Don't-Miss Optical drive Stories

Plextor PX-LB950UE External Blu-ray Burner Does Smooth, Responsive Blu-ray Playback

This fast Blu-ray drive zipped speedily through disc burns, and played movies smoothly.

Which Specs Deserve Your Respect?

When it comes to buying a new computer, printer, camera, HDTV, phone, tablet, or storage drive, there are some specs you can safely neglect. Here are the features to ignore, pay attention to in some contexts and actively seek out.


Lite-On eNAU608: Lightweight Optical Drive Goes Anywhere

Having two disc-labeling technology options is a plus, but this portable delivered unimpressive performance.

Lite-On IHAS524-T98: Multiformat Disc Burner Etches Labels Onto Media

Inexpensive CD and DVD writer uses the underside of media to etch a label, but there's no support for Blu-ray Disc.

DcUpdater Keeps Many Popular Donationware Files Up-to-Date

Update the suite of DonationCoder apps within a single application.

Adobe Premiere Elements 9 Integrates Social Network Uploads, but Lacks Strong Integration With Its Organizer App

Not a huge upgrade, but still an excellent video editor, especially for the price.


Apricorn Aegis NetDock: An Affordable, Convenient Laptop Companion

This docking station is ideal for netbooks; it packs an optical drive and powered USB ports, and can come with an optional hard drive.

Fast Plextor PX-B940SA 12X Blu-ray Writer Delivers Great Performance

The PX-B940SA is a terrific Blu-ray drive that operates smoothly and writes swiftly.

From Paper Tape to Data Sticks: The Evolution of Removable Storage

Over the years, people have tried to transfer information from one computer to another in a dizzying number of ways. Here’s a look at some of the best, along with others that time forgot.

Blu-ray Players for $300 or Less

As their prices fall, Blu-ray Disc players add streaming media capabilities to their already state-of-the-art high-definition image quality.

Top Storage Devices in the PC World 100

We saw all kinds of roomy and speedy drives this year. Here are our top picks.

LG Electronics WH08LS20 Blu-ray Burner

The LG WH08LS20 is a nice Blu-ray burner with great software, but its CD/DVD performance is a tad off.

Buffalo Technology BR-816SU2 External Blu-ray Burner

This very fast external Blu-ray burner has a competent but older software bundle.