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Seeking Advice on Purchasing New PCs

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#16 Pythoneer

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:20 AM

Hi all.


Thanks for the replies and advice.


I have decided to go for the HP ProBook laptop mentioned earlier. 


Now I am concerned with the external optical disk drive.


Any suggestions or advice on purchasing a good optical disk drive?



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#17 britechguy


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:41 AM

I have yet to have an issue with any external optical drive (and that's unsurprising given how often I use the one I have).


Mine is LiteOn (and I have no idea if they're still making them).


Unless you anticipate heavy use I really would not concern myself too much with "quality."  These are so cheap and ubiquitous as to be disposable, though that need has seldom arisen in my experience and observation.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:13 AM

Indeed i got a external drive here, a LG for my rig which has no optical bays in the case.

I can safely say it works well enough, if you have USB3 capability (and most modern machines do including HP and dells) then you have no problems as USB3 is fast enough to keep up with external drives.

Here is one simular to my model:




This is a USB2 model but that doesnt matter as USB2 is also fine for such drives

USB3 is backwards compatible with USB2 so there should be no issues there either.

Edited by MadmanRB, 06 December 2018 - 11:49 AM.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 05:45 PM

Just a ditto on the above suggestions. It really won't matter what brand you go for given the price of these things. If you're concerned about protecting your investment, seek out an offer that includes a 3-year replaceable warranty or similar, though, given the low cost of these units, I think you'll be struggling to find that.

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