Review: VicTsing USB 3.0 External DVD-RW CD-RW Drive
Having always been a fan of desktop computers, I finally bit the bullet in late 2009 and bought a laptop. Portable and light, it seemed ideal. The only problem was the lack of a cd drive. What I needed was an external DVD-RW CD-RW Drive. VicTsing seemed ideal.
Having no CD-ROM drive wasn’t a massive problem. Even in 2009 the need for a CD drive was waning, and when I upgraded and bought another laptop last year, there seemed even less reason to buy one with a built-in drive.
I rarely listen to CDs or watch DVDs, and if I do so it’s generally when I’m sat indoors. The majority of software can be downloaded these days, or at a push can be installed via USB.
With that said, there have been times when I’ve needed something from a CD. Whether it’s to listen to the Buster soundtrack (don’t judge me), which you just don’t seem to be able to stream from anywhere, or to search on an old CD-ROM for a long-lost file that you know you’ve backed up in the dim and distant past.
Up until recently I’ve always had to boot up the desktop to get this done. Unfortunately, the desktop is the same age as my youngest, who is rapidly approaching his 10th birthday. This means that to get anything done on it seems to take forever.
There was always the fallback of taking a disc to Merseyside and using Mrs DannyUK’s laptop with built-in drive, but in all honesty, we are now at an age in the technology timeline where it’s just as cheap and easy to buy a portable drive.
Step forward the VicTsing External DVD-RW CD-RW Drive.
Yes, I admit, I have never heard of them before either, but quite frankly I don’t aim to be using the drive very much at all, and rather than paying out more for a named brand, I am quite happy to take something that works, regardless of the fact that the capital “T” in the middle of the brand name makes my eye twitch.
My immediate thought on opening the pack was how small and slim the drive was. Gone are the days when any kind of portable drive was the size of a small briefcase.
The product dimensions are officially listed as (L*W*H): 5.82in x 5.59in x 0.6in which translates to 14.78cm x 14.19cm x 1.5cm. Tiny.
The drive comes with a USB 3.0 cable which is hardwired into the back of the drive. This cable also powers the driver, so there is no need for an external power pack or lead. Unfortunately, the lead is quite short - just over 31cm
The description clearly states that the drive is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and all versions of MAC OS systems. For those wondering, it also seems to work with Windows 10 without a problem.
I thought that it may be noisy, but plugging it in and booting it up proves to be fairly quiet, as you can tell from the attached video.
A video showing how quiet the VicTsing DVD-RW CD-RW Drive is when it’s working.
The USB 3.0 cable means that it’s future-proof for a few more years, which is another tick in the box, and not only that, the plug and play capability worked perfectly meaning that there was no difficult installation needed.
The cable is frustratingly short, though. Measuring approximately 20cm it means that you have to position the portable drive extremely close to your USB port. It’s fine for a laptop, but not great if you’re aiming to use this with a PC.
The way around this would be to use a USB extension lead, but for some reasons the instructions say that an extension lead shouldn’t be used.
Having said that, since having the drive, I have been able to access all of my old media which was stored on DVD-ROM and CD-ROM, which has been great. The drive has successfully read all of my discs without any issues, though I haven’t yet tried it with a scratched disc, though if that worked it would be an added bonus.
The drive is fairly light, and I would suggest that if you are looking to take the drive around with you, you invest in some kind of protective storage carrying sleeve case like this one.
Overall: Inexpensive, works well, offers nothing fancy. Exactly how it’s described and well worth the price.
Priced at just £25.99 as I write this, the DVD-Rewriter is available via Amazon here.
The DVD-RW / CD-RW description breakdown (amended from Amazon)
- An exterior silvery aluminum grinding surface finish, this CD/DVD writer/burner is fashionable and scratch-proof .
- Ultra slim, lightweight, compact, portable.
- The DVD-RW drive and the USB cable are combined in one.
- USB 3.0 provides more stable performance while being backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.0.
- It features strong error-correcting ability, anti-shock and noise reduction technology, low power consumption, and powered by the USB port, no external AC adapter needed.
- Plug and play ,no complicated installation, easy to use.
- Read Speed: CD: 24X, DVD(Double/Single Layer): 8X
- Write Speed: CD-R: 24X, CD-RW: 16X (US-RW), DVD+/-R: 8X, DVD+R Double Layer: Max.6X, DVD-RAM: 5X , DVD+RW: 8X, DVD-RW: 6X
I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review. A full disclosure policy is available on the website.