Excerpt: I use the DVD writer to burn photographs to DVD. It replaces the internal DVD writer in my Dell laptop which fails to burn DVDs properly about 75 percent of the time. This external writer is a big saver of blank DVDs. It has not failed yet. However, a word of warning, when loading a disk into the unit you must be careful to press the disk firmly onto the spindall, otherwise the disk may come loose inside the unit.
Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Reliable
Excerpt: I really like this product - great price and works well. I returned my LG unit because it was making noise and purchased this. I saw this on my BJ's Wholesale cataloge and decided to purchase it from B&H...
Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Reliable
Excerpt: The writer was great had problems trying to burn DVDs. Computer wouldn't and still doesn't recognize the blanks that I inserted into the burner, called Aluratek got great response. Emailed Nero (software) got a response two weeks later that made absolutely no sense to me. There is no phone number to call so I guess this piece of equipment will be put on a shelf for the near future.
Summary: Bought this as a cheap second drive since I do a lot of backing up, but it's practically worthless. It requires both USB cables to be connected, even when connected to a powered output. Max read/write I have ever seen is 5x, and that's rare. Usually stays around 2-3x if not slower. Around 90% of write attempts fail. Reads fine though, if speed is not a concern.
Pros: -Reads fine, but slowly
Cons: -Uses 2 USB ports -Slow Read and Write -Often Fails Writes