Legal Alien: A Scotsman in Montreal

A cry for help!!!

So I'm looking into buying an external CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive for my laptop and the question is would USB 1.1 be fast enough (12Mbps) to watch a DVD and give acceptable CD burn times??? Someone must have an idea. And how can I upgrade to USB 2.0, in fact, how can I tell if I already have it (since I bought my computer 2 years ago, I'm guessing I don't).

A-ha - I think the solution may be in buying this and then this!

Anyone know of anywhere cheaper than Compusmart?