BDR-XD05W

6x Slim Portable USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD Burner. Perfect for Mac users. Supports BDXL™ format. Ultra lightweight. USB Bus Powered.

  • Ideal for Mac OS users
  • USB 3.0
  • Ultra Lightweight and Portable (8.5 oz)
  • Auto Quiet, PowerRead™, and PureRead 2+ features
  • Supports BDXL, Blu-ray, DVD, and CD media

 

Suggested Price$89

Overview

The BDR-XD05W is one of the world's smallest and lightest BD/DVD/CD portable burners supporting BDXL.  The ultra-compact USB 3.0 drive is ideal for Mac users or for those who already have software.  The BDR-XD05W can write to BDXL1 discs, Blu-ray discs and is backwards compatible to support DVD and CD media.  Not only is the BDR-XD05W one of the smallest and lightest Blu-ray drives in the market, but its also one of the fastest with speeds up to 6x2 for BD-R and BD-R DL media.

The BDR-XD05W also has unique features such as PowerRead™, Auto Quiet mode, and PureRead2+. PowerRead3 can provide smoother movie playback when a disc has fingerprints or minor surface scratches.  Auto Quiet mode intelligently adjusts the disc rotation speed to reduce noise (useful while watching movies or listening to music), and PureRead4 automatically adjusts the drive parameters to minimize sound glitches during music playback.   Auto Quiet mode and PureRead can be configured as well as enabled and disabled with the Pioneer BDR-XD05W Drive Utility.  The utility is available for download here.    

The portable device, measuring only 5.2" (W) X 0.55" (H) X 5.2" (D) and weighing a mere 8.46 ounces, also has the ability to be powered directly via USB (no AC adaptor needed).

In a Mac OS environment, Finder can be used to read and write to BDXL, Blu-ray, DVD and CD media, and DVD Player can play back DVD movies.  Blu-ray playback requires additional software (not included).  Of course other Mac software that supports optical drives can access the BDR-XD05W also.

 

Drive Features

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™).

 

Faster burning
6x2 writing on BD-R single-layer and dual-layer discs.  4x writing on BD-R triple-layer and quad layer discs.

An eco-friendly drive

  • Smaller packaging - saves resources and fuel for transportation.
  • Reduced power consumption on external USB drives which allows for eco-friendly USB bus-powered drives.
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 quickly move forward to the next available data point, resulting in smoother Blu-ray and DVD movie playback3.
A smarter drive
Pioneer drives with Auto Quiet mode, monitor how they are being used and will adjust their speed automatically – high speed for data transfer, and low speed for music or movie playback.
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 possible4.
Wide blank media support
Pioneer strives to have best in class performance over a wide range of media – our drives achieve this for a large variety of BD and DVD media. Refer to the drive’s media support list for all supported media and the write speed that can be achieved.
 
Write Support
  • BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-R TL, BD-R QL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, BD-RE TL
  • DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM
  • CD-R, CD-RW
Read Support
  • BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL, BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-R TL, BD-R QL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, BD-RE TL
  • DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM DL, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM
  • CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW
Write Speed
  • BD-R SL/DL = 6x, BD-R TL/QL = 4x, BD-R LTH = 6x
  • BD-RE SL/DL/TL = 2x
  • 8x
  • 6x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 6x
  • 6x
  • 24x
  • 24x
Read Speed
  • BD-R SL/DL = 6x, BD-R TL/QL = 4x, BD-R LTH = 6x
  • BD-RE SL/DL = 6x, BD-RE TL = 4x
  • BD-ROM SL/DL = 6x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 24x
  • 24x
  • 24x
Other Specifications
  • 4MB
  • Horizontally
  • USB 3.0
  • Mac OS X 10.8/10.7/10.6 & Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3
Dimensions
  • 5.2" (W) x 0.55" (H) x 5.2" (D)
  • 133 (W) x 14.8 (H) x 133 (D)
  • 230g or 8.1 oz

 

Date Description
Oct 17, 2013
BDR-XD05W Mac Drive Utility
Version 1.10
The BDR-XD05W drive utility allows users to adjust PureRead, and Auto Quiet Mode settings.

