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Asus 8X External Slim DVD+/-RW Drive SDRW-08D2S-U - Retail (Black)

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  • Drive Type: External DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Slim Drive
  • Data Transfer Rate:Write:DVD+R/-R: 8X DVD+RW/-RW: 8X/6X DVD+R/-R DL: 6X DVD-RAM: 5X CD-R: 24X CD-RW: 16X
  • Read:DVD+R/-R: 8X DVD+R/-R DL: 8X DVD+RW/-RW: 8X DVD-ROM (Single/Dual): 8X DVD-RAM: 5X CD-ROM: 24X CD-R: 24X
  • Writing Mode:DVD-R & DVD-R(DL): DAO/Incremental Recording DVD+R & DVD+R(DL): Sequential Write DVD+RW: Random Write
  • Disc Formats: Audio CD, Video CD, CD-I, CD-Extra, Photo CD, CD-Text, CD-ROM/XA, Multi-session CD, DVD Video Disc Diameters: 8cm Interface: USB 2.0
  • Buffer Memory: 1 MB Random Access Time: DVD - 160ms; CD - 140ms
  • DVD-RW: DAO/Restricted Overwrite/Incremental Recording DVD-RAM: Random Write CD-R/RW: DAO/TAO/SAO/Packet Write
  • CD-RW: 24X DVD video playback: 4X VCD playback: 10X Audio CD Playback: 10X
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Product Description

Product Description

Asus SDRW-08D2S-U 8X External Slim DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

From the Manufacturer

The ASUS Slim SDRW-08D2S-U is the perfect companion for your Eee family products or other mini-notebooks.

The portable and stylish ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U lets you create and read CDs or DVDs with speed, style, and simplicity.
Encased inside a slim and elegant diamond-cut design with a shimmering finish, the SDRW-08D2S-U is a joy to carry and pair up with your Eee PC.

This slim external DVD re-writer utilizes high-speed USB 2.0 with the ability to record on 8X DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-R, 5X DVD-RAM, and access 8X DVD-ROM and 5X DVD-RAM formats. The SDRW-08D2S-U does this by powering the unit through the USB ports so you don't have to carry any big and bulky power adapters, or hunt around for open power outlets.

Additionally, it includes user-friendly burning software by Cyberlink. From backing up your songs to encrypting your secret data, it can all be done quickly with the easy to use ASUS Slim SDRW-08D2S-U.

The data encryption feature in the provided software gives you a reassured peace of mind by protecting your most sensitive material with secure password protection. It also has the ability to hide file names from unwanted onlookers.

The ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U encompasses a wide variety of high-grade features that easily makes it a must-have component for anyone looking to create CDs and DVDs on-the-go or at home.

Slim and Portable - Record DVDs On-the-Go

Key Features

  • Portable slim DVD Re-Writer designed to match your Eee family products or mini-notebooks
  • Record onto DVD-R (SL/DL), DVD+R (SL/DL), CD-R/CD-RW, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM quickly
  • Powered and connected by high-speed USB 2.0 ports for universal compatibility and convenience
  • Drag-and-drop software makes recording data simple and fast
  • Encryption software included to help you backup sensitive documents

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The Perfect Companion for Your Eee PC (or any other mini-notebooks)

The Perfect Companion for Your Eee PC The SDRW-08D2S-U is designed to be the perfect companion for your Eee family products or other mini-notebooks.

With a compact and slim design, it is easy to carry, just like your Eee PC.

Having the ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U alongside your Eee PC is like having a portable movie player. You can watch your favorite DVD movie anywhere you go.

Its glossy surface and diamond-cut design also gives it a radiant shine that is elegant.

With the universal USB 2.0 connectivity, you can attach it to any computers that have two USB 2.0 ports and have it work right away. No driver installation is necessary, it is as easy as plug-and-play.

Think S.L.I.M.

Easy to Use Simple
Recording data is simple with the SDRW-08D2S-U. Easily drag and drop media and files into the Cyberlink’s thumbnail to create CDs and DVDs instantly.

Low Power Consumption
Save time while burning CDs and DVDs with low power consumption and high-speed data transfers via USB 2.0.

