I think mine is an NEC, nothing fancy i think that it cam from sam's and wasn't too expensive around $100, but its usb 2.0 and it works great. I use it when working on computer's at freinds houses because its so easy to transport although pretty heavy. This one burns at 8X, not the fastest but very good and reliable.
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO SET-UP AN EXTERNAL DVD BURNER AND WHAT WOULD BE A SUFFICENT ONE TO BUY. I,M NOT LOOKING TO SPEND A FORTUNE. I JUST WANT ONE THAT DOES THE JOB!