BDR-XD05W Drive Utility - Mac OS

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    Frequently Asked Questions for the BDR-XD05W

     

    1. - Are both USB connectors needed for operation?

    Answer: When using a USB 3.0 port, only the main connector is needed.  The small cabled secondary port is not needed.  When using a USB 2.0 port, both connectors might be needed as some computers output less power than others through the USB ports. On some PCs, one USB cable is enough, but to be safe and to avoid write errors, connecting both USB cables is highly recommended.  If using only one USB connector, the main USB connector must be used, not the secondary connector (short cable) that is attached to the main connector.

     

    2. - How can I get my disc out of the drive when it’s not powered?

    Answer: There is a lever on the bottom of the drive. Moving the lever back will cause the cover to open even when there is no power applied to the drive.

     

    3. - Is connection by USB 2.0 fast enough to watch Blu-ray titles?

    Answer: To watch Blu-ray titles, you need to read the Blu-ray Disc at 1x.  To watch Blu-ray 3D titles, you need to read the disc at 2x.  Connection by USB 2.0 can allow reading of Blu-ray Discs up to 6x, so USB 2.0 is more than enough in most operating environments.  Of course with USB 3.0, its even more than enough.  Note that in a Mac OS environment, Blu-ray playback requires additional software (not included).

     

    4. - Can I see the files I burned to a BDXL disc on any Blu-ray drive?

    Answer: BDXL discs can only be read on BDXL drives.  

     

    5. - Can I use the BDR-XD05W with other burning/playback/editing software?

    Answer: The BDR-XD05W will work with newer software in  Mac OS X 10.8/10.7/10.6 and Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3 environments. However, as with all current Blu-ray drives, it will not work with playback software that does not support Bus Encryption. Bus Encryption was implemented into playback software in 2011.

     

    6. - Does the BDR-XD05W work in a Mac OS X environment?

    Answer: The drive can operate in a Mac OS X environment (Mac OS X 10.8/10.7/10.6).  In a Mac OS environment, use Finder to read and write to Blu-ray, DVD and CD media.  Use DVD Player to play back DVD movies.  Blu-ray playback requires additional software (not included).   

     

    7. - Can I use the drive in a vertical orientation?

    Answer: No, the drive should only be used in a horizontal (lying down) orientation.

     

    8. - How can I change the PureRead and Auto Quiet Mode settings?

    Answer: PureRead and Auto Quiet Mode can be configured as well as enabled and disabled with the Pioneer BDR-XD05W Drive Utility. This utility is available for download on this website. 

     

    9. - I started the Pioneer BDR-XD05W Drive Utility. Why are all the options grayed-out and it says “Target is not found”?

    Answer: Ensure that the drive is connected and recognized by the computer before starting the utility. Ensure that the correct utility (BDR-XD05W) is used. Connect the drive to the computer and restart the BDR-XD05W utility.

     

    10. - Can I connect the BDR-XD05W to a PC through a USB hub?

    Answer: If the USB hub is powered (AC adapter), the BDR-XD05W may work, however the drive’s read and write speed may be reduced. The BDR-XD05W will not work if the USB hub is not powered.

     

    11. - Why can’t I play Blu-ray titles or high definition copy protected content, but I can play DVDs?

    Answer: From January 1, 2012, all playback software is required to disable analog outputs from the computer for high-definition copy protected content. For such content, an HDCP display (monitor/TV) is required and it must be connected to the computer using a digital DVI (DVI-D), HDMI, or DisplayPort cable. The best way to know if a display supports HDCP is if it has HDMI inputs. The next best way is to look at the display's user manual. When playing non-copy-protected high definition video (such as home videos), or copy protected DVDs, the computer’s analog outputs are enabled and non-HDCP display systems will work. Note: This limitation is not applicable to Macbook/iMacs/Notebook computers with built-in displays, but only when using external monitors.

     

    Have additional questions? 

    Contact Pioneer Technical Support at: 800-872-4159