Cons: After 7 months it's not working properly. I hardly used it. The discs play, but the audio and video are intermittent, like it's stuttering. I'm trying to get the manufacturer to replace it, but no luck yet.
Summary: I'll need to get another cable to be able to easily use the drive.
Pros: It works as expected.
Cons: Very short cable of only 9", which might be fine for use with a laptop, but plugging it into a front or rear USB port on a tower is awkward at best. High gloss top is easily scratched if you throw it into a bag. Noisy.
Summary: Have bought other Lite-On drives before - always work without a problem. This is basically a notebook DVD drive in a small chassis connected via USB 2.0. The weird cable is probably intended for a notebook/netbook with 1 USB connector on the side, and another on the back of the PC (hence the...
Pros: Compact. Looks nice. Nero Essentials. $33 (was -$7 on sale) + a $10 mail-in rebate (Amex Reward Card), so $23 (kind-of...)
Cons: The $10 mail-in rebate (Amex Reward Card). Make life easier - just lob $10 off the price at the start instead...
Summary: It works great so far, though I mostly stream with my TVPC, it was used to install Win7 and works with DVD's in a test performed.
Pros: Fast read Small form factor External drive Sleek look matches my HTPC
Cons: The USB is dual-ended, you should use the short end on rear ports on HTPC rigs like the Foxconn Nettop or it won't be recognized by the BIOS/OS. The length of the USB isn't very great on the end that works.
Summary: Good performance, excellent company, decent price.
Pros: Perfect for portable use (notebooks, TVs). Extremely lightweight (you have to hold the unit to insert and remove discs) and very slim. Has secondary USB plug for extra power if needed (wasn't necessary for me, but there if you need it). Fast and quiet.