The wavelength tuning properties of a tunable external cavity laser based on multiplexed volume holographic gratings and a commercial micromirror device are reported. The 3x3x3 cm(3) laser exhibits single mode operation in single or multi colors between 776 nm and 783 nm with less than 7.5 MHz linewidth, 37 mW output power, 50 mu s rise/fall time constant and a maximum switching rate of 0.66 KHz per wavelength. The unique discrete-wavelength-switching features of this laser are also well suited as a source for continuous wave Terahertz generation and three-dimensional metrology. (C) 2011 Optical Society of America