Slimline DVD Burner vs External DVD Burner


My first post so please be gentle…

I have a “Slimline” Dell Optiplex that the DVD burner is failing on and am curious as to whether it would be preferable to replace the internal ‘laptop size’ DVD burner or purchase an external burner. Also any recommendations for specific brands/models is greatly appreciated.

Most of my burning is done with DVDFab, DVDShrink (Nero) and iTunes.

Thanks in advance…

As a DVD burner and reader I use an external on my laptop. Beware that many (most?) laptops can’t boot from an external USB drive.