BDR-XU03

6x Magnesium Slim Slot USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD Burner. Horizontal or Vertical Orientation. Supports BDXL™ format. USB Bus Powered.

  • USB 3.0, Super Thin, & Slot Loading Mechanism
  • Horizontal or Vertical Orientation (with included stand)
  • Magnesium Body for Added Strength
  • Supports BDXL, Blu-ray, DVD, and CD media

 

Suggested Price$189.99 Buy Online

Overview

The BDR-XU03 USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD burner is the next generation Blu-ray burner from Pioneer.  The BDR-XU03 has a smooth slot loading mechanism and the drive's body is made of magnesium not plastic, for a professional look and feel.  The BDR-XU03 is our thinnest drive for ultra portability and can be used horizontally or vertically (with the included stand) to save valuable desk space.  Its a perfect drive for Mac users or for those who already have software.

The BDR-XU03 can write to BDXL1 discs, Blu-ray discs, and is backwards compatible with DVD and CD media.  Not only is the BDR-XU03 our thinnest drive, but its also one of the fastest with speeds up to 6x2 for BD-R and BD-R DL media.

The BDR-XU03 also has powerful 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-XU03 Drive Utility.   

The BDR-XU03 measures 5.2" (W) x 0.47" (H) x 5.2" (D) and weighs 0.54 lbs.

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
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • 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 or Vertically
  • USB 3.0
  • Mac OS X 10.6 -10.12/ Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista/ Windows7/ Windows8/ Windows8.1/ Windows10
Dimensions
  • 5.2" (W) x 0.47" (H) x 5.2" (D)
  • 133 (W) x 12 (H) x 133 (D)
  • 245 g or 8.6 oz
Date Description
Aug 5, 2016
Computer Drive Utility Driver for Mac
Version v110
Computer Drive Utility Driver for Mac
Download
Jul 6, 2016
Pioneer BDR-XU03 Drive Utility
Version v0.1
Pioneer BDR-XU03 Drive Utility
Download

Click here for available firmwares

    Frequently Asked Questions for the BDR-XU03

     

    1. - 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.

     

    2. - 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.  

     

    3. - Can I use the BDR-XU03 with any burning/playback/editing software?

    Answer: The BDR-XU03 will work with newer software in a Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3 environment. It will even work with Mac OS X software. 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.

     

    4. - Does the BDR-XU03 work in a Mac OS X environment?

    Answer: The drive can operate in a Mac OS X environment (Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8). 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).  

     

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

    Answer: Yes, the drive can be used in a vertical orientation with the included stand.  

     

    6. - 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-XU03 Drive Utility. This utility is available for download on this website. 

     

    7. - I started the Pioneer BDR-XU03 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-XU03) is used. Connect the drive to the PC and restart the BDR-XU03 utility.

     

    8. - Can I connect the BDR-XU03 to a PC through a USB hub?

    Answer: If the USB hub is powered (AC adapter), the BDR-XU03 may work, however the drive’s read and write speed may be reduced. The BDR-XU03 will not work if the USB hub is not powered.

     

    9. - 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 PC for high-definition copy protected content. For such content, an HDCP display (monitor/TV) is required and it must be connected to the PC 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 laptop computers with built-in displays/monitors, only when using external monitors.

     

    Have additional questions? 

    Contact Pioneer Technical Support at: 800-872-4159