You won’t find CD or DVD drives on MacBooks anymore, but every once in awhile you’ll wish you had one. Take, for example, when my doctor handed me a CD-ROM crammed with X-rays of my broken finger, and the only way I could view the files was on my wife’s work PC.


That’s why it’s a good idea to have an CD/DVD drive sitting around somewhere, and this compact optical drive by VicTsing makes for a good option. On sale for $28 (10 bucks off the usual $38 asking price), the portable VicTsing disc drive plugs in the USB port of your Mac or PC—no power cable required—and it can both read and burn CDs and DVDs.

Update [1/20/2017]: Looks like the price has crept up to $30.

Check out the VicTsing portable CD/DVD drive on Amazon!

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