ID Design
The SDRW-08D2S-U stands out from the crowd with its elegant and eye catching diamond-cut design.

The ultra-slim design makes it easy to carry. The ability to power via only USB ports also mean that there are no big and bulky power adapters to carry around, just the included USB cable will do the trick.

Record onto a Wide Array of Optical Media

Wide Array of Compatibility The ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U is slim but powerful. It can read and write to almost all of the DVD and CD formats available.

Max. 8X DVD-ROM(SL)(DL)/ DVD+R/DVD+RW - Read

Max. 8X DVD+R/ DVD+RW - Write

Max. 5X DVD-RAM – Read & Write

For a complete list of read and write capabilities, please see the specification section.


ASUS 1 Year Limited Warranty

ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U External Optical Disk Drive comes with 1 year limited warranty.
Please visit for more details on ASUS optical storage warranty policy.

What's in the Box

  • ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U Black DVD Re-Writer
  • USB 2.0 Y Cable (dual type A plug and one mini-B plug)
  • Software Disk (CyberLink Power2Go & E-Green)
  • Quick Installation Guide

  • Specifications

  • Write Speed:
    DVD-R: 8X
    DVD-RW: 6X
    DVD+R: 8X
    DVD+RW: 8X
    DVD+R(DL): 6X
    DVD-R (DL): 6X
    CD-R: 24X
    CD-RW: 16X
    DVD-RAM: 5X
  • Read Speed:
    DVD-R(Single): 8 X max.
    DVD-RW(single): 8 X max.
    DVD+R(Single): 8 X max.
    DVD+RW(single): 8 X max.
    DVD-R(DL): 6 X max.
    DVD+R(DL): 6 X max.
    DVD-ROM (Single): 8 X max.
    DVD-ROM (Dual): 8 X max.
    CD-ROM: 24 X max.
    CD-RW: 24 X max.
    CD-R: 24 X max.
    DVD video playback: 4 X max.
    VCD playback: 10 X max.
    Audio CD Playback: 10 X max.
  • Access time: DVD: 160ms CD: 140ms
  • Writing Mode:
    DVD-R & DVD-R(DL): DAO(Disc-At-Once)/Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
    DVD-RW & DVD-RW (DL): DAO(Disc-At-Once)/Restricted Overwriting/Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
    DVD+R & DVD+R (DL): Sequential Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
    DVD+RW & DVD+RW (DL): Random Recording
    CD-R/RW: DAO(Disc-At-Once)/TAO(Track-At-Once)/SAO(Session-At-Once)/Packet Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
  • O/S Compatibility: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Data Buffer: 1 MB
  • Bundled Software: Cyberlink Power2Go, E-Green
  • Disc Diameters: 12cm/8cm
  • Mounting Orientation: Vertical and Horizontal ( +5 ° ~ -5 °)
  • Power Requirements: USB Power +5V ± 5%
  • Dimension(WxHxD): 5.59 x 6.18 x 0.83 inches
  • Net Weight (estimated): 0.69 lbs.

  • All specifications are subject to change without notice.
    Color and bundled software versions are subject to change without notice.
    Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.
    Product may not be exactly as shown in photos.

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    Product Details

    • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches ; 11 ounces
    • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
    • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    • ASIN: B003YT578O
    • Item model number: SDRW-08D2S-U SLIM EXT BLACK/RETAIL
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By gunnersfansam on December 10, 2010
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    I bought this item for my Asus Eee PC Netbook. The installation was a breeze and everything runs perfectly. I didn't have to use a disc (although it comes with one), and all I had to do was plug it in and it was ready to use. The one thing that you should know is that it requires the use of 2 USB ports and they have to be right next each other. If you have a laptop or PC that has 1 USB on one side, and the other on the opposite, you're out of luck (I have yet to try it by only using 1 USB port). I would hardly call it a complaint but it is a tad on the loud side when you play a DVD. Overall a great little DVD player for a much cheaper price here rather than buying one at your local Best Buy.
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    38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Coughlin on April 27, 2011
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    I bought this DVD-RW drive to use with my ASUS 1015-PEM Netbook. While I had another older external DVD-RW burner in the house, I wanted a more convenient compact model to use with my netbook, whether away on trips or just sittin' about the house. This drive fits the bill perfectly. It is both light and compact, not to mention a great value when I purchased it on with a $10US rebate!

