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5 Best Optical Disc Drives in the US - August 2019

Updated 13 June 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 July 2019?

Below we provide a detailed run through of the top 5 optical disc drives currently for sale in the United States:

Best Buy
Transcend TS8XDVDS-W LG WP50NB40 Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V DELL DW316 Asus BW16D1HT
Transcend TS8XDVDS-W LG WP50NB40 Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V DELL DW316 Asus BW16D1HT
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24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
45
Brand Rating
Mediocre Brand
79
Features
Good Features
74
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good
90
Reviews
3 Reviews
79
Features
Good Features
64
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good
72
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
80
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
96
Reviews
997 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Very Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
89
Reviews
1 Review
81
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Quite Popular
73
Value for Money
Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
A good value for money and good spec tray loading external cd (re)writer, but with not very good user reviews. A classic and good spec tray loading external cd rewriter. A good value for money and fully featured tray loading external dvd burner. The best rated cd (re)writer under $50, with a very good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that this dvd writer supports. The highest rated cd writer under $100, with a good price.
2 Reasons For
Faster CD Rewrite Speed
$9 Cheaper
1 Reason For
Better Brand
2 Reasons For
More Shops Are Selling it
Better User Reviews
5 Reasons For
25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed
Better Kagoo Score
More Shops Are Selling it
14 Months Newer
Overall Reviews Are a Lot Better
16 Reasons For
34% Faster CD-R Write Speed
8x Faster DVD-R Write Speed
Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
Faster DVD-RW Write Speed
2x Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
Faster CD Rewrite Speed
24x Faster CD Write Speed
A Lot Faster DVD-R Read Speed
34% Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed
34% Faster DVD+R Read Speed
34% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
38x Faster Read Speed (CD)
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
More Shops Are Selling it
16 Reasons Against
24x Slower CD-R Write Speed
Slower DVD-R Write Speed
A Lot Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
2x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
Slower CD Write Speed
50% Slower DVD-R Read Speed
8x Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed
8x Slower DVD+R Read Speed
4x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Over One Year Older
A Lot Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
16 Reasons Against
Slower CD-R Write Speed
A Lot Slower DVD-R Write Speed
50% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
25% Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
A Lot Slower CD Write Speed
8x Slower DVD-R Read Speed
Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed
Slower DVD+R Read Speed
Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
A Lot Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $58
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over One Year
User Review Rating is Significantly Worse
16 Reasons Against
50% Slower CD-R Write Speed
8x Slower DVD-R Write Speed
Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
2x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
A Lot Slower CD Rewrite Speed
24x Slower CD Write Speed
A Lot Slower DVD-R Read Speed
50% Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed
50% Slower DVD+R Read Speed
50% Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
38x Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $9
Older by Over One Year
Worse Brand
6 Reasons Against
A Lot Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
Slower CD Write Speed
Slower Read Speed (CD)
Lower User Review Score
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
4 Reasons Against
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $53
Older by Over One Year
Worse Brand
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Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

$40.74
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Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

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Transcend TS8XDVDS-W
24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has a Kagoo Score of 72. With a price tag of $40.74 this optical disc drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W.

A good value for money and good spec tray loading external cd (re)writer, but with not very good user reviews.

79
Features
Good Features
74
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has great user reviews with an average user rating of 90%.

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is a 24x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the DELL DW316. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (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.

$9 Cheaper

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W costs $53.25 less than the Asus BW16D1HT, costs $9.25 less than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and costs $58.26 less than the LG WP50NB40.

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

24x Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has a CD-R write speed of 24x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG WP50NB40), however the Asus BW16D1HT is a 48x CD-R write speed optical disc drive (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.

Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is an 8x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG WP50NB40. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x). 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.

A Lot Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is an 8x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the LG WP50NB40), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (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.

Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is a 6x DVD-RW write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG WP50NB40. 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.

2x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is a 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG WP50NB40), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is an 8x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (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 Write Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is a 24x CD write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the LG WP50NB40. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (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.

50% Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is an 8x DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG WP50NB40. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (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.

8x Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has a DVD-ROM read speed of 8x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG WP50NB40), however the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive (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.

