Thanks Arachne for the eTAU108. I checked out the nice review, but just like the last commentor in that post, I have the same question - what about the power requirement? I am going to connect it to a Netbook through USB 2.0... I don't know if the port (and I see from the pictures that it connects to a single port) would supply 1.5mA.
I actually wouldn't mind an external power source (like an AC adapter) if that is what it takes to make the drive work properly.
Also, the spec sheet picture shows compatibility upto Windows Vista. I wonder if I would have trouble with the Windows 7 Starter (an atrocious POC) that came with the Netbook.
The Lite-On IT website now lists an eTAU208 model. It does address the power issue in the specs, saying, "High efficient power saving mode enables single USB port operations." The eSAU208 model, however, mentions that two USB ports are required for the operation, which I think works for me. However, the OS compatibility for both the models is still limited to Vista.
Evil-boy, thank you, too, for your reply. The Lite-ON IT website mentions an eHAU424 model, which I presume is the next-gen of the model you mentioned. It is a non-SLIM model, and has the lightscribe technology (which I don't need), and so I guess would be more expensive. The website doesn't mention about the power requirements, though I think it has an external power adapter - since the plug size is mentioned. Unfortunately, even in this one, the OS compatibility is restricted to Vista.