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Compare the 10 Best Optical Disc DrivesDecember 2017(Last Updated 12 December 2017)

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The best optical disc drives on the market, necessary for playing DVDs and burning discs
Compare top brands including LG, Asus and HP
Every week we rank the best optical disc drives based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 180 Optical Disc Drive Models 1,280 Optical Disc Drive Reviews 245 Optical Disc Drive Prices
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180 Optical Disc Drive Models
1,280 Optical Disc Drive Reviews
245 Optical Disc Drive Prices
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#1

90

GP70NS50

LG GP70NS50

8 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$59.39

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Aug 2015
The top scoring dvd rewriter under $100, with great features
#3

84

GH24NSC0

LG GH24NSC0

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$21.49

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Aug 2015
An extremely fast CD read speed and best selling tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd burner, with an affordable price and great features
#4

81

TS8XDVDS-W

Transcend TS8XDVDS‑W

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$40.74

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Dec 2014
A bargain price and good spec tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer
#5

79

DW316

DELL DW316

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$42.06

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Sep 2016
A good spec and affordable tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd (re)writer
#6

77

G2 Slim DVD-ROM Drive

HP G2 Slim DVD‑ROM Drive

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$65.97

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Nov 2015
A good spec and top-value tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd rewriter
#7

75

DVSM-PT58U2VB

Buffalo DVSM‑PT58U2VB

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$49.99

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Jun 2015
A good value for money and good spec tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd (re)writer
#8

72

USB SuperDrive

Apple USB SuperDrive

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$75.00

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Jun 2016
A good spec and cheap slot loading DVD Optical drive type cd rewriter
#9

72

BE16NU50

LG BE16NU50

20 Reviews
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$170.86

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Feb 2016
A positively reviewed and good spec slot loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type dvd writer, with one of the fastest CD read speeds available but representing only average value for money
#10

69

BW-16D1HT

Asus BW‑16D1HT

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$93.99

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Nov 2015
A cheap and good spec tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type cd (re)writer
#11

66

SBC-06D2X-U

Asus SBC‑06D2X‑U

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$86.35

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Jun 2015
A good spec and good value for money tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type dvd (re)writer
#12

63

4XA0H03972

Lenovo 4XA0H03972

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$73.98

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Jan 2015
A good spec but only middle of the road value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd burner
#13

59

UH12NS40

LG UH12NS40

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$46.89

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Feb 2016
A good spec but only middle of the road value for money slot loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type cd rewriter
#14

56

G2 Slim

HP G2 Slim

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$126.12

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Jul 2015
A good spec but only moderate value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd burner
#15

51

SE-218GN

Samsung SE‑218GN

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$119.95

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Sep 2015
A good spec but not very good value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer
#16

49

N1M41AA

HP N1M41AA

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$126.12

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Jan 2016
A good spec but poor value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd rewriter
#17

47

652241-B21

HP 652241‑B21

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$127.99

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Oct 2015
A good spec but poor value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd (re)writer
#18

46

BH16NS55

LG BH16NS55

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$135.95

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Feb 2016
A good spec but poor value for money tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type dvd burner
#19

45

WP50NB40

LG WP50NB40

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$71.93

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Jul 2015
A good spec but not very good value for money tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type cd (re)writer
#20

44

SE-506CB

Samsung SE‑506CB

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$199.95

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Aug 2015
A good spec but not very good value for money tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type dvd (re)writer

44

BW-16D1H-U PRO

Asus BW‑16D1H‑U PRO

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$213.21

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Jun 2015
A sensationally fast CD read speed and good spec tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type optical disc drive, but representing inferior value for money

43

DS-8ACSH

Lite‑On DS‑8ACSH

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$20.99

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Jan 2015
A good spec but 3 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd (re)writer

43

eBAU108

Lite‑On eBAU108

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$28.44

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May 2016
A good spec but slightly out of date tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer

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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 Writer Prices

Dvd burners range in price from $19 to $214 and in total we found prices for 21 dvd burners. On average, a new cd rewriter costs $93 and 80% of cd rewriters are priced between $41 and $171. The Asus BW-16D1H-U PRO is the most expensive cd writer that we found at $213, and the LG SP80NB60 is the cheapest at only $20.

Dvd Rewriter Brands - Price Range

The average price of Transcend cd burners is $41 which is the highest average price of all optical disc drive brands. Transcend cd burners start at $41 and the most expensive Transcend optical disc drive costs $41.

The %8highest average dvd (re)writer price out of all brands is Apple cd rewriters with an average price of $38. Apple cd rewriters start at $0 and the most expensive Apple dvd (re)writer costs $75.

The %8highest average cd burner price out of all brands is HP optical disc drives with an average price of $32. HP optical disc drives start at $0 and the most expensive HP cd burner costs $128.

Cd Burner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1 expert reviews and 1,276 user reviews for dvd rewriters from across the internet and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of cd rewriter. The top three cd writer brands are Apple, Asus and Lite-On. Apple has an average rating of 94%, Asus has an average rating of 91% and Lite-On has an average rating of 86%.

Biggest Optical Disc Drive Retailers

The biggest dvd writer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 60 current dvd writer offers from Amazon US. The second biggest dvd writer retailer is Overstock with 10 offers. That means Amazon US is over 6 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to cd burners. Walmart 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 cd (re)writers over the last 3 years. February was the biggest month in 2016 for new optical disc drives, with 11 new optical disc drives released that month. In July 2015 18 new cd burners were released making it the biggest month that year for new dvd burner releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new dvd (re)writer releases was June, with 33 new dvd burners released that month.

How Fast Do Dvd Rewriter Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, cd writers drop in price by 2% on average. That means that on a typical cd writer costing $17 you could save on average $0 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Disc Loading Types

Type of mechanism by which the optical disc is loaded into the product.

We found 94 cd burners that are cd writers that have a tray loading, which makes tray the most frequently found disc loading type amongst new cd burners. We found 22 dvd rewriters that are dvd burners that have a slot loading, making this the second most common disc loading type amongst new dvd rewriters.

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Optical Drive Types

We found 358 optical disc drives that are dvd rewriters that have a DVD Optical drive type, which makes this the most popular optical drive type amongst new optical disc drives. We found 163 dvd rewriters that are dvd rewriters that have a DVD-R Optical drive type, making this the second most popular optical drive type amongst new dvd rewriters.

CD Read Speeds

This measures how quickly the optical drive can read information from a CD.

The CD read speeds of cd (re)writers range from 14x to 48x. The CD read speeds of the majority of optical disc drives range from 24x to 26x. The LGBE16NU50 has the fastest CD read speed. This dvd burner is a 48x CD read speed optical disc drive and is priced at $170.86. The LGBE16NU50, which sells for $0.00, has the slowest CD read speed and is a 24x CD read speed optical disc drive.

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

Biggest Dvd Rewriter Retailers

The biggest cd (re)writer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 60 current cd (re)writer offers from Amazon US. The second biggest cd (re)writer retailer is Overstock with 10 offers. That means Amazon US is over 6 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to dvd rewriters. Walmart is the third biggest retailer with 6 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cd Writers?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on cd rewriters is Overstock and offers the cheapest price on 6 cd rewriters.

Proportion of Cd Writers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Overstock most frequently has the cheapest optical disc drive prices (found to be cheapest for 60% of its dvd rewriters).