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Category: Hardware Published on Monday, 02 March 2009

Startech Lightens the Load with New Portable CD/DVD Burner

Michael L. Berman's Blog
March 1
, 2008

Finally, someone has developed a portable CD/DVD burner that doesn't sacrifice speed for portability!

The folks Startech have just released their new Slim DVD+/-RW External USB 2.0 Drive ($121), which can handle everything from CD and DVD +/-R to dual layer DVDs and at speeds we expect from built-in drives.

This baby burns CDs at 24X, DVDs at 8x and dual-layers at 4x. It's also one of the few portable burners that can handle DVD-RAM.

For those addicted to them, here are the specs:

  • It supports mini-CDs.
  • It's light, weighing in at only 12.35 ounces.
  • It comes with Nero 7 Essentials.
  • It's hot-swappable. Just plug it into a USB port and use it.
  • It isn't Vistaphobic and will also run on Macs.
  • You don't need to use the unit's power supply if you just need to read from CDs or DVDs.
  • Its buffer is a hefty 2MB.

For more information, check out the company's Web site at

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