I’m not sure how many of you actually need or will ever use a CD/DVD/Blu-ray burner in this day and age, but you’ll always need a picture frame, so the Pioneer BDR-XS05 has that going for it, at least.
The BDR-XS05 is indeed an external CD/DVD/Blu-ray burner. It’s slot loaded, and can be placed horizontally or vertically. Of course, you’ll probably want to go with the latter, considering Pioneer was nice enough to throw on a clear panel on top that can serve as a picture frame (or, if you choose, the device comes with a few design sheets you can use, instead).
The BDR-XS05 also features PureRead2+ technology, which adjusts playback settings on the fly to try to gloss over any imperfections or physical damage on the disc. There’s also Auto Quiet mode – if you’re using the device to watch a movie or listen to music while burning something, the drive will slow down to minimize noise. If you’re burning documents, the drive will speed up again to its regular somewhat noisy self. It can be powered by USB, as well.
The Pioneer BDR-XS05 is available now for $150.