A great budget option for someone who wants to play CDs and DVDs. It's also small and lightweight which makes it convenient to take along if needed.
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Pro It offeres great value for the money
This drive could be very useful for a casual user who would like to occasionally play a CD or DVD but doesn't want to break his or her budget. At less than $25, this drive costs a fraction of what most optical drives go for.
Pro M-Disc support
You can write/read M-Discs with this external drive. This can be useful because data stored on an M-Disc is engraved on an inorganic write layer, which makes them a very reliable data carrier. This engraving process makes these discs practically impervious to environmental exposure.
Pro It offers great user experience for movie watchers
There are several features that make this drive a very good choice for enjoying films. For one, you can watch videos continuously and skip the damaged areas of the disc that would normally stop the playback. Also, the drive automatically adjusts the reading speed to reduce noise.
Pro It's convenient to take along
This drive is very small - half the size of an iPad and about 0.4 lbs. You can easily take it along with you in a bag or the pocket of your jacket.
Pro Several burning programs are included
You can choose from several disc burning programs that come along with the drive - Power2Go, PowerBackup, YouCam, and LabelPrint.
Pro It doesn’t need an external power source
You don’t need to plug the drive into an external power source to use it. You only have to connect it to a computer via USB port.
Con It doesn't play BluRays
You can use this drive for CDs and DVDs, but it won't play BluRay disks.
Con The housing feels flimsy
The build quality falls behind other, more expensive alternatives. You have to be especially careful with the disk tray, as it is very thin and can be easily damaged by accident.
Con The included USB cable is short
The included cable is only 2 feet long. That may not be enough if you’re planning to use he drive with a stationary PC under the desk.