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AmazonBasics USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive (Black)

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  • Full 8X DVD functionality in an ultra slim tray load design
  • USB powered; Single Layer Drive
  • Cyberlink Software included.
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Compatible with 5V/2A power adaptors
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: AmazonBasics
  • Model: RFQ015
  • Warranty: 12 months

Product Details

Owner's Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 10.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003M0NT1M
  • Item model number: RFQ015
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (636 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 6, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Add fast and reliable DVD reading and writing to your desktop or laptop with the AmazonBasics USB External DVD Writer. Whether you need a simple way to add another drive to your existing home PC, or a convenient and portable way to read and write optical media while on the go, this AmazonBasics DVD writer is the ideal device for DVD reading and writing to DVD+R, DVD-R, and CD-R anywhere you need it.

The AmazonBasics USB External DVD Writer
The ideal device for DVD reading and writing anywhere you need it

The AmazonBasics USB External DVD Writer
USB connection offers the convenience of an external drive without the hassle
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AmazonBasics USB External DVD Writer at a Glance

  • Drawer-type external DVD-RW optical drive that writes to DVD+R, DVD-R, and CD-R

  • USB bus-powered, no external power adapter required

  • LED indicator light for disc-in, read, and write

Owner's Manual: [PDF]

Warranty: AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty [PDF]

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USB Powered--No Adapter Required

This DVD writer is USB bus-powered--its dual-USB to mini B cable offers the convenience of an external optical drive without the hassle of finding an available outlet for an AC or DC adapter. And the USB 2.0 interface means fast and reliable data transfer and writing speeds.

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AmazonBasics is a collection of consumer electronic "basics" created by combining quality and low prices for an overall focus on value.

Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging

This AmazonBasics product features Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging that is recyclable. It comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, or wire ties. The packaging is designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife, and it will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging. Products with Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box, saving on resources and reducing waste.

Warranty

This product is backed by an AmazonBasics 1-year limited warranty. To view the full AmazonBasics warranty, click here.

What's in the Box

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 External DVD Writer, USB 2.0 cable (dual type A plug and one mini-B plug), Cyberlink software.

System Requirements

  • Windows: Microsoft Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows Vista/ Windows 7/ Windows 8 for all language version
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Requirement for Mac: Mac OS 10.X or higher, Mac model supports USB2.0 Mass Storage Class
  • To learn more about the included Cyberlink software, click here. Note: Cyberlink 10 is a multimedia suite that offers additional rip and burn functionality. It is not required to use the DVD writer.
  • Compatible with 5V/2A power adaptors

Technical Specifications

  • LED Indicator: Blinking (Disc in read and write)
  • Disc Diameter: 8cm / 12cm
  • Loading Type: Drawer type
  • Drive Mounting: Horizontal
  • Size: 146.2mm x 140mm x 19mm
  • Weight: 307.7g
  • Certification: FCC/CE
  • Temperature (Operating): 0 to 40 (degrees Celsius)
  • Temperature (Storage): -20 to 65 (degrees Celsius) (condensing)
  • Humidity (Operating): 10 to 80 (%RH)
  • Humidity (Storage): 10 to 90 (%RH) (condensing)

Product Description

USB 2.0 External Slim DVD Writer. Single Layer Drive.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

You could use this drive as a replacement for the Apple external drive from Apple for a lot less money.
Steve in Garner NC
AmazonBasics USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive This DVD burner/player is small and lightweight: an excellent size for traveling with my netbook.
R. Sperling
While it comes with one of those double-pronged USB cables, Macs do not need to plug in both of the USB connectors; one is enough.
Christopher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

339 of 360 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on July 26, 2011
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First, let me admit my biases: I love gadgets, Amazon, AmazonBasics products, Macs and giving opinions.

Second, let's look at this DVD drive: It works and it's simple. While it comes with one of those double-pronged USB cables, Macs do not need to plug in both of the USB connectors; one is enough.

