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Bill, a jkOTR reader and UMPC owner, tipped us off on Plextor’s newest external DVD burner. The PX-608CU is just .0.6 inches high and weighs a scant 8.8 ounces, making it a nice gadget bag must-have. No need to carry an extra power supply since the […]

Plextorpx608cuBill, a jkOTR reader and UMPC owner, tipped us off on Plextor’s newest external DVD burner. The PX-608CU is just .0.6 inches high and weighs a scant 8.8 ounces, making it a nice gadget bag must-have. No need to carry an extra power supply since the PX-608CU is powered by the computing device it’s connected to via a speedy USB 2.0 cable. No battery requirement helps reduce the weight; by comparison, my Toshiba external optical drive has a rechargeable battery that adds some extra bulk and weight making the PC-608CU an attractive companion for a UMPC or notebook. Watch for Plextor to make this lightweight burner available within the next 6 to 8 weeks. Thanks Bill!

-kct

  1. Could be very beautiful, but it doesn’t work. Doesn’t support USB power (device cause overcurrent). Be careful, it could fuse your laptop

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  2. It requires two USB cables for power. You should plug in the USB to power plug in first, then the USB to USB cable in second. That should give you enough power. If not, you will need to use the supplied power adapter. Some laptops just don’t supply enough USB power. My only guess can be that those laptops use part of the USB bus power for an internal device such as wireless or a modem. Not sure. Sony VAIO’s are notorious for that.

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  3. Not even with two usb ports. The problem is that power requirements are over usb standard. Only if the USB ports can supply power over standard, it could work. Other units , like Freecom FS-50, works perfecty because they are well designed, with a battery for power peaks over USB standard

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