and whistles like some drives but just enough to keep us rolling along and that's all we asked for and needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good External Drive

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    DDriller
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    My recently issued corporate notebook computer does not have an internal DVD drive so I had to buy this external drive to burn data backups to DVD. I've used it with my corporate notebook PC my wife's MacBook Pro as well. Plug and play is non eventful with PC or Mac. Just plug it in and you've got a drive. Couldn't be any easier. I've had no issues whatsoever with the drive. It works. It's fast. I only gave 4 stars because it makes a little more noise than some of the competing external drives, but this one is a lot cheaper too. For a value minded purchase, I'd recommend this drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Item!!!!

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    Cuellie
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    Considering the Mini HP Laptop i bought the item for was made in 2010, I was not sure if I could find a DVD Player for the Laptop. I know the item I bought it for is a little old, I went to Best Buy because this store has always had what I needed. Sure enough I was able to get a LG - 8x External Double-Layer Dvd±rw/CD-RW SuperMulti Blade Drive - Silver. It works and My friend will be able to watch Any DVD he wants to see. I am a happy camper and Best Buy has come thru again!!!! Yeah for Best Buy. Thank you. Cuellie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    USB Powered CD/DVD drive

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    gr8tzbj
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    Was looking for a replacement drive for my existing external CD/DVD drive because it is quite large and requires an external power supply. Came across this drive on the Best Buy website. The specs listed all the requirement I needed and in addition it is USB powered so only one cable is required to carry power and data between the main computer and the drive. Works great, It is very quiet and works flawlessly. Also the price was reasonable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good CD drive

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    Countbio
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    I Purchased this external CD drive to go with a new iMac. I have tested it out with several types of CDs (music, movie, information) and it works very well. Super simple to set up… Actually no set up ,..just plug it in to your computer and it’s ready to go. Has a nice sleek look. Goes very well with the current iMac and MacBook line. Very light weight, so good for portable. Works exactly as advertised.

    I would recommend this to a friend