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Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator

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Product Highlights
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • CD Write/Read Speeds: 24x
  • Max Read/Write Speed for DVD Discs: 8x
  • DVD Dual Layer Write/Read Speed: 6x
  • DVD-RAM Write/Read Speed: 5x
  • Bus-Powered
  • Includes Burning Software for Windows
  • Windows and Mac Compatible

The MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator from Buffalo is an affordable, portable DVD burner, ideal for use with laptop or notebook computers. It has two built-in USB cables that snap to the chassis for easy mobility. You can power the drive using one or both of these cables, depending on how much power you need. The compact drive can read and burn DVD discs at up to 8x speeds and can read and burn CD discs at up to 24x speeds. To note, it can write to dual-layer DVD discs up to 6x speeds and DVD-RAM discs up to 5x speeds.

USB bus-powered
Ultra-slim and compact
Integrated LED power indicator
Includes CyberLink data writing software suite for use with Windows computers
Integrated USB Y-cable for laptops that require extra power
High-gloss finish
Includes Kensington lock slot
The drive is covered by a 2-year limited warranty and includes tech-support that is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Enclosure Type Portable
Mechanism Type DVD Burner
Write Support DVD, CD
Read Support DVD, CD
Write Speed DVD-R SL: 8x
DVD-R DL: 6x
DVD-RW: 6x
DVD+R SL: 8x
DVD+R DL: 6x
DVD+RW: 8x
DVD-RAM: 5x
CD-R: 24x
CD-RW: 24x
Read Speed DVD-R SL: 8x
DVD-R DL: 6x
DVD-RW: 8x
DVD+R SL: 8x
DVD+R DL: 6x
DVD+RW: 8x
DVD-RAM: 5x
CD-R: 24x
CD-RW: 24x
Access Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Interface USB 2.0
Data Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Data Transfer Rate Up to 480Mbps
Headphone Jack None
Mounting Orientation Portable
System Requirements Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.6

Note: Software is Windows compatible only
Electrical Requirements USB bus-powered
Power Consumption No more than 7.5W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.7 x 0.8 x 6.0" / 14.4 x 2 x 15.2 cm
Weight 12 oz / 0.34 kg
Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator
  • 2 x Built-in USB Cables
  • Software CD-ROM with CyberLink Software
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    BuffaloMediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator
     
    4.3

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Well built / quality (5)
    • Compact (3)
    • Improves performance (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Replacement (6)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (11)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      No Regrets

      No Regrets. I don't need a CD DVD drive as often as I use to in the past, but I still needed one. I didn't want to spend a lot of money or...Read complete review

      No Regrets. I don't need a CD DVD drive as often as I use to in the past, but I still needed one. I didn't want to spend a lot of money or spend to little and get something that wouldn't get along with my iMac. This drive works perfectly, no software to install, it just works and is recognized by all my applications including the DVD player application. From what I have read, not all drives are this compatible, so I was very happy.

      There are two USB cords that fold into the base of the drive for power. If your drive can't get enough power with one USB attached, a light warns you so you know to use both USBs to get enough power. I plug mine into a powered USB hub using just one USB cord and it works perfectly.

      I would not hesitate to buy this drive again.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      You get what you pay for

      I haven't figured out how well it performs as a disk reader, but as a disk writer, it's slow, unstable, and quirky. It was this way right out of the package. I...Read complete review

      I haven't figured out how well it performs as a disk reader, but as a disk writer, it's slow, unstable, and quirky. It was this way right out of the package. I was a bit disappointed when about half of the disks I burned worked.

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      4.0

      it is what I expected

      By NinnYoe

      from Morgantown, WV

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

          I use this DVD drive with Mac mini. So far the performance is fine. When I first hooked it up, I couldn't get the disk content to show up on the screen...after a few tries, just when I gave up and dialed for tech support (of course), it suddenly started working fine. It's been good since. Sometimes I do have to use both USB cables.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Product Performs as Stated

          By Mitch

          from Cordova, TN

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Load New Programs

            Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

            I only use it to load programs and make CDs. Works great.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great Product - Short cable

            By jacobtb

            from Monsey, NY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Short Cable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

              works very well, however the usb cable is too short, only a few inches.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Nice Concept

              By Aveyarde

              from NC

              About Me Parent, Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Design Good
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • No Need For Bag

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Upgrade

                Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                Have not tested the write function. I just needed a external disk drive for an ultra book that I have which they eliminate a disk drive. This was for that purpose and it's working fine.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                You get what you pay for

                By BB

                from Hoboken, NJ

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Unreliable

                Cons

                • Poor Interface
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                I haven't figured out how well it performs as a disk reader, but as a disk writer, it's slow, unstable, and quirky. It was this way right out of the package. I was a bit disappointed when about half of the disks I burned worked.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Does what I want.

                By rteller

                from Scottsbluff, NE

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Replacement

                  Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                  The DVD drive in my computer went bad and I purchased this drive to replace it. It works very well and does what I need it to do.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By Lou

                  from Gloucester,Virginia

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Flawless Operation

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Replacement

                    Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                    This portable drive works like a champ. Flawless setup and operation.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    3.0

                    It works well

                    By Nithya

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                    It works well, somewhat more noisy.

