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UKmacman
Nov 17, 2011, 06:30 AM
To be honest it does not look the best and I don't care about matching the style of the air as I will only use it from time to time at home to burn DVDs etc. So is there a better (and cheaper) choice made by someone else? If so what would I gain/lose by doing this?



Hellhammer
Nov 17, 2011, 06:31 AM
Any USB DVD writer should work.

MacDawg
Nov 17, 2011, 06:33 AM
I'm sure you can find cheaper

But I doubt you find one that looks better (these are really sharp looking)
Or one that is thinner (it isn't much bigger than a small stack of DVDs and fits in my portfolio)
Or necessarily better (this one has done all I have asked and more, much faster than I thought)

jamesr19
Nov 17, 2011, 06:44 AM
I'm sure you can find cheaper

But I doubt you find one that looks better (these are really sharp looking)
Or one that is thinner (it isn't much bigger than a small stack of DVDs and fits in my portfolio)
Or necessarily better (this one has done all I have asked and more, much faster than I thought)

You can build your own - they sell Apple Superdrive-esque chassis/cases on eBay and then you can add a DVD/Bluray slot drive into it.

I'd recommend getting a blu-ray drive these days as it gives your laptop more functionality and there is software to read/write to them and they're about 70

HellDiverUK
Nov 17, 2011, 06:50 AM
I used (and still do) a cheap-off-eBay Blu-ray reader/DVD-RW combo thing. It was less than 40, Panasonic mechanism in a plastic box. Used it on my Macs, on my HP Microserver, and on my little Lenovo.

DustinT
Nov 17, 2011, 06:58 AM
Any USB DVD writer should work.Yes, or bluray drives as well. Most of them can write a DVD, just make sure the one you get can do so as well.

snowwhite007
Nov 17, 2011, 06:58 AM
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Xbox 360 hd drive tenner from gamestation

jamesr19
Nov 17, 2011, 08:38 AM
Xbox 360 hd drive tenner from gamestation

I was looking at this - you can play HDDVD using it too but you can't use it for burning DVDs so for an extra 15 you might as well buy a portable r/w

Captain Dynamo
Nov 17, 2011, 05:48 PM
http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Writer-External-Optical-Drive/dp/B003M0NT1M

Using one with my Air. A little cranky with TDK DVDs, but does the job (I'll only need it once a month or so).

The Samurai
Nov 17, 2011, 09:16 PM
I use my Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive, works a treat!

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