    Here's what I like about the drive:
    1.) It's light and compact, as I previously mentioned.
    2.) It was under $30US (after rebate). Great Deal!
    3.) Drive is pretty quick. I didn't run any benchmarks, but it performs very satisfactorily for me. I can write an entire CD in about 4 minutes.
    4.) No external power required. It feeds off my netbook's battery via 2 USB ports. (More about that later.) Power usage is low and only minimally reduced my overall battery life. I couldn't detect the drive using any power when it was connected but not in use.
    5.) Included software easily installs and actually works pretty good. However, there are better, more robust choices. This is very much "standard edition" software with several features turned off or only available with a paid upgrade to the "professional" or "full version" of the software. I didn't consider this a negative since I bought the drive for my netbook and I don't need, or want, a full blown, full featured software package on my netbook. You can do all the basics: copy a CD/DVD, perform a backup, make a CD/DVD data disk. All the standard CD and DVD formats are supported.
    6.) The diamond pattern exterior is a lot nicer than I ever truly considered when I initially purchased the drive. In reality, it didn't matter to me what it looked like, so long as the drive was black (vs. white or some other color).
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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By oldprof on November 7, 2010
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    Ordered on 10-29 and received on 11-2, this external burner is a great addition to my Asus netbook. Installation was simple and it came with the Power2Go software. It works much better than I expected. I have had no problems burning CD/DVDs (so far).
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Impulse buyer on July 11, 2011
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    The description doesn't say anything about Mac or Ubuntu compatibility, so I just wanted to put this out there.

    I used this on my 1st Gen MacBook Air running OSX Snow Leopard, IBM x-31 laptop running Ubuntu 10, Desktop PC running Windows 7, and my Acer Revo Aspire Nettop PC running Windows 7. With all computers, the Asus drive fired up immediately (plug-and-play) with no drivers to load, or any hassle. Works great on all the platforms/machines I tested with just the single USB plug. Reads and plays DVD's just fine (I used VLC Media Player on the Mac and Ubuntu), though I have not tried burning disks yet.

    As far as the unit itself, it's a nice lightweight, slim, external drive. It's got a glossy black plastic top with a diamond pattern texture. I haven't felt the need to use the upright bracket. It's nice and stable laying flat. Runs quiet. I have no complaints.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By xENO_ on April 3, 2011
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    The ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U operates well for normal use, but has several flaws. It reads and writes DVD-RAM discs, reads CDs lets you watch DVDs, and takes up very little space.

    The drive comes with an extremely short USB 2.0 Y adapter. To operate correctly, this adapter, or a similar one must be used. It must be connected to self-powered hub or directly to ports on a PC. If the adapter is not used, it will appear to be working until a disc is inserted. It may work with some types of disc and not with others, or fail intermittently.

    It is a low profile drive and as a result does not have a fully motorized disc tray. The tray opens a small distance automatically using a spring, but must then be pulled out the rest of the way to insert a disc, and then pushed back into the drive. On certain table surfaces, the force needed to push the tray in all the way will push the drive across the table. Attempting to hold the drive in one place by pressing on the top will bend it inward, so it must be held by the sides. This may require two hands for some users.

    I have not used the included stand or software, and cannot comment on them.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dimi on January 9, 2011
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    I don't install my optical drive in my laptop because i prefer to have an extra batter in the modular bay. From time to time I want an optical drive to install software or burn a disk. Instead of getting my optical drive out of my briefcase and swapping, I now use this. It connects to my port replicator versus USB so it is always available. Stands up to use very little foot print. Works perfectly with no installation or software (on win7). When you pop in a disk, it hold it so it won't fall off.
    PROs: small footprint, cheap, dead simple setup, reliable
    COns: By design door does not open all the way ( i think this is so it won't tip over) so you have to slightly slide in disk. Easy to do once you get the hang of it.
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