If you have a netbook you will probably have noticed that you don’t have a DVD drive – honestly, go look, there isn’t one there!

In which case, if you want to install software, listen to music, or anything else that requires a CD or DVD drive then you will need to buy one.

This is where a USB device like the Sandberg USB DVD Mini Reader comes in. Basically it a small, lightweight DVD reader (yes, is plays CDs as well) that connects to your computer via two USB ports.

Sanberg USB DVD Mini Reader


  • USB 2.0 interface
  • Reads CD-ROMs at 24x speed
  • Reads DVDs at 8x speed
  • Reads audio CDs
  • Connectors: 1 female USB B, 1 female power jack
  • USB powered
  • Easy to carry
  • LED indicating power & read activity

    The DVD Mini reader itself, along with two USB cables (one for connection, and one for power) and some paperwork.

    Sanberg USB DVD Mini Reader boxSanberg USB DVD Mini Reader box contents


    The drive itself is very easy to use, it light and is also quiet. Connecting it up to a computer or netbook was simple and without issue.

    My only criticism of the DVD Mini Reader is the price. Retailing for around £50, this is very expensive for a DVD reader when you can easily buy a DVD Rewriter for the same amount or less – just take a look at the Asus SDR-08D1S-U we reviewed a little while ago. Now if this device was around the £20 mark I think they would be on to a winner, but at this price I can’t see many people buying a reader instead of a rewriter.