If its just sporadic, just buy whatever as long as its light and durable. However, you keep making it sound like tou need an external burner. You don't. Burners are cheap, get it built in.no HD, it could be raw, but I would load it on a disk. Not to worried about color, I would do that on my big system, save things on quick time to load in Final Cut. This would be spuratic at best, but I want to be able to run Avid or Premier if I want to. I want the cd/dvd player/burner so I can transfer files and watch movies I definately want to play my games.