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External Blu-ray/DVD Writer 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback & M-DISC™ Support

  • BE16NU50

Superior data protection with M-DISC™ Support

The M-DISC™uses a patent rock-like recording surface instead of organic dye to etch your data onto a disc. The M-DISC has been tested and proven to outlast standard DVDs currently on the market.

Silent Play

The Silent Play technology helps reduce noise during playback by recognizing different multimedia and automatically adjusting the playback speed according to its criteria for optimal performance.

Super Multi Compatibility

LG Super Multi Compatibility optical drives can read and write different types of disc formats in one convenient package.
1. DVD+R 2. RW DVD-R 3. RW DVD-RAM 4. Blu-ray Disc
This gives you the option to choose the media best suited for each task

Experience 3D Blu-ray

Take entertainment to the next level with 3D using the new Power BD-DVD 3D ver. Software bundle. You can now enjoy the excitement of all your favorite Blu-ray titles on your PC and with 2D to 3D converting you can bring a new dimension to all your videos.

BDXL™ Support: Ultimate Capacity

Three Layer BDXL-R/BDXL RE discs offer 100GB capacity while quad layer BDXL-R discs boast 128GB storage capacity on a single disc. It is equivalent of 27 standard DVDs or 5 single layer Blu-ray discs.

Windows 10 Compatible

Enjoy complete freedom in use with compatible support for Windows 10.

Superspeed USB 3.0

Give yourself an instant upgrade as the new SUPERSPEED USB 3.0 is up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and higher-transfer rates of 5Gbps compared to USB 2.0 that only offered 480Mbps you can now send and receive data simultaneously.

16x BD-R Writing

Capture all the excitement of Blu-ray with the 16x BD-R writing capability. Plus, now you can store more data on to BDXL™ discs.

BD-R (SL) USB3.0 : 2x, 4x CLV, 6x, 8x, 10x PCAV, 12x CAV, 16x ZCLV, USB2.0 : 2x, 4x CLV, 6x PCAV
BD-R(DL) USB3.0 : 2x, 4x CLV, 6x, 8x, 10x PCAV, 12x CAV, USB2.0 : 2x, 4x CLV, 6x PCAV
BD-R (TL) USB3.0 : 2x, 4x CLV, 6x , 8x ZCLV, USB2.0 : 2x, 4x CLV, 6x ZCLV
BD-R(QL) 2x, 4x CLV, 6x ZCLV
BD-R (LTH) USB3.0 : 2x, 4x CLV, 6x, 8x PCAV, USB2.0 : 2x, 4x CLV, 6x PCAV
DVD-R (SL) 2x, 4x CLV, 8x PCAV, 16x CAV
DVD-R (DL) 4x CLV, 8x ZCLV
DVD+R (SL) 4x CLV, 8x PCAV, 16x CAV
M-Disc DVD(DVD+R) 4x CLV
DVD+R (DL) 2.4x, 4x CLV, 8x ZCLV
DVD+RW 4x, 6x CLV, 8x ZCLV
DVD-RW 2x, 4x, 6x CLV
DVD-RAM 2x, 3x, 5x CLV
CD-R 8x, 16x CLV, 24x, 32x, 40x PCAV, 48x CAV
CD-RW 4x, 10x, 16x CLV, 24x ZCLV
BD-ROM (SL/DL) USB3.0 : 12x / 8x CAV, USB2.0 : 6X CAV
BD-R (SL/DL) USB3.0 : 12x / 8x CAV, USB2.0 : 6X CAV
BD-R (TL/QL) 6x / 6x CAV
BD-R (SL/LTH) USB3.0 : 8x CAV, USB2.0 : 6X CAV
BD-RE (SL/DL) USB3.0 : 10x / 6x CAV, USB2.0 : 6x CAV
BDMV (AACS Compliant Disc) (SL/DL) USB3.0 : 12x / 8x CAV (SL/DL), USB2.0 : 6X CAV
DVD-ROM (SL/DL) 16x / 12x CAV
DVD-R (SL/DL) 16x / 12x CAV
DVD+R (SL/DL) 16x / 12x CAV
DVD-RAM 2x, 3x, 5x CLV
DVD-Video (CSS Compliant Disc) (SL/DL) 12x / 8x CAV
CD-R/RW/ROM 48x / 40x / 48x CAV
Silent Play Yes
Jamless Play Yes
BD-ROM 180ms typ.
DVD-ROM 160ms typ.
CD-ROM 150ms typ.
BD-ROM 71.92 MB/s (16x)
DVD-ROM 22.16 Mbytes/s (16x) max.
CD-ROM 7.2 MB/s (48x) max.
DVD-ROM 1.5Gbps bits/s (10b side), 1.2Gbps bits/s (8b side)
Buffer Size 4 MB Buffer Under-run prevention function embedded
External (Host) USB 2.0 (480Mbits/s) , USB 3.0 (5Gbits/s)
Internal (Drive) SATA
RoHS Yes
Safety UL UL 60950-1 Second Edition
C-UL CSA C222 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
TUV / SEMKO EN 60950-1 / EN60825-1
EMC CE Marking,FCC
Laser Safety Class 1 laser product comply with DHHS rules 21 CFR Subchapter J Class 1 laser product to EN60825-q/IEC 60825-1
CPU Intel@Pentium D 3.2GHz or Higher (with USB 2.0)
Recommended Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz or higher
HDD 30GB or more of available space (60GB for Blu-ray Disc authoring)
RAM 1GB or Higher
BD Movie Playback: CPU Following CPU recommended -Intel: E6400 or higher
Graphic Card- nVidia GeForce 7600GT or higher / GeForce 8400 or higher. Graphic Card Driver shall meet AACS compliance criteria.
Graphic Card- ATI ATI Radeon HD 2400 or higher Graphic Card Driver shall meet AACS compliance criteria.
Windows Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 6.3" x 2.0" x 8.7" (160mm x 50mm x 222 mm)
Weight 1000± 30g
External Blu-ray / DVD Writer Yes
Blu-ray Drive Install Disc for Windows PowerDVD, Power2Go, PowerProducer, MediaEspresso
USB 3.0 Cable Yes
Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty on Optical Drives, Call Toll-Free 800.243.0000
UPC 719192608061

