Amicool DVD Drive Review
Over the past couple of years, optical discs have definitely become even more rare. Despite that, there’s still a market for the drives as a lot of people still have a ton of data saved on discs. What annoys me is that 99% of the devices still come with a USB-A connector. Especially since computer brands have started including USB-C ports.
Luckily for me there’s a brand that has found a solution to that by having best of the both worlds. The Amicool DVD drive has a cable with both the USB-A and USB-C connector. This is completely unique and it seems that people like it as well as it’s the best selling drive on Amazon! Well I have managed to get my hands on one as well and here’s my review!
- Dimensions: 142×142×18 mm / 5.6×5.6×0.7″
- Weight: 300 g / 10.6 oz
- DVD Writing Speed: Up to 8x DVD+RW
- CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-RW
- Features: Connected cable, USB-C and USB-A compatible
- Compatibility: Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems
In The Box
- Amicool DVD Drive
- User manual
When I first received the package, I could immediately tell that this device weighs more than any of the other DVD drives I have reviewed. And I was right. The Amicool weighs 300 g / 10.6 oz. Which is definitely more than what I’m generally used to. The main reason for that is the size. Well to be exact, the thickness of the case. It has an overall dimension of 142×142×18 mm / 5.6×5.6×0.7″, which also makes it the thickest external DVD drive that I have owned.
But that also comes with a plus side. Most other models come with a USB cable that’s not attached to the drive. Which also means that you have to pay attention to it every time you bring it somewhere else. With the Amicool, you won’t need to worry about losing it. The drive has the USB-A/USB-C cable attached to it and there’s even a cable routing slot underneath it. This way you can place the cable into the routed area and slide the drive into a bag. It’s actually really convenient.
The extra weight and size also makes the drive feel extra strong and solid. It’s not flimsy at any place. Nor is it boring looking. There is a white textured stripe running along the sides and a hexagon textured surface on the top. The plastic quality is average and it has a glossy black finish. Which in this case isn’t really a fingerprint magnet but it does show dust particles pretty well.
In terms of the overall design, you could say that this is a pretty standard DVD drive. The front panel has a rectangular button that makes the disc tray slide out. Next to that there’s an emergency pinhole and does the same thing if you don’t have the Amicool connected to a power source. And of course there’s an LED indicator light there as well that let’s you know if the drives working.
As I have already mentioned before, the Amicool drive has both a USB 3.0 and a USB-C connector attached to the end of the same cable. This is actually the main selling point for them. You don’t need to carry around multiple cables or any adapters. It’s basically the most versatile solution that I have seen and most importantly it works as well!
So all you have to do is plug in one of the two connectors to your computer. You need to have either a USB 3.0 port or a USB-C port. A USB 2.0 port unfortunately won’t be enough as it requires more power, which the old standard can’t provide. And no you can’t plug the other open connector to an external power source either. So having either a USB 3.0 or a USB-C port is a must.
This is a plug and play device which means that the Amicool will run the second you plug it in. It doesn’t require any drivers to be installed. It will appear under “This PC” and you can play it from there. Nor do you need any programs to burn data onto an empty disc either. Again you can just drag files to the disc icon under “This PC”.
As far as the write speeds go, this is a standard DVD drive. As in it’s capable of a maximum read and write speed of 8x for DVDs and 24x for CDs. I have included a video of burning a 1.3 GB file onto the disc. You can hear from there how loud the external drive actually gets.
The Amicool does occasionally get pretty loud but it’s not louder than the average drive. There are 4 rubber pads at the bottom, which do minimize the vibrations. That plus the weight of the drive keep it steady on the desk. Oh yeah and this drive is also compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems!
Overall the Amicool external DVD drive is the most versatile model that’s currently available. It’s especially great if you have two computers and one of them doesn’t have any normal USB 3.0 ports. Which isn’t rare nowadays. My friend for example has a newer MacBook Pro and it came quite handy when he needed to read some old discs. So overall it’s definitely worth buying!