The Patec USB 3.0 External Optical Drive is an essential addition to any laptop or desktop that did not ship with an optical drive. It allows you to install your collection of legacy games and software, as well as rip music CDs to iTunes or other music player.
The design of the drive is attractive and functional. The USB cord is attached to the drive itself, so you don’t have to worry about losing it or searching for it when you need to use the device. It is very light weight, and its rubber feet absorb and small bumps it may encounter while the drive is in use. The drive is about as loud as an internal drive, and you can certainly tell when it is spinning up, but that is to be expected with any drive, especially one with such a slim profile. The front features an eject button, as well as a green indicator light which lets you know when the drive is reading or writing.
I used the drive with both an older model Sony Vaio laptop, as well as a brand new Asus Transformer T100HA tablet/laptop hybrid. Both have USB 2.0 ports which the Patec drive is backwards compatible with, and both recognized it as soon as it was plugged in. With the laptop I was able to use the drive to install games from DVD-Rom disks without issue. The tablet on the other hand powers down its port very frequently in order to conserve power, so when entering in security keys for software, the drive would disconnect as it was not being used. Playing music CDs from the drive on the tablet worked flawlessly. I should mention both devices were running Windows 10, however the laptop originally ran Vista and had been updated.
Overall, this little drive is great for anyone who has a laptop or desktop that either didn’t come with an optical drive, or has a broken one. It is an inexpensive way to be able to update your music library, or play your collection of older disk-based games.
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*Full disclosure: This product was provided to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. No guarantee of a positive review was made and all insights are my own.