On sale for $79 after rebate for one day at CompUSA. Have been toying with the idea of the LG 513D external because of firewire...but the price of the External Maddog (NEC 3520) was too attractive. Brought it home...hooked it up to my Toshiba Satellite 5205-S705
512 MB 266 MHZ SDRAM
Toshiba 60 GB 5400 RPM HDD
Three USB 2.0 Ports
1 4 Pin Firewire
Anyway...long story short...ran a burn on TY 8X +R using Nero CD / DVD Speed 3.80 ...the burn started out nicely...then tanked around 9X...continued to go down...meanwhile...kept jumping up and down from 4X to 8X back down to 4X back up to 9X back down to 8X and so on...all the way to the end.
Figured that maybe it was the TY media (which by the way burns at 16X on both my Plextor PX-716A and my NEC ND-3500A with no issues)...
Then got out my Verbatim 16X DVD+R disks (MCC)...started the burn test again...nice curve upward to 9X this time...then started a downward slide to 4X...then the up and down from 4x to 8x to 4x to 10x to 4x to 9x...in very small increments...
The long and short of it...I defrag my HDD daily and have quite a bit of the 60GB free...around 50 GB. On USB 2.0...the machine must be choking...I can't believe how badly this burner performed.
Threw up my hands and took it back immediately...obviously...past stories of External USB 2.0 drives is ringing true...can't reach full speed. I am back to contemplating the LG drive...which also does firewire...which is much more stable for transfer rates. In addition, according to the review by cdfreaks...the LG is also the fastest and DOES reach full speed...as long as you use 16X media...I do ..