Plextor PX-B120U External Blu-ray Combo Reader Drive

Nov 1st, 2010 | By Nivedh


With the PX-B120U, Plextor provides an affordable solution in a portable and convenient package. With support for reading not only regular CDs and DVDs, the PX-B120U also brings Blu-ray reading support to your fingertips. The single USB cable is a great implementation – you no longer need to carry around an extra power brick.

The read performance for CDs and DVDs was as advertised, albeit the advertised speeds are somewhat slow in comparison to competitors’ drives. The Blu-ray read performance fell short of the advertised speed of 4x which is kind of disappointing.

Although the PX-B120U is not perfect, it does do what it is supposed to do and that is enable you to read Blu-ray discs. My somewhat outdated Dell XPS m1330 laptop does not have a Blu-ray drive so the PX-B120U allows me to enjoy Blu-ray movies without having to buy a potentially expensive internal Blu-ray drive. Give the Plextor PX-B120U a serious look if you are in the market for an external Blu-ray disc player. You will not be disappointed.


  • Supports a variety of formats
  • Uses only one USB port
  • Affordable

  • Performance could be faster

I’d like to thank Plextor for making this review possible


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