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    #2420007

    As Mac users know, Apple’s optical drive (the “Superdrive”) can read/write only CDs and DVDs. Not Blu Ray.

    So I have this question: Does anyone here who is a Mac user have a Blu Ray, CD, DVD player/writer that he or she is well-pleased with because: (a) it works just fine, and (b) has been doing so without incident for well over a year? And how about the software for it?

    I await your informative comments. Thank you all in advance.

    Ex Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7) since mid-2020. Now: running macOS Big Sur 11.6 & sometimes, Linux (Mint)

    MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
    Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
    macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV and Malwarebytes for Macs.

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    • #2420100

      I have an LG external player “Slim Portable Blu-ray/DVD Writer Model PB50NB40” which is three years old. I am using it on an HP Omen Win 10 computer, but it can be used for either MAC or Win as I understand it. It was advertised as being for use with laptop computers “on the go”. Perhaps this would work for you.

    • #2420126

      Have you checked : Best Blu-ray drives for Mac 2022 ?

      You can still find Apple’s SuperDrive on Amazon

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    • #2420178

      Alex: Thanks, but I am looking for advice from people who, as the title of the thread indicates, are Mac users and have Blue-Ray players for their Macs that they are happy with. I put little trust on Web-posted reviews of anything I need to buy, because they are prone to all kinds of conflicts of interest, besides often being contradictory, either in a passive-aggressive way, ignoring items recommended by someone else, or else openly contradictory, as in the case of buyers’ reviews in Amazon. Only by looking at repeated overlaps between several reviews I can draw a sort of Venn diagram and, with some luck, spot in its intersection’s set something that is likely to be satisfactory. When it comes to rarer things, such as Blu-Ray players for Macs, the reviews are few and far between, so in general not much of a Venn diagram can be drawn from them.

      Ex Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7) since mid-2020. Now: running macOS Big Sur 11.6 & sometimes, Linux (Mint)

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV and Malwarebytes for Macs.

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    • #2421497

      I made a mistake regarding Apple’s Super Drive which doesn’t support Blu-Ray. The drive support only CDs.

      Once you get a Blu-Ray drive you will need a player app.

      https://www.imore.com/best-apps-blu-rays-mac

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    • #2421516

      The drive support only CDs.” Alex on Apple’s “Superdrive” optical drive

      CDs and also DVDs: I use it mainly to watch movies and shows I have on DVD. Blu Ray is what’s missing. No that I really want the higher resolution, as I mostly pay attention to the story, the flow and rhythm of the play, the dialog and the acting. But some of the things I would like to be able to watch and have in my collection come only on Blu Ray.

      Ex Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7) since mid-2020. Now: running macOS Big Sur 11.6 & sometimes, Linux (Mint)

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV and Malwarebytes for Macs.

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