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5 Best Optical Disc Drives in the US - October 2019

Updated 16 September 2019 by Matthew
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5 best optical disc drives

Which Are the Best Optical Disc Drives?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best optical disc drives? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best optical disc drives are:


What Optical Disc Drive to Buy in October 2019?

Let's take a look at the top 5 optical disc drives currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

Best Buy Great Price
LG GH24NSC0B Lite-On IHAS12414 DELL DW316 Asus BW16D1HT Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB
LG GH24NSC0B Lite-On IHAS12414 DELL DW316 Asus BW16D1HT Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB
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Adorama
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48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED
96
Reviews
144 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
93
Popularity
Widely Available
88
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
123 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
89
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
98
Reviews
997 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
88
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
91
Reviews
1 Review
84
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Widely Available
77
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
72
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
81
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
The best scoring dvd burner under $50, with a fair price. Customers report that this cd writer supportsDVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet. Multiple reviews mentioned that this cd writer supportsDVDs, it has very fast read/write speeds and it's really quiet. It's a classic and low cost tray loading internal cd writer, with a very good spec. It has a track-at-once (TAO), a disc-at-once (DAO) and a session-at-once (SAO) and is Plug & Play. Multiple reviews mentioned that this dvd rewriter supportsDVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs. It's a classic and cheap tray loading external dvd rewriter, with a very good spec. The best rated cd writer under $100, with a reasonable price. A good value for money and fully featured tray loading external cd burner.
13 Reasons For
Faster CD-R Write Speed
A Lot Faster DVD-R Write Speed
40% Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
20% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
A Lot Faster CD Write Speed
8x Faster DVD-R Read Speed
Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed
Faster DVD+R Read Speed
Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
Better Kagoo Score
More Shops Are Selling it
Better Brand
Has a Faster Read/write Speeds
14 Reasons For
A Lot Faster CD-R Write Speed
40% Faster DVD-R Write Speed
16x Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
2x Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
Faster CD Rewrite Speed
34% Faster CD Write Speed
Faster DVD-R Read Speed
A Lot Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed
A Lot Faster DVD+R Read Speed
45% Faster Read Speed (CD)
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
$24 Cheaper
6 Reasons For
Better Overall Reviews
Has a Better Price
More Reliable
More Well Designed
Has a Better Acceptable Noise Level
Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
12 Reasons For
A Lot Faster CD-R Write Speed
2x Faster DVD-RW Write Speed
20% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
34% Faster CD Write Speed
Faster DVD-R Read Speed
A Lot Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed
A Lot Faster DVD+R Read Speed
A Lot Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
45% Faster Read Speed (CD)
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
1 Reason For
User Reviews Are Better
10 Reasons Against
2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed
Older by Over Two Years
User Review Rating is Much Worse
Overall Review Rating is Worse
Less Fairly Priced
Less Solidly Made
Less Nicely Designed
Has a Worse OK Noise Level
Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
5 Reasons Against
Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Over Three Years Older
Worse Brand
11 Reasons Against
Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
Slower CD Rewrite Speed
24x Slower CD Write Speed
24x Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $24
Less Retailers
User Review Rating is Worse
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
Has a Slower Read/write Speeds
8 Reasons Against
34% Slower DVD-R Write Speed
8x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
$67 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
17 Reasons Against
A Lot Slower CD-R Write Speed
67% Slower DVD-R Write Speed
16x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
25% Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
Slower CD Rewrite Speed
50% Slower CD Write Speed
Slower DVD-R Read Speed
A Lot Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed
A Lot Slower DVD+R Read Speed
A Lot Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
80% Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
$29 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
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LG GH24NSC0B

$17.49
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LG GH24NSC0B

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LG GH24NSC0B
48x
CD-R WRITE

The LG GH24NSC0B has a Kagoo Score of 89. With a price tag of $17.49 this optical disc drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the LG GH24NSC0B or read our article on whether you should buy a LG optical disc drive.

Features We Love:
Very fast CD-R write speed (48x)
Fast DVD-R double layer write speed (8x)
Fast DVD+R read speed (16x)
Very fast DVD-R double layer read speed (12x)
Very fast CD write speed (48x)

The best scoring dvd burner under $50, with a fair price. Customers report that this cd writer supportsDVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet.

96
Reviews
144 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
93
Popularity
Widely Available
88
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that LG GH24NSC0B has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 86%, based on 142 reviews.

