HAIWAY CD/DVD Drive Review

HAIWAY CD/DVD Drive Review

Most of these external CD drives that have a completely unknown brand name, are generally just the same device from China. Like I’m sure that most of you have seen exactly the same looking devices but with different brand names. That’s because they buy the same drive and then just put their own logo on it. The same goes for the HAIWAY CD/DVD drive that looks exactly the same as the Rioddas drive. And the funny thing is, they both have received a lot of reviews and high ratings. So here’s my opinion about it.

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 147×145×16 mm / 5.8×5.7×0.6″
  • Weight: 326 g / 0.72 lbs
  • Loading type: Tray
  • DVD Writing Speed: Up to 8x DVD+RW
  • CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-RW
  • Attached USB-A cable
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems

In The Box

  • HAIWAY CD/DVD Drive
  • Manual

Design

HAIWAY actually made the right choice when they chose this design. I really like it even despite it not looking premium or high end. Instead it’s made out of average to cheapish type of plastic, which has a brushed texture on the top surface. And the cheapish plastic isn’t an issue either. They have made the case thicker by creating this plastic on plastic case that’s clearly visible from the sides. It has also added quite a lot of weight to the drive as it’s 326 g / 0.72 lbs.

HAIWAY CD/DVD Drive Design

In terms of size, this external CD drive has an overall footprint of 147×145 mm / 5.8×5.7″ and a thickness of 16 mm / 0.6”. You do of course need more space at the front of the drive as the optical tray slides out. There’s an In/Out eject button at the front, next to the manual pinhole and an LED indicator light.

HAIWAY CD/DVD Drive Bottom

My favorite feature about this devices design is actually the bottom. There is a slot at the bottom for the attached USB cable. It’s an incredibly convenient way to store it as you don’t need to worry about breaking the cable when you aren’t using it. Plus it’s easier to store it in a bag as well. And you can even keep it on the desk when the cable is in the slot as well. There are 4 rubber pads at the bottom that keep it stable and restrict it from sliding around.

Performance

In my opinion, the best external CD drives have a single USB 3.0 cable. It’s the best way to use them as you don’t need more than two ports on your computer. I really dislike the Y cable solutions, especially since there’s no reason to anymore. I like it even more when there’s a USB-C connector included as well. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the HAIWAI CD/DVD drive but that’s not very important unless your computer only has a USB-C port.

As far as the speed goes, it’s no different from any of the other USB drives. The maximum write speed is 8x for DVD’s and 24x for CD’s. And since this is a basic drive, then you won’t find any extra features from it either. What is generally somewhat different though is the noise level. That’s why I’m going to link this noise test that I took of the Rioddas drive. Both the HAIWAI and Rioddas are the exact same DVD drives so there aren’t any differences.

And of course you can use the drive with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. You don’t need to install any drivers or programs to actually use the drive. Your operating system will automatically recognize it. Unless you have a Linux, then you do need a CD/DVD burning software. And of course a player to watch DVD videos, such as the free VLC media player for example.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a solid external drive to play DVD’s or CD’s then you can definitely check out HAIWAI. It’s good in the sense that it’s basic and doesn’t have any special features. And the cable slot is definitely a very good addition to the design. Plus the cheapish price. The only downside is that it’s only compatible with a USB-A port and the premium brands are in the same price range as well. But then again a lot of people have chosen this and I can see why.