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We tested Apiker’s external CD + DVD reader: analysis and opinion

PCs and laptops are becoming more and more compact, which in many cases means that more and more the CD-DVD drive is being dispensed with. When it comes to cutting space, this is one of the first components to suffer from the manufacturer’s scissors. For cases like this, it is best to get an external reader with USB connection that we can use in specific cases, when the situation requires it (after all, discs are used less and less).

I have recently renovated my desktop computer and the PC does not include a disc reader, so I have had to buy an external CD-DVD drive to read my old music CDs and DVDs that I still have at home. This type of device can also come in handy if the reader that comes with the PC is faulty or has simply stopped working like the first day.

Apiker USB 3.0 external CD-DVD player in analysis

After having studied different alternatives, I have opted for Apiker’s external reader, a CD-DVD drive which also has a recorder function. This is a portable unit that is good value for money and has received very good reviews from the community, so it seems that it is worth giving it a try at first glance. Let’s see how it works.

As you can see in the image, the reader is not much bigger than a smartphone.

Design and packaging

Apiker’s reader is presented in a really compact little cardboard box, with just enough space to encapsulate the device inside. If we open it, we find a reader with an elegant design, with a surface with hexagonal motifs and a blue band that gives a touch of color to the sides.

Just below the device we will see that it also has an integrated USB cable, which is the one that we will connect to the computer. Likewise, an additional USB cable is also included that we can connect to the USB type C input that the reader presents in the rear area. Some PC USB ports do not have enough power to boot a DVD player, and require an external power supply to function. It is in these cases that we can get out of the quagmire by connecting this USB C cable to a socket.

Device installation and use

The truth is that we are facing a really easy device to configure. It is a Plug & Play accessory, which means that the computer will detect it automatically. It is not necessary to install any driver: as soon as we connect the reader to the PC, the system will install all the necessary components to put it to work in a matter of seconds.

In this sense, the Apiker reader offers a high degree of compatibility, from Windows 10/8/7 / Vista and XP, through Mac OSX 10.6 and higher, Mac OS Catalina, Mac OS X Yosemite and Linux.

Once the system detects the reader, it will appear as a standard CD-DVD drive, along with the rest of the PC devices. To start it we just have to press on the front button and remove the tray to insert the disc. From here, the operation is the same as we could have with any reader.

Read and write speed

According to the technical specifications of the product, having a USB 3.0 port allows the unit to reach a data transfer speed of up to 500Mb / s (or what is the same, about 62.5MB / s).

To verify this data in practice, we have monitored the device’s reading speed when copying a file, as well as the writing speed it reaches when it comes to recording a file on CD-DVD.

  • Read speed: Between 4.5MB / s and 5.0MB / s
  • Write speed: Between 4.0MB / s and 5.0MB / s

In general, we can say that it records and reads quite fast, taking about 10 minutes to burn a DVD and copying files at an optimal speed. It does not reach the theoretical speeds that they sell us in the specifications, although in reality this is more or less the maximum speed at which a physical disk can be read, so the results end up being satisfactory and very much in line with what we should expect from a good DVD player in the real world.

Price and availability

As we said at the beginning, these types of devices are quite inexpensive, and can be obtained at a very good price today. At the time of writing this review Apiker’s CD-DVD writer has priced at € 20.99 on Amazon.

After 3 months of using it in a timely manner, the truth is that it has not given any war, working perfectly at all times. In general we can say that it is a good complement for those computers that no longer have a reader or as a solution to a failure of the internal disk reader of the PC. Quick and very easy to use.

External USB 3.0 CD DVD Player by Apiker | Buy on Amazon

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