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5.0 out of 5 stars Works like a charm, 17 Jan. 2010
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I was a little wary about ordering this drive due some of the less favourable reviews here. I'm glad I took the plunge anyway as this little unit is simplicity itself to use. I bought it for my Samsung NC10 and it seems perfectly compatible.

To begin with the unit looks pretty smart in a matt black rubberised coating that is roughly the size of a CD jewel case and twice as thick. It comes provided with two USB cables (although I only seem to require one for it to work - even running it off the netbook battery). It also comes with an instruction manual with a very basic set-up guide plus a small software disk. I plugged the USB cable into the drive and then the NC10 and quite literally before I could get to 'stage three' of the set-up instructions a message popped up saying firstly 'detected new hardware' followed almost immediately by 'your new hardware is ready to use'. "Mmm.." I thought,"nothing's ever that simple". Suspiciously, I popped in an audio CD (Pink Moon by Nick Drake if you must know) and lo and behold it worked fine. I then tried the first DVD that came to hand and again it played it back without a hitch. Flushed with success I decided to go for the hat-trick and tried burning a CD through Media Player. Again the drive did exactly what was asked of it. All of this was within a few minutes of getting the packaging off: no fannying around with drivers and what-not, quite literally 'plug and play'. Now I have to admit that I had pre-downloaded 'k-lite codec pack standard' in anticipation of DVD playback problems but I honestly don't think it would have made a difference. I think this is one of those rare occasions where something 'just works'. I should add that the unit although not silent is very quiet in operation (more so than my desktop) and burns at a slower rate. I'm not entirely sure that the drive could cope with a lot of rough handling as the tray, although not particularly flimsy, probably wasn't designed for this. That said these are minor gripes over what is otherwise a fantastic product (which, according to 'My Computer' is in fact a 'Philips' in origin).

Totally satisfied with this product. And I never did get to find out what the software was for!

PS: Thanks to EW Link Co Ltd. for the very speedy delivery.

[EDIT 18/01/10]: Arrrggg!! Spoke too soon!! Just tried watching a bought DVD of Fonejacker and it refuses to play. It just spins in the tray and makes 'tapping' noises (even though it recognises the disc in 'My Computer'). Downloaded the k-lite full version to no avail. Will try something else next. If things don't improve soon I will be deducting some serious stars...

[Edit 20/01/10]: Good news! Seems like I have a dodgy copy of 'Fonejacker' (although it will play on a regular DVD player). I tested the drive with a few other DVDs and it worked fine in all cases (both region 1 & 2). Talking of which when I put a Region 1 (USA) disk in and opened up Media Player it asked if I wanted to change player region to make it compatible. Naturally I clicked 'yes'. However when I then put a Region 2 DVD in and went to change the region of the player back it informed me that I only could do this a further two times before the drive would be 'locked in' to that region. Huh?! Anyway, the way round this seems to be to download the VLC player which doesn't seem to require any kind of regional stipulation and happily played both. Hope thiis helps.
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2011 20:52:09 BDT
L. C. Roden says:
Hello do you know if this drive will work with dvd rom computer games like Test Drive Unlimited 2?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 02:30:02 BDT
I've never used it to play computer games and - as I don't have one to hand -can't test it out for you (sorry). But I don't see why not: it functions like a 'normal' DVD player in most (if not all) respects so I expect it would be suitable for games too.

Posted on 20 Jun 2011 23:12:47 BDT
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