8x Slower DVD+R Read Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has a DVD+R read speed of 8x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG WP50NB40), however the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD+R read speed optical disc drive (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.

4x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is an 8x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (as does the LG WP50NB40), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is a 12x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (4x faster) and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is a 6x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (2x 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.

Slower Read Speed (CD)

Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is only 24x CD read speed, and so do the DELL DW316 and the LG WP50NB40. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (48x) and 14x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (10x). 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 Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has only received a Kagoo Score of 72, however the Asus BW16D1HT scored 80, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V scored 76, the DELL DW316 scored 88 and the LG WP50NB40 scored 74.

Less Retailers

Only 1 store sell the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W, whereas 2 shops sell the Asus BW16D1HT, 2 sellers sell the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and 2 sellers sell the DELL DW316. More ...

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

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is older than the Asus BW16D1HT by five months, older than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V by one month, older than the DELL DW316 by 21 months and older than the LG WP50NB40 by seven months.

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W's average user rating is 90%, however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V's is 100% (based on 1 review) and the DELL DW316's is 92% (based on 996 reviews).

Worse Brand

Transcend optical disc drives have an average rating of only 45%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 85.6%, Buffalo has an average rating of 72.1%, DELL has an average rating of 70.4% and LG has an average rating of 87.2%.

The cheapest price that we found for the TS8XDVDS-W in the United States is $40.74 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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LG WP50NB40

$99.00
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LG WP50NB40

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LG WP50NB40
24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED

The LG WP50NB40 has a Kagoo Score of 74. However with a price tag of $99.00 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the LG WP50NB40 or read our article on whether you should buy a LG optical disc drive.

A classic and good spec tray loading external cd rewriter.

90
Reviews
3 Reviews
79
Features
Good Features
64
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that LG WP50NB40 has good user reviews with an average user rating of 80%.

1 Reason For for Choosing the LG WP50NB40

Better Brand

LG optical disc drives have an average rating of 87.2%, but Asus only has an average rating of 85.6%, Buffalo only has an average rating of 72.1%, DELL only has an average rating of 70.4% and Transcend only has an average rating of 45%.

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG WP50NB40

Slower CD-R Write Speed

The LG WP50NB40 is a 24x CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (48x). 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 Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The LG WP50NB40 has a DVD-R write speed of 8x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive (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.

50% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

LG WP50NB40 is only 8x DVD+R write speed, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x). 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.

25% Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The LG WP50NB40 has a DVD-RW write speed of 6x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), however 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.

Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

LG WP50NB40 is only 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 2x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (8x). 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 Slower CD Write Speed

The LG WP50NB40 has a CD write speed of 24x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is a 48x CD write speed optical disc drive (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.

8x Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The LG WP50NB40 has a DVD-R read speed of 8x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD-R read speed optical disc drive (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.

Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed

The LG WP50NB40 is an 8x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x). 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.

Slower DVD+R Read Speed

The LG WP50NB40 is an 8x DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (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.

Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

LG WP50NB40 is only 8x DVD-R Double Layer read speed, and so does the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 4x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (12x) and 2x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (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.

A Lot Slower Read Speed (CD)

The LG WP50NB40 has a read speed (CD) of 24x (as do the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), however the Asus BW16D1HT is a 48x CD read speed optical disc drive (24x faster) and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V 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 LG WP50NB40 has only received a Kagoo Score of 74, whereas the Asus BW16D1HT scored 80, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V scored 76 and the DELL DW316 scored 88.

More Expensive by $58

The LG WP50NB40 is $5 more expensive than the Asus BW16D1HT, $49 more expensive than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, $58 more expensive than the DELL DW316 and $58 more expensive than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W.

Fewer Sellers

The LG WP50NB40 is only stocked by 1 retailer, but the Asus BW16D1HT is stocked by 2 shops, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is stocked by 2 shops and the DELL DW316 is stocked by 2 stores. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by Over One Year

The LG WP50NB40 is 14 months older than the DELL DW316.

