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LG have a reputation for providing the optical drives used in most laptops and desktops PCs and have held that position for many years. Their drives may not be the most expensive, but are generally reliable and forgiving of media brands, something that cannot be said of some 'prime' brands of writer where a limited range of media is known to be compatible. Such restrictions may result in poor review ratings for certain products.

I had long chosen LG writers where an external drive was needed and it therefore made sense to select this model over several others. All sides and edges are gently rounded which makes it attractive on the desktop. USB 2.0 only - it can be used if USB 3.0 sockets are the sole version available - and it has a single connector on the drive for power and data. However, as with many other external optical drives, it uses a Y-adapter in order to ensure a sufficient amount of power is always delivered. You may not need to use both, but some laptops and hubs do not deliver anything close to the 500mA minimally required. You may need to consider that if you need to use both connectors, they will need to be in close proximity and on some laptops that is simply not possible. You may therefore need to invest in a reliable hub in order to use this drive effectively. Many buyers will need to use only the main, and slightly the thicker cabled, USB connector and ignore the auxilliary. As with other similar drives, the overall cable length is around a half-metre in length, which should suffice with a laptop but may be insufficient for a desktop PC. Short USB extension cables (0.5 or 1m) could be used where needed.

Although another reviewer claims that the casing is thin and very flexible, it is not and its generally domed top adds greatly to its strength and resilience. In contrast to a similar external DVD writer of another brand which needs to be very carefully handled as excessive pressure on its casing will prevent the disk drawer from opening and closing, this is much sturdier and will take a little more rough handling. The disk drawer has a metal base and is therefore stronger and less flexible than those which are completely plastic. The Eject button is a small and only slightly protruding disk, either side of which are small pinhead LEDs, the left one to indicate disk read access and the right when writing to media.

In addition to the rather minimal documentation provided you get a disk of software, mostly CyberLink products, including a version of their 3D DVD player and Power2Go. There is no driver software as it is Plug & Play!

Thus far, and it is early days, I have written a few each of CDs, DVDs (single and Dual-layer) and Blu-ray media (25GB only) of a mix of brands and all had been written successfully. It is a little slower in writing all media types than other drives I own which are all full-sized, but this is normal of all portable writers, regardless of media types usable and brand. It therefore appears to be a reliable design. Most media was written with Nero 12 although a couple of disks were originally ISOs and burned with other software.

Reasonably priced, attractive and recommended.
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on 16 July 2013
Excellent product. I was able to write to Blu-Ray from my IMac 2008 and Toast without a hitch.
Being an external drive, I was also able to use it on my PC using Nero.
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on 27 February 2013
I have purchased the LG BP40N having reviewed all about its technical characteristics, positive and negative. It serves perfectly my work, which is occasional BD burning using Nero under Windows 8. Additional use is under Mac OS X 10.8.2 BD reading, by using dedicated BD Software Mac Blue Ray Player by Macgo.

I work on a 2011 MacBook Pro 15" portable with both Mac OS X and Windows 8 (Bootcamp Partitioned 120 GB with Win 7 Drivers for Mac).

The LG BP40N external BD burner works perfectly under both environments, although burning BD is only available under windows. Apple does not support BD burning but through the SW mentioned above, one may enjoy BD playback. Burning of High Definition movies under OS X is possible and worked perfectly with the LG BP40N by using Toast Titanium SW in OS X 10.8.

The LG BP40 installed with no problem in both operating systems Mac and Win 8. It plays back all BD I have tried, official BD titles and BD data and movies disks previously burnet in a BD internal burner. Under Win 8 and by using Nero 12, recently bought from Nero.com, the LG done its job as expected.

In all circumstances the BD disks used were original BD Brands, rather expensive compared to clones. I have burnet 8 BD home made movies in TDK T78301 BD-R, with no rejects or faulty disks. Also burnet several Sony DVD-R disks under OS X with no problem from the LG BP40.

In short its a good machine doing its job reliably. One may find drives which outperform the LG BP40N characteristics, but its hard to say if these work adequately under both Operating Systems, Mac and Windows in the same Portable Computer (Macbook Pro).

I have not installed or used the accompanied SW disk since I use Nero 12 for my purposes under win 8, and hence I cannot comment on any of the offered programs.

The reseller, Quantum Wireless shipped and delivered the product in two working days from UK to Greece in a perfect condition. Notably the delivery time was extremely short. The five stars rating goes for both the reseller and the drive which as I have mentioned serves its purpose for the money it costs.

I hope the information above are useful - mainly to Mac users.
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on 14 October 2012
Would love to give LG another chance but since they have already cost me £24 in wasted in discs, I will have to look elsewhere.

I was using high quality Verbatim BD-R at about £3 each and the intention was to burn data for backup purposes. The device comes with a lot of software that takes ages to install and I installed everything and used the LG burning tool which doesn't detect files that Windows' own burn facility can detect - and also doesn't tell you which files it has rejected.

Once you get round these niggles and start burning, my unit was obviously faulty because it got to about 65% of the way through 5 different discs each at 21-23GB (not the same data each time to rule this out as a cause) and then failed. No detail in the error, no reason, just a failure. Disc unusable each time, game over.

Also tried using Windows 7 burn and same result. Tried to check support on LG website: model doesn't even exist on their own website. Queried this with LG in an email. They replied and said no chance of any compensation (despite my photos of the reverse of the discs clearly showing they were all failing in the same place) and they totally ignored the comment about the model not existing on their website.

Will I risk another unit from LG and waste more money in lost discs? No. I also tried 3 different Blu-Ray films to test the playback and only one worked (they all work on my Sony player). The other 2 crashed the LG playback software with a fatal error containing no detail about what caused the crash.
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on 9 November 2013
We needed a blue ray player for the laptop when we are away, plus the bonus of the M discs for storage
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on 23 March 2015
I bought this to go with a new mac book pro and wanted blu ray dual layer. I had bought the supa drive from apple but this has displaced it entirley. A great drive when used with Toast Titanium 12. Mac OSX doesn't support blu ray natively.
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on 19 October 2014
excellent product, works straight out the box on Windows 7. excellent quality blu ray's burned and good source of backing up data. fairly quick for every day use.
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on 9 June 2014
thought a blu-ray drive would play dvds of all regions (I don't own bluray disc)....
very inconsistent in terms of which one it plays and which it doesn't.
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on 18 May 2015
Very happy small and portable work well with my laptop and it reads M-Discs too.
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on 5 March 2015
Excellent drive. Works well with my Microsoft Surface Pro 2.
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