I was planning on 18" length rounded cables for my Plextors. Why Plextor? My first Plextor, and one I still use, is the 712A which I think is great. I chucked my DVD-ROM and got a second Plextor, the 716A, and that one was a bummer. The drive went bad during the warranty and the RMA unit died in 2-3 months. I decided to give Plextor another shot with the 760A and will see how that one holds up. Meanwhile, my 712A is still going well, and truthfully, I would have bought another 712A if it was available. The reason I use two optical drives is one for burning and the other for playing CD's, which I thought would be beneficial to longevity.