Review: Rosewill USB 3.0 External Slim Blu-ray Writer RDED-12001

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As personal computers compete for portability, not to mention the tablet becoming an instant technology darling, internal optical disc drives have fast become obsolete and even touted as “slowly vanishing in America.”

CD burners, for one, were hardly sold last year while DVD writers were sold more by 0.25% due to an increase in production of PCs. Almost all of the drives sold support all formats (CD, DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, DVD-RAM). Blu-ray burners, on the other hand, are on better margins than those two previously mentioned.

True enough, the oldest CD-Rs to its contemporaries, the DVDs and Blu-rays might have been slowly vanishing—but not just yet. External optical drives gaining ground makes sure that optical disc drives are here to stay.

One particular external optical drive gaining popularity in the market is the Rosewill RDED-12001 USB 3.0 External Slim Aluminum 6x Blu-ray Writer, usually available between $119.99 to $149.99 price ranges. It is housed in an aluminum framework, measures 0.79 by 5.36 by 5.87 inches and weighs 0.84 pounds.

For those who value aesthetics and wish to project modernism, its aluminum casing gives it an elegant and classy touch. Its design does not only make it stylish but has pragmatic uses as well: it operates in a cooler temperature because heat is effortlessly dispelled by its aluminum framework; and it can survive bumps and bruises brought about by constant use. Rubber feet are also placed on each of the four corners to absorb vibration.

Although RDED-12001 does not require an extra AC adapter, connecting this external optical drive to your PC through a USB 3.0 Y-cable can be a downside, if not a bummer. Y-cables occupy two USB ports (which can be a problem if you don’t have two ports placed side-by-side) and replacing them isn’t as easy as breeze. It has neither AV connectivity options nor built-in 2D to 3D conversion.

On the up and pop side, RDED-12001 is compatible to Windows versions from the XP down to the latest Windows 8 as well as Apple Mac operating systems. It supports all optical formats of CDs and DVDs including Blu-rays and double- and quad-layer BDXL discs—you wouldn’t have problems when reading or writing on these formats.

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