CVDs and DVDs are largely a thing of the past. And yet, they still exist and can be purchased separately for use with your M2 Mac mini or older model. Once you've purchased the best monitor for your Mac mini, you might need an external drive. Here are some of the best Mac mini DVD drives on the market.
The LG GP65NG60 is an ultra-slim and portable external CD/DVD drive with write speeds of 24x CD and 8x DVD+R. In other words, it's fast. The drive is lightweight, budget-friendly, and comes in four gorgeous colors, including gold and silver. It also comes with Silent Play technology, which promises to reduce noise while the drive is in use.
When Apple first started removing optical drives from its machines, it created an external drive. With Apple's SuperDrive you'll be able to seamlessly connect to your Mac mini to play or burn CDs and DVDs without having to install additional software on your system. The SuperDrive doesn't come equipped with a USB-C, but that shouldn't be an issue since the mini still has a couple of compatible USB-A ports.
USB-C is taking over the tech world, and with the Confoly Superdrive, you'll be ready. The Confoly drive is said to be just as good as Apple's own drive but at a fraction of the cost. Plus, you have the option to connect via USB-C or USB-A with its included adapter.
The Archgon drive is absolutely beautiful. Its 1mm-thick body weighs just over a pound and is made from durable aluminum. The drive has an interesting textured finish and supports UHD 4K Blu-ray discs and 3D content playback, as well as DVDs.
Just the basics
This inexpensive but high-speed external CD/DVD drive is easy to use, just plug and play. It does have a USB-A plug, but the Mac mini does still have USB-A ports. The listing also includes a USB-A/USB-C version if you'd like something a bit more future-proof.
Best Mac mini DVD drives
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There you have it! Whether you're still totally dependent on using CDs and DVDs or you just like having the option if the need ever arises, you're sure to find something that'll work for you. Personally, I think the LG GP65NG60 will be a great option for most people. The drive is sleek, easy-to-use, and yet it's budget-friendly.
Of course, there are other drives on the market, including Apple's Super Drive and the stylish Archgon Premium Superdrive. So if you want a piece of the past, these options are a great place to find what you're looking for. While you're shopping, don't forget to check out some other great accessories for Mac mini.
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