By Andrew Liszewski
I’ll admit I haven’t exactly been following the progress of external DVD burners over the past few years, but it’s nice to see they’ve finally reached the size of portable CD players from about 15 years ago. In fact the Pioneer DVR-XD09 could actually be mistaken for a very thick CD case, were it not for the fact it weighed in around 8 ounces. It connects to your PC, or more likely your laptop, via USB 2, and is capable of burning all types of disc media from old-timey CD-Rs up to dual-layer DVDs. And you road warriors or MacBook Air owners can expect it to be available sometime in August with an MSRP of $79.99.