Hello friends, I use an ultralight laptop for work, and IBM Thinkpad X41. It is so small it doesn’t even have an optical drive, just a SD card slot. On top of this it only carries TWO USB 2.0 ports. That’s right, two ports. Hopefully they don’t share the same power source. This brings me to my question: What lightweight, compact, bus-powered DVD burner can you recommend?
I started looking at the Plextor PX-608CU unit. But first of all it would chew up both my ports, and it seemed to eat a little more power than the USB standard allows according to the excellent review here at CDFreaks.
IBM sells a CD-Writer, DVD-Burner unit with a special power supply attachment that effectively eliminates the need for extra cables. It is of course expensive as heck, and I can’t seem to find it on the US Lenovo site: http://www.dustin.se/DacsaPortal/?ProdID=5010092228
For a summary, it can only write CDs at 24x maximum, and costs roughly $250 excluding VAT. On the other hand it’s IBM, which means good quality and nice, clean design (no blue LEDs, yay!).
So, do you have any recommendations for any other drives? I could actually go for a read-only drive if it would work off a single port and be of decent quality. I’ve seen so many Samsung drives in Dell desktops die for no apparent reason, simply fail to boot or reads CD-R as “blank”. Seen it on a fair number of crappy low-end laptops as well, and I don’t really wish for that in my own reader.
For burning purposes it would be used for long-time store backups (with quality media of course), and general field reading use.
Usually customers comes to me with their beat up Memorex discs that they burned at 52x. Then left on their car’s dashboard during a hot summer day, and then they accidentally used it to scrape off the ice from the windshield etc. And none knows how exactly they got the on the windshield during summer.
Any suggestions? I apologize if this wasn’t the right forum for this topic.
Martin “xarragon” Persson