ROOFULL CD/DVD Drive Review
I’m not sure if it’s because of corona or the quarantines of 2020, but for some reason optical drives have gotten really popular. And because of that, there are new brands that I have never even heard of before. I mean I can understand why, if there’s a high demand and the current known brands can’t supply enough, then why not just make your own. Especially since the DVD tech is super old now and available everywhere for cheap. And the ROOFULL external CD/DVD drive is the perfect example of that. It has sold over 5000 units on Amazon and received a ton of positive reviews. Which made me write my own review about it as well!
- 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-R
- CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-R
- Attached USB-A cable
- Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Mac & Chrome OS
In The Box
- ROOFULL External CD/DVD Drive
ROOFULL is basically a brand that simply resells the DVD drive and adds their logo to it. It’s not designed or manufactured by them. It’s why you will see a lot of different companies sell external DVD drives that look exactly the same. Just with a different logo. And I have reviewed 2 of these already as well. One by Rioddas and the other by Haiway. And to be fair, this isn’t a bad thing. It’s a well proven design that works really well and so it doesn’t really matter who you buy it from. So if you find one that’s cheaper, then you can just go with that. I have even featured one of them in my list of external DVD drives.
So for those of you that aren’t aware, the ROOFULL external drive has a very simple but clever design. In terms of size it’s not the smallest nor the biggest drive, it’s just in the middle with the dimension of x. And as you can see it is a bit thicker than some of the other drives. There’s a reason for that. This design has a built-in cable slot underneath the drive. Which means yes, the cable is attached to it. It’s a really clever solution for keeping the cable safe and you don’t need to worry about losing it. Plus the cable already has a single USB 3.0 connector attached to it. The only downside is that because of this, the cable is pretty short.
The rest of the case is made out of solid black plastic. And there is quite a bit of thickness to it, which makes the drive solid and it doesn’t bend anywhere. That even applies to the disc tray that slides out from the front. There’s an eject button, emergency eject slot and a LED indicator for that. I did also notice that ROOFULL has got a white version as well. I haven’t seen any other brands have that in this design. So that is something that makes ROOFULL stand out from the others.
Just like you would with every portable CD/DVD drive, the first thing you need to do is connect it to your computer. And for that it has the single USB 3.0 connector at the end of the cable. I really like this solution as it doesn’t have the annoying double connector Y cable that some brands include. Having a one port solution is so much better.
After connecting it, your computer will immediately recognize the drive and you can start using it. Either by inserting an empty or a media disc to the tray by pushing the eject button. And from there you can either play the disc or transfer files onto it by simply dragging them to the drive under “This PC”. And yes, the ROOFULL drive does work with Windows, Linux, Mac and Chrome operating systems.
Now in terms of speed it’s just as good as any of the other USB drives. And that’s the case with all of these. They mostly differ in design and added extras. This ROOFULL one is the most basic model as it doesn’t include any 3rd party features like noise reduction etc. And you aren’t going to need those either. They are just a way to ask for more money. Which is why ROOFULL can also keep the price of this drive so low. Once you take a look at the speeds though, you’ll notice that it’s exactly the same with the 8x read/write speed for DVD’s and 24x for CD’s.
And in terms of noise, it’s not louder than its competitors either. Here’s a noise test that I did on the Rioddas drive. It’s exactly the same drive so the ROOFULL version makes just as much noise when using it. It generates the most sound when you are writing files onto a drive at full speed. Rest of the time, like while watching a movie for example, you won't really notice anything.
Overall, ROOFULL has gone with a solid and proven type of a CD/DVD drive that has been used by other brands as well. The plus side of ROOFULL is that they also managed to get their hands on the white version. Other than that, it’s a really good drive and most importantly it’s pretty cheap as it doesn’t include any useless extras that most people won’t be using anyways. So it’s a really good bang for buck option.