Pros: Works perfect on Mac, Linux and Windows. Almost 3 years later and it still works like new. I'm very happy about this drive. It's been helpful in computers without optical drives and computers without DVD drives.
Summary: Do not buy. LITEON is unreliable. It may work outo f the box. But after 2 months of non use, I pulled it out to use it again, and it fails to read and just keeps spinning. Not the first time I have been given a LITEON that has failed.
Pros: Small, Light, Lid action tray.
Cons: Died after 2 months of dormant. USB cable it comes with is only 8" long, 3 of those inches are the connector ends.
Summary: I would not consider purchasing this product.
Pros: small size, compact
Cons: nero software cumbersome- has a tendency to hijack other software programs I prefer, cd burner does not work at all. slow to start up - I don't want to wait for minutes before the disc drawer will open; confusing operation - flashing light? not flashing light? Instructions are not made for ordina...
Summary: I am not bashing LITEON, but this is a real problem when using these are real issues. The all plastic design could be changed. Most people like me would not mind paying a little more for a longer USB and better case materials.
Pros: Slim, fast and I like the brand.
Cons: Very light weight although most slim, low profile external devices are light weight; however the most important thing to know is that the 2.0 cable is only "9" long! The longer thin cable works for older 1.0s that need power also. So if you are buying this to work off of a desk top you might want...
Pros: It's fairly quiet while playing movies. The price is right.
Cons: I need to use both of the USB ports to power it, which I expected. What I didn't expect was the short length of one of them. It is terribly short. Unusable for what I need it for without paying extra for a usb extension. The tray system is ok, but I think I prefer a flip lid. It's a bit cumbersom...
Summary: I was using it with a USB 2.0 port with a Biostar A55MH motherboard and AMD A6-3650 processor. I used it to install Windows XP and Linux mint and it worked fine. The bios recognized it automatically and booted from this drive without any problems. There is no powercord -- it uses USB power.
Pros: Works out of the box with no driver installation required. Worked in both Windows XP and Linux Mint automatically.
Cons: A little slower than an internal DVD drive I think. Not sure if this is typical of an external DVD drive.