                    Pros: The USB pigtail connector cord is attached to the unit.

                    Cons: The same cord is too short.

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                    5.0

                    I'm not an adman

                    By M Edward

                    from Pensacola, Fl.

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Replacement

                      Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                      works just as advertised.... replaced a broken cd-rom drive in a laptop.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      No Regrets

                      By Mark in SV

                      from Sierra Vista, Arizona

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                          No Regrets. I don't need a CD DVD drive as often as I use to in the past, but I still needed one. I didn't want to spend a lot of money or spend to little and get something that wouldn't get along with my iMac. This drive works perfectly, no software to install, it just works and is recognized by all my applications including the DVD player application. From what I have read, not all drives are this compatible, so I was very happy.

                          There are two USB cords that fold into the base of the drive for power. If your drive can't get enough power with one USB attached, a light warns you so you know to use both USBs to get enough power. I plug mine into a powered USB hub using just one USB cord and it works perfectly.

                          I would not hesitate to buy this drive again.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent putchase

                          By KTSDZ

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Replacement

                            Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                            This external DVD drive is easy to use, fast and works great with my iMac. It is very easy to set up and the download speed is excellent.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            IMPROVEMENT OVER LAPTOP DRIVE.

                            By RUNLONG.MARCUS

                            from ROGUE VALLEY, OREGON

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Replacement
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                              USING W/ LAPTOP AND NETBOOK, ADEQUATE SPEED FOR BURN, AND PROCESSOR. NOT FAST--BUT IS NOT ADVERTISED SUSPECT SOME OF THAT HAS TO DO W/ MEMORY AND MACHINE SPEED.

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                              4.0

                              Great Price!

                              By Jerry

                              from Coeur d'Alene, ID

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                              Bought this for my new thin iMac that comes sans optical drive... Would have loved to have the sleek, chrome Apple DVD drive, but decided to save some coin and grab this number instead since I won't be using it often. Glad I did - this does the trick for a third of the price! I did have to use both usb cables for my iMac - one didn't give it enough power. But I only plug it in when I need it, and store it in my desk the rest of the time, so it's not hogging usb ports. Great plug and play with the mac (as always), nothing to install or download. I also love having the usb cords built into the drive - only knock is that they're a little awkward to snap back into place, but still better than having a loose cable to wrap up. Over it's a good off-brand product at a great price!

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                              5.0

                              Awesome Overall DVD Burner For Price!

                              By nfan87

                              from Hazleton, PA

                              About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Interface With Camcorder
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Quality Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                                  The overall drive is great, with a slim profile design that made a great complement to my exisiting Mac Mini. The Drive was detected right away on the Mac and was burning great with no need for drivers. It comes with two built in usb cables which makes losing them a thing of the past, although only one of the cables is for additional usb bus power, I have yet to need more power to burn anything. Overall this makes a great external burner for anyone looking for great performance and low price!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Replacement for my iMac DVD Drive

                                  By jqnymusic

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Heavy User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Speed

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Burning Camcorder Videos
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Replacement

                                    Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                                    The DVD Drive in my iMac failed after 4 yrs of heavy use. The replacement part would not have cost much, but the quoted labor cost would have been insane. I've been using this heavily for a month now, & I couldn't be more pleased. Great product, a snap to install, way reasonable price, and with the 2yr replacement warranty you can't beat it. B7H rocks!

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                                    5.0

                                    Great!

                                    By Ken

                                    from Maplewood, NJ

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                                          appears well built, works as expected, nice low price

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Perfect Product

                                          By Akamoose

                                          from New York

                                          About Me Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home Movies
                                            • Upgrade

                                            Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                                            I purchased a new Sony Laptop 11" for my daughter in college. Small form laptops have no internal drive. So I found this device for her - Perfect! It's small, the USB stores on device, and a snap to use or install. This is a must for anyone that has a similar issue - Can't beat the product and price.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • Yes

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                                            5.0

                                            I recommend this DVD recorder

                                            By Bar

                                            from Houston, TX

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                                                External DVD drive needed after internal Mac book pro internal drive quit working consistently. Great quality for the price!

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                                                • No

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                                                4.0

                                                Works Great.

                                                By Videoguy

                                                from Newtown, CT

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                                                    Purchased for a Mac that was having trouble burning dual layer DVDs. Needed in a hurry. Plugged it in and started immediately. A little slow, but very reliable.

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                                                    1.0

                                                    Less than what you pay for

                                                    By Sparky

                                                    from Ann Arbor, MI

                                                    About Me Engineering Student, Tech Savvy

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Doesn't Work

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Buffalo MediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator:

                                                      I bought this product after my laptops ailing cd/dvd rw drive had died a slow and painful death of occasional functionality. Irritatingly this USB mediastation replacement had similar behavior from day 1. Today I was trying to rip CDs that I had piled up from the afformentioned "no optical drive" era and it made it through the first two with ease, followed by refusing any of the remaining four. Attempting to read them and failing dozens of times each while my car's CD player punped them all out with ease. It eventually reached the point it wouldn't read any cd I put in it, even those it had successful played at the beginning of the night. Terrible. Buy something else.

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