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ASUS - 8x External USB 2.0 Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive - White-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 87 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what it should, a little noisy

    Posted
    AReviewerNamedDan
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    First, this product does exactly what you expect. It reads, and writes both CDs and DVDs with the appropriate software on your computer for play back and writing of course. The packaging contains all of the necessary materials to run the equipment, and helpful materials on getting started. Second, the drawbacks are relatively few, but notable. The unit is relatively noisy. If you can manage to get your sound sufficiently high, and don't mine a little background noise, it would be completely fine for a movie on your computer. If that won't work, then this won't work well for a movie player for you. You notice the noise, so that is something to consider. If you use it primarily to instal software, it is no problem as noise doesn't matter much there. It also really needs 2 USB ports to function correctly. The cable provided has a double ended USB cable that plugs into the unit and two plugs go into your computer's USB ports. This could be a problem if you either don't have 2 available, or if you don't have them close by. The reason you really need 2 is that the unit draws a lot of power. It could run on one, but it may slow down the speed, and give unsatisfactory performance if you do that. Hubs won't accommodate lack of USB ports because the power supply isn't boosted. In conclusion, this unit is functional. It is a work-horse. It isn't a power sipping, stealth machine. It is a piece of computer equipment that needs power, makes noise, and you should really use on a desk. If that is good for you then you should buy it. I gave 4 stars because it does what you need, but may not be perfect for everybody.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A MUST HAVE

    Posted
    DIwata
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    Got this Asus Slim External Optical Drive for the new Asus 2-in-1 14” i5 126 ssd laptop I bought for my niece. This device is beautiful! Nice diamond design & it has a high gloss finish. On the Best Buy website, this drive is shown with a stand. There is no stand included in the box. This device comes with a Y usb power connector, which one usb connects to the device & the other 2 usb plug in to you laptop/computer— it is a must to connect both usb to the computer or else this device will not work properly. Inserted the setup cd that came with the device & followed the simple setup instructions. A “Setup Complete” dialog will pop up when it’s done. Setup took less than 5 minutes. I inserted a music cd to test it — no problem. The only challenge i have right now is to get the new laptop to play movie dvds. I was told that to be able to do this, i have to download an app. I like this drive, even though at first look it looks like an art piece. It is also very light compared to my older external optical drive. But it works just as well, so i’m very glad i got this good looking drive. I’m sure my niece will like this drive & will be playing & burning dvds & cds with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    NOT Compatible with Windows 8 & NO Stand

    Posted
    annaime

    I am VERY dissatisfied with this purchase. I originally purchased this item from Amazon for $23.99. Returned it because it DID NOT have a stand. I saw this one for $29.99, and used the "CHAT NOW" option to speak with a sales rep, and he told me that they do have a stand (as pictured on the site 2x) and yes, it is Windows 8 Compatible (Also LABELED on the box); and NEITHER of these statements were true. I went to the ASUS website in hopes of getting the correct driver, but no luck...looks like it only goes up to Windows Vista. I couldn't use the CD that came with the drive; so I used another computer to extract the CD contents and uploaded to my Windows 8; and the content has a huge glitch. Spoke to the sales rep at Best Buy, they told me to call Bestbuy.com 1-888-237-8289; which the first time I called, they hung up on me; 2nd time I called, talked to them for 37 minutes, and they tell me to go to the store to troubleshoot this issue, or return the product. I want this to work, because I like the look of the ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U... My experience is NOT good. False advertisement, bad customer service. VERY UNHAPPY with Best Buy and Bestbuy.com

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for price

    Posted
    Sparater
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    I bought this optical drive online from Best Buy as when I went to the store they were selling poorer quality ones for over $50+. I ordered it to be delivered to my house as I had some huge issues with ordering delivered to store. This delivery came roughly about the time they told me. The feel and quality of this drive is amazing. It looks awesome with the diamond feel and look to it. The ASUS logo is also great. It is fast and for the price, it is great. The one concern I have about it is the stand that I saw in the picture online. There is no stand. This isn't a huge problem, all I have to do is set it parallel and it works just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Value

    Posted
    bsquare
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    My new laptop no longer has an optical drive so this serves the purpose just fine for the rare occasions I need it. It's a little thicker than I was hoping for which is why I didn't give it 5 stars. The included software works fine for recording files on a DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW. However if you are using Windows 8 & above and want to play DVD movies, you will need to install external software to do this. The included software will not allow you to play movies on your windows 8 computer. I located software on-line to do this at no cost. Here's the name of the file: Combined-Community-Codec-Pack-2014-07-13

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as pictured

    Posted
    pastorperk

    Come on Best Buy! This product is pictured as having a stand with it but upon opening the box, I see that it has a place for a stand but it doesn't come with one. I read through all the information online again and it never stated that the stand needs to be purchased separately. I would return it but the nearest Best Buy is over an hour a way. Just so everyone else knows, this product does not come with a stand as pictured.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    It has a DIAMOND EMBOSSED TOP THAT SHIMMERS

    Posted
    flyonaline
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I bought this to use in the evening or night to watch videos of an educational variety at night on my computer. I installed it and found out that although it says that it has closed captioning capability on the menu it gives no ability to turn on the closed captioning, even though the instructions come in 35 languages there is no mention of how to actually work thru the menu to turn the functions on or off. But they certainly are proud of their shimmering diamond embossed top surface!!! Also it was shown with a stand but when it gets here you find out it's optional!! THANKS A LOT!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Where's the STAND?

