Thursday, April 29th 2010

Buffalo Intros Compact, Portable Slot-In DVD Writer

Buffalo Japan released its newest ultra-compact, portable DVD writer, the DVSM-PS58U2/S-BK. The Slim DVD writer in a package design with the pop-out disc tray makes way for an even more compact slot-in design, and a single-wire USB 2.0 interface. The drive draws both power and connectivity from the USB line. It measures 142 x 137 mm, with a thickness of 20 mm, while weighing 340 g. The unit has a piano-black finish. Write speeds include 8x for DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD+RW, 6x for double-layer DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, and 24x for CD-R/CD-RW. It will be released to the Japanese market in mid-May, and will be priced at ¥11,500 (around US $120).
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8 Comments on Buffalo Intros Compact, Portable Slot-In DVD Writer

#1
Breathless
ouchies on that price....

Nice looking unit though.
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#2
Completely Bonkers
Anybody else have fail experience with USB powered CD/DVD drives? Why-o-why dont they build them with a small recharge battery in them... so that they can spin up properly without falling over?

I have 2 USB CD drives and NONE of them work reliably on USB 2.0 sockets on either PC or laptop. Oddly, they do work on an old SONY laptop with only USB 1.1.

Let's hope this buffalo drives is better :)
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#3
n-ster
by: Completely Bonkers
Anybody else have fail experience with USB powered CD/DVD drives? Why-o-why dont they build them with a small recharge battery in them... so that they can spin up properly without falling over?

I have 2 USB CD drives and NONE of them work reliably on USB 2.0 sockets on either PC or laptop. Oddly, they do work on an old SONY laptop with only USB 1.1.

Let's hope this buffalo drives is better :)
a USB 3.0 DVD burner should fix power shortage :D
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#4
DRDNA
by: Completely Bonkers
Anybody else have fail experience with USB powered CD/DVD drives? Why-o-why dont they build them with a small recharge battery in them... so that they can spin up properly without falling over?

I have 2 USB CD drives and NONE of them work reliably on USB 2.0 sockets on either PC or laptop. Oddly, they do work on an old SONY laptop with only USB 1.1.

Let's hope this buffalo drives is better :)
I am currently using a liteon USB blu ray/ cd/dvd reader with no issues on my rig and on a couple of laptops that have C2D's in them and it works perfect. I don't think its the portable in the fashion you mean tho as it does have a power supply that you plug in to the electric outlet.
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#5
phanbuey
yeah those USB powered are hit and miss... I have one that only works in ONE particular slot, otherwise it fails,

on the main rig it will only work when plugged into the back slots, and not any that are connected through the case.
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#6
Wshlist
by: Completely Bonkers
Anybody else have fail experience with USB powered CD/DVD drives? Why-o-why dont they build them with a small recharge battery in them... so that they can spin up properly without falling over?

I have 2 USB CD drives and NONE of them work reliably on USB 2.0 sockets on either PC or laptop. Oddly, they do work on an old SONY laptop with only USB 1.1.

Let's hope this buffalo drives is better :)
Nothing could be simpler than soldering in a capacitor yourself surely, not that it should be the job of the customer, but if you are running up that wall punch a hole in it eh.
Or maybe (if it works at the cable entry point) order some tiny PCB's you design with a capacitor and a USB connector and a short USB cable to slot inbetween the USB cable and sell them online to start your own business.
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#7
Breathless
by: Wshlist
Nothing could be simpler than soldering in a capacitor yourself surely, not that it should be the job of the customer, but if you are running up that wall punch a hole in it eh.
Or maybe (if it works at the cable entry point) order some tiny PCB's you design with a capacitor and a USB connector and a short USB cable to slot inbetween the USB cable and sell them online to start your own business.
Na, its even simpler than that. Just get one of those USB cables that has two ends so it gives double the power. People have them on ebay for like 3 or 4 bux shipped.
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#8
Wshlist
by: Breathless
Na, its even simpler than that. Just get one of those USB cables that has two ends so it gives double the power. People have them on ebay for like 3 or 4 bux shipped.
Well a soldered capacitor might be considered more convenient in that you only need one USB port and can use standard cables on the go, and with laptops you don't have that many USB ports in the first place, but it is a handy tip though which many might opt for.
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