Ins and Outs of a USB DVD Drive
By Anne Ahira
The Netbook is an excellent, compact way to keep your internet and files with you at all times. However, there is a down side to having a Netbook. There is no disk drive.
While the designers were ensuring that the user had everything that they needed to take their networking and information with them, they did not have the room for a disk drive.
This typically means that anything you may want to download, you must do from a USB Thumb Flash Drive. However, there is another option. If you enjoy watching movies and want to do so on you Netbook, you will need an external DVD drive that connects through the USB ports.
There are many different manufacturers and they each have different features that come with them, however, there are some things that they share. Keep in mind though that there are essentially two types of USB connection.
The standard USB connection is typically found on older model laptops, desktops, and netbooks. It is conventional and most USB device works on it, though, not always well.
The newer models have a type of USB connection that is required by most devices, including flash drives and external DVD drives. This connection is called the USB 2.0 port and is preferred because it can allow the device to run smoother and faster.
It is also best for USB DVD drives, due to the video needs required to properly play videos without having issues, such as synch with audio and skipping. The external USB DVD drive is excellent for connecting to a Netbook and is portable enough to take it anywhere.
There are many different manufacturers that offer external USB DVD drives. One of the more popular manufacturers is Targus, which offers the Slimline USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROM drive.
The design offers a connection with a standard USB connection, as well as a USB pass through that can allow for a secondary USB device to be connected to the computer. This model is also powered directly from the USB port on the computer, eliminating the need for an AC adapter.
Another popular model is the Sony DRX S70U DVD-RAM drive which also offers a DVD writing and rewriting capability. The design utilizes USB 2.0 and can connect quickly to Windows Vista, XP, and 2000. The computer manufacturer ASUS has also released the SDRW 08D1S-U.
This model is lightweight and compact and also comes with a stand that will allow you to stand your external US DVD drive on its side to make room for other devices. This model also offers the capability of DVD and CD write and rewrite.
The manufacturer, Iomega, also offers a Super Slim external USB DVD Portable Writer. This drive is another that has the capability to copy CDs and DVDs. The Toshiba external USB DVD Super Multi Drive also offers CD and DVD copying capabilities.
With the choice between the different manufacturers, there is always an option that will work just for you and for your computer. The USB 2.0 connections are very important and can keep your tasks from timing out or freezing while you are working. You can find these devices in any electronics retail store, as well as online at internet markets like Amazon.