I recently purchased a laptop without an internal CD/DVD reader or burner, and would like to purchase an external optical drive for it. The real reason I want this, is so I can rip CDs when I’m not at home (especially at work, etc.)… I’m less concerned about burning.
From the research I’ve done, I know that I can either get an external drive which will be powered by my laptop battery, or one that requires a power brick of its own. I, of course, like the idea of not needed the power brick, but am concerned that the difference in read speed will prove problematic, or at the very least annoying.
So my question is: Is there are significant difference between a CD read speed of 24x and 48x?
I know this seems like a goofy question, but I can’t find a chart with relative times or an easy to understand answer anywhere on the web. I just don’t want to get stuck waiting an extra 20 minutes for a CD to finish ripping, just because I didn’t want to carry the power brick around!
(PS- If you know of a chart, or if this has been a topic of conversation previously… please just link me up, and I’ll check it out!)