Apple USB Superdrive
If you have a Mac and already prefer Apple products, then this is probably the ideal choice for you, but it is not designed to be compatible with computers running a Windows OS. Maximum write speeds to DVD are 8x with up to 6x speeds when burning to a dual-layer disc. Read speeds come in at 6x or 8x depending on the type of DVD it is accessing. CD write speeds go up to 24x or 16x to a rewritable disc, and up to 24x when reading from a CD. Buffer memory with this DVD burner helps protect your data, but it doesn't have more than other models, so it's nothing particularly impressive. This model has a nice, slim design and slot loading so you don't have to worry about a tray. You get an attached USB cable with this burner, so you don't have to worry about losing or forgetting a cable, and it uses a USB 2.0 interface, which is pretty good but 3.0 would certainly be superior.