The Dell DW316 External Slim USB DVD Drive

The Dell DW316 External Slim USB DVD Drive

Hi everyone,

Today, we will be seeing the Dell DW316 External Slim USB DVD Drive. This is an optical unit capable of reading and writing to various CD and DVD formats.

The formats this unit is capable of reading includes CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, DVD+/- R DL, DVD+/-RW and DVD-RAM. It can also write to CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-R DL, DVD+/-RW and DVD-RAM.

The drive is powered by USB and uses a Mini USB connector.


The drive comes in a small, almost square box:

When opened, we see the DVD drive:

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Below, we see the instructions:

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On the side, we have the USB cable:

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Here we have the manual and USB cable outside of the box:

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Here is the entire content of the box along with all of the manuals and the software DVD that was inside of the manual bag:

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Now it’s time to see the DVD drive. It comes protected inside a plastic bag:

We can see it uses a Mini USB connector:

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After taking the drive out of the plastic bag, this is how it looks:

This drive is actually an LG drive, which has a model of GP61NB60:

Here is the drive with its tray opened:

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And here is a closer look at the drive tray:

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The optical overall drive tray design, including the optical lens, is the same as other LG USB Slim Optical Drive models.

Drive Capabilities

Below, we can see the drive capabilities for this drive:

Dell DW316 Device Capabilities

On another post, we will see how this drive behaves on some CD-RW and DVD+/-RW discs I have.

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