Product Type: Liteon removable disk drives
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The drive that has it all
Member Name: hayley_dl
Advantages: very portable, light, plays disks well
Disadvantages: not the quietest
I've had laptops for years, I like their portability and the fact I can take them with me. I could use them at university, on the train, just about anywhere. So of course, when netbooks came out I was over the moon, in my eyes they were the best thing since sliced bread. I could do everything that a laptop let me do only easier due to their smaller size.
However, the only draw back is the lack of a DVD drive and so when I got my netbook and realized I needed a DVD drive I went looking for the cheapest, most inexpensive one I could find. I wasn't expecting too much for the price (I paid £25 almost 2 years ago) but I had just spent hundreds on a netbook, why on earth would I want to spend hundreds more on a DVD drive?!
~*~ Appearance ~*~
In the box you get a DVD drive and a USB cable. What? That's it?! I can almost hear you saying.
Yes, that really is it. No power cable, no installation drive, nothing except the USB cable and the drive itself. The drive measures 14.3 x 14.2 x 2 cm and weighs just 299g (measurements and weight taken from Amazon). It hs just one switch on the front of the drive and this opens the lid enabling you to put disks in and take them out. There's also a little hole in the underneath of the drive which the USB cable clips into for easy storage when not in use.
Mine is black but I believe they also come in white.
~*~ Ease of Set Up ~*~
This, I believe, is where the drive really comes into its own. To use you simply take the USB cable from underneath the drive, plug it in and put your disk in. The disk automatically plays, no set up, no installation needed from you just plug it in and play!
The drive takes its power from your netbook and so no need for power cables.
~*~ The Playback ~*~
This is the only drive I have used and so can't compare it to any others on the market but the picture quality is excellent, the disk doesn't jerk even when used on the move, in trains etc. Just for the sake of this review I played a CD with the drive hanging vertically from my computer and it played with no skipping or problems. However I wouldn't recommend trying this at home!
The size is small enough to fit on top of my keyboard when in use so doesn't need to hang off the side or in any other strange positions. I've used this drive to play games, watch DVD's, play CD's and install software and it managed each of these just as well as any in-built drive would have.
Although the power is taken from my netbooks battery it doesn't appear to drain this too much. Usually watching films my battery would last almost four hours, when watching films through this drive the battery lasts just under 3.5 hours.
It is slightly loud for a drive, so it doesn't score too highly on the noise factor for me but then all drives make some kind of noise and you can hear the CD/film over this noise which is the most important point.
~*~ Availability and Pricing ~*~
I bought my drive from PC World almost 2 years ago for £25. I've found them recently on Amazon for £22 and they're now available in PC World for £36. That's quite a diference so it's worth shopping around.
~*~ Would I Recommend It? ~*~
Yes, This may not be the quietest drive on the market but considering I had very low expectations for the price I paid it has more then surpassed my hopes for it and even two years later its still going strong.
It gets 5 out of 5 from me
Summary: A very good little drive that has more then surpassed my expectations