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External DVD writer suggestions?

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.

Thanks for the advice.
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    They've come to the point that aesthetics plays a bigger role in choosing which one you want. The specs are practically identical unit to unit.

    Take a look at this list of external slim DVD burners. Fine one that would match well with the notebook or the room it will be used most in.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010100420%201036508673&name=Slim%20DVD%20Burner
  2. Thanks for the advice. I opted for the SAMSUNG Black Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-S084 which was well received.
  3. Nice selection. I like that it doesn't require an external power cord and uses just 1 USB 2.0 port for power and data transfer.
  4. TheViper said:
    Nice selection. I like that it doesn't require an external power cord and uses just 1 USB 2.0 port for power and data transfer.

    That was a big plus for portabililty. I figured, what's the point of an ultralight if they'd have to carry yet another power-brick.
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