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Compare the Best Optical Disc DrivesDecember 2018

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 3,800 expert & user reviews • 200 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

Asus BW‑16D1

1 Review
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$93.99

Tray
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Jul 2013
#2

DELL DW316

996 Reviews
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$42.06

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Sep 2016
#3

Lite‑On DS‑8ACSH

8 Reviews
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$23.10

Tray
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Jan 2015
#4

LG GH24NSC0

144 Reviews
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$23.10

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Feb 2017
#5

LG GP70NS50

5 Reviews
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$63.13

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Jul 2012
#6

Transcend TS8XDVDS‑W

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$40.74

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Dec 2014
#7

Buffalo DVSM‑PT58U2V

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$26.97

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Jan 2015
#8

Apple SuperDrive

801 Reviews
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$39.96

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Aug 2015
#9

LG BE16NU50

74 Reviews
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$225.97

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Feb 2016
#11

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Apple USB SuperDrive

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$75.00

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Jun 2012
A good spec and good value for money slot loading external dvd rewriter.
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Asus SDRW‑08U7M‑U

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$40.27

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Dec 2015
A good spec and top-value tray loading external dvd rewriter.
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Asus SBC‑06D2X‑U

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$87.99

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May 2013
A good spec and good value for money tray loading external cd burner.
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Buffalo BRXL‑PT6U2V

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$82.49

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Mar 2015
A good spec but only average value for money tray loading external cd burner.
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Intel AXXSATADVDRWROM

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$53.97

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Mar 2012
A good value for money and good spec tray loading internal dvd (re)writer.
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Verbatim External Slimline CD/DVD Writer

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$51.77

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May 2016
A good spec but only average value for money tray loading external cd burner.
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Acer DVD Writer

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$758.97

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Jun 2014
The best scoring dvd rewriter under $1,000.
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Lenovo 4XA0H03972

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$73.98

Tray
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Jan 2015
A good spec but only average value for money tray loading internal cd rewriter.
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Verbatim External Slimline Blu‑Ray Writer

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$100.30

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May 2016
The top rated dvd rewriter under $500.
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HP 652241‑B21

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$127.99

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Oct 2015
A good spec but only moderate value for money tray loading internal cd (re)writer.
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LG WP50NB40

3 Reviews
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$113.91

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Jul 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 77%. Compare all award winning optical disc drives.

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77%
1,107 reviews

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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

Dvd Burner Prices

We currently list 22 cd writers ranging from $19 to $759. The average price of a new dvd writer is $98 and the 80% of dvd rewriters are priced between $23 and $120. The LiteOn iHAS124-14 is the cheapest dvd writer at only $20, and Acer DVD Writer is the most expensive at $759.

Dvd (Re)Writer Brands - Price Range

The highest average dvd rewriter price out of all brands is Acer dvd rewriters with an average price of $253. Acer dvd rewriters start at $0 and their most expensive dvd rewriter costs $759.

Intel dvd (re)writers start at $54 and their most expensive dvd writer costs $54. The second highest average dvd writer price out of all brands is Intel dvd (re)writers with an average price of $54.

Verbatim cd (re)writers range in price from $0 to $100, and the third highest average cd rewriter price out of all brands is Verbatim cd (re)writers with an average price of $51.

Cd (Re)Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 19 expert reviews and 3,600 user reviews for cd (re)writers and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of dvd (re)writer.

Biggest Dvd Burner Retailers

The biggest dvd burner retailer by number of products currently for sale is Pricefalls. We found 7 current dvd burner offers from Pricefalls. The second biggest retailer is Overstock with 6 offers. That means Pricefalls is slightly bigger than Overstock when it comes to dvd writers. Adorama is the third biggest retailer with 6 current offers.

When Are Most New Optical Disc Drives Released?

The most common period for new dvd rewriters to be released in is between April and May. If you want the latest cd burner technology you may be best waiting until April 2019. Also the price of the current cd burners may drop off just before the latest models are released in April. Seven new cd writers were released in April 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new dvd (re)writer releases. In May 2016 nine new cd rewriters were released making it the biggest month that year for new cd rewriter releases. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new dvd burners, with 11 new dvd burners released that month.

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

On average, in the first 6 months after release, dvd rewriters drop in price by 7%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $1 on a typical $16 new dvd writer 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.

Amongst new dvd writers, the most common disc loading type is tray. We found 107 dvd writers that are cd (re)writers that have a tray loading. Slot is the second most popular disc loading type amongst new dvd burners. We found 27 dvd burners that are cd writers 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 cd rewriters, the most frequently found type is internal. We found 77 cd rewriters that are internal dvd (re)writers. We found 48 optical disc drives that are external dvd burners, making this the second most popular type amongst new optical disc drives.

Optical Drive Types

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

We found 111 dvd burners that are dvd (re)writers that have a DVD Optical drive type, which makes this the most frequently found optical drive type amongst new dvd burners. We found 22 cd rewriters that are dvd (re)writers that have a Blu-Ray Optical drive type, making this the second most common optical drive type amongst new cd rewriters.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Dvd (Re)Writers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd burners. For each retailer it shows the total number of cd burners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying dvd 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 Pricefalls. 5 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 optical disc drives by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of cd (re)writer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's cd (re)writer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Pricefalls. 71.4% of their cd (re)writer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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