Pioneer Launches Four New External BD DVD CD Writer Models

Compact, ultra-lightweight clamshell type body compatible with USB 3.2 Gen1 (USB Type-C®)

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveiled its new external BD/DVD/CD writer. The advanced BDR-XD08UMB-S model features the latest high-grade rubber coating, while the BDR-XD08B/BDR-XD08S/BDR-XD08G standard model is based on the concept of ease of use.
The BDR-XD08UMB-S is equipped with features for enjoying music on a PC, such as the latest and most powerful version PureRead4+*1, which faithfully reads audio CD data.
BDR-XD08B/BDR-XD08S/BDR-XD08G is equipped with PureRead3+*1. In addition, all models include a Type-C conversion cable, providing easy connection to PCs equipped with Type-C connectors, and an L-shaped USB cable that allows you to connect to the drive in either direction. Also, CyberLink® Media Suite 10 for Windows® OS is available for download free of charge using the bundled product key.

Other features include a new Custom Eco function that reduces power consumption.

BDR-XD08UMB-S product webpage
BDR-XD08B product webpage
BDR-XD08S product webpage
BDR-XD08G product webpage



(1) Latest high-grade rubber coating (BDR-XD08UMB-S)

Featuring the latest high-grade rubber coating from Japanese coating manufacturer Musashi Paint Co., Ltd., which provides some of the best resistance against scratching and peeling in the industry. We have dedicated a great amount of care to the way the product feels when picked up, giving it a luxury feel.

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(2) Equipped with best-in-class PureRead 4+*1for accurate reading of CDs (BDR-XD08UMB-S)

PureRead adjusts the reading method and reads data again as necessary to minimize the occurrence of errors in data interpolation caused when scratches, fingerprints, or disc manufacturing defects prevent audio data from being read correctly during CD audio playback. This product features the latest and most powerful version, PureRead 4+, with significantly improved audio data read performance. BDR-XD08B/BDR-XD08S/BDR-XD08G are equipped with PureRead3+*1.


(3) Compact, ultra-lightweight body

  • Clamshell type design enables the easy insertion and removal of a disc in a narrow space
  • Ultra-lightweight body (230g / 0.51 lb) about the size of a CD case
  • Reversible L-shaped USB cable allows you to place the drive to the left or right of the PC with ease*2


l-shapped connection



(4) Easy connection to PCs equipped with Type-C connectors

Type-C conversion cable (included) for easy connection to PCs equipped with Type-C connectors.


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(5) Custom Eco function helps reduce the drive's power consumption*3

If the drive does not receive any commands (instructions for operation) from the PC for a specified period, this function will reduce the drive’s power consumption, such as by stopping the disc from rotating or reducing the disc rotation speed. Shortening this specified period will make the drive enter the power saving mode earlier.


(6) Compatible with M-DISC for long-term data archiving

These products are compatible with M-DISC optical media for archiving, developed by US-based Millenniata Inc.

M-DISC format supports M-DISC DVD/BD media (including 25GB Single Layer (SL), 50GB Dual Layer (DL) and 100GB Triple Layer (TL)).


(7) Other features

Separately sold AC adapter (DCA-003)
The compatible AC adapter (DCA-003) is available for purchase from the following website:

Equipped with Advanced Quiet Drive Feature to reduce drive noise

Includes a Forced Open Lever
Forced Open Lever allows you to open the lid and remove the disc manually when you forget to eject it, without using any special tools or turning the power on.


(8) Drive function setting tool, Pioneer BD Drive Utility, available for download free of charge

PureRead, Custom Eco function and Advanced Quiet Drive Feature can be configured as well as enabled and disabled with the Pioneer BD Drive Utility.
* Drive Utility for macOS Catalina® 10.15 or later is Drive Utility Lite.
* When using Drive Utility Lite, operate without a disc inserted.


(9) Windows Software, CyberLink Media Suite 10*4is included.
(available for download free of charge)

  *Application Software for macOS® is not included.    


       PowerDVD® 14Ultra HD Blu-ray™*5compatible, BDXL compatible, BD/DVD playback software

       PowerDirector® 19 DEVideo editing software

       Power2Go® 11BDXL compatible disc writing software

       LabelPrint2.5Label design and printing software

       PhotoDirector® 10 LEPhoto editing software

       AudioDirector® 7 LEAudio editing software for video

       ColorDirector® 5 LEColor editing software for video

       For BDR-XD08B/BDR-XD08S/BDR-XD08G

       PowerDVD 14BDXL compatible, BD/DVD playback software

       PowerDirector 19 DEVideo editing software

       Power2Go 11BDXL compatible disc writing software

       LabelPrint 2.5Label design and printing software

       PhotoDirector 10 LEPhoto editing software

       AudioDirector 7 LEAudio editing software for video

       ColorDirector 5 LEColor editing software for video

*1 Not all discs or all portions of discs may be playable if they are too damaged.

*2 The L-shaped USB cable can connect to the drive in either direction, but when plugged in with the cord extending to the right, the cable blocks the AC Adapter Connector. To avoid damage if using an optional AC adapter, plug in the USB cable so the cord extends to the left.

*3 Custom Eco settings can only be changed in Windows. After changing the settings in Windows, the device can be used with a Mac®.

*4 These are bundled software versions. The specifications, functions and version numbers differ for the software when offered on a stand-alone basis. Regarding bundled software, direct inquiries to the following software manufacturers. CyberLink Support Center

*5 Mac does not support Ultra HD Blu-ray playback.

Playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray™ requires a separate device that supports HDMI2.0a, HDCP2.2, HDR (recommended) standards and a CPU that supports Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology. Intel SGX has been removed from Intel 11th generation and newer CPUs, and support for SGX may be removed on new versions of Intel drivers or utility programs such as Intel SGX and Intel Management Engine drivers and firmware in the future. Such changes could cause these platforms to lose support for Ultra HD Blu-ray movie disc playback. For information on other PC environment requirements, download the Ultra HD Blu-ray Advisor Tool to your PC, and check.


Specifications/ Operating environment


USB 3.2 Gen1/3.1 Gen1/3.0/2.0USB Type-C

Mounting Orientation

The drive can only be used on a horizontal surface (desk, table, etc.).


133 mm(W)×14.8 mm(H)×133 mm(D)

5-15/64 in.(W)×37/64 in.(H)×5-15/64 in.(D)

Drive net weight

230g (0.51 lb)

Operating System

Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1

OS X El Capitan® 10.11, macOS Sierra® 10.12, macOS High Sierra® 10.13, macOS Mojave® 10.14, macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS Big Sur® 11, macOS Monterey® 12

Included Accessories

Owner's manual (including application product key and warranty information)

L-shaped USB cable (Type-A)

USB exchange cable (Type-A → Type-C)

For details on specifications and operating environment, please refer to the product website.
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BDR-XD08UMB-S product website
BDR-XD08B product website
BDR-XD08S product website
BDR-XD08G product website



Trademarks and registered trademarks

• Pioneer and the Pioneer logo are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.

• Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

•Mac, OS X El Capitan, macOS, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

• M-DISC is a trademark of Millenniata, Inc.

•BLU-RAY DISC, BDXL, and the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association.

•CyberLink, CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink Power2Go, CyberLink PowerDirector, CyberLink AudioDirector,

CyberLink ColorDirector, CyberLink LabelPrint and CyberLink PhotoDirector are trademarks or registered trademarks of CyberLink Corporation.

•USB Type-C is a registered trademark of USB Implementers Forum.

•All other product and brand names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks to their respective companies.