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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
OWC Releases Mercury Pro 16x Blu-Ray Writer

Other World Computing (OWC) has upgraded the OWC Mercury Pro External Blu-ray Optical Drive to 16X BD-R write speeds, 128 GB BDXL compatibility, and high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity.

In addition to single and double layer BD-R discs, the LG-based Mercury Pro External (WH16NS40) offers support for up to 100 GB of data on triple layer BDXL-R/BDXL RE discs and up to 128 GB on quad layer BDXL-R discs.

The drive offers USB 3.0, FireWire 800, and eSATA multi-interface data connection options. It comes bundled with Prosoft Engineering Data Backup 3, Smile DiscLabel and Roxio Toast 11 Titanium media toolkit software packages.

The OWC Mercury Pro External Blu-ray optical drive is available today for $167.99.

Product Specifications:

  • Chipset: Initio 1615 and 3609
  • Optical Drive Support: 5.25" SATA optical dries (all CD & DVD deices and Blu-ray dries 6.7 in (17cm) and shorter)
  • LED Indicator: Preconfigured solutions only
  • Solution Material:ABS Plastic

Port Configuration

  • USB 3.0 (2.0 Backwards Compatible) - 1 Port
  • FireWire 800 (1394b) - 2 Ports
  • FireWire 400 (1394a) - 1 Port
  • Max Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0 - 3.0Gbps (or 300MB/sec)
  • USB 2.0 - 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)
  • USB 1.1 - 12Mbps (or 1.5MB/sec)
  • FireWire 800 - 800Mbps (or 100MB/sec)
  • FireWire 400 - 400Mbps (or 50MB/sec)
  • Cooling: Fan Cooled

    Macintosh System Requirements

    • FireWire Interface and OS X 10.3 or later
    • USB 3.0 / 2.0 Interface and OS X 10.3 or later
    Windows System Requirements
    • FireWire Interface and Windows XP SP2 or later.
    • USB 3.0 / 2.0 Interface and Windows XP SP2 or later.

    External Case Dimensions: 6.3 in (D) x 11.3 in (W) x 3.1 in (H) (16.00 cm x 28.70 cm x 7.87 cm)

    Enclosure Weight: 4.0lbs (1.81kg)


    • (operating) 5C - 55C (41F - 131F)
    • (non-operating) -40C - 65C (-40F - 149F)

    Relatie Humidity

    • (operating) 8% - 90% RH (Non-condensing)
    • (non-operating) 5% - 95% RH (Non-condensing)


    • (operating) 65G 2ms
    • (non-operating) 175G 2ms

    Warranty: OWC 1 Year Solution Warranty

    LG Super Multi Blue Specs:

    Physical: Height (max) 41.3mm (1.6") Width (max) 146.0mm (5.7") Length (max) 172mm (6.8") Weight (typical) 0.8kg (1.8lbs.)

    Maximum Read Speeds

    • BD-RE/ROM DL/-R DL:8X
    • BD-RE DL/ BD-R TL/QL: 6X
    • DVD-RAM 5X
    • DVD-R/+R/DVD-ROM SL 16X
    • CD-ROM: 48X
    • CD-RW: 40X

    Maximum Write Speeds

    • BD-R/DVD+R/DVD-R: 16X
    • BD-RE SL/DL/TL: 2X
    • BD-R DL/TL: 12X
    • BD-R QL, DVD+RW: 6X
    • M-DISC/+M: 4X
    • DVD-RAM: 5X
    • DVD-R DL /+R DL: 8X
    • CD-R: 48X
    • CD-RW: 24X

    Access Time

    • BD-ROM: 180ms typ.
    • DVD-ROM: 160ms typ.
    • DVD-RAM: 180ms typ.
    • CD-ROM: 150ms typ.

    Supported Formats:

    BD-ROM (SL/DL), BD-RE (SL/DL), BD-R (SL/DL), DVD-ROM (SL/DL), DVD-R (SL/DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R (SL/DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, CD-ROM, CD-ROM, XA-Ready, CD-I, Photo-CD (Single & Multi-Session), ideo-CD, CD-Audio Disc, Mixed Mode, CD-ROM (Data and Audio), CD-R, CD-RW

    • OWC Disc Labeling Software Bundle for Mac OS X
    • Prosoft Engineering Data Backup 3 for Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later

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