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This product has a FreakScore of 7.9* out of 10 based on 2 scores.
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I bought the LiteOn eTAU208-93 8X External Top-Load DVD/CD Writer which is the black one. Have had it for about 2 months. It works flawlessly, reading, burning, and booting DVDs and CDs. I have not tried the LightScribe feature or the Nero software. I consider the top load feature for use with a laptop or netbook, like my Toshiba NB505-N500BL Netbook which immediately recognized the drive, to be more convenient than a slot or tray load drive. This drive is not of what you would call heavy duty construction but that is fine with me. It is light in weight and very portable. The high gloss black case does show the fingerprints. It would be better were it not a glossy finish. I think the white model, eTAU208-46, would not … show the fingerprints so readily. I may get one of those too if I continue to have good luck with this drive. A backup never hurts in the computer world. However, the fingerprints are easily wiped off with a damp cloth. The eTAU208 drive comes with an 8 inch cable stowed on the bottom of the drive. Because the cable is so short I found it to be rather awkword to use with my Netbook. To solve this problem I use a 50cm cable, which in actuality turns out to measure a little over 21 inches end to end including the connectors, with a USB male 90 degree angle plug on the computer end and a straight USB mini 5 pin male plug on the drive end of the cable. The right angle connectors work out well for laptops/netbooks that have their USB ports on the side. Actually I bought two of these cables, one with a right angle connector and one with a left angle connector. I ordered these on eBay from guiqing85 in China and they turned out to be exactly what I needed. I really only needed one but to be sure which one would work out best, right or left angle, I ordered both. They were only $6.98 for the two including shipping. Viewing the sellers photos I was concerned that the plastic strain relief on the mini USB connector end might be a bit too fat to fit into the eTAU208's recessed USB socket area but I took a chance, ordered the cables, and as it turned out the cables slide right into the drive's recessed USB socket with no problem. Takes a while to get things from China, in this case 11 days, but it was well worth the wait to get exactly what I wanted and needed. The 50cm cable lets me place the eTAU208 more conveniently behind my immediate work area that I need for the mouse, pencil, pen, paper, etc. This really enhances the use of the eTAU208 drive. Perfect! I am a very happy camper.See more See less