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Freecom DVD RW LS Pro review

£65 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Freecom

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Freecom DVD RW LS Pro portable CD/DVD writer is just the ticket for reading and writing discs on the move

While it's not quite as passé as the floppy disk drive yet, the days of the CD or DVD optical drive are starting to become numbered.

We see more laptops and even the occasional desktop computer now that omits the optical drive, in the interest of saving space or money. For those in need, then, the Freecom DVD RW drive is a welcome solution - a portable, high-quality optical disc burner.

The Freecom DVD RW LS Pro is a very compact unit, sized just larger than a CD jewel case and less than the height of a double CD album box. Simply styled in a matt-finish aluminium case with no unnecessary ornamentation, it is a clean-looking statement of function over form.

Inside is a low-profile Slimtype CD/DVD-writing optical drive, as you'd find in a laptop. But where older drives may be single-layer only, this Freecom DVD RW LS Pro will burn to dual-layer DVD+R media, and additional can etch pictures, text and logos onto the flipsides of suitable Lightscribe blanks.

It can be powered for disc reading by either of its data ports - namely FireWire 400 or USB 2.0 - or by an included power supply, itself a tiny 55x39x32mm in size.

Being this small, there's more chance you'll throw it a laptop bag with the drive itself, which is handy as Freecom says it's required for the extra power requirements of disc burning. In our tests using an Apple MacBook Pro, a single FireWire connection was sufficient to get the Freecom DVD RW LS Pro up and burning. More surprising, the same was true of a single USB 2.0 connection too.

Freecom DVD RW LS Pro Expert Verdict »

Portable CD/DVD±RW drive
1 x USB 2.0
2 x FireWire 400
5V DC input
DVD±R 8x, DVD+RW 8x, DVD-RW 6x, DVD-ROM 8x, DVD-RAM 5x, DVD+RW DL 4x
CD-R/CD-RW/CD-ROM 24x
Roxio Toast 8 Basic (Mac) and Easy media Creator 9 (Windows)
5 x Lightscribe CD-R
144x140x17mm
430g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

As well as adding CD and DVD reading and writing options for modern netbooks, the Freecom DVD RW LS Pro can also expand your repertoire if you’re looking for Lightscribe or dual-layer DVD+R capability. The Freecom DVD RW LS Pro is not the cheapest but its neatly styled, relatively robust and can potentially run solely off bus power without messing around with extra cables or wallwarts.

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