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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 3,600 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Disc Loading Type
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#1

88

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DELL DW316

998 Reviews

$42.06

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Sep 2016
#3

83

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Apple logo

Apple USB SuperDrive

$36.99

Slot
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Jun 2012
#4

83

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Apple SuperDrive

581 Reviews

$71.00

Slot
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Aug 2015
#5

82

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Asus BW16D1HT

1 Review

$93.99

Tray
Info
Internal
1
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jun 2015
#6

80

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Asus DRW24B3ST

$38.78

Tray
Info
Internal
1
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Sep 2010
#7

77

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Asus SBC06D2XU

$87.99

Tray
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jun 2015
#8

76

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VBEU

$49.99

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Jan 2015
#9

76

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LG AP70NS50

$70.91

Slot
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Apr 2014
#10

75

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LG WP50NB40

3 Reviews

$103.52

Tray
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Jul 2015
#11

74

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LG GP70NS50

5 Reviews
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$63.13

Slot
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Nov 2013
#12

71

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Transcend TS8XDVDS‑W

$40.74

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Dec 2014
#13

61

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Lenovo 4XA0H03972

$73.98

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Jan 2015
#14

60

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Pioneer BDR212DBK

$79.99

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jul 2018
#15

60

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HP 652241B21

$127.99

Tray
Info
Internal
1
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Oct 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 $30 - $104
88%
1,010 reviews
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HP Optical Disc Drives 20 $30 - $128

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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
Two more awards
Better brand
VS
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DELL
DW316
$42.06
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
Two more awards
Better brand
VS
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DELL
DW316
$42.06
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$36.99
$67 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
WP50NB40
$103.52
Three years
newer
Better brand
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$36.99
$26 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
Two more awards
Better brand
Newer by 17
months
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Asus
BW-16D1
$93.99
Better brand
19 months newer
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
$31 cheaper
Two more awards
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DELL
DW316
$42.06
$38 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Pioneer
BDR-212DBK
$79.99
More popular
23 months newer
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DELL
DW316
$42.06
$29 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More customers
recommend it
VS
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Apple
SuperDrive
$71.00
A bit better
user reviews
A bit better
overall reviews
Better brand
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$36.99
$4 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
VS
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Transcend
TS8XDVDS-W
$40.74
Newer by three
years
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Asus
SBC-06D2X-U
$87.99
19 months newer
VS
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
$25 cheaper
Two more awards
Better brand
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$36.99
$67 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
WP50NB40
$103.52
Newer by three
years
Better brand
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Transcend
TS8XDVDS-W
$40.74
$9 cheaper
More popular
VS
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Buffalo
DVSM-PT58U2V
$49.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Much better
user reviews
Better brand
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Asus
BW-16D1
$93.99
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Apple
SuperDrive
$71.00
$23 cheaper
Overall reviews
are hugely
better
Two months
newer
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Asus
BW-16D1
$93.99
Newer by 19
months
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
$31 cheaper
Better brand
Two more awards
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LG
GH24NSC0
$29.68
$9 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by four
years
VS
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Asus
DRW-24B3ST
$38.78
More popular
Better brand
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Asus
SBC-06D2X-U
$87.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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DELL
DW316
$42.06
$46 cheaper
Newer by 15
months
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LG
WP50NB40
$103.52
Better brand
VS
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Apple
SuperDrive
$71.00
$33 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are appreciably
better
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LG
GH24NSC0
$29.68
$11 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Transcend
TS8XDVDS-W
$40.74
User reviews
are slightly
better
Four months
newer
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$36.99
$13 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Buffalo
DVSM-PT58U2V
$49.99
Three years
newer
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Apple
USB SuperDrive
$36.99
$13 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Buffalo
DVSM-PT58U2V
$49.99
Newer by three
years
More popular
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
Two more awards
Better brand
VS
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Buffalo
DVSM-PT58U2V
$49.99
$13 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Significantly
better user
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

Cd (Re)Writer Prices

In total we found 16 cd rewriters ranging from $29 to $128. The average price of a new dvd (re)writer is $71 and the 80% of dvd (re)writers are priced between $39 and $104. The HP 652241-B21 is the most expensive dvd (re)writer that we found at $128, and the LG GH24NSC0 is the cheapest at only $30.

Dvd Writer Brands - Price Range

Verbatim cd writers range in price from $0 to $127, and the average price of Verbatim cd writers is $42 which is the highest average price of all cd (re)writer brands.

The second highest average cd burner price out of all brands is Transcend dvd (re)writers with an average price of $41. Transcend dvd (re)writers start at $41 and their most expensive cd burner costs $41.

Apple dvd rewriters range in price from $0 to $71, and the average price of Apple dvd rewriters is $36 which is the third highest average price of all dvd writer brands.

Cd Burner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 20 expert reviews and 3,435 user reviews for dvd (re)writers and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of dvd burner.

Biggest Dvd Burner Retailers

We found 1 current offers for cd burners from Adorama making it the biggest dvd (re)writer retailer.

How Fast Do Dvd Rewriter Prices Drop After Release?

On average dvd rewriters drop in price by 6% in the first 6 months after release.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $1 on a typical $8 new dvd rewriter 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.

We found 113 dvd burners that are dvd writers that have a tray loading, which makes this the most frequently found disc loading type amongst new dvd burners. We found 29 cd writers that are dvd rewriters that have a slot loading, making slot the second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new cd writers.

Type

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

We found 82 dvd (re)writers that are internal dvd writers, which makes internal the most common type amongst new dvd (re)writers. We found 52 cd burners that are external dvd rewriters, making this the second most common type amongst new cd burners.

Optical Drive Types

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

Dvd is the most popular optical drive type amongst new cd rewriters. We found 115 cd rewriters that are cd writers that have a dvd Optical drive type. We found 27 cd burners that are cd writers that have a blu-ray Optical drive type, making this the second most frequently found optical drive type amongst new cd burners.

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

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying dvd (re)writers. For each retailer it shows the total number of dvd (re)writers 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 Adorama. 1 of their cd rewriter prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Cd Writers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for cd burners 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.

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