Pioneer BDR-XD07B Review
In the world of consumer grade Blu-ray drives, Pioneer Electronics is definitely one of the main leaders. They constantly update their line with new versions and even add new models. Their latest drive is the BDR-XD07B, which is the world’s lightest external Blu-ray drive. Its incredibly compact design and light weight make it perfect for taking it with you. Unfortunately that generally comes at a cost of something. Which is why I decided to write this review.
- Dimensions: 133×133×15 mm / 5.2×5.2×0.6″
- Weight: 230 g / 0.5 lbs
- Blu-Ray Writing Speed: Up to 6x BD-R
- DVD Writing Speed: Up to 8x DVD-R
- CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-R
- Connection: USB 3.0 and DC power input
- Features: M-DISC, PureRead3+, PowerRead, Auto Quiet mode
- Compatibility: Windows and Mac operating systems
In The Box
- Pioneer BDR-XD07B Blu-ray drive
- USB Micro B to USB-A 3.0 cable
- Manual and product key for free programs
- Warranty card
According to Pioneer, the BDR-XD07B is the world’s smallest and lightest portable Blu-ray burner. And I have to agree with them. It’s exactly the same size as a standard external DVD drive, which is quite rare as Blu-ray drives are generally much bigger. It has an overall dimension of 133×133×15 mm / 5.2×5.2×0.6″ and weighs a mere 230 g / 0.5 lbs.
I’m pretty sure that they have managed to achieve this with the clever loading system. Unlike most drives, this one doesn’t have a loading tray that slides out. Neither does it have a disc slot. Instead, there’s an Open button that pops up the cover. You know like on those old Sony Walkman CD players that were really popular in the early 2000’s. And I mean this system definitely works so why not use it. Much less moving parts as well so there’s less that can break down.
The overall build quality is also up to the Pioneer standards. The drive is mostly made out of a decent quality plastic that doesn’t easily bend. Which is important if you plan on taking it with you. What I also like is the matte black finish as it doesn’t get dirty. They have even added some grainy texture to the bottom and sides as well. Plus of course the 4 rubber pads that keep it steady.
The backside has a Micro USB type B port for connecting it to the included USB 3.0 cable. Personally I’m not a huge fan of the port as in my experience it tends to become loose over a long period of time. So far I haven’t had any problems with it on the BDR-XD07B but I’m sceptical. There is also an optional DC IN port as well if you happen to need more power to run it. For example if you don’t have any USB 3.0 ports and want to use USB 2.0. Unfortunately the power adapter isn’t included so you will need to get that separately if that’s the case.
As you have probably realized already, the Pioneer drive uses a single USB 3.0 connector to power it. And that’s pretty unique for a portable Blu-ray burner as usually they have another power source as well. So that’s definitely plus points for the BDR-XD07B.
As I mentioned at the start, compact designs generally come with some disadvantages as well. In this case, it’s the lower read and write speed of Blu-ray discs. It has a maximum read and write speed of 6x for BD-R and 8x for DVD’s. Which is definitely not the best as there are faster external Blu-ray burners available. But they are also generally much bigger and require an additional power source. So the keyword here is portability.
What Pioneer has done is add some extra features to the drive. Such as Auto Quier, PowerRead and PureRead 3+. Are they actually necessary? Of course not but it’s nice to get some extras for your money. For example the Auto Quiet mode is a pretty nice feature to have. What it does is adjust the speed of the drive based on what you are currently doing. Lower speed for listening to music or watching movies and higher speed when you are burning discs.
PowerRead is a great feature for those who enjoy watching movies. It smoothly skips scratches and fingerprints on Blu-ray and DVD discs to deliver a smooth playback. PureRead 3+ does the exact same thing but for CDs and audio.
In addition to all of that, you also get a product key for a bunch of different programs that are part of the CyberLink Media Suite 10. To be exact, it Includes 8 programs in total. My favorite ones are the PowerDVD 14, Power2Go8 and PowerDirector15 LE. These are used for playing Blu-ray drives and watching movies, burning media and even creating videos! The PowerDirector15 LE is a video editing tool that can come in handy if you want to quickly edit videos you have recorded.
The Pioneer BDR-XD07B is an excellent device if you are looking for a portable Blu-ray drive. It comes with the downside of lower read and write speeds but those only matter if you plan on using it to transfer data. So it comes down to what you prefer more, portability or speed. Other than that, Pioneer has done a fantastic job.