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ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

  • MAC OS & WIN8 Compactible
  • Elegant appearance
  • Disc Encryption
  • Drag-and-burn interface

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Dale M.
  • 8/19/2015 10:37:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPower / Data Cable Could Be Better

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: * Stylish slim design.
* Includes additional utility disk that includes disk encryption and burning software.
* A fairly quiet drive during operation.
* Current pricing makes it an affordable purchase.

Cons: * Gloss finish really shows the fingerprints.
* Data cable end that plugs into computer's USB port could have a tighter fit. On my newer Thinkpad the plug has a little looseness in the USB ports so the laptop has difficulty recognizing the drive unless I put a little upward tension on the cable. The same ports have a snug plug fit when using my wireless mouse or external hard drive and no tensioning is needed. On my other Thinkpad, the cable has a little wiggle, but no connection problems.

Other Thoughts: * I was primarily looking for a low cost drive to do occasional hard drive images of my laptops. Since two of my laptops lacked an optical drive, I needed an external optical drive to boot my imaging software for backups to an external hard drive. Overall the drive perform well except for the cable problem on the one Thinkpad which is only two months old.
* Although it isn't a deal breaker, it would have been nice if a carry case was included for storage. Nothing fancy, a simple vinyl pouch with a velco flap would have been a nice additional for storing the drive and cable when not in use.

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  • Brandon O.
  • 8/9/2015 10:47:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDied after 2 yrs

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: Worked ok, when it worked.

Cons: need 2 usb ports to use it.
also, the unit no longer works randomly, so that kinda sucks.
housing is made from pretty cheap plastic, the entire unit feels very light and cheap

Other Thoughts: bought it for a desktop pc that has no internal drive. didn't use it too often, maybe only burned a total of 50 cds with it in it's life time, but suddenly one day, just won't burn anything, reads the empty discs fine, but when attempting to burn it just stays at 0%... forever... I've left it run for well over an hour, doesn't move, can't eject it, since it's "in use" forced to unplug the unit and end the program that was burning.

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  • Waseem S.
  • 7/6/2015 3:33:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than Description!

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: -Asus has improved quality and become more dependable over the years.
- Great price
- Disc Encryption
- Versatile use
- Works with my Samsung TV as external dvd player ! ( this is not advertised on the website so I assume its a brand-specific response)

Cons: - slow if not powered by 2nd USB

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/3/2015 9:32:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsSDRW-08D@S-U problems

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: Works fine with most of my machines

Cons: Connects and disconnects with the CD spinning in my Toshiba E45T-B4106 laptop (Windows 8)

Other Thoughts: Would love to know if this is a driver issue or if there is no support

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank your for your time in posting a review about our products. We are sorry to hear that your experience with the disc drive, let me assist you. Have you tried using a different disc driver to your Toshiba E45T-B4106 laptop to check if the issue will still occur? For further assistance, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place the case#N150714423 in the subject line for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Jerry A
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Jean T.
  • 6/3/2015 9:39:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: Worked fine for a while.

Cons: I was only able to burn a total of 23 discs with this burner in two burning sessions a few months apart. Then it simply stopped working. It won't read or write anymore. I guess you get what you pay for but I hoped it would hold up somewhat better than this. I would not be able to recommend this product to anyone.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jean,

Thank your for your time in posting a review about our products. On behalf of ASUS, we would like to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. Let me assist you. Have you tried the troubleshooting provided online for the unit? Please see this link for more information and on how to troubleshoot the disc drive. Here is the link: http://support.asus.com/knowledge.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=2&m=SDRW-08D2S-U&hashedid=vinKDnObEKvp2AnW. For further assistance, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place the case #N150662881 in the subject line for a reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Jerry A
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Thomas W.
  • 4/13/2015 4:07:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well, seems fragile and 2 USB ports needed

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: Convenient, small, fast.

Cons: Seems fragile, tray is like a laptop tray, kind of quirky. Requires the use of 2 USB ports (recommended as per instructions)

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  • Adam T.
  • 3/26/2015 10:41:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFails in less than 90 days

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: Looks sleek, slim and lightweight.

Cons: It connects and disconnects back and forth over and over again. It does this with two seperate PC's.

Other Thoughts: I'd love to get an exchange on this thing and if I'm granted one, I'd be happy to update my review accordingly.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Adam,

Thank you for using our product and for making an effort in posting this review. I understand that you have an issue with the unit getting disconnected all the time. Is the SDRW-08D2S-U connected to your PC using USB cable? If so, can you please try to change the cable. If this doesn't fix the issue, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1503100612 in the subject line for your reference.

I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department is dedicated to bringing a resolution for all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Jeremy M.
  • 1/29/2015 5:21:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: Bought this in 2013, and still use it today. It just works. Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu. Still use it today.

Cons: None

Manufacturer Response:

Dear JeremyM,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1501105324 in the subject for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Mark L.
  • 1/16/2015 6:12:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsExternal DVD writer

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: Ran extremely well
Sleek black color looks great
Plug and play

Cons: The port to plug in the usb cord broke off when I was plugging it in - I am very careful with my hardware and was not rough with this. Dissapointed in ASUS, was expecting more quality.

Other Thoughts: Worked great for around 8 months. If you don't plan on keeping this is one place it's a great buy but if you're mobile with your gear I'd look elsewhere for durability.

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  • Mike G.
  • 1/5/2015 5:59:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus 2.o External CD

This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: Small light, does the job. Never have to use the 2nd USB cable. Never used the supplied Cd. Win7 installed drivers, it reads writes, what else do you want.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Did not use the supplied CD, was afraid of bloatware??

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