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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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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 $17 - $99
87%
990 reviews
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HP Optical Disc Drives 20 $17 - $128

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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

We currently list 31 cd (re)writers ranging from $16 to $128. The average price of a new optical disc drive is $58 and the 80% of cd rewriters are priced between $25 and $88. The HP 652241-B21 is the most expensive optical disc drive that we found at $128, and the Lite-On IHAS12414 is the cheapest at only $17.

Dvd Rewriter Brands - Price Range

Silverstone dvd (re)writers start at $0 and their most expensive dvd (re)writer costs $96. The average price of Silverstone dvd (re)writers is $48 which is the highest average price of all dvd (re)writer brands.

The second highest average dvd (re)writer price out of all brands is Verbatim optical disc drives with an average price of $42. Verbatim optical disc drives range in price from $0 to $88.

The average price of Transcend optical disc drives is $41 which is the third highest average price of all cd burner brands. Transcend optical disc drives range in price from $41 to $41.

Dvd (Re)Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 19 expert reviews and 3,441 user reviews for dvd (re)writers and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of dvd burner.

Biggest Cd (Re)Writer Retailers

We found 3 current offers for optical disc drives from eBay making it the biggest dvd burner retailer.

When Are Most New Dvd Rewriters Released?

April to June is the most common period for new cd writers to be released in. If you want the latest optical disc drive technology you may want to think about waiting until April 2020. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current cd writers tend to drop off when the next models are released. In June 2018, eight new optical disc drives were released making it the biggest month that year for new cd rewriter releases. The biggest month in 2017 for new dvd writer releases was April, with seven new cd (re)writers released that month. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new cd writers, with nine new cd writers released that month.

How Fast Do Dvd Writer Prices Drop After Release?

New cd burners drop in price by an average of 6% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $1 on a typical $13 new cd rewriter 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 optical disc drives. We found 110 optical disc drives that are cd writers that have a tray loading. Slot is the second most common disc loading type amongst new cd burners. We found 29 cd burners that are cd burners 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.

Amongst new dvd writers, the most frequently found type is internal. We found 80 dvd writers that are internal cd rewriters. External is the second most frequently found type amongst new cd burners. We found 51 cd burners that are external cd rewriters.

Optical Drive Types

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

We found 113 cd burners that are cd (re)writers that have a dvd Optical drive type, which makes this the most popular optical drive type amongst new cd burners. The second most frequently found optical drive type amongst new dvd writers is blu-ray. We found 26 dvd writers that are cd (re)writers that have a blu-ray Optical drive type.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cd Burners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd (re)writers. For each retailer it shows the total number of cd (re)writers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd 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 eBay. 1 of their cd (re)writer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Cd Burners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

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

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