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Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-2209

  • 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM
  • 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM
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The Pioneer BDR-2209 internal SATA Blu-ray burner takes PC optical storage capability to a new level. It provides up to 16x BD-R writing speed – the fastest on the market – and supports virtually the widest range of disc formats, from legacy CD and DVD to the latest BDXL media that can hold up to 128GB data on a single disc. Beyond raw performance, this unit also comes with a rich list of features for optimizing your experience, such as QuickPlay for reducing the waiting time, PowerRead for smooth DVD/Blu-ray movie playback, PureRead2 for accurate audio CD data extraction, and Auto Quiet Mode for better acoustics during operation. And with the bundled CyberLink Media Suite 10, you can watch movies, edit video clips, and write to disc right out of the box; no other software is required.

  • newegg Faster burning Up to 16x writing on BD-R single-layer discs, 14x on BD-R DL discs, and 8x writing on BD-R triple-layer discs. (15x BD-R write speed achieved using certain media.)
  • newegg Store more data Up to 156% more data storage capacity than a 50GB Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc. The BDXL format supports BDXL Blu-ray media (including 128GB Quad Layer (QL) and 100GB Triple Layer (TL) Blu-ray Disc).
  • newegg Get to your files faster With QuickPlay, the amount of time between inserting a ROM disc, and that disc being ready, has been reduced. For movies on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the disc is ready faster when compared to previous Pioneer drives.
  • newegg Smooth movie playback Scratches, fingerprints, and other abnormalities on the surface of a disc can sometimes cause Blu-ray and DVD movie playback to stop. When a PowerRead enabled drive is not able to read through obstructed areas of a disc, it will attempt to move forward quickly to the next available data point, resulting in smoother Blu-ray and DVD movie playback. (PowerRead is not guaranteed to work with all disc conditions or under all PC environments.)
  • newegg A better music experience Scratches and fingerprints on your CDs can cause them to skip. A drive normally makes a calculated guess at the unreadable data, and attempts to correct this to match the original music. However this is not 100% accurate. PureRead, when enabled, makes the drive reread the obscured data to extract the original music as accurately as possible. (PureRead2 is not guaranteed to work with all disc conditions or under all PC environments.)
  • newegg A smarter drive Pioneer drives with Auto Quiet mode monitor how they are being used and adjust their speed automatically: high speed for data transfer, and low speed for music or movie playback. The tray cushion and the top cover of the BDR-2209 have also been designed to reduce disc rotation noise, ensuring an optimized experience for watching movies or listening to music.

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Up to 16x maximum writing speed. Fastest in the market!

Secure your data: 128 GB on BD-R QL media, 100 GB on BD-R TL media

Backward compatible: Reads and writes to DVD and CD media

Peak Power Reducer: In the case where the PC does not supply enough power, the drive can reduce its peak power for a more stable operation

Auto Quiet Mode, PureRead2, and Peak Power Reducer are configured with the supplied Pioneer Drive Utility

Supports Buffer Underrun Protection on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and CD media

Serial ATA Interface (Rev 2.6); Data transfer rate: 1.5 Gb/sec

Buffer Memory Size: 4 MB. Installs vertically or horizontally

Complies with RoHS Directive and WEEE Directive

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  • Fred C.
  • 7/11/2014 9:35:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: I believe this is a good product as it has received good reviews & that is why I ordered it. Mine was DOA & the little green light never came on & the door never opened. The tray never moved & the software was never installed. The computer never recognized. DOA

Cons: DOA

Other Thoughts: I still am deducting 2 eggs.

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  • Jason T.
  • 6/8/2014 11:00:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great!

Pros: Plug and Play and it works...

Cons: none at this time

Other Thoughts: i haven't burned any media with this device yet.

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  • Kevin B.
  • 5/14/2014 8:46:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeware - Check Device Manager

Pros: Looks like a great product - did not get what I ordered so can't really comment.

Cons: see - Other thoughts

Other Thoughts: I received a BDR-209M in the BDR-2209 box. The box appeared to be previously opened but I did not think it would be a problem if the drive worked. I checked device manager and it showed the BDR-209M device which is not the same as the BDR-2209. Great, now I need to remove from computer and send back since the BDR-2209 is no longer available. I gave it 4 eggs based on other reviews as I don't want to knock product for shipping error and just wanted to give others a heads up. If your box does not appear new - check Device Manager and make sure you have what you ordered.

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  • TYLER C.
  • 5/6/2014 10:17:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbdr-2209

Pros: fast and quite drive , great software and easy to use have only burned a few dvd but looking forward to some Blu-ray.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: paper work inside box kind confusing to which drive it belongs to look carefully at model numbers

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  • Jeremy T.
  • 5/3/2014 11:30:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works, fast and responsive.

Pros: It is a high quality drive, I love it and the price is right. I would recommend none other for price and quality.

Cons: Not worth taking away an egg, but I consider this an OEM drive, the software that comes with it is not what I would consider quality, most of it are just trial software. There are software worth getting that don't cost much if any thou. No cables come with but that is expected for me

Other Thoughts: Love the drive great price for what it does and the high quality.

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  • Shelby M.
  • 5/2/2014 1:23:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks better than most

Pros: Works great with Windows 7 and Linux, (I did purchase Nero 2014). So far every DVD and BluRay disc I've made has worked. The speed is pretty decent considering some of the disc's are nearly 25gig.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I'm actually thinking of buying another one for my other PC.

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  • Christopher V.
  • 4/22/2014 10:59:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drive

Pros: Great looking drive! Bought one of these and the regular BDR-209DBK for my new build. Both are great, but this one supports BDXL. My last DVD drive was a Pioneer and I was happy with it, so I decided to go with them again for my Blu-Ray drive. Keep up the good work, Pioneer!

