My chassis is a bit modded and I don't want to spoil the front with an internal drive. So I need an external one that is as quiet as possible. I would use it for watching movies (only DVDs for now) and installing software.
I would rather go without an optical drive alltogether, but I buy my games in the UK on DVD (this is significantly cheaper for me than going with Steam - I'm from Germany), so I neet one after all.
Nice looks are a bonus but not a necessity. Am I right to think that slim drives - external or internal - are usually louder than their thicker counterparts?
Oh an concerning burning discs - I will probably burn one DVD a year...at most. So this is really not an issue to consider