Author: Alan

Hi, I am Alan, a product manager with 8 years of computer peripherals experience. My philosophy is simple: I just want to display the top-rated and cool stuff you can find and buy on the web. I am not interested in spamming and boring or lame products.

The answer is NO! Most cars or trucks are equipped with a USB interface instead of an old CD-ROM player. Many friends think that you can use a USB external optical drive to play music CDs in the car to relieve driving fatigue. Why? Because the most external optical drives currently on the market are mainly for laptops, tablets, or desktop computers running Windows, Mac, and Linux. Many cars vehicle systems are not compatible with these external optical drives although they may be able to read the music on the USB flash drive. Is it possible to use an external…

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All external optical drives that use trays to load discs have a forced eject button in the hole next to the eject button. If you can’t open the tray by pressing the eject button or clicking the optical drive icon, please use a toothpick or a paperclip to press the button in the forced ejection hole and get your disc back. *This method is not suitable for slot-in optical drives. Why the tray cannot be open? Two possible reasons: Power shortage: The USB port on your computer or USB hub cannot supply enough power for the external optical drive, you…

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The short answer is NO!  What is the region code? DVD (digital versatile disc) region codes are a digital rights management technique designed to allow rights holders to control the international distribution of a DVD release, including its content, release date, and price, all according to the appropriate region. Know more on Wikipedia. Every external CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive only has 4~5 times to change the region code. After that, the drive will retain the setting for the last region used. If your drive is set to Region 1, which includes Canada, the United States, and U.S. territories, you cannot watch a DVD from another region such as…

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Here is the list of popular media player software to play CDs and DVDs on Apple MacBook Pro, Air, iMac, and Mac mini computers. Apple DVD Player (Free) VideoLAN VLC media player (Free) MPlayerOSX (Free) QuickTime (Free) Please insert your CDs or DVDs, then run media player software to play it. If you know a better free media player for Mac OS, welcome to leave a message and share it below

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Plug-and-play external CD/DVD optical drive does not mean that it can directly play discs, you need an available media player software. The default windows media player software may not play DVDs due to the lack of a decoder, so we recommend you using the following free or paid media player software to play your CDs and DVDs. Here is the list of popular DVD Players for Windows 10, you can use these media player software to play your CDs and DVDs: VideoLAN VLC media player (Free) 5KPlayer (Free) Kodi (Free) Leawo (Free and Paid Premium Version) CyberLink PowerDVD (Paid) DVD Player-Free…

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The latest external CD/DVD/BD optical drives do not require manual driver installation and are widely compatible with Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, Linux, and Mac OS. Same as other USB peripherals, we can easily hook up an external CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive into a computer through USB 3.0, USB 2.0, or USB Type-C connector. Here are the simple steps: Plug the external optical drive into the USB 3.0, 2.0, or USB-C port on your computer. If your computer has no enough USB-A or USB-C ports, recommend using a powered USB 3.0 or USB-C USB hub. The external optical drive will…

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In another article, we introduced the best external CD/DVD drive for Mac, but those CD/DVD RW drives can only read and write CDs and DVDs, which has no the ability to read and write Blu-ray discs. So I will introduce and recommend several good external Blu-ray drives for Mac for your reference. The external Blu-ray drive is much more expensive than an ordinary CD/DVD drive, so we should be as cautious as possible before purchasing. They look like a good choice if you can take the trouble to contact the seller by email for help, and finally, they may have…

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If you have upgraded your computer to the latest version of Windows 11 or plan to buy a Windows 11 PC, and want to play movie DVDs, burn or rip discs on a Windows 11 computer, a reliable external optical drive compatible with Windows 11 is necessary since the era of internal optical drives has long passed. This article will be published when Windows 11 is just released, so we have not had much time to test and confirm many external CD/DVD drives compatible with Windows 11, so we will keep updating this article to ensure that all recommended products…

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Undoubtedly, in addition to online movie streaming like Netflix and Prime Video, watching Blu-ray movies disc through an external Blu-ray DVD drive is another best way. With it, not only can you watch Blu-ray movie discs on your laptop, but you can also use an external Blu-ray drive to rip movie files and move them to your mobile device, computer, or NAS. Maybe you think it’s not difficult to find the best external Blu-ray drive for ripping through better rankings, higher customer ratings, or lower prices, but please don’t trust those data easily, unless you don’t care if it may…

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Sorry, this post may disappoint you, because there is still no external USB CD/DVD drive that is perfectly compatible with Chrome OS. The reason why I still write this article is that many people have been asking me about using an external DVD drive for Chromebook, or they directly search “best Chromebook compatible external DVD drive” on Amazon or Google, some websites will definitely give them some definite options without complicated explanation, and even claim that those external CD/DVD players are the best options. It is conceivable that these friends finally had to spend a lot of time to implement…

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