Blu-ray Burner

Blu-ray discs are now becoming the standard optical mediums. When you watch a movie in a normal DVD and watch the same movie in a Blu-ray disc, you can easily make out the difference. If you are someone who is interested in watching media in the highest quality possible, Blu-ray is the disc that you want. Thus, you need to find the perfect Blu-ray burner! Here is how to make your choice: Read buying guide

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Samsung SE-506CB blu-ray burnerChoosing your Blu-ray Burner


What a Blu-ray burner can do

There are 3 main reasons you should own a Blu-ray burner for:


1 - A Blu-ray burner allows you to create Blu-ray discs. Blu-ray discs can hold massive amounts of data. A single layer Blu-ray disc can hold up to 25GB of data and a double-layer disc can hold up to 50GB of data. Imagine how much you can store in one disc!


2 - A new Blu-ray burner uses a blue (some say violet) coloured laser beam for writing to a disc. The wavelength is shorter than the DVDs and this means more precision and accuracy. A Blu-ray burner writes to discs in a more compact fashion, thus packing in more data.


3 - Apart from more data, you also get better quality in Blu-ray. If you have a Blu-ray player, you can match the highest quality video available. This is only possible when you use a Blu-ray burner.


ASUS BW-12D1SU best blu ray burnerLook at both internal and external Blu-ray burners

Choosing your Blu-ray burner can involve various considerations and the most basic one is whether you should opt for an internal or an external burner.

If you buy an internal Blu-ray burner, you will need to fit into the right slot inside the chassis of your PC. Please keep in mind that most of the modern computers use SATA and you need to make sure that your PC has an appropriate slot to fit in the drive.

An external Blu-ray burner offers you more flexibility and portability and you can use it on multiple PCs. But it is more expensive.


How many DVD formats can be written?

The number of DVD formats for reading and writing data now is dizzying and you could easily get lost here. When you are in the process of choosing your Blu-ray burner, you should look at one that supports as many formats as possible.


Will your old DVDs play?

You have a lot of old DVDs and your Blu-ray burner shouldn’t render them useless. Most the modern Blu-ray burner allow you to play the older DVDs (and CDs!). Not only this, these burners also enhance the visual quality of the existing DVDs.


LG WH16NS40 internal Blu-ray playerWriting speed of Blu-ray burners is lesser

As far as writing speed is concerned, the Blu-ray burner are slower than the standard DVD burners. If you are always in a hurry, a Blu-ray burner may disappoint you. The maximum writing speed you get from these burners is 4.5MBps. Since you will be writing a lot of data on your Blu-ray disc, patience is the key for you here. You can, of course, buy other accessories to speed up the writing speed, but these are expensive and really not worth spending on if you just want to enjoy media at home. These are important for commercial purposes.


Get the right accessories for best viewing

Blu-ray burners are ideal for writing content that can be viewed on your PC. However, the fun of watching Blu-ray content on your TV is amazing. You will need a set-top player for this purpose and an HDMI cable so that your Blu-ray player can be connected to your HDTV.


Which Blu-ray burners for which use?


If you are within a budget and not too keen on carrying your Blu-ray burner along, internal Blu-ray burners are ideal for you. Make sure you get the compatibility point right and you will enjoy the highest quality HD content. Some of the top internal Blu-ray burners include ASUS BW-16D1HT, LG BH16NS40, Pioneer BDR-209DBK, LG WH16NS40 (photo 3) and ASUS SBW-06D2X-U.


External Blu-ray burners are more expensive, but then you get the additional option of carrying them around. The top quality and highest selling external Blu-ray burners include Samsung SE-506CB (photo 1), Buffalo BRXL-PC6U2B, Kanguru U2-BDRW-12X, LG BP40NS20 and Ingram Micro Addonics Sapphire SBWU3.


Whether you want to buy internal or external Blu-ray burners, only consider the top manufacturers and their top products. Some of the very best Blu-ray burners to choose from include ASUS BW-12D1SU (photo 2), Buffalo 16x External BDXL Blu-Ray Burner BRXL-16U3, Hewlett-Packard Internal Blu-ray Writer, LG WH16NS40, Panasonic UJ-260 and Pioneer BDR-209DBK.

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