Freecom has announced the Mobile DVD RW Recorder LS Pro - a super-thin external optical drive for laptops.

The drive, which comes in lightweight aluminium casing, features both USB 2.0 and Firewire connections and can simply be plugged into one of these ports and will be instantly recognised without the need to reboot your laptop.

The Freecom LS Pro portable DVD drive measures 17x144x140mm and is suitable for use with Macs or PCs. It can burn documents, images and multimedia to CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-R and DVD+/-RW discs.

Bundled with five blank CD-Rs and Roxio and Toast software, the Freecom Mobile DVD RW Recorder LS Pro costs £79.99 and is available from www.freecom.com.

Freecom Mobile LS Pro portable hard drive - a plug and play external hard drive for the likes of the MacBook Air and other ultraportables with no built-in optical drive