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Pioneer BDR-205
6.2 out of 10

Pioneer BDR-205

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Overall 10


Armando R., Newegg
3 November 2015
  • Summary: six years with this drive and still going strong!!!
  • Pros: its just a great drive. never had a problem with it.
  • Cons: none
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Overall 2

Piece of garbage

Jeff H., Newegg
11 May 2013
  • Summary: BR disks are very expensive coasters. I bought a Pioneer because the brand is supposed to be solid, but this thing is horrible. It takes 3 hours to burn 22G at 4x, and still ends up coastering 3 out of 4 disks.
  • Pros: None
  • Cons: *Only two successful burns out of 8. *Can fit less than 22G on a disk when it should be 25G
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Overall 2

Blu-ray capability?

ROBERT G., Newegg
8 March 2013
  • Summary: If you want to watch a Blu-ray movie, buy a stand alone player. I also suggest you purchase a good quality top of the line name brand unit. I purchased a low end player that hangs and skips. Not enjoyable at all.
  • Pros: Plays standard dvd's just fine. It may even have the capability to burn BD's (don't know, havn't tried)
  • Cons: Will not play a rented Blu-ray movie. Tried on 3 different mother boards and a number of OP's from XP Pro 32 up to and including Win 7 Pro 64. Also tried every conceivable BIOS configuration. Simply will not play a rented Blu-ray movie. By the way, I did try at least 3 different movies. Oh yeah, ...
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Overall 4

User Review

John S., Newegg
23 September 2012
  • Pros: This drive worked well while it was working.
  • Cons: 2.5 years of use and now works at all. Something must have gone bad internally as this drive can no longer read any DVD or Blu Ray disk.
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Overall 2

Cheap Piece of junk!

Daniel P., Newegg
5 June 2012
  • Summary: What ever happened to the day things were built to last?
  • Pros: Worked great until it went out
  • Cons: Cheap quality and now wont even read a disc
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Overall 10

Amazing Drive

Ryan H., Newegg
10 October 2010
  • Summary: Over all this is one drive that I haven't been able to find fault with or burn a single bad disc once yet. I know I can do it if I open the drive or so something physical like unplug the drive during a write, or pull the power to the PC or even just reboot, but so far, not one coaster out of ANY...
  • Pros: Drive is fast for burning BD-R's which is very important, who wants to wait forever to burn a 25 Gig amount of data. Its still Slower on a BD-RE but thats to be expected. The cool thing is finding the BD-RE DL for 50 Gigs. I have used that disc as a test for making a legal backup of Blu-Ray movie...
  • Cons: Cost, as it costs more than other drives that have a similar feature set.
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Overall 10


Anonymous, Newegg
7 October 2010
  • Pros: Fully functional. Applied firmware upgrade. No coasters. Works fine with Verby LTH 2X media and IMGBURN. Image dumping to ISO works fine also.
  • Cons: Cost still seems high. A fine-tuned servo motor and different laser seem to be used to justify a cost around 4X DVD/RW drives.
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Overall 8

Good Drive

Arthur S., Newegg
3 October 2010
  • Pros: Works fine.
  • Cons: It was not able to burn some DL DVDs but that may be a DVD issue.
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Overall 10

No issues so far, good performer.

Peter B., Newegg
28 September 2010
  • Summary: P4 3.2GHz 2GB DDR2 RAM WXP SP3 OS
  • Pros: Easy to install, and WXP didn't have any issues. I did update firmware right away. Burns fast and no coasters; so far.
  • Cons: I don't think I've had any issues that I could blame on the burner. For some reason a BD-RE 2x speed disc of mine is burning only at 0.8x now-a-days. Not sure if its the disc or burner. The software is a little weak, but manageable.
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Overall 10

Pioneer Rocks!!

Arthur M., Newegg
18 September 2010
  • Summary: There is nothing else to say, buy it now.
  • Pros: I have had this drive for 3 months now and have never ever had a bad burn, I have used Sony BD-R 6x 25GB, and currently I'm using RiDATA BD-R 4x 25GB. Both work great in this drive. I have burned a few DVDS just to try it out also and it works great although I use my DVD burner for that most of t...
  • Cons: None, maybe could have had better software, more up to date. It has PowerDVD 9, PowerDVD 10 Mark II is much better.
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