Summary: This product seemed alright (looks nice at a good price) until I attempted to install a program onto my computer. The program was really the only reason I bought the darn thing in the first place which was why I opted for this cheap device.
Summary: needed to get a dvd player to install some programs into my new mac/windows 7 computer. plugged it in and it worked right away on both mac and windows. cheap enough. don't know about longevity or burning disks yet, but it did what I needed it to do.
Summary: My portable writer arrived 2 or 3 days ago. Put it aside. Picked it up a few minutes ago and unwrapped the container. Had the machine and one cable to connect to a USB. Also, had an installation disk and an installation guide. The latter two items are still sealed in plastic.
Summary: As many others can attest, this product has a very unreliable track record, and mine was no different. It wasn't even able to be recognized by my Mac, and after reading all the other horror stories, back into the box it went for a refund. Buyer beware.