Freecom’s FS-50 is an external DVD writer specifically designed for mobile use. The Freecom FS-50 runs off the mains, USB or a rechargeable battery, so you can read and burn discs on the move.

An optional AC power supply is used to charge the FS-50's internal battery; alternatively you can use the Freecom's two USB cables. The pair of cables provide extra power to the Freecom FS-50, which could overload a single USB connection.

Performance is somewhat limited when compared to full-sized products. With a performance cap of eight-speed, 4.7GB DVDs take around twice as long to write.

During testing, we found the Freecom FS-50 was able to write formats that weren’t mentioned in the documentation. Of course, firmware updates can improve performance and compatibility but, with the FS-50, Freecom has gone one step further by upgrading the whole internal mechanism.

Freecom's FS-50 runs significantly faster than its specification in some cases, and manages to write both 8.5GB DVD-R and -RAM discs - neither of which are officially supported.

However, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get one of these upgraded versions of the Freecom FS-50. Officially the specification is as displayed on the packaging - but you just might get lucky.

Freecom FS-50: Specs

  • External DVD drive
  • USB interface
  • 8x/2.4x/8x/8x/4x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/+RW/-RW)
  • 24x/10x (CD-R/-RW)
  • 2MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 130/160
  • includes Roxio Easy CD&DVD Creator 6.0, DVD Max 4.0, Easy Media Creator 7.0, CinePlayer 2.2
  • 145x145x17mm
  • 600g
  • External DVD drive
  • USB interface
  • 8x/2.4x/8x/8x/4x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/+RW/-RW)
  • 24x/10x (CD-R/-RW)
  • 2MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 130/160
  • includes Roxio Easy CD&DVD Creator 6.0, DVD Max 4.0, Easy Media Creator 7.0, CinePlayer 2.2
  • 145x145x17mm
  • 600g

OUR VERDICT

The battery-powered Freecom FS-50 is small and light enough to take with you on your travels, but performance is compromised when writing at higher speeds.

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