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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

  • Retail package Model BDR-2209
  • Inside Drive Model BDR-209UBK
  • 16X Blu-ray Burner
  • CyberLink Media Suite 10 Software including
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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Ranjan K.
  • 5/11/2015 10:33:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat stuff

Pros: Good old Pioneer, no less. Works right off the bat, and works very very well, just as expected. Keep going Pioneer. Very nice price point at the Egg, Keep it up Egg.

Cons: None to think of.

Other Thoughts: Wish 2 things - it came with a white bezel, and more importantly, it had light-scribe capability.

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  • Mark C.
  • 5/9/2015 8:09:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood hardware; very BAD software

Pros: Fast blu-ray burner

Works well - I've always had good experiences with Pioneer drives

Good value

The Newegg purchase experience, as always, was very good - efficient and quick delivery.

Cons: The included Cyberlink MediaSuite 10 is TERRIBLE.

I installed this suite primarily for data disk burning. The Power2Go component accomplishes this but disk verification can only be done as a post-burn function. There is no function to just verify a disk. I ended up the more capable, well-regarded free product called BurnAware for this purpose.

The PowerDVD component will not read/play newer rights-protected discs (CyberLInk customer support was not particularly on the ball to solve this problem and never specified whether their product OEM version 10 even has that capability) - fortunately playing movies on a computer screen is not a high priority for me.

The PhotoDirector component is a trial version only (15 day if I recall correctly) - after that you would need to buy it.

I'm tempted to keep the PowerDirector component but haven't tried it so I'll probably be disgusted with that as well.

Finally, I uninstalled the whole Media Suite 10. The uninstall did not do a good job. It left one support component partially installed and left an entry in "Programs and Features" that cannot be uninstalled. It also removed the Power2Go component entry from "Programs and Features" without uninstalling the application - I could still actually run it and there was no uninstall program.

I had to use RegEdit to manually remove many hundreds of CyberLink entries from the registry (I estimate over 300 or 400 leftover entries after uninstalling the software. That is not only ridiculous but indicates to me very sloppy program design and implementation. For that reason alone I will never install this or any CyberLink software again.

Other Thoughts: Buy this drive for the hardware - it's a good drive. Consider the CyberLink software as trash and don't bother with it.

One comment if you are looking to play Blu-Ray movie discs with this drive: you will need to buy a competent blu-ray player that pays the required royalties to Sony. That rules out all free blu-ray players since they won't play the rights-protected new blu-ray discs. In theory, I would think the latest CyberLink player would do this, but I won't go down the CyberLink path again. I proved to myself that other commercial players such as IDEER (trial version) would play new rights-protected movies whereas CyberLink PowerDVD 10 (and even the trial version of PowerDVD 13 - at least for me) would not.

But as I said, I'll stick to watching Blu-ray movies using my player attached to my TV.

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  • Jason R.
  • 5/7/2015 7:36:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsdoes what it is supposed to

Pros: works 97 % of the time no real issues, unless its a disc issue with burning

Cons: wish it would come in other colors

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  • Robert B.
  • 5/6/2015 1:09:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe optical drive to rule them all.

Pros: This drive reads anything you throw at it (except HD-DVD, which is a dead format anyway) and it reads very quietly. I could only hear the fan of my Vantec USA NexStar DX External 5.25-Inch Optical Drive Enclosure. Although if it were installed internally I doubt I'd be able to hear it at all. I haven't written to m-disc media but the drive is said to support burning to that media as well. Will update this review if/when I get m-disc media. The software enclosed also works well for reading BD-ROMs (commercial media) however it can also be done for free as well in Arch Linux, following this page: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Blu-ray

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Though I doubt this drive will fail anytime soon, I would definately purchase it again. Pioneer has me sold, before I'd just use the optical drive that was in the OEM built system anyways, now I will stick to using this, and can use it in all of my systems because of the enclosure.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/6/2015 6:43:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCovers all the optical disc bases

Pros: Pioneer reputation for reliability.
Easy install, comes with free software to play but not rip Blu ray movie titles. Records widest range of optical media up to 125gb, including some M Disk.
There is a sownewhat hard to find current update link for Power DVD10 (detailed in other thoughts).

Cons: Did not come with sata power or data cables, or mounting screws.
Cyberlink software has excessively intrusive "buy now" bloatware.
Model numbers on box and drive do not match, causing confusion.
Bundled Cyberlink software will only install with bundled drive installed.

