Summary: In these modern times, a fast internet connection is more important than having an always-mounted internal optical drive. I have tried some of my old CD-rs and DVDs in this drive and it reads them just fine. No more 5.25" drives for me.
Pros: - Comes with everything you need to run on any computer with USB - Cheap - Installed Windows 8.1 pro fine - doesn't need a power adapter - UEFI bios boots off it no problems - LG quality
Cons: - Slower than an internal drive - No blue ray
Excerpt: Not super quiet as described, and not great quality imaging.I bought this to play dads through my mac mini.It's nice that it's USB powered and small, but the overall functional quality should supersede aesthetics. Unfortunately it does not.Disappointed in the quality. Looks like I'll be buying a regular dvd player. Bummer.
Worked immediately and effortlessly--also very portable
Karl E. Weaver "karlweaver", Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: Too bad I needed this external drive--but I did. and it was impressive! There was a brief moment (or year or 2?) of glory when desktops and laptops all had optical drives, and if you got a good one, it could even play Blu-Ray movies! Now, I fear due to multi-corporation greed and plans that they are going to MAKE MORE MONEY off the consumer by forcing you to put everything "in the cloud", even though you already BOUGHT it (and end up having to pay for the storage and...
Cons: Seems pretty flimsy. Upon arrival could not get it to work, even trying different cables. Only after I kind of tugged on the USB cable at the point where it enters the drive unit, did I manage to get it to work. This seems to suggest the connection or internals are a not entirely solid, as I would not expect the "connection" to be so sensitive to moving the cable. This does not bode well for the long-term viability of the unit, I fear.
Only needs one USB port. Plug and play on Mac OS-X and Win 8.1
Tough Customer "Tough Customer", Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: 1) Worked instantly with no software required on my Windows 8.1 and Mac Mini OS X Yosemite systems. Truly plug and play. 2) Only requires ONE USB port. I hate my Samsung external optical drive, which requires two USB ports (it's a current hog) 3) I have not tried creating disks with my HP Chromebook yet. I'll get back to you on that. Any tips from pro's?
Summary: I works really well. I also discovered that you can use it on a laptop for the whole duration of a movie and it will not drain your battery. I recommend it to someone looking for a external dvdrw. FIve stars because it does what it is supposed to do, it is very reliable, and it is cheap. If you are looking to buy something that does the job in read and writing DVDs, I recommend this one.