In a time when CDs and DVDs are becoming obsolete, the external optical drives are the perfect solution for those with a large collection of CDs and DVD but a new laptop that doesn't have a DVD drive. With external optical drives coming at budget-friendly prices, the acquisition of these devices has become seamless. You can now play, burn, read and write content on your CDs or DVDs. You get drives with built-in software to burn the content at super high speeds to save you time. Furthermore, these compact drives help you facilitate such transfers even when you are travelling. If you have been thinking of getting one for yourself, the following list of external optical drives should help you identify the one that suits your needs.
Here is an external optical drive with USB 2.0/USB 3.0 support that works without any need for a power adapter. You can easily edit the media with the Cyberlink software that you get with the drive. It is good enough to transfer and burn all the data from DVD+/-RW/CD-RW (up to 8.5GB) and get 8x DVD and 24x CD speeds. Furthermore, it is M-Disc compatible as well. With high write speeds, you can save a lot of time while transferring heavy files to a disc using this drive. In terms of its design and look, it has a sleek design with just 9.5mm height, thus having a minimalistic vibe to it. With no need for a power adapter, you can easily use it even when you are on the go. This makes it a popular accessory for your laptop if you are someone who travels a lot.
This external optical drive from Dell lets you read, write and burn discs on to it with ease by plugging it to your computer system with a USB cable. Since it runs on your system’s USB port, there is no need for any external battery source or power cords for it. The beautifully crafted design of the optical drive should match the ergonomics of your modern workspace and seamlessly blend with your computer system. With a height of just 14mm and a weight of 200g, it is easy to carry around. You get the pre-loaded Cyberlink Media Suite that should be good enough for you to play and burn your files to this drive.
Here is a budget-friendly external optical hard drive that is compatible with different operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and MacOS X (10.7.5). But keep in mind that your system should have a minimum of 1GB RAM, 20GB free in your HDD and video memory of 64MB to use this optical drive with it. It has a USB 2.0 interface and is also compatible with USB 3.0. While burning a CD-ROM, you get a speed of 3.6MB/s and for DVD-ROM, you get 11.08 MB/s (both max values). The DVD writer weighs just 200g, which should make it easy to carry around.
This external drive from ASUS is compatible with computer systems with Windows 10 or MAC as their operating systems. It works with a USB port and hence has no batteries or power cables with it. It focuses on providing maximum security to your data by giving you a double security password system to initiate data encryption. It further comes with a hidden functionality as well so as to allow you to hide files that you do not wish to be visible. To burn content on a CD, you simply need to drag the files and give the burn command. Furthermore, the aesthetics with a diamond-cut finish makes the optical drive appealing to the users.