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HP USB 2.0 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer Model DVD550S

  • 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 6X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 24X CD-R 24X CD-RW
  • 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-ROM
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Learn more about the Hewlett-Packard DVD550S

Model

Brand
HP
Model
DVD550S
Type
Slim CD Burner

Performance

DVD-ROM Access Time
130ms
CD-ROM Access Time
130ms

WRITE Speed

DVD+R
8X
DVD+RW
8X
DVD-R
8X
DVD-RW
6X
CD-R
24X
CD-RW
24X
DVD+R DL
6X
DVD-R DL
6X
DVD-RAM
5X

READ Speed

DVD-ROM
8X
CD-ROM
24X

Physical Spec

Panel Color
Black

Configuration

Load Type
Tray
Interface
USB 2.0

Software

Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista (32 or 64 bit OS) or XP
Software Contents
Cyberlink Media Suite:

- MediaShow: multimedia content management utility

- Power2Go for data disc creation

- PowerDirector for multimedia disc creation (trial version)

- PowerDVD 11 for video playback (trial version)

- PowerBackup: PC system backup utility

- LabelPrint: label design utility

Features

Features
Comprehensive software suite included - manage your multimedia contents, play movies, edit and playback video, create slideshows, and back up music and data

Surprise your family and friends with slideshows and home movies, digitally preserved on DVD or CD and ready for playback.

Powered by USB2.0 connection, no AC adapter needed.

Record to single or double-layer DVDs, and DVD-RAM.

Device write media compatibility: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW,4.7 GB single-sided/9.4 GB double-sided DVD-RAM (2.6 GB single-sided/5.2 GB double-sided media not supported) media

Device read media compatibility: DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, CD Extra, CD-ROM (Mode 1 - Yellow Book), CD-ROM/XA & CD-I Ready (Mode 2/Form 2 Green Book), Photo-CD (single and multi-session), VCD, CD-Text.

Packaging

Package Contents
8X External Multiformat DVD/CD writer

Software CD, including electronic user's guide

Quick-Start placemat, and warranty statement

USB2.0 Cable

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jason H.
  • 8/7/2012 4:08:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsHandy DVD for PC Repairs

Pros: Bus powered (no power cord)

Works with every OS I have tried, from Win2K through Win8 (including 2003 and 2008) as well as *nix and Mac.

If you make your living working on numerous different computers every day, it is inevitable that you will end up working on a netbook with no optical drive or an old machine with only a CD when you need a DVD drive, or you may just come across a machine with a busted drive that the owner refuses to replace because they never use it anyway. It only takes having this drive in your tool bag in one of those instances to pay for itself.

Cons: Tray loading is a little awkward for a portable drive. Slot load or top load would be preferred, but those are actually available at a higher price. You get what you pay for so don't complain.

Other Thoughts: The ridiculously short USB cable that came with it had two connectors to ensure that the drive gets enough power.

I immediately replaced it with a ~40" cable that didn't have the ability to supply additional power and have not had one power problem yet, so that is probably just a precaution. It really depends on the power supplied by the motherboard to the port you plug it in to. As I said, hundreds of computers and no problems yet.

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  • James B.
  • 4/2/2012 9:43:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsOut of the box winner

Pros: Flawless install on Win 7 Pro X64. Drivers already resident. Did not install accompanying software (have had problems with HP accompanying software in the past). Comlete system: Zotac ZBox, HDMI out to a Samsung 55 in HD TV.

Works perfectly - displaying at HD on a 55 in flat panel. Photos look better than they have from any other reader or media, vastly better than the external CD reader that was there before. Video is fast, flawless. Super quality for our use.

Cons: None for our installation. Uses two USB ports (one for power, one for signal). Has a short (6in.) cord, which is perfect for our setup, as the drive sits on top of the tiny (8 in X 8 in X 1.5 in) ZBox and matches it perfectly.

Other Thoughts: Might not work so well in a different setup, but the short cord is ideal for us. No long wires dangling, and the second port provides extra power that the DVD burner requires.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/2/2012 4:20:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGets the job done

Pros: I basically bought this drive for my netbook. Although i didn't buy from newegg, so far I'm really satisfied with my purchase. It's quiet, sleek looking, and doesn't require an independent power supply. The drive isn't as fast as a dedicated optical drive, but hey it's to be expected. No more fumbling with thumb drives when i want to do a clean install of windows!

Cons: The included software is junk.

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  • Jason G.
  • 2/28/2012 8:30:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Little Drive

Pros: It's small, quiet, fast, and can rip hidden pregap tracks from audio CDs. Works well with Linux.

Cons: Included USB cable is 6" long and will take up 2 USB ports (2nd plug for more power). Using a longer USB cable or a cable that doesn't use a 2nd USB port may be insufficient to power the drive.

Other Thoughts: In order to use an extended USB cable over 3', I have to plug the 2nd plug in to my phone charger to maintain sufficient power.

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