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USB External DVD Rom drive
on 8 July 2010
This was bought primarily as a way of playing DVD's through my Asus Eee netbook which has no CD/DVD drive within it. It was also bought to cover the eventuality that we'd need to load some software onto the netbook via a disc - but this part of it has not yet been tested.
As a DVD/CD player using the inbuilt Linux operating system of the Asus Eee this unit is effective, it works perfectly and gives us the ability to watch films off external DVD's while travelling. It doesn't weight much and seems robust enough for the job, and when I tried operating it via power off just the USB it functioned perfectly (although it comes with a mains lead too). We haven't yet put it through a gruelling schedule so I've no idea how it stands up to consistent heavy use.
So far so good, just plug and play, and the price is good. Steve Riches.
ADDED FEB 2011...
Unfortunately, having posted a reasonably complimentary review above, I now find that the item, past date of return, has started sticking and stuttering with DVD playback mode, and Sod's Law decreed this would happen on a remote island where we really needed it. I'd be interested to read other people's longer-term useage of this product befor knocking off some stars.