Cons: None - Price could always be a little cheaper, but a good drive none the less!

Other Thoughts: Get one for the wife!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/20/2014 10:38:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Great blu-ray burner from Pioneer. 16X is almost unheard of for a blu-ray burner. Amazing quality compared to the one that it is replacing. Spin up time is less than 6 seconds. No more waiting a that dirty 15 seconds for other brands. Who has that kind of time? (wink) But, seriously, this thing is great. Quality burns so far. (about 100+ since I got it). No coasters at all. There are some blank media issues though, see cons for more on that.
As alwasys, no drivers needed. Completely plug and play with Windows 7 and Linux OS. What isn't these days though, right? Unlike most other burners in this price range, it comes with software. Not just for burning, CyberLink Power2GO, but also software for playback (CyberLink PowerDVD). Now that's a plus in my book. No more having to use Nero's blu-ray player, which is well known to be very buggy. All in all the software works quite well. Not as lightweight on resources as Nero, but still good. (See other thoughts for more on that)
With this drive you are able to write, with the right media, up to 12X as far as I have experienced. Quite a jump from 6X BDRs taking about 22 minutes to burn, now at 10-12X only taking about 9-11 minutes to complete. Without read errors afterwards. GREAT!
As stated before, the spin-up time means you put the disc in the drive and it almost instantly pops up. Copying files, both to my SSD and mechanical HDDs, I have seen speeds reach 38-40 MBps. Meaning you can copy a whole blu-ray in less than 11 minutes. Instead of the old 20-25 minutes it used to take. Great again!
The BDXL feature is cool, but seeing that the price for one blank disc is almost the price of a small hard drive I don't think I will ever use it. Good to have it though. Drive runs way more quiet than my old one. That thing is now in a land fill. Overall great quality product from Pioneer.

Cons: A few cons even though I am very happy with this burner. First of all, the laser is way too sensitive. Anything on the disc, and I mean ANYTHING, such as a fingerprint, a hair, even one time a speck of dust and this thing will spin-down, and show a read error. So make sure to keep your media clean, or clean it before putting it in this thing.
Also it really doesn't like cheap blank media. I had some old Rosewill BDRs, both burnt and blank. It would burn them, but then couldn't read it's own burns. I have heard about others experiencing this same problem with these discs and other burners. A firmware update corrects these read errors, but one is not available for this drive at this time. Verbatim BDRs burn perfectly with no read errors. Even at 12X. Explain that one to me. When trying to copy old discs to my HDD to re-back them up, (again same Rosewill discs), this thing went completely 'nanners. I'm not sure if it has error correction, but the drive would slow down, and read really slowly. Causing it to take 39-45 minutes to copy a single disc. Really odd. Almost opened an RMA over it. Luckily another drive I had would read them so I could re-burn them with this drive.
Another weird thing that happens when I burn, around the 36-37% mark, the drive stops, then starts burning again. Like a spin-down then spin-up. Both of the burning software programs I use do it. So it's not the software. I don't know if I got a dud or what. It seems like if the drive hasn't been used in a while (cold start), then I experience these problems. It runs completely fine if I use it for a minute, to warm it up. Then all the problems go away.
The software is kind of a resource hog. I tested this burner both on my Windows PC and my Linux PC. They are both higher end machines and when you try to burn using Power2Go, it really jacks up the memory and HDD usage way more than Nero. Not on the Linux PC, since I had to use different software to burn on that particular OS. It's not really a problem for my builds, but something to consider if you are using a PC on the lower end.

Other Thoughts: I use this for data backup, if you haven't already guessed that. Being that the price of hard drives is still sky high, and the reliability of them is sub-par. I need something that won't take up too much room, and give me a lot of space per disc still. DVD-DL just wasn't cutting it anymore. About a year and a half ago I started using BDRs. They work great for data backup. Every once in a while I will burn a video disc. So I do use it for what it was intended for also. My old burner was making noises similar to a 20 year old used car. Also experiencing read error and coasters. So I decided to change brands and see if anything else out there was better. This will do the trick I hope. The small amount of glitches I have experienced will probably just iron themselves out. Now that the burner is broken in, it does seem that these problems are going away. One more note. I wouldn't recommend burning too far over what your blank media is rated for. I don't think these burns will retain data as long this way. Put it this way, I learned way back when CD burners first came out that a slow burn is a quality burn. So if you want something to last, I would burn it 2X under or at most 2X over the speed that the discs are rated for. Just my opinion on that matter. I tend to burn my 6X discs at 8X. As long as they are a higher priced brand name. I haven't seen any problems with them as of yet. I tested this drive on Windows 7 x64 Home and Ultimate editions, as well as Ubuntu 13.10, Xubuntu 12.10 (custom) with KDE over the top, Manjaro, Linux Mint, and Arch Linux. There were only slight issues with compatibility with some of the Linux systems. They were all easily fixed with a quick google search. Very good burner so far. Now we'll see if it lasts...

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  • Gerald C.
  • 3/12/2014 2:14:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat burner

Pros: Flawless burns, fast, good software

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: I bought an lite-on iHBS112 but noticed Imgburn kept reporting errors on DVDs after a month. Replaced it with the Pioneer and haven't had a bad burn yet.

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  • David C.
  • 3/11/2014 8:03:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAn Awsome Product

Pros: I have bought many pioneer products in the past and know that quality is something to expect from them and this drive is no exception. The drive runs super quietly. The drive also sits very flush with my case. The included cyberlink software works well and my blu rays also load very quickly.

Cons: The cyberlink software isn't the newest version. Also the open tray button feels wiggly considering the good build quality of the rest.

Other Thoughts: Even though it costs more than a bare drive, I think the quality and included software is well worth it.

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