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BuffaloMediaStation 8x Portable DVD Drive with LED Power Indicator
 
4.3

(based on 21 reviews)

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    (6)

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    (2)

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    (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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        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.

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              • 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.

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              • 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.

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                • 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.

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                  • 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.

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                    • 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.

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                        • 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.

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                          • 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.

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                                          • 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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