Best Blu-ray drives for Mac mini iMore 2020

We at iMore have looked at many Blu-ray readers over the years to check for compatibility and speed. The products offered here work well with the Mac mini and any type of Apple computer, including the MacBook and iMac.

Thin solution: Pioneer BDR-XS06 Slim Portable Blu-Ray Writer

With a maximum write speed of 6x BD-R on single- and dual-layer discs, and 4x max write speed on BD-R triple- and quad-layer discs, this reader offers up to 156 percent more data storage capacity than a 50GB Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc. Includes Toast Light software, which allows you to burn your files to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc.

$139 at Amazon

Speedy, but bulky: Asus BW-16D1X-U 16x External Blu-ray Drive

This external burner comes bundled with one pack of Verbatim M-DISC BD. Maximum burn speeds include BD-R: 16x, DVD-R/+R:16x, CD-R:40x, BD Dual Layer (DL):12x, DVD Dual Layer (DL):8x. Max read speeds: BD-R:12x, DVD-R/+R:16x, CD-R:40x, BD Dual Layer (DL):8x, DVD Dual Layer (DL):12x. Compatible with Mac and Windows. If size isn't an issue, this is the one most worth considering.

$130 at Amazon

Versatile: PiAEK External Blu-Ray DVD Drive Writer

This Blu-ray device reads CDs up to 24x, DVDs up to 8x, and Blu-rays up to 6x. It's compatible with USB 3.0 and below. Use with your Macs and Windows computers.

$106 at Amazon

Budget choice: VicTsing External Blu-Ray Drive

The least expensive choice on this list, this Blu-ray drive offers CD/DVD/Blu-ray read and burn capabilities. Super slim, just 9mm, the disc drive includes a sandblasted surface with a metal texture that's scratch-proof.

$97 at Amazon

Full featured: OWC Mercury Pro 16X Blu-ray

This aluminum housed optical drive features USB-3 and M-DISC support. Max speeds include 16x for Blu-ray and DVD, and 48x for CD. Ships with two Blu-ray media in case.

$149 at Amazon

Includes Cyberlink Media Suite: Buffalo MediaStation 6x Portable BDXL Blu-Ray Writer

For both Mac and Windows, this beautifully designed reader offers BDXL support for high capacity disc-writing for Blu-ray disks, DVDs, and CDs. It also includes M-Disc support for longer life recordings. Included is the Cyberlink Media Suite which offers Blu-ray and DVD burning and playback tools.

$110 at Amazon

Reading speeds for Blu-ray players tend to increase the larger the chassis. Despite this, there are still plenty of impressive thin readers to select for your Mac mini.

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