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StarTech SLIMDVDRW8U2 Slim, External DVD-RW Drive Announced


Drive provides storage solution for notebooks with no built-in DVD-RW capability, offers unique DVD-RAM technology, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity and technology parts, today announced the launch of their External Slim USB 2.0 DVD +/- RW Dual Layer Drive (part # SLIMDVDRW8U2). This versatile product will provide a simple solution for mobile users whose notebook computer lacks a built-in DVD-RW drive, or desktop users who want to be able to use their DVD-RW drive interchangeably with their notebook. The drive features a slim form factor Panasonic DVD+/-RW drive, enclosed in a sturdy, slim casing that allows for maximum portability and durability. SLIMDVDRW8U2 also offers the longevity and enhanced re-write ability offered by DVD-RAM technology, which is unique to most external drives.

“With the continuing boom in mobile computing, we feel that notebook users will benefit from an innovative line of products and accessories that are designed to bridge gaps between desktop and notebook capabilities,” says Carey Cline, Product Manager for “This drive offers a slim, sturdy casing that can easily be carried in a notebook bag, and features DVD-RAM read/write capability – which is an uncommon feature among competitive models.”

“Most customers will find great value in the addition of DVD-RAM, based on the physical qualities of the technology,” says Cline, referring to the enhanced re-write ability and stability that DVD-RAM offers in opposition to standard RW technology.

SLIMDVDRW8U2 offers the following features and benefits:

  • Compact form factor, slim 12.7mm height
  • No power adapter required for CD/DVD-ROM use
  • Tray-loading design allows access to mini CDs

SLIMDVDRW8U2 supports the following read/write/re-write speeds:

  • 5x DVD-RAM Writing
  • 8x DVD +/- R Writing
  • 4x DVD +/- R(DL) Writing
  • 6x DVD-RW Writing
  • 8x +R 4.7GB Writing
  • 8x +RW 4.7GB Writing
  • 24x CD-R Writing
  • 16x Speed CD-RW Writing
  • 24x Speed CD-ROM Reading

The External Slim USB 2.0 DVD +/- RW Dual Layer Drive (part # SLIMDVDRW8U2) is now available, with an MSRP of $154.99 and will be available through leading resellers such as CDW,, PC Connection and Insight. (Resellers may sell for less).

This product is distributed by Ingram Micro, Tech Data, D&H and SYNNEX.

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About is an ISO 9001:2000 Registered manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity and technology parts. Founded in 1985, has locations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, servicing a worldwide market. Additional information about may be found online at

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