Unboxing // LG Electronics GH24NSC0 black
Unboxing // LG Electronics GH24NSC0 black

13 Reasons For for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0B

Faster CD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B is a 48 CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 24x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (24x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD-R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

A Lot Faster DVD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B has a DVD-R write speed of 24 (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), but the Asus BW16D1HT is only a 16x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive (8x slower) and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive (16x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

40% Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

The LG GH24NSC0B has a Write speed (DVD+R) of 24, and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 8x faster than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x) and 16x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 (8x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD+R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

20% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B has a DVD-R double layer write speed of 8, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 2x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (6x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-R Double Layer discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

A Lot Faster CD Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B has a CD write speed of 48 (as do the Asus BW16D1HT and the Lite-On IHAS12414), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 are both only 24x CD write speed optical disc drives (24x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

8x Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B has a DVD-R read speed of 16 (as do the Asus BW16D1HT and the Lite-On IHAS12414), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD-R read speed optical disc drive (8x slower). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-R.

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.

Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B is a 16 DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-ROM.

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.

Faster DVD+R Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B is a 16 DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD+R.

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.

Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B has a DVD-R double layer read speed of 12, and so does the Asus BW16D1HT. That's 6x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (6x). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-R Double Layer disc.

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.

Better Kagoo Score

The LG GH24NSC0B has received a Kagoo Score of 89, but the Asus BW16D1HT scored 82, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB scored only 79, the DELL DW316 scored 87 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 88.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this optical disc drive.

Better Brand

LG optical disc drives have an average rating of 95%, however Asus only has an average rating of 91.8%, Buffalo only has an average rating of 76.1%, DELL only has an average rating of 80.9% and Lite-On only has an average rating of 76.1%.

Has a Faster Read/write Speeds

Our analysis of the LG GH24NSC0B reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0B has a faster read/write speeds. Several people thought that the LG GH24NSC0 had really fast read/write speeds and write speeds.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0B

2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B has a DVD-RW write speed of 6 (as do the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the Lite-On IHAS12414), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is an 8x DVD-RW write speed optical disc drive (2x faster). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-RW discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The LG GH24NSC0B has a CD rewrite speed of 24 (as do the Asus BW16D1HT and the DELL DW316), whereas the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 16x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive (8x slower) and the Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 32x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive (8x faster). More ...

How fast the optical drive can re-write data to CDs that already contain information.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

Older by Over Two Years

The LG GH24NSC0B is 10 months older than the Asus BW16D1HT, six months older than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and two years older than the DELL DW316.

User Review Rating is Much Worse

The LG GH24NSC0B has an average user score of 86%, but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review) and the DELL DW316 has an average user rating of 93% (based on 997 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Worse

The LG GH24NSC0B has an average overall score of 86%, but the DELL DW316 has an average overall rating of 93% (based on 997 reviews).

Less Fairly Priced

Our analysis of the LG GH24NSC0B reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0B was less fairly priced.

Less Solidly Made

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG GH24NSC0B was less solidly made.

Less Nicely Designed

Our analysis of the LG GH24NSC0B reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0B was less nicely designed.

Has a Worse OK Noise Level

The LG GH24NSC0B reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0B has a worse OK noise level.

Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG GH24NSC0B was worse for a wide variety of optical media.

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Lite-On IHAS12414

$16.99
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Lite-On IHAS12414

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Lite-On IHAS12414
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $16.99 this optical disc drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Lite-On IHAS12414.

Features We Love:
Fast read speed (CD) (48x)
Fast CD-R write speed (48x)
Session-at-once (SAO)
Disc-at-once (DAO)
Track-at-once (TAO)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this cd writer supportsDVDs, it has very fast read/write speeds and it's really quiet. It's a classic and low cost tray loading internal cd writer, with a very good spec. It has a track-at-once (TAO), a disc-at-once (DAO) and a session-at-once (SAO) and is Plug & Play.

95
Reviews
123 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
89
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Lite-On IHAS12414 has great user reviews with an average user rating of 86%, based on 123 reviews.

