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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 3,600 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

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DELL DW316

997 Reviews

$40.99

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Sep 2016
#2

87

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LG GH24NSC0

144 Reviews

$29.68

Slot
Info
Internal
1
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Dvd
Info
Info
Aug 2014
#3

81

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Asus BW16D1HT

1 Review

$93.99

Tray
Info
Internal
1
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jun 2015
#4

80

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Asus DRW‑24B3ST

$38.78

Tray
Info
Internal
1
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Sep 2010
#5

79

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Apple USB SuperDrive

$83.99

Slot
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Jun 2012
#6

76

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VBEU

$49.99

Tray
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External
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Dvd
Info
Info
Jan 2015
#7

74

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Asus SBC06D2XU

$87.99

Tray
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External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jun 2015
#8

74

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LG GP70NS50

5 Reviews
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$63.13

Slot
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External
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Dvd
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Nov 2013
#9

74

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LG WP50NB40

3 Reviews

$99.00

Tray
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External
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Blu-Ray
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(Unknown)
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Jul 2015
#10

72

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Transcend TS8XDVDS‑W

$40.74

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Dec 2014
#12

61

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Lenovo 4XA0H03972

$73.98

Tray
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Internal
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Dvd
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Info
Jan 2015
#13

60

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HP 652241B21

$127.99

Tray
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Internal
1
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Dvd
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Oct 2015

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What Are The Best Optical Disc Drive Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every optical disc drive and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated optical disc drive brand is LG with an average rating of 87%. Compare all award winning optical disc drives.

Rank Brand Number of Optical Disc Drives Price Range Average Rating
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LG Optical Disc Drives 23 $20 - $99
87%
992 reviews
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HP Optical Disc Drives 20 $20 - $128

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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
Two more awards
Better brand
VS
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DELL
DW316
$40.99
$22 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$83.99
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
$21 cheaper
Two more awards
Better brand
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Asus
BW-16D1
$93.99
19 months newer
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
$31 cheaper
Better brand
Two more awards
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$83.99
Better brand
VS
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LG
GH24NSC0
$29.68
$54 cheaper
Two years newer
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$83.99
$15 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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VS
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LG
WP50NB40
$99.00
Three years
newer
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Lite-On
iHAS124
$19.75
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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DELL
DW316
$40.99
Three years
newer
Better brand
Overall reviews
are appreciably
better
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Lite-On
iHAS124
$19.75
$21 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Transcend
TS8XDVDS-W
$40.74
Better user
reviews
Newer by 16
months
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Asus
BW-16D1
$93.99
Newer by 19
months
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
$31 cheaper
Better brand
Two more awards
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Asus
BW-16D1
$93.99
$5 cheaper
Better brand
More popular
VS
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LG
WP50NB40
$99.00
Newer by two
months
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$83.99
$15 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
WP50NB40
$99.00
Newer by three
years
Better brand
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Asus
SBC-06D2X-U
$87.99
19 months newer
VS
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
$25 cheaper
Two more awards
Better brand
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
Two more awards
Better brand
VS
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DELL
DW316
$40.99
$22 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
$65 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Two more awards
VS
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HP
652241-B21
$127.99
Two years newer
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$83.99
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Buffalo
DVSM-PT58U2V
$49.99
$34 cheaper
Better brand
Three years
newer
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Lite-On
iHAS124
$19.75
$10 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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LG
GH24NSC0
$29.68
Better brand
A bit better
overall reviews
A bit better
user reviews
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$83.99
$10 cheaper
More popular
VS
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Asus
BW-16D1
$93.99
Better brand
Three years
newer
Better Kagoo
Score
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LG
GH24NSC0
$29.68
$11 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Transcend
TS8XDVDS-W
$40.74
User reviews
are slightly
better
Four months
newer
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Asus
SBC-06D2X-U
$87.99
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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DELL
DW316
$40.99
$47 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by 15
months
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
Two more awards
Better brand
VS
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Buffalo
DVSM-PT58U2V
$49.99
$13 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Vastly better
user reviews
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Asus
SBC-06D2X-U
$87.99
Newer by three
years
Better brand
VS
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$83.99
Better Kagoo
Score
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat are the difference between the different disc loading types?
AThere are 3 main types of disc drive. Tray is the most common - a tray pops out, the disc is placed in and the tray recedes into the machine again. Slot disc drives just have a slot in the side to take the disc, whereas on top-loading disc drives the whole top of the device is hinged, allowing you to place the disc directly into the device.
QWhy does read-write speed matter?
AThe larger the read-write speed of the disc drive, the faster it will write data to the discs, and the quicker data can be read, meaning data access will be faster and smoother (less waiting for buffering video, for instance)
QWhat does 'internal' mean?
AInternal means the disc drive is meant to be mounted inside a computer, whereas external means it can be plugged in via USB and used there.

Optical Disc Drive Buying Guide

Optical disk drives cover a wide range of internal and external devices meant to both read and write a variety of removable media. This means they can be used to both read data from discs (i.e - playing a movie DVD or Blu Ray) and also writing or ‘burning’ data (i.e - creating a music CD from individual mp3s, or permanently writing files to a disk for distribution).

While most computers used to house CD and DVD drives as standard, drastically smaller devices and a move towards cloud-based streaming mean that disc drives are being used less and less. Indeed many modern laptops and desktops no longer contain a disc drive at all.

This means that even though it is legacy tech, it’s still worth keeping a drive handy for those times you want to read the data from an old DVD, burn a disc for a friend, or watch a movie when you don’t have access to Netflix. This guide will explain the major points of consideration when choosing an optical disk drive.

