Verbatim 98938 Review

Verbatim 98938 Review

Verbatim is a Japanese company that has been making digital media storage solutions for decades. I remember years ago when every single optical CD or DVD disc was made by them. And I’m sure that many of you still have their discs. But the biggest problem nowadays is reading them as most computers no longer include a disc drive. That’s why Verbatim has also created a slim portable DVD drive. And since they have decades of experience, I’m sure that it performs exceptionally well. So let’s see if my Verbatim 98938 review proves that statement to be true or false.

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 141×135×16 mm / 5.6×5.3×0.6″
  • Weight: 218 g / 7.69 oz
  • DVD Writing Speed: Up to 8x DVD+RW
  • CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-RW
  • Features: M-DISC, USB-A compatible,
  • Compatibility: Windows and Mac operating systems

In The Box

  • Verbatim 98938
  • MiniUSB to USB-A 2.0 cable
  • Manual
  • Data burning software (Only compatible with Windows)
  • Quick install guide


There’s no reason to reinvent the bicycle and the same applies to external optical drives as well. Simply because the technology has pretty much peaked and brands generally try to keep them as small as possible. Which again is limited by the technology. So the Verbatim 98938 looks pretty much exactly the same as any other DVD drive.

Verbatim 98938 Design

It’s made out of matte black, slightly textured, plastic. It looks really simple and professional. The only out of the ordinary design feature are the round edges on the side. Generally, most brands have sharp features. The positive side of round edges is that they are much less likely to receive any damages. Especially when you keep it in a bag.

Verbatim 98938 Front

And as you could probably tell from the name, the 98938 is designed to be as light as possible. It weighs only 218 g / 7.69 oz and has a dimension of 141×135×16 mm / 5.6×5.3×0.6″. Which actually makes it one of the lightest external drives for DVD discs.

Or you can also keep it on a desk as well. There are 4 round rubber pads at the bottom that keep it steady. You also need to have enough space at the front as it has a disc tray that slides out. There’s a rectangular eject button, an emergency pinhole and a small LED light. There’s also a MiniUSB port at the back for connecting the cable. That’s pretty much it in terms of design. Overall it has a solid build quality and you don’t need to worry about it falling apart.


The Verbatim 98938 is a simple plug and play device. All you have to do is take the included MiniUSB to USB-A cable and plug it into an available port. You only need one available USB port as the cable comes with a single connector and not a Y type. It’s capable of drawing all the power required from it so you don’t need an extra power source either.

Once you have plugged it in, the drive should be good to go. You don’t need to install any drivers and your operating system should immediately recognize it. So you can just eject the tray, place your CD or DVD disc onto it and close it. You should immediately see the disc pop up and from there you can either play it or write files onto it.

You can also install the Nero Burn & Archive software as well to create different types of CDs. For example you can create secure discs that add extra protection to your data. You can also create different covers and labels.

Overall the Verbatim 98938 performs exactly like you’d expect from an external drive. It’s really basic in the sense that it doesn’t have any features. It’s just as fast as any DVD drive that you can buy. You can both write and read DVD discs at up to 8x speed and at 24x speed for CD discs. If you require something even faster, then you’ll have to look at some more powerful Blu-ray drives instead.


Verbatim has done a fantastic job at creating a basic external DVD drive. The 98938 does everything that you’d expect. Nothing less, nothing more. It doesn’t have any fancy features or extras that would make it harder to use. Instead you just plug it into a USB port and that’s it. No drivers no installing any software. And you also get professional grade build quality. Which is something that I highly value as well.