14 Reasons For for Choosing the Lite-On IHAS12414

A Lot Faster CD-R Write Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a CD-R write speed of 48 (as do the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0B), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only a 24x CD-R write speed optical disc drive (24x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD-R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

40% Faster DVD-R Write Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 24 DVD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0B. That's 8x faster than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x) and 16x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

16x Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 24 DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (as does the LG GH24NSC0B), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is only a 16x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (8x slower) and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 are both only 8x DVD+R write speed optical disc drives (16x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD+R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

2x Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is an 8 DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (as do the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0B), whereas the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only a 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (2x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-R Double Layer discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 32 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive. That's 8x faster than the Asus BW16D1HT, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0B (24x) and 16x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (16x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can re-write data to CDs that already contain information.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

34% Faster CD Write Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 48 CD write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0B. That's 24x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 (24x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 16 DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0B. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-R.

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.

A Lot Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a DVD-ROM read speed of 16 (as do the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0B), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive (8x slower). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-ROM.

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.

A Lot Faster DVD+R Read Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a DVD+R read speed of 16 (as do the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0B), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD+R read speed optical disc drive (8x slower). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD+R.

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.

45% Faster Read Speed (CD)

Lite-On IHAS12414 is 48 CD read speed, and so does the Asus BW16D1HT. That's 38x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (10x) and 24x faster than the DELL DW316 (24x). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a CD.

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.

Track-At-Once (TAO)

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a track-at-once (TAO) (as does the Asus BW16D1HT), whereas the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0B do not have this feature. More ...

Track-at-once (TAO) is a recording mode that records single tracks one after another. It's the most standard recording mode, that supports both audio and data on the same disc.

Disc-At-Once (DAO)

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a disc-at-once (DAO), and so does the Asus BW16D1HT, but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0B do not. More ...

Disc-at-once (DAO) is a recording mode that records an entire CD or DVD in a single uninterrupted session. It is faster than Track-at-once, and allows extra information to be inserted between that standard tracks.

Session-At-Once (SAO)

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a session-at-once (SAO) (as does the Asus BW16D1HT), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0B do not have this feature. More ...

Session-at-once (SAO) is a recording mode that can record a large amount of single 'sessions' onto a single disc. This allows you to effectively condense multiple discs onto a single disc as several different sessions. The downside is that these cannot be played in standard audio CD players.

$24 Cheaper

The Lite-On IHAS12414 costs $66.99 less than the Asus BW16D1HT, costs $29.35 less than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and costs $24 less than the DELL DW316.

5 Reasons Against for Choosing the Lite-On IHAS12414

Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 6 DVD-RW write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the LG GH24NSC0B. That's 2x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (8x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-RW discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has received a Kagoo Score of 88, however the LG GH24NSC0B scored 89.

Less Retailers

Only 5 sellers sells the Lite-On IHAS12414, whereas 7 stores sell the LG GH24NSC0B. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this optical disc drive and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over Three Years Older

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is older than the Asus BW16D1HT by 21 months, older than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB by 17 months, older than the DELL DW316 by three years and older than the LG GH24NSC0B by 11 months.

Worse Brand

Lite-On optical disc drives have an average rating of only 76.1%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 91.8%, DELL has an average rating of 80.9% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

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DELL DW316

$40.99
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DELL DW316

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DELL DW316
24x
CD READ SPEED

The DELL DW316 has a Kagoo Score of 87. With a price tag of $40.99 this optical disc drive is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the DELL DW316.

Multiple reviews mentioned that this dvd rewriter supportsDVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs. It's a classic and cheap tray loading external dvd rewriter, with a very good spec.

98
Reviews
997 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
88
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that DELL DW316 has marvellous user reviews with 96% of buyers recommending this cd rewriter to others.

6 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL DW316

Better Overall Reviews

The DELL DW316 has an average overall review score of 93% based on 997 reviews, however the Asus BW16D1HT has an average rating of 72% (based on 1 review) and the LG GH24NSC0B has an average rating of 86% (based on 144 reviews).

Has a Better Price

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 has a better price. Three people thought that it wasn't expensive.

More Reliable

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was more reliable. Over 20 people thought that it was well made and several people thought that it was also strong and durable and reliable.

More Well Designed

Our analysis of the DELL DW316 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was more well designed. Over 10 people thought that it was well designed and good-looking. Several people also thought that it had a good case, was neat and smooth.

Has a Better Acceptable Noise Level

Our analysis of the DELL DW316 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DELL DW316 has a better acceptable noise level. Several people thought that it was very quiet and wasn't noisy.

Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

Our analysis of the DELL DW316 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was better for a wide variety of optical media. More than 30 people thought that it supported DVDs and was good for CDs.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the DELL DW316

Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The DELL DW316 is an 8 DVD+R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x) and 16x slower than the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 (24x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD+R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The DELL DW316 has a CD rewrite speed of 24 (as do the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0B), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 16x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive (8x slower) and the Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 32x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive (8x faster). More ...

How fast the optical drive can re-write data to CDs that already contain information.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

24x Slower CD Write Speed

The DELL DW316 has a CD write speed of 24 (as does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB), however the Asus BW16D1HT, the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 are all 48x CD write speed optical disc drives (24x faster). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

24x Slower Read Speed (CD)

DELL DW316 is only 24 CD read speed, but the Asus BW16D1HT and the Lite-On IHAS12414 are both 48x CD read speed optical disc drives (24x faster) and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 10x CD read speed optical disc drive (14x slower). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a CD.

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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The DELL DW316 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, however the LG GH24NSC0B scored 89 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 88.

More Expensive by $24

The DELL DW316 is $24 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0B and $24 more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414.

Less Retailers

The DELL DW316 is only stocked by 3 shops, whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is stocked by 4 shops, the LG GH24NSC0B is stocked by 7 stores and the Lite-On IHAS12414 is stocked by 5 stores. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this optical disc drive remaining in stock.
User Review Rating is Worse

The DELL DW316's average user score is 93%, however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 93.6% of 997 customers recommend the DELL DW316, whereas 100% of 1 customers recommend the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB.

Worse Brand

DELL optical disc drives have an average rating of only 80.9%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 91.8% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

Has a Slower Read/write Speeds

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 has a slower read/write speeds.

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Asus BW16D1HT

$83.98
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Asus BW16D1HT

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Asus BW16D1HT
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
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The Asus BW16D1HT has a Kagoo Score of 82. However with a price tag of $83.98 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Asus BW16D1HT.

Features We Love:
Very fast read speed (CD) (48x)
Very fast CD-R write speed (48x)
Track-at-once (TAO)
Disc-at-once (DAO)
Session-at-once (SAO)

The best rated cd writer under $100, with a reasonable price.

91
Reviews
1 Review
84
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Widely Available
77
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Asus BW16D1HT has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 90%.

12 Reasons For for Choosing the Asus BW16D1HT

A Lot Faster CD-R Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a CD-R write speed of 48 (as do the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only a 24x CD-R write speed optical disc drive (24x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD-R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

2x Faster DVD-RW Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is an 8 DVD-RW write speed optical disc drive. That's 2x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 (6x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-RW discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

20% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD-R double layer write speed of 8 (as do the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only a 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (2x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-R Double Layer discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

34% Faster CD Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 48 CD write speed optical disc drive, and so do the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 24x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 (24x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 16 DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so do the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-R.

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.

A Lot Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD-ROM read speed of 16 (as do the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive (8x slower). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-ROM.

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.

A Lot Faster DVD+R Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD+R read speed of 16 (as do the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD+R read speed optical disc drive (8x slower). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD+R.

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.

A Lot Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD-R double layer read speed of 12 (as does the LG GH24NSC0B), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only a 6x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (6x slower). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-R Double Layer disc.

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.

45% Faster Read Speed (CD)

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 48 CD read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 38x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (10x) and 24x faster than the DELL DW316 (24x). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a CD.

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.

Track-At-Once (TAO)

The Asus BW16D1HT has a track-at-once (TAO) (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0B do not have this feature. More ...

Track-at-once (TAO) is a recording mode that records single tracks one after another. It's the most standard recording mode, that supports both audio and data on the same disc.

Disc-At-Once (DAO)

The Asus BW16D1HT has a disc-at-once (DAO), and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414, whereas the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0B do not. More ...

Disc-at-once (DAO) is a recording mode that records an entire CD or DVD in a single uninterrupted session. It is faster than Track-at-once, and allows extra information to be inserted between that standard tracks.

Session-At-Once (SAO)

The Asus BW16D1HT has a session-at-once (SAO) (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0B do not have this feature. More ...

Session-at-once (SAO) is a recording mode that can record a large amount of single 'sessions' onto a single disc. This allows you to effectively condense multiple discs onto a single disc as several different sessions. The downside is that these cannot be played in standard audio CD players.

