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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 3,500 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

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DELL DW316

997 Reviews

$42.06

Tray
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Sep 2016
#4

85

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Asus BW16D1HT

1 Review

$83.43

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Jun 2015
#5

85

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LG GTC0N

$21.99

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1
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Oct 2015
#6

84

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VBEU

$44.98

Tray
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Jan 2015
#7

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LG GP70NS50

5 Reviews
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$63.13

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Nov 2013
#8

84

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Asus SDRW08U7MU

$43.79

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Dec 2015
#9

83

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Asus DRW‑24B3ST

$38.78

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Sep 2010
#10

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Asus SBC06D2XU

$87.99

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Jun 2015
#11

81

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LG WP50NB40

3 Reviews

$99.00

Tray
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Jul 2015
#12

81

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Asus ZenDrive U9M

$50.22

Tray
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Aug 2017
#13

79

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Apple USB SuperDrive

$80.54

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Dvd
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Jun 2012
#15

78

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LG AP70NS50

$68.98

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Apr 2014
#16

77

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DELL 429‑AA

$44.31

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1
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Feb 2015
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Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

$42.56

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Feb 2013
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Transcend TS8XDVDS‑W

$40.74

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Dec 2014
#19

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Silverstone SOD04

$95.99

Slot
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1
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Jul 2017
#20

62

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Lenovo 4XA0H03972

$73.98

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Jan 2015

61

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Verbatim External Slimline CD/DVD Writer

$37.88

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May 2016

61

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HP 652241B21

$127.99

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1
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Oct 2015

61

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HP G2 Slim

$68.99

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Dec 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 88%. 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 $16 - $99
88%
967 reviews
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HP Optical Disc Drives 20 $16 - $128

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$63.13
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$15.99
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$37.88
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GP70NS50
$63.13
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$50.22
$13 cheaper
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$24.95
$19 cheaper
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$43.79
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GP70NS50
$63.13
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$42.06
$21 cheaper
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$99.00
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$37.88
$61 cheaper
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$34 cheaper
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$50.22
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$43.79
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External Slimline CD/DVD Writer
$37.88
$6 cheaper
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newer
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GP70NS50
$63.13
$19 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Two more awards
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USB External DVD Writer
$82.57
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$83.43
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$7 cheaper
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$80.54
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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 Burner Prices

In total we found 32 cd rewriters ranging from $16 to $128. A new cd burner costs on average $57 and 80% of cd burners are priced between $22 and $88. The Lite-On IHAS12414 is the cheapest dvd (re)writer at only $17, and HP 652241-B21 is the most expensive at $128.

Dvd Burner Brands - Price Range

Silverstone cd (re)writers start at $0 and their most expensive cd burner costs $96. The highest average cd burner price out of all brands is Silverstone cd (re)writers with an average price of $48.

Verbatim dvd writers range in price from $0 to $88, and the second highest average cd (re)writer price out of all brands is Verbatim dvd writers with an average price of $42.

The third highest average dvd rewriter price out of all brands is Transcend cd rewriters with an average price of $41. Transcend cd rewriters start at $41 and their most expensive dvd rewriter costs $41.

Dvd Rewriter Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 18 expert reviews and 3,480 user reviews for dvd rewriters and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of cd (re)writer.

Biggest Dvd Writer Retailers

The biggest cd (re)writer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 3 current cd (re)writer offers from eBay.

When Are Most New Cd Burners Released?

April to June is the most common period for new cd rewriters to be released in. For the latest cd burner technology you may be best waiting until April 2020. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current cd burners cheaper in April once the latest models have been released. Eight new dvd writers were released in June 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new cd rewriter releases. In 2017 most new cd rewriters were released in April, with seven new cd rewriters released that month. In September 2016, nine new dvd (re)writers were released making it the biggest month that year for new dvd writer releases.

How Fast Do Cd Writer Prices Drop After Release?

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

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $1 on a typical $13 new dvd burner 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 common disc loading type amongst new dvd rewriters. We found 110 dvd rewriters that are cd writers that have a tray loading. We found 29 cd (re)writers that are optical disc drives that have a slot loading, making this the second most popular disc loading type amongst new cd (re)writers.

Type

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

The most frequently found type amongst new cd burners is internal. We found 80 cd burners that are internal dvd (re)writers. The second most frequently found type amongst new dvd rewriters is external. We found 51 dvd rewriters that are external dvd writers.

Optical Drive Types

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

We found 113 dvd burners that are cd rewriters that have a dvd Optical drive type, which makes dvd the most common optical drive type amongst new dvd burners. The second most common optical drive type amongst new dvd burners is blu-ray. We found 26 dvd burners 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 dvd burners. For each retailer it shows the total number of dvd burners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd burners. 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 writer 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 cd writers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of cd rewriter prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's cd rewriter prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers.

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