Rodzon CD Drive Review
The selection of different external CD drives is pretty impressive. And what is even more impressive for me is that the highest rated models are almost all by completely unknown brands. And I can’t even disagree as they seem to be much more innovative. Such as the Rodzon external CD drive that not only has the fantastic embedded cable design but it also comes with a USB-C adapter. And that alone makes it worth reviewing!
- Dimensions: 142×137×15 mm / 5.6×5.4×0.6″
- Weight: 326 g / 11.5 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
- Rodzon CD Drive
- USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter
- User manual
The Rodzon device looks exactly like your standard external DVD drive. It has a rectangular shape that is fully made out of average quality plastic. They have even added a textured pattern to the top surface. It actually makes it look professional. And you won’t notice any fingerprints or bits of dust on it. Which is something that I wish other brands paid more attention to as well.
What’s different here is that the CD drive is a bit bulkier than most other models. It weighs around 326 grams / 11.5 oz and has an overall size of 142×137×15 mm / 5.6×5.4×0.6″. Which is still within the parameters of being considered as portable. The increase in size is mostly due to the new popular design feature of embedding the cable into the device. They have created a slot underneath the drive where you can store the attached cable. And this model even fits the included USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter. Which again is really good as you don’t need to worry about losing it. Especially since the adapter is really small.
Everything else though is pretty standard. Besides the cable slot there are also 4 rubber pads underneath to reduce vibrations and stop it from moving around the desk. That also lowers the noise created by the drive. The front side has a small indicator light, an emergency eject hole and the typical rectangular eject button. And pushing the eject button slides out the tray.
In terms of overall performance, the Rodzon model is as good as any of the top external DVD drives. You simply plug the cable into your computer and the drive is ready to run. You don’t need to install any drivers or programs. Just open up the tray, place your disc, close the tray and it will open up on your computer.
The drive has a rated read and write speed of 8x for DVD’s and 24x for CD’s. Which makes this as fast as its competitors. And it makes just as much noise as well when it’s running at full speed. Which unfortunately is normal and there’s really no way to eliminate that. Some drives do have a “silent mode” but it simply lowers the speed to make less noise. Which means a longer transfer time. So I don’t see any point at spending more for that. Which makes the Rodzon drive more reasonable.
Overall the Rodzon external CD drive is a very good example of good quality and price. It’s affordable and does everything just as well as its competitors. What’s good about this drive is that it comes with a separate USB-C adapter. This way you can use it on different computers and you have way more options. Plus it fits into the slot as well so you don’t need to worry about losing it. Rodzon has done a fantastic job at modernizing the CD drive.