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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every optical disc drive on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 174 optical disc drives, 910 reviews and 232 prices. Last updated 17 October 2017.

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#1 Asus SDRW‑08U5S‑U

SDRW-08U5S-U
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The top rated dvd burner under $50, with great features
91
Reviews
1 Award
98
Value for Money
Excellent
87
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Slot
DVD
Mar 2015
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#2 LG GH24NSC0

GH24NSC0
A very popular and affordable tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd burner, with great features
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Overall Score
Excellent
Tray
Internal
DVD
Disc Loading Type
Internal
Optical Drive Type
Aug 2015
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#3 DELL DW316

DW316
A fully featured and impressive value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer
97
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Overall Score
Excellent
Tray
DVD-RW
Sep 2016
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Optical Drive Type
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#4 LG GP70NS50

GP70NS50
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The best scoring cd writer under $100
96
Value for Money
Excellent
80
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Overall Score
Excellent
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DVD-RW
Aug 2015
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#5 Buffalo DVSM‑PT58U2VB

DVSM-PT58U2VB
An amazingly good value for money and good spec tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer
95
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
80
Overall Score
Excellent
Tray
DVD
Jun 2015
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#6 HP External USB DVDRW Drive

External USB DVDRW Drive
A top-value and good spec tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd (re)writer
93
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
78
Overall Score
Very Good
Tray
DVD-RW
Jan 2015
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#7 Transcend TS8XDVDS‑W

TS8XDVDS-W
An impressive value for money and good spec tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd burner
90
Value for Money
Excellent
76
Features
Good Features
76
Overall Score
Very Good
Tray
DVD-RW
Dec 2014
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#8 Apple SuperDrive

SuperDrive
A good spec and positively reviewed slot loading DVD Optical drive type cd writer, with a reasonable price
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21 Reviews
70
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Features
Good Features
76
Overall Score
Very Good
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DVD-RW
Aug 2015
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#9 LG GTC0N

GTC0N
A good spec and bargain price tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd burner
87
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
74
Overall Score
Very Good
Tray
Internal
DVD-R
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Internal
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#10 HP 652241‑B21

652241-B21
A good value for money and good spec tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd burner
83
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good
Tray
Internal
DVD-RW
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Internal
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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.

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.

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 Burner Prices

In total we found 64 cd rewriters ranging from $0 to $145. The average price of a new dvd writer is $27 and the 80% of dvd writers are priced between $0 and $90. The LG BE16NU50 is the most expensive optical disc drive that we found at $145, and the LG GP67EB60 is the cheapest at only .

Dvd Rewriter Brands - Price Range

Apple cd writers range in price from $74 to $90, and the average price of Apple cd writers is $82 which is the highest average price of all cd (re)writer brands.

Buffalo dvd writers range in price from $50 to $110, and the average price of Buffalo dvd writers is $80 which is the second highest average price of all cd writer brands.

The third highest average cd writer price out of all brands is Transcend dvd writers with an average price of $41. Transcend dvd writers range in price from $41 to $41.

Cd Rewriter Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1 expert reviews and 822 user reviews for dvd writers available online and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of dvd writer. Apple is the top rated cd writer brand with an average rating of 92%. Lite-On is the second best brand with 86% and LG is the third best brand with 78%.

Biggest Cd Rewriter Retailers

The biggest cd rewriter retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 50 current cd rewriter offers from Amazon US. The second biggest cd rewriter retailer is Overstock with 10 offers. That means Amazon US is over 5 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to cd burners. Walmart is the third biggest retailer with 9 current offers.

When Are Most New Dvd Writers Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release dates for new cd writers over the last 3 years. February was the biggest month in 2016 for new cd (re)writers, with 11 new cd (re)writers released that month. 18 new cd rewriters were released in July 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new cd burner releases. In June 2014 33 new dvd burners were released making it the biggest month that year for new optical disc drive releases.

How Fast Do Cd Writer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, dvd burners drop in price by 94%. That means that on a typical cd (re)writer costing $15 you could save on average $14 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Disc Loading Types

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

We found 89 cd burners that are dvd (re)writers that have a tray loading, which makes tray the most common disc loading type amongst new cd burners. The second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new dvd writers is slot. We found 23 dvd writers that are dvd rewriters that have a slot loading.

Internals

Optical Drive Types

The most frequently found optical drive type amongst new cd rewriters is DVD. We found 358 cd rewriters that are dvd writers that have a DVD Optical drive type. We found 162 dvd writers that are dvd writers that have a DVD-R Optical drive type, making this the second most frequently found optical drive type amongst new dvd writers.

CD Read Speeds

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

Across the range of cd rewriters, the CD read speeds range from 14x to 48x. The CD read speeds of most cd burners range from 23x to 26x. The Lite-OniHAS124, which currently retails for $0.00, has the fastest CD read speed and is a 48x CD read speed dvd burner. The Lite-OniHAS124, which is available at $40.74, has the slowest CD read speed and is a 24x CD read speed cd burner.

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 Cd (re)writer Retailers

The biggest cd rewriter retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 50 current cd rewriter offers from Amazon US. The second biggest cd rewriter retailer is Overstock with 10 offers. That means Amazon US is over 5 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to dvd (re)writers. Walmart is the third biggest retailer with 9 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cd Burners?

The cheapest store by number of cd rewriter for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 8 dvd writers.

Proportion of Cd Rewriters for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest store by number of dvd (re)writer for which they offer the cheapest price is Walmart with the cheapest price on 88.9% of its dvd writers.

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