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Default Dell 8X external DVD drive? - 10-06-2009, 02:52 PM

Has anyone had any experience with this Dell USB external DVD drive?

DELL 8X DVD±RW External USB Drive for Dell Laptops : Storage, Drives & Media | Dell

It would match the 11z that I am buying, and I am all about matching accessories I dont want to get it if it isnt any good though...

I also see there is a gloss black finish Lite-On DVD ROM... not a writer. I dont think I need a writer. Its a bit cheaper, but doesnt match
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Default 10-06-2009, 03:03 PM

I think that's the burner referenced in this thread:Dell's external USB CD/DVD drive.

It sounds like you want a matching design, but for anyone who doesn't mind a mis-matched design, newegg has a slim LG burner for $45 today.


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Default 10-06-2009, 05:28 PM

They are talking about an IO Magic drive... not the Dell branded one right?

I want something that works first and foremost. Does me no good to look pretty if it doesnt work Newegg has that nice DVD drive (not a burner), that would be fine for my needs as well. I do like slot load though...
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Default 10-06-2009, 06:03 PM

I thought that thread was about the same drive, but upon closer inspection, you're right, it's a different drive. Try searching the forums, I'm sure there's talk about the same drive you're considering... somewhere.

Also, the $45 newegg drive is definitely a DVD burner... or the description is way off.


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Default 10-06-2009, 08:12 PM

Havent found it if there is. I did read the reviews on the Dell website. The IOMagic one has a lot of bad reviews... all pointing to the drive not working properly.

The only complaints on the Dell branded drive were that they dropped the price by $20 right after some people purchased, so they wanted their $20 back.
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Default 10-08-2009, 02:08 AM

i have it, works fine so far. i've burned one cd-r and installed a few things off it.
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Default 10-10-2009, 12:48 AM

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They are talking about an IO Magic drive... not the Dell branded one right?

I want something that works first and foremost. Does me no good to look pretty if it doesnt work Newegg has that nice DVD drive (not a burner), that would be fine for my needs as well. I do like slot load though...
Your correct. The negative reports were about the IO Magic.

I was one of those posters.

It looks like Dell may have finally taken some action in this area after all these months.

I haven't been coming to this forum for some time (due to lack of time), thus not sure when Dell started the offer with their branded unit, nor any feedback. It does look like it compliments the mini series netbooks very well.....right down to the finger print and smudge capabilities.

My reservation is the power coming only from the usb on the computer. The mini 9 (which I have a couple of) is a little finicky on the usb ports (the one closest to the power supply being the strongest and the single port on the left hand side as you use the netbook being the weakest and most fickle). Also, it would be nice to know whose innards is actually inside the housing.

I looked very quickly at the specs. thus, if I made any errors, my apologies.

I would be interested hearing others who have this Dell unit as I would be interested at possibly buying this for my wifes and daughters mini 9s as a Christmas present.

As for me I'm very happy with my Sony (IO Magic replacement); even thought it is more costly, it has a very nice black brushed aluminum housing and much better quality then the IO Magic. Negative is the rather large AC power brick. Works 1st time and every time though. Burned several CDs and DVDs on it.

Hopefully Dell's unit is worthy.
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Default 10-10-2009, 12:58 PM

I am getting an 11z. One of the features that they advertise is a "power share USB" on the left side of the computer. Since the 9 isnt for sale anymore, I had to look at the 10/10v. They do not advertise that feature. May or may not mean anything, but at least I can bitch it if doesnt work
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Default 10-10-2009, 02:22 PM

I think what that means is that if the 11z is plugged in that the USB port still has power even if the netbook is off. This is a nice feature that is showing up on more and more products.


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Default 10-10-2009, 07:20 PM

Well... that would be a neat feature, and maybe it does that too. The setup guide says this about that port:

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Power USB Connector - Connects to USB devices that require more power, such as certain printers and bar code scanners. This connector supports a current load of up to 2 A.
Granted, I dont think a DVD drive will need 2A of current, but it should help make sure it has enough power.
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