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Compare the Best Optical Disc DrivesOctober 2018

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 10,000 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • 13 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

LiteOn iHAS124‑14

1,506 Reviews
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$19.75

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
DVD
Info
Aug 2016
The best rated optical disc drive under $50, with a great spec.
#2

90

LG GH24NSC0

130 Reviews
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$23.10

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
DVD
Info
Aug 2015
A low cost and classic tray loading internal dvd writer, with a great spec.
#3

90

DELL DW316

1,037 Reviews
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$39.99

Tray
Info
External
Info
DVD
Info
Sep 2016
An astoundingly highly rated and bargain price tray loading external dvd writer, with a very good spec.
#4

88

Lite‑On eBAU108

710 Reviews
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$26.66

Tray
Info
External
Info
DVD
Info
Jan 2014
An excellent value for money and classic tray loading external optical disc drive, with a very good spec.
#5

86

Lite‑On DS‑8ACSH

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$22.79

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
DVD
Info
Jan 2015
An amazingly good value for money and classic tray loading internal dvd writer, with a great spec.
#6

85

HP 652241‑B21

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$127.99

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
Info
Oct 2015
A fully featured and spectacularly good value for money tray loading internal dvd burner.
#7

85

Transcend TS8XDVDS‑W

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$40.74

Tray
Info
External
Info
DVD
Info
Dec 2014
A fully featured and affordable tray loading external cd writer.
#8

84

Buffalo DVSM‑PT58U2V

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$29.97

Tray
Info
External
Info
DVD
Info
Jan 2015
A fully featured and affordable tray loading external dvd writer, with many positive recommendations.
#9

83

Asus SDRW‑08U7M‑U

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$39.69

Tray
Info
External
Info
DVD
Info
Dec 2015
A very cheap and fully featured tray loading external dvd writer.
#10

83

Apple USB SuperDrive

2,367 Reviews
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$75.00

Slot
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External
Info
DVD
Info
Jun 2012
The highest scoring cd burner under $100, with a fair price.
#11

77

Buffalo BRXL‑PT6U2V

6 Reviews
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$75.97

Tray
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Mar 2015
A classic and good spec tray loading external dvd (re)writer.
#12

71

Asus SBC‑06D2X‑U

46 Reviews
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$87.99

Tray
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
May 2013
A classic and good spec tray loading external cd burner.

79

LG GP70NS50

8 Reviews
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$63.13

Slot
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External
Info
DVD
Info
Aug 2013
A good spec and award winning slot loading external optical disc drive, with a fair price.
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78

Apple SuperDrive

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$39.96

Slot
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External
Info
DVD
Info
Aug 2015
A good value for money and good spec slot loading external cd burner.

76

Lenovo 4XA0H03972

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$73.98

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
DVD
Info
Jan 2015
A good value for money and good spec tray loading internal dvd rewriter.

76

Intel AXXSATADVDRWROM

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$73.97

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
Info
Mar 2012
A good value for money and good spec tray loading internal optical disc drive.

75

Asus BW‑16D1

45 Reviews
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$93.99

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Jul 2013
A critically acclaimed and good spec tray loading internal dvd burner.

74

Acer DVD Writer

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$855.97

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
DVD
Info
Jun 2014
The highest scoring cd writer under $500.

74

Verbatim External Slimline Blu‑Ray Writer

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$108.72

Slot
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
May 2016
A good spec but only ok value for money slot loading external dvd (re)writer.

71

Samsung SE‑218GN

16 Reviews
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$119.95

Tray
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External
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DVD
Info
Aug 2014
A good spec and award winning tray loading external cd (re)writer.

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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 88%. Compare all award winning optical disc drives.

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88%
2,241 reviews

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

Dvd Rewriter Prices

Optical disc drives range in price from $13 to $500 and in total we found prices for 57 optical disc drives. The average price of a new dvd (re)writer is $65 and the 80% of dvd rewriters are priced between $20 and $116. The Acer DVD Writer is the most expensive dvd rewriter that we found at $500, and the LG GH24NSD1 is the cheapest at only $13.

Dvd Burner Brands - Price Range

Acer dvd (re)writers range in price from $0 to $500, and the highest average dvd writer price out of all brands is Acer dvd (re)writers with an average price of $167.

I-O Data dvd (re)writers start at $116 and their most expensive dvd (re)writer costs $138. The average price of I-O Data dvd (re)writers is $127 which is the second highest average price of all dvd (re)writer brands.

Intel dvd writers range in price from $65 to $65, and the average price of Intel dvd writers is $65 which is the third highest average price of all cd burner brands.

Optical Disc Drive Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 60 expert reviews and 9,551 user reviews for cd burners from across the internet and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of dvd rewriter.

Biggest Cd Writer Retailers

The biggest dvd rewriter retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 51 current dvd rewriter offers from Amazon US. The second biggest retailer is Pricefalls with 8 offers. That means Amazon US is over 6 times bigger than Pricefalls when it comes to cd writers. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 6 current offers.

When Are Most New Dvd (Re)Writers Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable trend in the release dates for new dvd rewriters over the last 3 years. In April 2017 seven new dvd burners were released making it the biggest month that year for new dvd rewriter releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new cd rewriter releases was September, with nine new cd writers released that month. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new optical disc drives, with 12 new optical disc drives released that month.

How Fast Do Cd (Re)Writer Prices Drop After Release?

On average cd writers drop in price by 3% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new cd writer costing $29, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $1.

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.

The most frequently found disc loading type amongst new cd rewriters is tray. We found 101 cd rewriters that are cd (re)writers that have a tray loading. We found 27 dvd writers that are cd (re)writers that have a slot loading, making slot the second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new dvd writers.

Type

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

We found 73 cd (re)writers that are internal dvd burners, which makes internal the most popular type amongst new cd (re)writers. We found 48 dvd rewriters that are external cd burners, making this the second most popular type amongst new dvd rewriters.

Optical Drive Types

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

DVD is the most common optical drive type amongst new cd rewriters. We found 105 cd rewriters that are dvd rewriters that have a DVD Optical drive type. The second most common optical drive type amongst new dvd burners is Blu-Ray. We found 21 dvd burners that are cd (re)writers that have a Blu-Ray Optical drive type.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Dvd Rewriters?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd rewriters. For each retailer it shows the total number of cd rewriters 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 Amazon US. 44 of their cd burner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Cd Rewriters for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for dvd (re)writers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of cd burner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's cd burner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon US. 86.3% of their dvd burner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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