Lite-On has announced an external DVD writer called the eTAU108. The company says that it's "ideal for users seeking to save files and playback data whilst away from the home or office".

We say it sounds useful for netbook owners who find they still need to read or write the odd cd. If you like mucking about with operating systems on netbooks, then having an external

Feature-wise, it's a top-loader, it has a lightweight 350g design, and it's powered and connected to your machine via a USB cable, which can also be stored underneath the device. The eTAU108 comes in Piano Black and Pearl White and is available from September. It costs £38.