What People Are Saying

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mac Compatible external Blu-Ray, M-DISC, 3D compat I bought this unit so that I could back up data using a Windows PC as it did not advertise macOS compatability. I decided to try it out with my MacBook Pro and it recognised the drive flawlessly. There is no need for any 3rd party software - it works out of the box (I ran it on a Mid 2012 MacBook Pro i5 2.5GHz, 16GB, macOS 10.12.6). You will need to get some playback software from the net, but there are plenty of options out there now. I have since tried it on my Mac Mini and have had no issues whatsoever. The read and write speeds quoted are accurate and I normally get about +5% more than these actual speeds. Complaints from other reviews about excessive noise have not presented themselves yet. This is a visually slick looking, quiet, quality burner which does what it says on the packet.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replacement for BE14NU40 I bought this unit to replace my BE14NU40, which worked flawlessly for a little over a years, but stopped recognizing Blu-Ray media, though still worked with DVD media.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent external optical drive Just bought and received the LG Electronics Blu-Ray DVD Writer (BE16NU50) today. Tested it with an ASUS Q534UX notebook with Windows 10 after installing the included CyberLink Media Suite 10 for Blu-Ray OEM software. Played a Blu-Ray movie, CD, and DVD without any problems. Am very satisfied with the purchase. Was disappointed with the software User Manual provided for the CyberLink software. Be was able to navigate around the software items to find what was needed to complete the testing of the drive. One of the software applications tested my notebook to ensure its compatability with the external drive.
Date published: 2017-03-19
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When I try to burn a blu ray disc I get the following error message:Device error code 3 note create stc sequence fail to write.

Asked by: Tedhelm
We regret the inconvenience you have experienced with this Optical Drive. We would be more than happy to troubleshoot this matter with you. Please contact our Customer Interactive Center at 800-243-0000 for assistance with this matter.
Answered by: NeilE
Date published: 2017-05-04

is there a longer usb cable than the one that comes with the unit? and on the cable, one end is a standard usb plug, but what is the other end called? where can i buy a longer cable.

Asked by: 83corvette
The USB 3.0 cable that comes with the External Blu-ray/DVD Writer 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback & M-DISC™ Support, Model # BE16NU50 is a starter cable. LG does not make USB cables so we do not have a longer cable than the one that comes as an included accessory. If you need a longer one than the one that came with the unit, they will be available from any retailer that sells computers or computer accessories like Best Buy, Radio Shack etc.,...^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2017-03-30

Windows do not recognize the device. Error 43

Asked by: gabriel uribe
Our offices, in the United States, do not have specific product information units released in Colombia. In order to obtain such information, it is recommended to check our subsidiary’s website, at
Answered by: NeilE
Date published: 2017-03-24

Does this support 100GB M-Discs?

Asked by: c240amg
Models will vary by region, but the U.S. released version of the LG External Blu-ray/DVD Writer 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback & M-DISC™ Support, Model # BE16NU50 is a BDXL writer that will handle the 100GB M-DISCs. Please contact our subsidiary in the U.K.,, to verify if the U.K. released model has the same features...^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2017-02-27

Does this product include software to play Blu-ray movies out of the box?

Asked by: Rrrdddzzz
Yes, PowerDVD. Ignore the DVD in the name, it plays BluRays too. It's Windows only, there is no Mac video player included.
Answered by: DreamWeaver
Date published: 2017-02-24

Does the BE16NU50 model burn m-discs?

Asked by: a3nn
The External Blu-ray/DVD Writer 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback & M-DISC™ Support, Model # BE16NU50 will write to M-DISC BD (BD-R) (4 x CLV)...^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2016-11-21


The BE16NU50 I bought came with a 12V 3A DC wallwart power supply, and its instructions say the AC power supply MUST be connected.
Answered by: DarrDarr
Date published: 2016-11-13

Does this drive support UltraHD Blu-ray discs?

Asked by: joel_tennis_15
No. There are no 4K UHD Blu-ray drives for PCs as of today (11/2/16). There's a few stand alone players and the Xbox One S, and that's it. The issue is piracy. UHD Blu-rays use HDCP 2.2 copy protection, which requires every link in the chain to be compliant: monitor, HDMI cable, GPU, software, maybe the CPU and chipset as well, and of course the Blu-ray drive. None of those things are standard yet. Those all have to line up and be common before we'll see companies put out drives.
Answered by: Hurryupalready
Date published: 2016-11-02
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