Lenovo ThinkPad UltraSlim External DVD-Writer
While this model might not rise above the other best options on the market, it is still a great choice that should work for a wide range of setups. Read/write speeds on this model are pretty good at 6x, but nothing to really brag about. It has 0.75MB of buffer memory which helps protect your data when burning or reading from a disc. One of the best features of this burner is that it works with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. The USB 3.0 support lets you take advantage of fast USB 3.0 ports on your computer or laptop, and it can still work with USB 2.0 ports on older systems. This pick also features a slim design which makes it very easy to take on the go in a laptop case or other bag.