MthsTec Blu-ray Burner Review
Optical drives are still very much in demand even in 2020. Look at the newest PS5 for example that was recently introduced with an internal Blu-ray drive. Unfortunately that’s not the case with laptops and computers anymore. Luckily though there are brands like MthsTec who has created a compact external Blu-ray drive that only requires a single USB 3.0 or a USB-C port. Which is fantastic as a couple of years ago they still required additional power as well. And that’s one of the main reasons why I wanted to review the MthsTec Blu-ray burner as well!
- Dimensions: 158×145×25 mm / 6.2×5.7×1.0″
- Weight: 420 g / 14.8 oz
- Blu-Ray Writing Speed: Up to 6x BD-R
- DVD Writing Speed: Up to 8x DVD+RW
- CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-R
- Features: Connected cable, USB-C and USB-A compatible
- Compatibility: Windows and Mac operating systems
In The Box
- MthsTec Blu-ray Drive
- User manual
The main thing that has changed is the size of Blu-ray drives. The MthsTec burner has a dimension of 158×145×25 mm / 6.2×5.7×1.0″. Which is actually pretty much the same size as the typical external DVD drive. That was definitely not the case a couple of years ago. Plus it seems that they have gotten lighter as well as it weighs only 420 g / 14.8 oz. Well at least this burner is! So that’s awesome as this is one of the first actually portable Blu-ray drives that I have reviewed.
Another feature that makes it portable is the cable slot at the bottom. This feature was first seen on some of the best external DVD drives as well. It works really well as you don’t need to worry about losing the cable or damaging it. The only downside is that the length is limited. So you need to keep the drive near your computer. Preferably next to a laptop. And the cable has two connectors. One for USB 3.0 and the other for USB-C.
I’m also a fan of the overall design. The burner is fully made out of matte black plastic and the top surface has a textured finish. In addition to that, there are LED lights that light up when you use the drive. It adds this futuristic touch to it that you normally see on gaming devices. I actually really like it. And it’s pretty subtle as well which means that you can also use it in a professional setting. Overall MthsTec has done a great job with the design.
The MthsTec Blu-ray drive is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems. So you can use with any laptop or desktop that has either a USB 3.0 or a USB-C port. And all you have to do is plug it in. The drive doesn’t require any extra drivers to work. The only thing that you must have is software that supports the Blu-ray format. VLC is a really good and free option for example. You don’t need anything to burn files onto a disc though.
As far as the speed goes, this external drive has a maximum read and write speed for 6x for Bly-ray, 8x for DVD and 24x for CDs. This is the standard for drives of this size. I have seen (and reviewed) some faster ones as well but those have always been much bigger and require an extra power source. And whether you need a faster one depends completely on what you are planning to do. The only reason to buy a faster one in my opinion is if you use it to burn data all the time.
As far as the noise goes, it’s the same as DVD drives. As in you can definitely hear it but not to the point where it gets annoying. Also again if you are using it to just read the discs, then it will be much more silent than when you are writing something. Unfortunately you can’t really ever fix the noise issue as it’s physically generated by the disc when its spinning. Sure there are brands that feature special “silent” modes but they always just reduce the speed. Which isn’t ideal either.
The MthsTec is one of the best external Blu-ray drives for the average person. It is pretty much the cheapest burner that you can currently buy and it does everything that it’s advertised for. Plus it also looks really nice and I have no complaints about the performance either. So if you are looking for a simple drive that can both read and write Blu-ray discs, then I can definitely recommend the MthsTec.