    Posted
    Gunner45
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    I bought this to provide DVD/CD support for my Toshiba Satellite Radius laptop. I don't really know if it's a necessity, since most programs are downloadable, but I have some old software that might work on the new PC. I haven't set it up yet because the STAND shown on the Best Buy website isn't in the box and the store doesn't know how to get the STAND. I sent ASUS an email and am awaiting an answer. The installation manual says the STAND is optional. If I can't get the STAND, I probably don't want the External DVD-RW.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup

    Posted
    Chet
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    Product is great for copying duplicate disks without taking up any of your hard drive space. It also is great if you download from other sources and then transfer to disk. The only thing I would say is a negative thing is the advertised picture shows a stand and the product sent does not have that capability. Description and picture on Best Buy site should be changed to reflect this. Otherwise great price as I said before easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    External Disc Drive works fine

    Posted
    MyHome
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    I got this external disc drive because my new laptop does not have an integrated CD/DVD drive. It works just fine; I plugged it into my USB port and it started up just like it should. I selected this drive in part because it was shown with a stand so it could be used vertically; unfortunately the drive as delivered did not have a stand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the price

    Posted
    tbone522
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    I got a new IMAC and was looking for an external CD drive and didn't want to pay $80 for one (Apple's option). I looked around and this was the cheapest on that I've seen and by a brand the I trust - ASUS. It was a piece of cake to install and I have burned a few CDs, ripped a few DVDs, and installed some software onto my imac. I have yet to have an issue. works great and at a low cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect match for my Asus laptop

    Posted
    Gubberx
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    This product was purchased to expand my Asus laptop capability. It is light weight yet rugid enough to travel. I watch many movies while traveling or laying around the house and the portability works for me. I can install new software and updates when needed as well. I would recomend to anyone wanting to upgrade without paying a fortune.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME

    Posted
    TIGERSNHEAVEN

    1ST OF ALL A LOT OF COMPANIES USE ONE PHOTO FOR THEIR PRODUCTS. BUT NOT ALL PRODUCTS HAVE THE SAME FEATURES. IT'S STANDARD PRACTICE. EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO STAND FOR DRIVE. THIS IS A AWESOME DRIVE. IT'S PLUG AND PLAY. VERY EASY TO USE. WHEN MY DVD DRIVE IN MY PC WENT I TRIED SERVAL DIFFERENT DRIVES. NOTHING WORKED TIL I BOUGHT THIS ONE. BUT THIS ONE YOU'LL BE VERY HAPPY YOU DID.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good product

    Posted
    kag1
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    I was pleased to find an external DVD drive that works with my older Mac for which Apple has no DVD drives (the internal one in the computer is broken). I was grateful to the Best Buy sales person whom I called that he researched the options and recommended this particular product as the one that would work for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works just as advertized

    Posted
    SSfromTX
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    Bought this to go with a new laptop (also Asus) that does not have an internal optical drive. Machine has Win 8.1 on it. No issues at all plugging it in and getting it setup. Really only need it to install some programs that came with CD's. Haven't tried to burn a disc with it, yet. Looks good and works good so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great dvd drive

    Posted
    technocotton
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    we have two laptops at my house and this has been great for both of them. The one laptop (a Samsung) does not have a working cd/dvd drive and this has been extremely helpful in keeping it running while my brand new Asus did not come with an optical drive and this drive has been great. It does require 2 usb ports, and that's the only thing that I did not like about it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product. I recommend

    Posted
    Boxturtle
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    It reads all my 50,000+ files on my dvd. Many dvd drives doesn't read many files. LG, Toshiba doesn't read my file. Speed is good. negative: 1. It doesn't come with standing leg as you see on the picture. 2. A little loud cliking noise at the beginning of loading.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My 3rd one

    Posted
    Sean
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    This is my 3rd one. I bought the other 2 at different stores depending on the promotion. Quality is great as usual. I don't even need to use 2 USB ports for it (but for some laptop you do need to do so). The drive does the job as it's supposed to do and I have never had a problem with any of them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great at a cheap price

    Posted
    chickcoop
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    I've used this for about a month, with no problem, frustration, or worry. The drive was easy to install & setup & is easy to use. I save accounting documents & files with ease & speed. This drive is well worth the price & recommend it to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Easy to install for a beginner

    Posted
    Shorty0426
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    I can easily can it in my purse. When I connected to my laptop I had to download a DVD app for it to play my dvds but sometimes it couldn't read my dvds. Thats the only thing I have to complain about Asus - 8x External USB 2.0 Double-Layer DVD RW/CD-RW Drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend