The LG Electronics External CD/DVD Burner
The first external CD & DVD rewriteable drive we examined is produced by LG Electronics- it's 14 mm high and has an 8X right speed for the DVDR and a 24X CD write speed.
- Buyers say that it works with Windows 10 and doesn't require any special Windows drivers to burn DVDs and CDs, even functioning well with older model laptops.
- A USB-powered option, one reviewer we interviewed employed it with his Surface Pro 2, saying that it was strictly plug-and-play.
- Another buyer who purchased a new Samsung laptop tells us that since it didn't come equipped with an internal CD or DVD drive that purchasing this electronic accessory was a necessity.
- As opposed to storing your digital media on the cloud, some buyers prefer to have hardcopy backups of family photo albums, documents, music, and other media.
- Another reviewer employed it as a boot-up optical drive so that he could install different operating systems on computers and laptops at his IT job.
The Dell Optical External CD/DVD Drive
The second external CD/DVD writer we examined is manufactured by Dell- it is a plug and play disc playing and burning solution that plugs into a USB port. It comes equipped with a CD featuring Cyber Link Media Suite Software enabling you to burn and play CDs and DVDs, and even enabling you to install computer programs that come on CDs and DVDs.
As well, it's marketed as a portable option- so if you need a mobile solution for on-the-go computing, this lightweight external optical drive is a solid value option. Reviewers endorsed it for desktop computers and laptops, especially since many modern computer hardware setups don't include integrated internal optical drives.
It is a PC and Mac compatible solution.
- There are some complaints, however, with one reviewer saying that once you plug them in, they made a lot of noise, didn't read any of the data and he wasn't able to resolve it by updating Windows drivers.
- Another buyer had difficulty getting them to read data DVDs, saying that it perpetually grinds without actually reading any of the information on his DVD.
- Another tech professional tells us that he experienced similar difficulties, that it is a slow optical drive that vibrates and noisily grinds.
The Ammiy CD/DVD Ripper
The third external CD/DVD reader and burner we examined is provided by Ammiy. It's marketed as a solution for playing or burning, music, movies, videos and games- compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
As a USB powered option, it's designed to work with desktops, notebooks, netbooks, and laptops. Some buyers employed it to install legacy antivirus software on their computers.
- Other home computer users tell us that it is a lightweight and portable option, enabling buyers to transport it around to friend and coworker computer stations to perform updates or transfer data.
- Some buyers had difficulty getting it to work with windows 10-though there is a workaround if you use the VLC media player.
The ForeverStage External Disc Drive
The fourth external Blu-ray drive we examined is manufactured by ForeverStage. The manufacturer advises that you don't situate your external optical drive near magnetic objects, always place it on a stable surface area and never look at the laser light directly.
- Buyers have had some compatibility issues getting it to work with Windows 10- the reviewers are careful to say that it is not the device's fault and that you will likely need to download third-party software to get it working correctly.
- One Toshiba computer user says that he has been pleased with its functionality- saying that it runs quietly when ripping audio CDs- it's the best cd ripper he is used, in fact.
The VersionTech Macintosh CD/DVD Writer
The last external disk drive we examined his VersionTech option- this one, like the others, is USB-powered, is plug-and-play, and is engineered to be compatible with Mac as well as Windows computers. It doesn't work with Blu-ray's, however.
- One MacBook air owner says it seamlessly integrated with their computer.
- Buyers are also impressed by its design- its silver color matches their Macintosh computers and has been an effective complement for laptops that lack external optical drives or have internal CD and DVD burners that have flagged with age.