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If you need an external DVD burner that fits easily in your briefcase or backpack, you won't find anything smaller than Asus's SDRW-0804P-D, which measures 5.5 inches wide, 6.37 inches long, and 0.7 inch high. With rated speeds of only 8X/4X/2.4X (recordable/rewritable/double-layer DVD+R), it's no speed demon, but it's as fast as low-profile notebook burners get. The handsome silver drive connects via mini-USB and mini-FireWire ports, which means you can't run it without the included AC adapter. However, the adapter is small, weighs only a couple of ounces, and even offers changeable tips for different international power grids, so our gripe is decidedly minor. If you're in the market for a faster drive and don't mind a bulkier form factor, theis a good choice.
The Asus SDRW-0804P-D offers little in the way of physical features other than the aforementioned mini-USB and mini-FireWire ports, an AC jack, and a back-mounted on/off switch. Asus thoughtfully includes a velveteen carrying bag, USB and FireWire cables, and four exchangeable tips for the international AC adapter. The software bundle includes an OEM version ofthat consists of Nero Express for mastering, NeroVision Express for creating DVD movies, and the Nero Media Player for DVD movie playback. We'd consider that sparse, but Asus also includes Suite 3.5 SE, which fills in some of the artistic gaps.