Excerpt: I didn't even know any computers came without a CD drive, so was shocked when I bought a new computer that doesn't have one! Now this is a Toshiba, but although Toshiba sells an external CD drive (and only one), the reviews for it are poor. I perused CD drives online, but only got confused. I contacted Staples tech, and this one was recommended, with the further assurance of good reviews. It works fine for everything one might expect or want in a CD drive.
Summary: This Buffalo portable CD drive has worked great for what it was designed to do. Back a year or so ago I would have given this a 4 or even 3 star rating because I am an IT pro and I discovered some of my clients were having issues with this drive mounting on their computer but when I realized that the reason this was the case is because of a usb port going bad on the laptop I decided that the issue that was being complained about had nothing to do with this product.
Summary: I've had this for a few days and it seems to work perfectly on a late 2013 iMac (the ones without the drive). I previously ordered the highly rated Samsung drive and had to return it since it wouldn't always be recognized. This works straight out the box, no drivers. I've burned about 15 DVD+R and have had no problems so far, with neither burning nor reading. It has two USB cords (one for auxiliary power) but I've been using it with just one and it works perfectly.
Excerpt: Bought this to install software onto a Surface Pro 2. Had absolutely no problems connecting or seeing the drive (yes, there was a learning curve but it was to use the tablet, not the drive). It didn't try to install any spam or junky software I didn't need. Will be using this more often as our workstation drives are starting to go (xp - almost antique!) I would recommend this product freely to anyone.
Summary: From the item page - "Compatibility Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows Vista (32/64-bit), Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6 Mac systems natively support the CD/DVD portion of this product." I should have read the one-star reviews. My error. This doesn't work with an iMac, even with both usb plugs plugged directly into the computer instead of the 7-port hub I use. The Buffalo website doesn't answer email, or even have the Mac software available for download.
Summary: I often repair computers for clients as a side job, so this was necessary for burning recovery discs, etc. The speeds are about what I'd expect, if not better. The storage solution for the cables are really what caught my attention. At first, I thought I was going to break it when I started removing the cables from the housing, so I gambled on it and yanked them anyway. Turns out they're just a bit stiff when you first get it, and need a little breaking in.