Pioneer BDR-XD05S Review

The Pioneer BDR-XD05S is one of the smallest and most sold external Blu-Ray drives! Besides that, it’s also compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems. Which makes it a great external drive for all platforms. And you can also use it to burn your own Blu-Ray discs. So we decided to check it out for ourselves and create this review.

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 133×133×15 mm / 5.2×5.2×0.6″
  • Blu-Ray Writing Speed: Up to 6x BD-R
  • DVD Writing Speed: Up to 8x DVD+RW
  • CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-RW
  • Compatibility: Windows and Mac operating systems

In The Box

  • Pioneer BDR-XD05S external Blu-Ray drive
  • MicroUSB 3.0 B to USB 3.0 Y cable

Pioneer BDR-XD05S In The Box

Design

As I mentioned at the start, the BDR-XD05S is one of the smallest and lightest external Blu-Ray drives. It have a dimension of 133×133×15 mm / 5.2×5.2×0.6″, which is really thin. The overall design is also pretty compact. Unlike most external drives, Pioneer hasn’t given this one an ejectable disc tray. Instead there is an “open” button which lifts up the cover when you press it. It reminds me of the old portable CD players back in the 2000’s. Which does work really well and is the reason why the BDR-XD05 is so thin.

Pioneer BDR-XD05S Design

The external Blu-Ray drive itself is fully made out of average quality plastic. There’s really nothing special about it. The back of the drive has a MicroUSB 3.0 type B port which is used to power the drive. It doesn’t require an extra AC power source so it works straight from your laptop or PC’s USB port. And you get the USB cable with the drive as well. In fact, it’s a Y cable. Which has both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 plugs. The reason for that is you need to use both of the plugs if you aren’t using a USB 3.0 port. Otherwise, the 3.0 has enough power to run the drive on it’s own.

Pioneer BDR-XD05S Sides

Overall the build quality is pretty good. My only issue is with the material quality. The top cover feels kind of cheap and the silver color doesn’t help at hiding that. But that’s my opinion and personal taste. You can also get a black version which is sold under BDR-XD05B. The black color hides the cosmetic flaws better in my opinion so you can also check that out. Everything else is exactly the same though.

Performance

Both the Pioneer BDR-XD05S and BDR-XD05B can write and read Blu-Ray drives at a speed up to 6x. Which is pretty average to be fair. There are faster options available as well but those also cost more. So it comes down to the budget. It’s still fine though and you won’t notice it when actually watching a Blu-Ray movie. Besides that, you can also use it for DVD’s and CD’s as well.

While it’s not the fastest external Blu-Ray drive on the market, it does come with some unique features. Those include PowerRead, PureRead and Auto Quiet mode. My most favorite one out of those three is the Auto Quiet mode. And it does work to an extent. Which does also mean that the write and read speed can be limited. In which case you might need to disable it. Which also means that the drive can get quite noisy. All of the features can be both disabled and enabled via Pioneers Drive Utility program. You can download the Drive Utility program off Pioneer. It’s available for free.

Also like I mentioned before, the BDR-XD05 drive can be used on both Windows and Mac OS. On mac, you can use Finder to read and write Blu-Ray drives. However both operating systems require an additional program if you plan on watching Blu-Ray movies. Unfortunately that isn’t included with the BDR-XD05S version. I have seen some BDR-XD05B combos that also have CyberLink Software included. Those cost a bit more from what I have seen so you might want to check those as well if you don’t have a Blu-Ray player.

Conclusion

The Pioneer BDR-XD05S is the lightest external Blu-Ray drive you can buy at the moment. The clamshell design makes it easy to use and there’s not many moving parts on it that could break. Overall it can do everything and works just fine, so it’s a really nice basic external Blu-Ray drive for home use!

7 Total Score
Good

Design
8
Build Quality
8
Blu-Ray Writing Speed
6
Noise
6
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