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Asus BW16D1HT

34% Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 16 DVD-R write speed optical disc drive. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x) and 8x slower than the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 (24x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

8x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Asus BW16D1HT has a Write speed (DVD+R) of 16, however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 are both 8x DVD+R write speed optical disc drives (8x slower) and the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 are both 24x DVD+R write speed optical disc drives (8x faster). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD+R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 24 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive, and so do the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0B. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (16x) and 8x slower than the Lite-On IHAS12414 (32x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can re-write data to CDs that already contain information.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Asus BW16D1HT has received a Kagoo Score of 82, but the DELL DW316 scored 87, the LG GH24NSC0B scored 89 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 88.

$67 More Expensive

The Asus BW16D1HT is more expensive than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB by $38, more expensive than the DELL DW316 by $43, more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0B by $66 and more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $67.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 4 retailers sells the Asus BW16D1HT, however 7 sellers sell the LG GH24NSC0B and 5 stores sell the Lite-On IHAS12414. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this optical disc drive remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over One Year Older

The Asus BW16D1HT is older than the DELL DW316 by 16 months.

Worse Brand

Asus optical disc drives have an average rating of only 91.8%, however LG has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the BW16D1HT in the US is $83.98 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

$46.34
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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a Kagoo Score of 79. With a price tag of $46.34 this optical disc drive is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB.

A good value for money and fully featured tray loading external cd burner.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has superb user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this cd (re)writer to others.

1 Reason For for Choosing the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

User Reviews Are Better

The average user review score of the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is 100% based on 1 review, but the average rating of the DELL DW316 is 93% (based on 997 reviews) and the average rating of the LG GH24NSC0B is 86% (based on 142 reviews).

17 Reasons Against for Choosing the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

A Lot Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a CD-R write speed of 24, but the Asus BW16D1HT, the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 are all 48x CD-R write speed optical disc drives (24x faster). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD-R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

67% Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is an 8 DVD-R write speed optical disc drive. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x) and 16x slower than the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 (24x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

16x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a Write speed (DVD+R) of 8 (as does the DELL DW316), however the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (8x faster) and the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 are both 24x DVD+R write speed optical disc drives (16x faster). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD+R discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 6 DVD-RW write speed optical disc drive, and so do the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 2x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (8x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-RW discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

25% Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a DVD-R double layer write speed of 6, however the Asus BW16D1HT, the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 are all 8x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drives (2x faster). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to DVD-R Double Layer discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 16 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0B (24x) and 16x slower than the Lite-On IHAS12414 (32x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can re-write data to CDs that already contain information.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

50% Slower CD Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 24 CD write speed optical disc drive, and so does the DELL DW316. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT, the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 (48x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD discs.

Higher write speeds mean the disc will be completed and ready to use far quicker.

Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is an 8 DVD-R read speed optical disc drive. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT, the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 (16x). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-R.

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.

A Lot Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a DVD-ROM read speed of 8, but the Asus BW16D1HT, the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 are all 16x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drives (8x faster). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-ROM.

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.

A Lot Slower DVD+R Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a DVD+R read speed of 8, but the Asus BW16D1HT, the LG GH24NSC0B and the Lite-On IHAS12414 are all 16x DVD+R read speed optical disc drives (8x faster). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD+R.

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.

A Lot Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a DVD-R double layer read speed of 6, however the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0B are both 12x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drives (6x faster). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a DVD-R Double Layer disc.

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.

80% Slower Read Speed (CD)

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 10 CD read speed optical disc drive. That's 38x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the Lite-On IHAS12414 (48x) and 14x slower than the DELL DW316 (24x). More ...

How quickly the optical drive can read information from a CD.

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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has only received a Kagoo Score of 79, but the Asus BW16D1HT scored 82, the DELL DW316 scored 87, the LG GH24NSC0B scored 89 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 88.

$29 More Expensive

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is more expensive than the DELL DW316 by $5, more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0B by $29 and more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $29.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 3 shops sells the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, however 4 shops sell the Asus BW16D1HT, 7 sellers sell the LG GH24NSC0B and 5 sellers sell the Lite-On IHAS12414. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this optical disc drive remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over One Year Older

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is older than the Asus BW16D1HT by four months and older than the DELL DW316 by 20 months.

Worse Brand

Buffalo optical disc drives have an average rating of only 76.1%, however Asus has an average rating of 91.8%, DELL has an average rating of 80.9% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the DVSMPT58U2VB in the US is $46.34 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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