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Adequate performance, exceptionally strong build 11/17/2011
Pretty aluminum case, exceptionally solid build. As small as the optical drive inside allows. Bus powered (no need for external power).
The solid build makes it heavy; this is fine with me but some may prefer a flimsier but lighter case. Users with USB ports far apart from each other (such as older Macbook Pros) will need a USB cable extender (a 3ft type A M-F from the dollar store will work fine).
I replaced the optical drive on my Macbook Pro 8,2 with a second hard disk, hence my purchase of this external burner. So far it works exactly as the internal drive (minus of course the speed, as expected since we compare SATA and USB), including booting the machine off it with no issues. The speed is adequate for an USB device.
On my machine is works well with only one USB port. On some machines it might need two ports, and if the ports are too far apart the supplied cable will not reach; this is easily fixed by purchasing a dirt cheap 3ft type A USB M-F cable (from a dollar store or similar), as I did in the past in a different context (with a hard disk enclosure)
The drive is pretty. It is also on the heavy side, which is kind of expected given the exceptionally strong build (can withstand a lot of abuse).
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