I'm looking for help finding a decent external DVD/CD writer/reader. What should I be looking for as far as specs, or have these things gotten to be a commodity anymore? Any personal recommendations? I don't need Blu Ray. Price is a concern but not necessarily number one. If there are differentiating features - especially any worth having - I'm more concerned with understanding those.
This is to be a gift for someone with an 'ultralight' notebook, an Acer Aspire Timeline AS1810T-8679. As far as I can tell it has only USB inputs, and runs on a C2D SU7300 processor.