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LiteOn External Blu-ray Disc Combo review

Add Blu-ray functionality to your PC with the excellent LiteOn External Blu-ray Disc Combo

Our Verdict

For

  • Portable design
  • 3D Blu-ray compatibility
  • Blu-ray and DVD burning
  • USB powered

Against

  • Blu-ray needs a fairly powerful PC

The LiteOn External Blu-ray Disc Combo is an easy way to add Blu-ray playback to your computer. Its slim, stylish design makes it especially useful for small media centre PCs.

Setup was easy – all we had to do was connect the drive to two USB ports (one for data, one for power) and our test computer was ready to read and write Blu-ray discs.

The drive itself is slim and light enough to carry around, and when connected to a laptop with HDMI out, it makes an excellent portable Blu-ray player that can be connected quickly to a HD TV.

The drive comes with Cyberlink PowerDVD software, which allows playback of 3D Blu-rays. It's a good program with well implemented internet features, turning the LiteOn External Blu-ray Disc Combo into an incredibly versatile device. Its 3D Blu-ray compatibility and the fact that it runs almost completely silently will be big draws for dedicated movie fans.

This drive can also read and write to a huge array of disc formats, including BD-ROM, BD-RE and DVD-RAM, which makes it a great purchase for much more than just home entertainment. When it comes to playing Blu-ray movies, performance is unaffected by the fact that the drive is external, and high definition content looked incredible on our test monitor.

If you're interested in playing full-screen high definition material – especially in 3D – remember that your computer needs enough graphical power to keep everything running smoothly; underpowered computers will lead to stuttering. A fairly recent machine with a dedicated graphics card will have no problem playing back Blu-rays though.

Another thing that's worth noting before you buy is that your monitor must be connected to your PC via either DVI or HDMI, because Blu-ray playback isn't possible over a VGA cable.

Reading and writing Blu-ray discs took slightly longer than with internal drives, but in our eyes the convenience of the external drive makes up for the disparity.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Media Layer SupportedDouble-layer
ColourWhite, Grey
Brand NameLite-On
Form FactorExternal
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0
Maximum DVD Write Speed8x
Maximum DVD Rewrite Speed8x
Maximum DVD Read Speed8x
Maximum CD Write Speed24x
Maximum CD Rewrite Speed24x
Maximum CD Read Speed24x
Maximum BD Read Speed6x
Height21 mm
Width145 mm
Depth155.8 mm
ManufacturerLite-On Technology Corporation
Product ModelESEU206
Product NameESEU206 6x Blu-ray Slim Drive
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberESEU206-04
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.liteon.com
Marketing Information

Lite-On announces today the introduction of their first external slim Blu-ray drive: eSEU206. The eSEU206 is a highly portable USB powered Blu-ray COMBO drive that can read Blu-ray discs at 6x speed. The eSEU206 can write DVD- and CD media at 8x speed and 24x speed respectively.

Weight (Approximate)350 g