I bought the Targus online for $39, which is a good price compared to $59 instore at WalMart and Best Buy. The top is flimsy, very thin, as in almost paper thin. The Targus is not for throwing in your book bag with your net-book. It's toooo delicate, that is the first problem. The second, it does not come with a windows media decoder, so one can not watch DVD's, unless one goes on-line and purches a decoder program for $15. That raises the price to $54 !!! I took it back and exchanged for a Lite On External which in the store costs $49, yet online costs $59. The Lite On may be bulky, and needs an external power scource, which I prefer, but it works !!! At speeds of 24X compared to 8X read speed on the Targus. The Lite On also plays DVD's from the get-go. The Lite On is also a lite-scribe burner !! The Lite On may be a small block, yet the block is durable, and can travel with you. Targus is too flimsy to take out of your house, and you cannot watch movies. This is the second time I have bought a Targus product only to return it to the store. Both times my response to Customer Srvice was "Targus is cheesy," not durable. I will not purchase a Targus product again
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