Buffalo has launched a portable DVD writer, reasoning that quite a few of us will be heading off on holiday armed with videos we want to watch to while away welcome leisure hours or unwelcome travel delays. It can also function as a backup drive for PCs and laptops and as an optical drive for netbooks and ultraportable laptops. Most versions of the MacBook Air are supported, as are Windows computers running XP, Vista and Windows 7 32bit or 64bit.

The USB 2.0 drive connects to a PC or Mac and is able to write DVDs of almost every stripe, with no need for an additional power source. A pair of USB cables come fitted to the drive and can be tucked away out of sight when the drive is not in active use. Cyberlink CD and DVD burning software is installed with the drive. Write and rewrite speeds for CD mastering are up to 24x, while Buffalo says DVD writing and rewriting operates at 8x for all except DVD-RAM, which is limited to 5x recording. 

The Bufffalo Portable DVD Drive weighs 340g and measures 145x153x19mm. Clad in a the piano black chassis, the unobtrusive drive informs the user of the current recording status via a discreet blue LED light. 

The Buffalo Portable DVD drive is set to go onsale in the UK from June and will cost £219.