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hp HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer

Fast, multiformat drive with double-layer recording Lets you back up, edit, and share up to 8.5GB of data Write speed: DVD+R up to 8x (ZCLV); DVD+RW up to 8x (ZCLV); DVD+R up to 8x (ZCLV); DVD+RW up to 6x (ZCLV); DVD+R double layer up to 6x (ZCLV); DVD+R dual layer up to 6x (ZCLV); DVD-RAM up to 5x (PCAV); CD-R up to 24x (ZCLV); CD-RW up to 24x (ZCLV) Rewrite speed: DVD-ROM up to 8x (CAV); CD-ROM up to 24x (CAV) Easy connection to PC via USB cable LightScribe disc-labeling technology
Overall rating:
3.286 / 5
3.3
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4 out of 7(57%)reviewers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer
Review 1 for HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Works Great!

PostedJanuary 19, 2012
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Location:Milwaukee, Wi
Gender:Male
Computer proficiency:Intermediate
Primary use:Personal
Age:40-54
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
After reading some of the reviews, I was very hesitant about purchasing this product. I figured that I would have a 21 day return policy to use if there was a problem with the device. Guess what? It works flawlessly. I've watched dvd's, downloaded software, and listened to and recorded cd's. It's fast and it feels well made. I do not have to use the second usb plug for any of the mentioned tasks I've done so far. I haven't tried recording videos yet but I'm sure that would work to. I have not installed the Nero software that came with the player so I can't comment on it's capabilities. All in all I'm happy with the product and would recommend it without hesitation.
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Review 2 for HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great accessory for my new HP mini 110

PostedDecember 26, 2011
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Location:The Dalles, OR
Gender:Male
Computer proficiency:Intermediate
Primary use:Personal
Age:55+
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought a bit of stuff from HP. This drive is EXACTLY what I needed.
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Review 3 for HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer
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5 / 5
5 / 5

HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Wri

PostedDecember 25, 2011
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent product. Easy to install and use. P;ays CDs and DVDs and also burns them.
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Review 4 for HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer
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4 / 5
4 / 5

typical family use

PostedDecember 24, 2011
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Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
regardless of the product or its performance I would never give a perfect 5 or 5. Just have to be smashingly outstanding to get such a rating.This has definately performed as expected and is easy to use. It is compact and the operation is flexible enough to read a variety of formats.
The sales person was a big help. He seemed to be from the US (understanding is my issue) and answered all my wife and I's questions and led us to the right product for our needs and current system. He pointed our what would give us the best speed and reliability for our purchase.
I would be willing to pay more to purchase products manufactured in the US.
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Review 5 for HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Underpowered and 2 USB plugs for one device???

PostedSeptember 11, 2011
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1 / 5
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Performance 
1 / 5
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HP understands the device is underpowered and has 'modified it' by offering two USB connections instead of the standard one USB connection. Yes, you read this correctly. One plugs into not one but two USB ports. One cannot simply
plug in two USB connections and expect that Roxio or Cyberlink (the most popular third party vendors for DVD software) will be able to handle a non standard solution. Because the download appeared to 'hang' with two USB plugs connected, I tried again with only one USB plug connected. It took about 90 minutes to download what should have taken 30-40 minutes. I cannot even imagine how a movie will run with this solution.
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Review 6 for HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer
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1 / 5
1 / 5

OK, but maybe not for watching movies.

PostedJanuary 22, 2011
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Location:Bronx, NY
Gender:Male
Computer proficiency:Intermediate
Primary use:Personal
Age:55+
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1 / 5
1 / 5
Performance 
1 / 5
1 / 5
This device may work fine for most purposes, but if you want to use it to watch movies it may not work. Since my HP netbook doesn't have a disc drive I bought this. The manual says you can watch DVD movies using the software that comes with it. However the software by Nero is a basic version that doesn't have the decoders etc. needed to play movies. My netbook has Windows 7 Starter which is also lacking the decoders so you can't use Windows Media Player for movies. Nero's suggestion is to buy their upgraded software. Microsoft's suggestion is to buy their upgraded Windows 7. Either of these options will cost you as much as the dvd557s costs. If you don't care about playing movies then this device is probably ok for you.
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Review 7 for HP dvd557s 8X External Slim Multiformat DVD/CD Writer
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2 / 5
2 / 5

I thought it was the best purchase ever

PostedJanuary 12, 2011
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I bout the earlier version of this product now I need a driver and do you think I can find one. Not on this web sight. Not at tech support so where do I go from here.
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