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Jason W.

Jason W.

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Good external Blu-ray Drive for Movie Ripping

SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim Portable Blu-ray Writer Model SE-506CB/RSWD
SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim Portable Blu-ray Writer Model SE-506CB/RSWD

Pros: No special setup or software required for use on a Mac when reading regular DVD's. Just plugged into the USB on back of iMac, and was ready to go.

Cons: USB cable supplied is pretty short, only about 1ft. long. Using the drive to play Blu-ray movies in VLC took some internet research on how / where to add files to the installation such that these titles would play (built-in DVD player did not work either).

Overall Review: My overall goal was the ability to make back-up versions of my Blu-ray movies to stream high-definition to an Apple TV, and this indeed is a nice drive for that work. Overall scenario is rip with MakeMKV, re-encode with Handbrake, and add tags and artwork with Meta-Z - entire process is about two hours long for a regular length movie.

10/18/2015

Economical USB 2.0 switch with a VERY long controller button cord.

Rosewill USB 2.0 Sharing Switch Box, 4 Port USB 2.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch Hub Adapter for 2 PC Computers to Share USB Devices via PC Select Controller w/ 70-inch Cable - RCUS-17001
Rosewill USB 2.0 Sharing Switch Box, 4 Port USB 2.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch Hub Adapter for 2 PC Computers to Share USB Devices via PC Select Controller w/ 70-inch Cable - RCUS-17001

Pros: - Very long control button cord, offers a lot of flexibility in placement. - Works quickly, about ~1 sec. to get keyboard / mouse control transferred. - Was able to switch a web camera with this device, though I did receive a message that the speed / resolution would be reduced (Logitech StreamCam).

Cons: - The PC1 / PC2 USB cables are not overly long, so those connections cannot be very far apart. - I'd prefer to have the PC connection cables coming out opposite sides for my setup, but that is dependent on where the two computers are located of course. - Speed limited due to USB 2.0, but you get what you pay for.

Overall Review: It is USB so of course just plug-and-play, I have it set up under a desk so the lights are not visible or useful, but really not essential anyway. Allows me to use a single keyboard / mouse with my work-from-home setup, where I was already sharing a screen but had to swap back-and-forth between input devices. Looked at true KVM switches, but they of course were WAY more money for high-resolution / high-speed display support. Now I just toggle the display input with the button on the monitor, and hit the USB control button, and everything swaps between my laptop and desktop quickly and efficiently.