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Small external DVD drive for ultrabooks and tablets
on October 30, 2012
This Samsung SE-218 external DVD drive is a useful accessory for ultrabooks and tablets that lack an internal DVD drive. It runs on both Windows and Mac OS systems. Also, no problem for Linux, WinCE, and Android tablets.
It is made of plastic and as a result fairly lightweight (255 g or 9 oz). I like that it comes in a small form factor and runs cool and quietly in the background. I bought mine for around $30 from Amazon.
The drive connects to your electronic device via a single USB 2.0 cable and draws its power via your main device's battery. Thankfully, no external AC adapter to worry about. I don't get the sense it drains the main battery too quickly.
Read and write speeds are decent. I haven't run any formal benchmarks on the device but it seems adequate for my needs. I use it primarily to back up data, install apps, and watch movies. The installation is quick and simple plug-and-play style. No special setup is required.
If you think you need a simple, lightweight, portable external DVD drive, you can't go wrong with this Samsung device.