"While the Liteon 24x10x40 is agreeably more of a luxury item than a necessity for most users, I feel that techs on the go will have the most use for a unit like this. Liteon brings the same level of quality to this drive as they do to all their other products and there's no reason why I wouldn't suggest a second look at this drive for someone in the market for an external CD-RW drive. Laptop users and users lacking the motherboard support to add an IDE CD-RW should also consider this route. The Liteon 24x10x40x performed as well as any internal IDE CD-RW drive would. The read and write speeds really didn't differ at all and the drive burned perfect copies of the software I made backups with. Also burning MP3 to CDA and CDA rips to MP3 worked as flawlessly as my 40x12x48x internal IDE Liteon burner does."