I'm planning on buying a new Macbook Pro or Air in the coming weeks once the new ones are announced tomorrow to replace my 2007 Macbook, I'm not sure which one yet but chances are it won't have a disk drive! It doesn't bother me that it's not integrated, but I would like to purchase an external one to rip DVD's using handbrake so I can watch them on my iPad. The rip speed is fairly important to me because of this, so my question is; am I best buying Apple's own external disk drive or are there quicker 3rd party ones out there? Would a third party one be as easily compatible with my mac? I know nothing about them! Thanks for your help!