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.