The guys at HardwareZone check out the Iomega high speed USB external CD-RW.
It burns at 24x10x40. Damn, that's faster then my internal CD-RW! =( Take a
look at it here.
But in today's world of computing, USB 1.1 is fast becoming an outdated
standard with more and more devices and peripherals made for its newer and faster
USB 2.0. Motherboards are pouring in with USB 2.0 support as a default, and
peripherals are not lacking either. Some time back, we saw Iomega releasing
its Panther into the streets with writing speeds at 16x. Today, Iomega is back
once again with the Predator, with writing speeds at 24x. Called the Predator
2, the new drive is backward compatible with older USB 1.1 ports, so you don't
have to worry about using your drive on systems without the USB 2.0 port. However,
since USB 1.1 has a narrow bandwidth, you should note that your writing speed
will be limited to only 4x.