I am starting grad school next semester and I need a CD-RW. I would also like DVD capabilities as I do not plan to lug my DVD player with me.
I know there aren't a ton of them out there. I'm not an overly picky person. I know there will always be a feature or features that is a bit of a letdown. I'm just looking for suggestions.
There's only a couple of things I specifically prefer. First, I'm not looking for a drive that only accepts media from 2-3 manufacturers. Also, I'm not looking for super-quiet, but out of respect of my roommates, I'd rather not have something that sounds like a 747 at takeoff. Last, I saw a Samsung drive on NewEgg that was fairly priced. Since grad student = poor, please don't include $200 drives or anything like that.
I currently have a CD-RW, but I'm having problems with it. Mainly the above mentioned media compatibility and noise problems.