Summary: this is a good drive PROVIDED your ports can provide the current which is over 3x the max allowed as per USB2.0 specs. it will probably work. i was told that it worked with the systems that LG tested it on. the problem is that it is way out of spec. i have looked at the surface mount fuses on the board for some of my ports on my systems & every single one is only rated at 750mA which means that if this drive is used, it may blow the fuse & disable the port.
Pros: works good if your computer can take it.
Cons: if it can't take it then it won't work correctly & may damage or destroy the computer. USB2.0 specifications state that the maximum current draw allowed per port is 500mA. this device needs 1.6A, which is over 3x the max allowed under the spec. i have a college degree in electronics & have had clients computers destroyed this way. i got 2 of these last year & they came with the y-cable but LG has now decided to take the cheap way out with this product & quit including...
Cons: This unit wouldn't recognize two separate brands of DVD-R discs when I tried to burn an iso file. I got a third brand to work, but the unit lost power after about 2 seconds of writing. The drive came with a single mini usb cable, not the dual cable others have reported for extra power.
Excerpt: My laptop doesn't have the ability to play CD/DVDsso I purchased this one. I have a couple of CDs that go along with a course I'm teaching and need to preview them to prepare my lessons. I like that this product is small + lightweight, making it easy to slip into my laptop bag and take with me.The online price was well worth it.... however, it sells in stores for $ to $ more. I really haven't found anything that I don't like about it yet.
Pros: I am a Mac OS Mavericks user, all updates installed, iMac Early 2013. I AM SO IMPRESSED. The drive fits perfectly under the monitor on the stand of the iMac, easy plug and play. I literally didn't have to do -ANYTHING- to make this work. I plugged it in, stuck a movie in it and just WORKED. No drivers, no complicated installs, nothing! Plug it in and go! There is no quality lost on this drive at all, playback is perfect, no skipping, jittering, and you cannot hear the...
Excerpt: I am completely satisfied with this product. It is lightweight and easy to install on my computer. For such a slim and lightweight rewriter it performs at the same or better level than more expensive and larger units. I highly recommend purchasing this item if looking for an external rewriter. Much more convenient than replacing an intertnal drive !
Pros: Easy To Use, Improves Performance, Lightweight, Quality Construction
Summary: I read previous review before I bought it, but this DVD writer is extremely loud and for that reason I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The tray seems to be loose and therefore vibrates up and down, making lots of noise. The music would play okay but it had to compete with the noise of the writer.
Summary: I used a longer USB cable than the one that came with it but the drive didn't work, so I tried the one that came with it and everything worked fine. Could have been a bad cable, I bought it a the Dollar Store. Haven't tried any others yet, but I probably will. The only bummer was that the add from the store claimed it did Blu-Ray too. It doesn't and nothing in the materials that came with it say anything about Blu-Ray compatibility.
Pros: Performance, Style/Design, easy to use, Quality