Model: Sony DRX-S77U 8x USB 2.0 DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: Sony Electronics
Provided By: Sony Optiarc America

When it comes to consumer electronics, there are few names as well known as Sony. For more than 50 years, this Japanese company has lead the way, producing innovative products for the audio, video and computer markets. Sony is no stranger to the optical storage industry either. From the development of the first compact disc standards to the introduction of the first dual format DVD writer, Sony has played a major role in much of the technology used today.

While one of the driving forces behind the Blu-ray Disc format, Sony hasn't abandoned the DVD quite yet. The company's subsidiary, Sony Optiarc, has continued to develop DVD writers for the portable and desktop markets. This spring, Sony unveiled its new slim external DVD writer, the DRX-S77U. This stylish and compact drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 6x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. The DRX-S77U also offers features like 24x CD reading and writing speeds, support for buffer underrun protection and a USB 2.0 interface. To top it all off, Sony has included the Nero 9 Essentials software suite.

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the DRX-S77U has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect from Sony's external slim DVD writer, we'll take a look at some of  the drive's features and then put it through its paces to see how it performs. Is the DRX-S77U the best choice for the person on the go? Read on as we find out.

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