External Blu-Ray Drive Recommendations?

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  1. Dane

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    Can anyone recommend an external blu-ray reader (specifically for the SP2)?

    I'm looking mostly just to watch movies, but also to rip movies so I can watch them when travelling, etc.

    Thanks
     
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    Many thanks, as the Surface family only has the one port, I think the Samsung looks ideal.
     
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    Check if they have an external power supply. Sometimes when you are burning the power coming from the USB is not "powerful" enough.
     
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    The probability of my actually using it for burning it quite low, but thanks for the tip.
     
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    The Samsung is USB 2.0, that's why it will work with just the standard USB 2.0 cable.

    If that spec meets your use case, then fine; otherwise, per all the research I have done, if you want a USB 3.0-spec device, then it will either have a Y-cable or a power adapter.
     
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    So are you saying this actually works on your surface pro, which only has one USB port? Or that it needs a hub and a power supply for the hub to work?

    Does the Rosewill RDED-12001 have a power jack?
     
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    For a Y-cable device to work, it needs TWO ports. Therefore, by itself, the Rosewill does not work with the Surface Pro as-is. For my use case, I only need an optical drive in the rare occasion I can only access some software (e.g., legacy) via DVD/CD. This, for me, means I only need the optical device at home while docked and, in my case, "docked" means connected to a 10-port USB 3.0 hub. Thus, I have the additional free spare ports needed for the Rosewill's Y-cable; it does not require a power adapter (since it uses two ports).
     

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