The drive is a tray loader which at first I was going to deduct one star for, then decided against it as I thought I should review on what the product is rather than grade it against a wish list. Tray loaders in this day seem almost antiquated, but I decided that to balance cost and power efficiency that it was actually a decent choice. The same judgement goes to the 8x speed of the drive, which for most people is perfectly fine. DVDs are fast becoming a thing of the past and having this sort of device to plug in on the rare occasions when they are needed I think is much more practical than getting a heavier laptop with a drive built in - I have been a MacBook Air user since they were first released and have only been in a situation where I *needed* a drive maybe 5 or 6 times... not bad for three+ years.

This is NOT a drive that is intended to use every day for hours. This is a utility drive and for $36 it is hard to imagine a better bargain. It is half the cost of the MacBook Air SuperDrive, and the AmazonBasics drive works on every computer I plugged it into (Windows Vista, 7 and a variety of Mac OSs). The SuperDrive does not. I will soon have one of these in every kit I have for my IT business.

As an experiment, I made a Mac OS 10.7 Lion installer disc and installed it using this drive just fine on a MacBook Air. I played a Disney DVD for my niece, and then made a backup copy using Toast 10. There were no issues at all.
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108 of 119 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 7, 2011
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When I fist got this burner, a few months back, I loved it.
My original review was a rave.

But then, after about a month, the unit for some
reason started to struggle a bit with music CDs. It
skipped and stopped near the end of two new store bought,
commercial CDs that showed no scratches, and played fine on
my computer's built in drive, and on my regular CD player.
But mostly, it did fine.

Now another two moths later the problems have grown.
It's started to struggle with more CDs. When I've tried
to burn tracks to iTunes it often freezes mid-burn. I have
no problems with the same CDs in my iMac's internal burner.

And now I've noticed DVDs are starting to struggle. I've
had a few bad burns, and some digital break up on playback.
Again, these discs were not problems with the internal burner.
(And I always use high quality media to burn).

It still works more often than not, but just 3 months into ownership
I don't like wondering if it's going to work each time I go to
use it. A great price, but not for a burner that seems to
fall apart this fast. Maybe I just got a lemon...

I will say, Amazon was great and easy to deal with in terms of
giving me a refund, and I'll give a different burner
a try.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 17, 2011
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Works fine with Apple's MacBook Air (2011). The USB cable comes with an extra male-A connector for extra power (two ports provide twice the power) but it's not necessary on the MacBook Air.

I'm liking everything I've purchased through Amazon Basics thus far.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Everyone's_a_critic on December 27, 2013
Whilst scanning Amazon for a USB CD/DVD writer, I spotted an ASUS unit -a well established and highly reputable brand- and the price and review ratings were good, so I bought it. Upon receiving the drive and copying some files off a CD to a solid state hard drive (SSD) it seemed the drive was a bit pokey on the transfer rate. So I ordered two other USB writers from Amazon; a Samsung unit and this Amazon Basics unit. After timing the transfer rate on all three drives, as well as measuring the transfer rate on my four year old HP DV6 laptop for reference, I realized that the ASUS was not so pokey after all... but I also stumbled on the fact the Samsung unit was three times faster than any of the other drives, including my laptop! All told I think the Samsung is a better deal. Here is a mini-review:

Drive models tested:
ASUS External Slim 8X DVD-RW Writer (ASUS External Slim 8X DVD-RW Stylish Cut Design Optical Drive SDRW-08D2S-U/BLK/G/AS)
Samsung USB 2.0 Ultra Portable External DVD Writer (Samsung USB 2.0 Ultra Portable External DVD Writer Model SE-218CB/RSBS)
AmazonBasics USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer (AmazonBasics USB 2.0 8x DVD Writer External Optical Drive (Black))

Speed Tests:
Transfer Rate (copy 266MB file from CDROM to SSD) Windows 8.1
ASUS drive.............1.25MB/s avg (3 minutes 18 seconds)
Samsung drive..........3.0MB/s avg (1 minutes 35 seconds)
Amazon Basics drive....1.
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