LMEN External CD/DVD Drive Review

LMEN External CD/DVD Drive Review

If you have read some of my reviews before, then you probably know how I like to always mention how most DVD drives on the market are pretty much the same. And they are, so I always recommend making your decision based on the price and the design. So today it’s time to see if the cheapest actually is the best option or not. Which is why I’m going to review the LMEN external CD/DVD drive, which is currently the cheapest model on Amazon! And from all of the ratings I have read, the opinions about it are pretty split.

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 142×142×18 mm / 5.6×5.6×0.7″
  • Weight: 300 g / 10.6 oz
  • Loading type: Tray
  • DVD Writing Speed: Can only read
  • CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-R
  • Features: Attached USB-A cable
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Linux

In The Box

  • LMEN External CD/DVD drive
  • Manual

Design

Design wise, the LMEN drive is nothing special. I would even go as far and say that it’s just a rebranded version of the Amicool drive that I reviewed a while ago. I’m guessing that because firstly it’s the exact same size (142×142×18 mm / 5.6×5.6×0.7″) and it has the same stripes on the sides. The only difference is that they are black here and not white. Plus LMEN has designed a different top cover.

LMEN External CD-DVD Drive Design

And that’s not a bad thing at all. I was really impressed with many of the design features that Amicool had so I feel no different about the LMEN. For example the build quality is far from bad. Sure they haven’t used the highest quality plastic but the device itself feels sturdy and not flimsy at all. That’s also mostly thanks to the added thickness. And the reason for that extra size can be found at the bottom. As you can see there’s a cable slot embedded into the case, which is a fantastic design feature. So the cable is attached to device at all times and you don’t need to worry about losing it. I like this solution a lot.

LMEN External CD-DVD Drive Design Features

Everything else though, standard. It has a tray loading mechanism like most of the optical drives. Which means that in order to insert the disc, you first need to push the eject button. Then the disc tray slides out and you can place a disc on top of it and close the tray. Really simple mechanism that has allowed to keep the costs down. Some of the fancier ones have also got slot type solutions but those also cost at least twice as much. So for a basic drive, it isn’t bad at all.

Performance

Basic optical drives, which DVD & CD drives are exactly, don’t require any complicated configuring or installing. You just take the device out of the box, plug it into a computers USB 3.0 port and you are good to go. And what’s fantastic about this LMEN drive is that it only requires one USB port. As in the cable only has one connector. There are still drives with two connectors as well and I have always found that annoying and problematic. There’s absolutely no reason to still have a Y cable in 2021. Unless you plan to connect it to a phone or a tablet.

Once the drives connected, you can immediately start using it. Just pop open the tray by pushing the eject button on the front and insert your disc. Now here’s the catch though. This drive can only burn black CD discs at the maximum speed of 24x. It can not burn blank DVD’s, it doesn’t even recognize them. Which means that you can only use this drive to either write CD’s or just watch DVD’s. That’s the main limitation and the reason why it’s so much cheaper than Amicool for example.

Since this isn’t a device that’s made by a known brand, then it doesn’t come with any fancy features either that you may have noticed on drives by LG or Pioneer. And to be fair, you won’t miss them either. Most of the time they include programs that you won’t need anyways or some type of “noise lowering” technology. Which means that they just slow down the speed of the drive if you want it to be quieter.

Since this is a similar drive as the Amicool which I reviewed, then you can use this video to see how loud the drive actually gets. It’s not bad at all and that’s the loudest it will get when burning a disc at full speed. If you are watching a movie for example, then it will never be as loud. I don’t think sound will be a problem here.

Conclusion

If you are looking for an incredibly basic and as cheap as possible DVD drive, then the LMEN drive is the device for you. It gets the job done and as I mentioned before, I really like the design. The number one downside is that you can only use it to watch DVD’s and not write any of them. If that’s something you want as well then I recommend looking at the bit expensive Amicool version instead. Not only is it capable of burning DVD’s but it also comes with a USB-C connector as well. It’s just an overall better drive in my opinion.