Summary: I researched external cd/dvd rom's because the internal one in my laptop broke. I talked it over with my son who went to school to work on computers. We come to the conclusion this one would fill the bill. I've had it and have been using it for about a month and a half and am very pleased with it. I have made slide shows of pictures with music and they burned off with no problem.; I have downloaded programs with no problem. I recommend this product for the individual.