- Retail package Model BDR-2209
- Inside Drive Model BDR-209UBK
- 16X Blu-ray Burner
- CyberLink Media Suite 10 Software including
- $79.99 –
- $0.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)
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.
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.
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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