Summary: Since I can't correct my earlier review, this is an update to my earlier bad review (did not work on my Surface Pro with constant errors and spinup/spindown). I discovered that the problem was inadequate power coming through the USB port, a common problem with laptop and these USB-powered drives. After getting a Y-cable (single mini-USB male end, to two full-size USB male plugs, one for data and one for power only) the drive works fine.
Pros: Compact, works well as long as it gets adequate power from the USB connection (no provision for external power)
Cons: May not work on some laptops due to inadequate USB power. you can fix this with a USB Y-cable
Summary: I borrowed my friends for over a month for my use and that drove me to get this so I can return his. It looks good! I've worked it a lot lately since I watch movies with it some, but especially use it to make Linux DVDs for legacy computers (and Windows bc I can never get a USB to work) and I've ditched MP3 music and use this to rip music into flac/alac and it does the job!
Summary: What a great value this drive is! I was looking to buy an Apple Superdrive until a friend told me about this drive. A third of the price and just as good. I have a Macbook Air and need to access a CD or DVD on occasion. Just plug this in and it works. No drivers or software to install. Gotta love the MacOS! I highly recommend this drive.
Summary: Great cheap alternative to superdrive, my apple superdrive died, got this worked great right out of the box, no issues what so ever after a few months of heavy use if you need a drive for your laptop or mac mini this one works good.