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  • James K.
  • 4/25/2015 12:09:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA+ thus far

Pros: Nothing exceptional about this drive, but, more importantly, no problems either. It fits my needs perfectly.

Cons: None.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/21/2015 4:10:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsgood burner

Pros: Burns DVD and Blu-ray

Cons: Cyberlink software is one of the worst things ever installed. To make matters worse it will not uninstall just keeps trying to install the program. The software is why I only gave it 2 stars

Other Thoughts: If you purchase this item Do Not install the software.

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  • Nicholas K.
  • 4/17/2015 11:01:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBlu Ray: Still worth considering

Pros: When my NAS box was finally ready to fail, I considered whether I should rebuild and upgrade or switch to optical media. I decided that a single shelf of Blu Ray disks and a few burners was the best way to go because:

My data needs were modest
UDF file system enables support for large files and cross-OS compatibility
Blu ray media prices per GB are lower than DVD and competitive with hard drives
Blu Ray disks are large enough (25 GB or 50 GB) that only a few are needed for your data
Disks can be purchased as you need them, rather than all at once like a large hard drive
Data architecture is more resilient; data is spread across many disks, and a drive failure means the disk may still be recoverable
Savings on electrical power (no need to have a NAS box running 24x7)
Most disks are WORM (Write Once Read Many), enabling secure, un-deletable snapshots in time
"Upload" large files to your friends without waiting on your slow internet service by using the mail! LTH disks are great for this because they are so cheap. The post office has no data caps, just stick in an envelope and mail it!
Airgap, read-only security: You data cannot be accessed or changed while it sits on your shelf.
No need to leave 20% of the disk free to prevent file fragmentation

The drive is fast and well featured, at a price not much more than the competition. Don't let the naysayers convince you that "optical media is dead."

Cons: Linux blu ray burning requires significant command-line-fu at this time but is getting better.

Pioneer took months to release its drive utility which is used to control the PowerRead, Quiet Drive, and PureRead2 features. The drive utility is unsurprisingly Windows only. The default Quiet Drive setting attempts to keep the drive quiet (and slow) until needed, but this interferes with reading and writing in Linux, which often gets stuck on the slow, quiet setting. If you use the drive in Linux, you should DISABLE Quiet Drive for full speeds and compatibility. The lack of a utility on release is unacceptable. Minus one egg.

You will need to buy several Blu Ray burners if you plan on using Blu Ray to store your data. Trying to manage your files with only one drive is maddening. Budget accordingly.

Blu Ray is not as widespread as CD and DVD. Can't just hand your parents a Blu Ray disk full of photos like you can a CD or DVD.

Proper Blu Ray video authoring is difficult. I've given up for now and just burn the files to the disk. I've heard most new standalone Blu Ray players will just play them anyways.

Optical media is a bad solution if you constantly update your files; most media is write-once. BD-RW media is still a bit pricey.

The 100GB BD-XL media keeps tempting me with ever-so-slowly-lowering prices, but they are still unaffordable.

Other Thoughts: If you plan on using multiple Blu Ray drives to manage your data, be ready to feed the data monster during simultaneous burns. That means (1) get a quality SSD or (2) get one mechanical drive per Blu Ray burner to feed the drives. 16x BD-R burn = 72 MB/sec of needed data.

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  • Alejandro A.
  • 4/6/2015 4:22:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy this drive.

Pros: Work well for less than 4 months.

Cons: I've owned this drive for less than 4 months, and it no longer reads blu rays, both blank and recorded. What good is a blu ray burner that won't read blu rays? I spoke to Pioneer tech support, and they told that it would take between 2 and 2 1/2 weeks to know if they can fix it or they would have to replace it. This is not my first blu ray burner, the previous brands I owned would at least go 18 months minimum before they had an issue.

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  • DONALD K.
  • 3/16/2015 2:24:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBad bundled software

Pros: it works

Cons: The Cyberlink software that came bundled with this didn't work after a protracted loading sequence. There weren't even any icons. When I complained to Cyberlink they did absolutely nothing, although it took several days and multiple e-mails to even get that far. I haven't used the burner that much yet. My previous Pioneer burner was great. This one seems slow, by comparison, but the biggest drawback is that software. NEVER BUY CYBERLINK ANYTHING!!!

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