I have a laptop and am in the market for an external DVD burner. It is a Dell Inspiron 1150, which only has 2 USB ports (USB 2.0).
In the threads I have read, several people have mentioned that firewire works better than USB for DVD burners (despite an apparently slower transfer rate?). Would it be worthwhile getting a PCMCIA card with firewire on it?
It is scarry to read the reviews and see how many people have problems with their DVD burners, so I want to do it right. Money is tight, so I don't need a Catilac, but I don't want to buy twice.
My primary use will be backing up my computer files, but if I am getting a DVD burner, I hope to use it for backing up movies. It would be nice to be able to copy CD's in a single step with the CD-RW/DVD ROM drive in the laptop.
Any advice on low cost external DVD burner models is also welcome.