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Mounting & Portability

The first important consideration is what type of drive you want to get. While all our drives read and write disks, there are 2 main types - internal and external. It’s important to note that generally speaking internal drives can’t be used outside of computers, and external drives have to be powered via USB, and can’t be mounted inside a desktop or laptop.

Internal drives: These are meant to be placed into the computer body itself and wired directly into the system for power and data. They are used mostly for either replacements, or if you are building your own computer from scratch. Because these drives have to fit into a specific bay, it’s important to make sure you get one that is the right measurements and compatible with your computer. This also includes the correct mounting for the machine you’re wanting to install the drive into.

External drives: These drives are meant to be plugged into a computer (usually via USB) to serve as a temporary drive when one is needed. These drives tend to be more expensive than internal drives, but can be used with any computer. They are especially useful for laptops, since the current trend in ultra-thin laptops mean that most modern models don’t have a drive built in. Because external drives are removable, they can be easily stowed away until needed, making them helpful if you only need to read a CD/DVD occasionally. They are also very portable, making them good for watching movies or accessing data on journeys where you may not have access to a stable net connection.

Media Support

There are 3 main types of optical media supported by the disc drives on our site - CD, DVD and Blu Ray:

CD: Traditionally used for music, and while rather a legacy format, there are so many CDs in circulation that you are bound to need to access one at some point. All disc drives will read and write CDs, but the downside is they hold the least information of the 3 types.

DVD: DVDs are generally used for movies, since they are higher density, so can hold far more data than CDs. DVDs are still widely used for movies and video games, and can also hold a large amount of information, making them useful for backing up lots of files. Nearly all of our drives support both CD and DVD read writing.

Blu-Ray: The newest and highest density of optical media on the market, Blu-Ray discs can hold an enormous amount of data in a single disc. They are primarily used for very high-quality movies. However because they are a new format, Blu-Ray writers are far more expensive than CD or DVD-compatible models. Moreover, not all drives support Blu-Ray reading or writing, meaning that you may find other users are not able to read the data on the disc.

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Read/Write Speedas

Finally, read & write speeds measure how quickly data can be written from & to the disc. This is measures in bytes per second - the higher the speed, the faster large files (such as movies) will be burnt to the disc, or read from the drive. The read-write speeds are also affected by the USB version supported - USB 3.0 supported drives allow far higher transfer rates than USB 2 drives, so it is worth seeking out the newest drive you can for the fastest data transfer speeds.

Optical Disc Drive Retailers, Prices and Features

Cd (Re)Writer Prices

In total we found 14 cd rewriters ranging from $19 to $128. The average price of a new dvd (re)writer is $67 and the 80% of dvd (re)writers are priced between $30 and $99. The HP 652241-B21 is the most expensive dvd burner that we found at $128, and the Lite-On iHAS124 is the cheapest at only $20.

Dvd (Re)Writer Brands - Price Range

Transcend cd (re)writers start at $41 and their most expensive cd writer costs $41. The average price of Transcend cd (re)writers is $41 which is the highest average price of all cd writer brands.

The average price of Verbatim optical disc drives is $29 which is the second highest average price of all dvd burner brands. Verbatim optical disc drives range in price from $0 to $88.

The third highest average cd burner price out of all brands is Apple cd rewriters with an average price of $28. Apple cd rewriters range in price from $0 to $84.

Dvd Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 19 expert reviews and 3,454 user reviews for cd rewriters and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of cd writer.

Biggest Dvd (Re)Writer Retailers

We found 1 current offers for cd writers from Walmart making it the biggest cd (re)writer retailer.

When Are Most New Cd (Re)Writers Released?

The most common period for new cd rewriters to be released in is between April and June. In June 2018, eight new dvd (re)writers were released making it the biggest month that year for new dvd writer releases. In 2017 most new cd (re)writers were released in April, with seven new cd (re)writers released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new dvd writer releases was September, with nine new dvd writers released that month.

How Fast Do Dvd Burner Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, dvd writers drop in price by 6%.

That means that on a typical dvd writer costing $7 you could save on average $0 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Disc Loading Types

The disc loading type refers to the mechanism by which the optical disc is loaded into the drive. Normally this is by placing the disc in a tray or by inserting it into a slot.

Tray is the most popular disc loading type amongst new dvd (re)writers. We found 109 dvd (re)writers that are cd rewriters that have a tray loading. The second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new dvd (re)writers is slot. We found 29 dvd (re)writers that are optical disc drives that have a slot loading.

Type

Type denotes whether the disc drive is meant to be placed internally into a computer, or used externally via USB.

The most common type amongst new dvd burners is internal. We found 79 dvd burners that are internal cd (re)writers. The second most frequently found type amongst new dvd (re)writers is external. We found 51 dvd (re)writers that are external optical disc drives.

Optical Drive Types

The drive type denotes what type of disc (CD, DVD,etc) the drive is capable of reading.

We found 112 dvd (re)writers that are dvd writers that have a dvd Optical drive type, which makes dvd the most common optical drive type amongst new dvd (re)writers. Blu-ray is the second most common optical drive type amongst new cd rewriters. We found 26 cd rewriters that are dvd burners that have a blu-ray Optical drive type.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cd (Re)Writers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying optical disc drives. For each retailer it shows the total number of optical disc drives where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd (re)writers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Walmart. 0 of their dvd burner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Cd Writers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for cd writers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of cd writer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's cd writer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers.

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