region free external dvd drive


Jan 3, 2006
I'm looking for an external dvd drive to replace the worn-out drive in my Vaio laptop. It will be for watching movies mostly, and being a Brit in the US I have a mixture of region 1 & 2 discs so it has to either be region free, or have an available firmware or driver option to disable region locking.
I'm looking at a Lite-On SHW-1635SX and from what I've read Lite-On's are usually easy to make region free, but does anyone know for sure that this is the case for this particular drive? If not, or for any other reason, are there any other recommendations?