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This review is from: SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-208DB/TSLS
Pros: My Acer Aspire instantly recognized it and needed no driver installation. It also recognized it at startup, which is the most important thing. For being a single USB drive, it is actually quite fast. The single USB hookup is also a plus as my Aspire only has two USB ports.
Cons: It's not USB 3.0, but for what it is, it's still fast enough.
Other Thoughts: Had I waited a few more days I could have gotten the black one for the sale price. I only chose this one as it was seven dollars cheaper than the black one at the time. Now the prices are reversed. In the end, though, it doesn't really matter what color it is, as long as it works. (I guess if it were lime green with purple polka dots I might make an exception to that rule)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link DUB-E100 Network Adapter 10/100Mbps USB 1 x RJ45
Pros: Works perfectly with Windows 8. I have version C. I used the drivers that came on the disk, and after installation, it worked like a charm. Getting the same speeds on this Acer Aspire as my desktop with an internal network card.
Cons: I wish the USB cable was a little longer. A retracting cable would be even better.
Other Thoughts: It's not fancy, but it does what it's supposed to. For those of us who have a netbook/notebook that does not have a built in network card, nor an available wireless connection, this is a must. I normally would not choose a notebook such as this (Acer Aspire V5-122P-0889), but I received it free as part of the emachines class action settlement, so I can't complain.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small, light and fast. Stays surprisingly cool. Can do a system image backup of W8 Pro, which is about 25GB for me, in less than six minutes. Actually a bit faster than my USB 3.0 16GB ADATA flash drive, which was surprising.
I would, without a doubt, recommend this to anyone wanting to backup their system and/or just do some storage.
Cons: Software is not very good, but most people probably won't or don't use it anyway. It would be nice if the USB cable were 24" instead of 18". Together these things aren't enough to take an egg off as the positives far outweigh the negatives.
Other Thoughts: You aren't going to lose this nearly as easily as you could a USB flash drive, though they serve their purpose as well. I have the 750GB version, but other than capacity it is essentially the same thing. It's pretty nifty looking as well.
I did not buy it from here, but that's only because I had a coupon from Dell, otherwise I buy everything computer related here.