ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U External Slim DVD R/RW Drive Review

[ad#review1025-top]External optical drives are something you really do not see that much of; they were popular when CD and DVD burners started coming out, but now you rarely see them. Netbooks are the new fad now and many of them do not come with optical drives to cut down on cost and overall size. ASUS noticed this and has recently released an external slim drive perfect for netbook’s, the SDRW-08D1S-U. Let’s check it out and see if it is the perfect fit for you.


– Max. 8X DVD-ROM(SL)(DL)/ DVD+R/DVD+RW – Read
– Max. 8X DVD+R/ DVD+RW -Write
– Max. 5X DVD-RAM -Read & Write

– Easy drag-and-drop thumbnail layout for creating discs

Low Power Consumption
– Low power consumption and high-speed data transfers with USB 2.0

ID Design
– Its elegant stand design and high glossy appearance represents its high feel of science and technology

– Portable design saves space without power adapters

Disc Encryption
– Disc Encryption allows you to password protect an entire disc or its partial content.

Turbo Engine
– Turbo Engine increases the connection performance between the USB cable and the external drive.


Access time:
– DVD: 160 MS
– CD: 140 MS
Writing Mode:
– DVD-R & DVD-R(DL): DAO(Disc-At-Once)/Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
– DVD-RW & DVD-RW (DL): DAO(Disc-At-Once)/Restricted Overwriting/Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
– DVD+R & DVD+R (DL): Sequential Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
– DVD+RW & DVD+RW (DL): Random Recording
– CD-R/RW: DAO(Disc-At-Once)/TAO(Track-At-Once)/SAO(Session-At-Once)/Packet Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
O/S Compatibility:
– Windows 2000
– Windows NT
– XP compatible
– Vista compatible
Interface: USB2.0
Data Buffer: 2 MB
Bundle Software: Cyberlink
Disc Formats:
– Read: DVD-ROM,DVD+/-RW,DVD+/-R,Photo CD,Video CD,CD-DA,CD-Extra,CD-Text,CD-R,CD-RW,DVD-RAM
MTBF: 60,000 Power On Hours
Operating Duty Cycle (Read): 10 % POH
Operating Duty Cycle (Write): 2 % POH
MTTR: 30 Minutes
Mounting Orientation: Vertical and Horizontal
Dimension(WxHxD): 156.4×140.8×21 mm (W x D x H)
Weight: 412 g


Just like all ASUS products the SDRW-08D1S-U comes in nice, colorful retail packaging. On the front there is a picture of the SDRW-08D1S-U and the read and write speeds. On the back there is a list of features.

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Opening the box up everything is nicely packed inside. Getting everything out you have the SDRW-08D1S-U unit, USB cable, stand, software CD, and install guide.

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