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ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U Black External USB 2.0 Slim CD/DVD Writer

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   Part #: SDRW-08D2S-U/BLK/G/AS
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Features    [ Edit | History ]

Harmony of Technology and Aesthetics

Burn disc with enhanced data protection in just 3 quick steps and intuitive Disc Encryption lets you do this easily

  • Elegant appearance embody the harmonious marriage of technology and aesthetics
  • Disc Encryption doubles the security with password-controlled and hidden-file functionality
  • Drag-and-burn interface accomplishes entire jobs in three easy steps
Quick Specs:
Host Interface USB 2.0
Weight (Approximate) 9.88 oz
Color Black
Form Factor External
Height 0.8"
Width 5.6"
Depth 5.6"
Maximum DVD Write Speed 8x
Maximum DVD Rewrite Speed 8x
Maximum DVD Read Speed 8x
Maximum CD Write Speed 24x
Maximum CD Rewrite Speed 16x
Maximum CD Read Speed 24x
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS
Optical Media Supported DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Compatible Drive Bay Height Slimline
Media Layer Supported Double-layer

Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
General Information  
     Brand Name: Asus
     Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International
     Manufacturer Part Number: SDRW-08D2S-U/BLK/G/AS
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Package Type: Retail
     Product Model: SDRW-08D2S-U
     Product Name: SDRW-08D2S-U 8x DVD±RW Drive
     Product Type: DVD-Writer
     Host Interface: USB 2.0
     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
     System Requirements:
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz or AMD Athlon 2100+ or higher
  • RAM: 512 MB or more is recommended
  • HDD: 10 GB or higher

Operating System(s):

  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Mac OS X 10.5

Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Compatible Drive Bay Height: Slimline
     Depth: 5.6" (142 mm)
     Form Factor: External
     Height: 0.8" (20 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 280 g
     Width: 5.6" (142 mm)
     Software Included:
  • Cyberlink Power2Go 7
  • E-Green

Technical Information  
     Buffer: 1 MB
     Maximum CD Read Speed: 24x
     Maximum CD Rewrite Speed: 16x
     Maximum CD Write Speed: 24x
     Maximum DVD Read Speed: 8x
     Maximum DVD Rewrite Speed: 8x
     Maximum DVD Write Speed: 8x
     Media Layer Supported: Double-layer
     Optical Media Supported: DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
     Platform Supported: Mac

ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U/BLK/G/AS Customer Reviews

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Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Attractive diamond pattern.
Recommended to not clunk up your computer with internal drive.
Goes on sale
Does not come with stand as shown in picture.
only USB 2.0
Good way to go if you need an attractive looking external DVD Drive for a good price

Experience: 1 Years
reads dvds
only USB 2.0
Use it often and it still works great. Only downside is that it is USB 2.0

Experience: 4 Days
Works on Windows, Mac and Linux without drivers
Nice finish
Clunky USB Y-cable requires two USB ports
No stand
It does what it says in the description quite nicely.

It has the current ASUS "diamond pattern" attractive design. It's small and slim, powered off the USB bus. It's plug-and-play on Windows, Mac and Linux. I tested speeds using Linux dd and the included utilty CD, it's not terribly fast - 1.6 MB/s, that's between 10X and 12X. Writing an .ISO to a DVD+RW took place at 3.3X, 4474 KiB/s - that's 4.37 MB/s. Again not terribly impressive but if you want speed you shouldn't be looking at optical media anyway. The important thing is that it works fine and is fast enough.

These speeds were the same on USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, with one of the USB plugs connected or two. Incidentally I find the USB Y-cable arrangement clunky and cumbersome.

It doesn't have a stand as shown in the picture.

For how many times I use an optical drive, this works just fine.

Experience: 3 Years
No A/C adapter required
This was an excellent external DVD drive, it can connect through two USB ports, but will run on one. I would recommend this product.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
- Small and attractive
- Comes with software
- Portable
- USB Cord is not long enough
Asus has never disappointed me and this drive is no surprise; it's classic Asus quality. It has a classy shiny diamond plate finish to it and comes with burning software (CyberLink Power 2Go). I haven't yet ventured into burning a disc, but will within the next few days as required. The only initial improvement I would have liked from this product is a longer USB cable. I would have liked to have placed this drive on my desk for easier access but it will not reach. It is sitting currently on the top of my PC tower and will be fine there, but a longer cable would give the user a little more freedom of use. For the record it did not come with the stand in the display picture, but it does indicate on the packaging the stand is "optional". This is a great drive for someone looking for a portable drive for an Ultrabook laptop or in my case replacing an PATA/EIDE drive that I can no longer find anywhere for this older desktop. I would recommend this product without hesitation.

Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Sleek design. Does what it needs to perfectly
2 USB 2.0 ports needed for full speed. Short USB cable. Does NOT come with stand as shown in picture and specs.
Good external dvd/cd drive. The USB cable actually splits into 2 USB ports. It still runs on 1 port plugged in. After some testing, there's a definite performance hit with only 1 plugged in. Even though the PC has USB 3.0 and is capable of supplying the power with just 1 cable, the device itself is USB 2.0 so the PC only supplies 2.0 level of power. It does NOT come with a stand as shown in the picture.

Experience: 60 Days
 Verified Owner
Small size, No power adapter needed, great to carry along.
Stand is "Optional".
Works perfectly so far. I would recommend it, especially for traveling. Small size, No power adapter needed, great to carry along.

Experience: 3 Days
 Verified Owner
usb powered
linux plug and play (no drivers req.)
this model does not come with a vertical stand
very short usb cable
akward design
What's included in the box is the recorder (about the size of a portable CD player), 20 inch long usb cable with dual connectors, CD with burning software.

This writer takes approximately 10 mins to record single layer DVD-R, around 30 mins to fully blank DVD-RW. It is very quiet in operation and can boot from bootable CDs.

The dual usb connectors are supposedly meant to power up the device but I have successfully recorded discs on just a single usb port. It works great on a linux system with Xfburn program.

This particular model does not have a vertical stand. The picture is a lie.

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