User Review Rating is Significantly Worse

The average user rating of the LG WP50NB40 is 80%, whereas the average user rating of the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is 100% (based on 1 review), the DELL DW316 is 92% (based on 996 reviews) and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is 90% (based on 2 reviews).

The cheapest price that we found for the WP50NB40 in the United States is $99.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

$49.99
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Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

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Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a Kagoo Score of 76. With a price tag of $49.99 this optical disc drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V.

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

80
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has fantastic user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this cd (re)writer to others.

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

More Shops Are Selling it

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

Better User Reviews

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has an average user review score of 100% based on 1 review, however the DELL DW316 has an average rating of 92% (based on 996 reviews), the LG WP50NB40 has an average rating of 80% (based on 3 reviews) and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has an average rating of 90% (based on 2 reviews).

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

50% Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is a 24x CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (48x). 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.

8x Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a DVD-R write speed of 8x (as do the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), however the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive (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.

Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is an 8x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the DELL DW316, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x). 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 DVD-RW Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a DVD-RW write speed of 6x (as do the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), but 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.

2x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is a 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive, and so do the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 2x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (8x). 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 Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a CD rewrite speed of 16x, but the Asus BW16D1HT, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all 24x CD rewrite speed optical disc drives (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 Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a CD write speed of 24x (as do the DELL DW316, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), however the Asus BW16D1HT is a 48x CD write speed optical disc drive (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.

A Lot Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a DVD-R read speed of 8x (as do the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), however the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD-R read speed optical disc drive (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.

50% Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is an 8x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive, and so do the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x). 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.

50% Slower DVD+R Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is an 8x DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so do the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (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.

50% Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is a 6x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive. That's 6x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (12x) and 2x slower than the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (8x). 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.

38x Slower Read Speed (CD)

Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only 10x CD read speed, but the Asus BW16D1HT is a 48x CD read speed optical disc drive (38x faster) and the DELL DW316, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all 24x CD read speed optical disc drives (14x faster). 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 DVSM-PT58U2V has only received a Kagoo Score of 76, however the Asus BW16D1HT scored 80 and the DELL DW316 scored 88.

More Expensive by $9

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is $9 more expensive than the DELL DW316 and $9 more expensive than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W.

Older by Over One Year

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is four months older than the Asus BW16D1HT, 20 months older than the DELL DW316 and six months older than the LG WP50NB40.

Worse Brand

Buffalo optical disc drives have an average rating of only 72.1%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 85.6% and LG has an average rating of 87.2%.

The cheapest price that we found for the DVSM-PT58U2V in the United States is $49.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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DELL DW316

$40.99
Adorama

DELL DW316

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DELL DW316
24x
CD READ SPEED

The DELL DW316 has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $40.99 this optical disc drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the DELL DW316.

The best rated cd (re)writer under $50, with a very good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that this dvd writer supports.

96
Reviews
997 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Very Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that DELL DW316 has brilliant user reviews with 95% of buyers recommending this cd (re)writer to others.

5 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL DW316

25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The DELL DW316 is a 24x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (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.

Better Kagoo Score

The DELL DW316 has received a Kagoo Score of 88, whereas the Asus BW16D1HT scored 80, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V scored only 76, the LG WP50NB40 scored only 74 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W scored only 72.

More Shops Are Selling it

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

14 Months Newer

The DELL DW316 is 16 months newer than the Asus BW16D1HT, 20 months newer than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, 14 months newer than the LG WP50NB40 and 21 months newer than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

Overall Reviews Are a Lot Better

Based on 996 reviews, the average overall review score of the DELL DW316 is 93%, whereas the average rating of the Asus BW16D1HT is 72% (based on 1 review) and the average rating of the LG WP50NB40 is 80% (based on 3 reviews).

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the DELL DW316

A Lot Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

DELL DW316 is only 8x DVD+R write speed (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), but the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (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.

Slower CD Write Speed

The DELL DW316 is a 24x CD write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (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 Read Speed (CD)

The DELL DW316 has a read speed (CD) of 24x, and so do the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (48x) and 14x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (10x). 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.

Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the DELL DW316 is 92%, whereas the average user rating of the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is 100% (based on 1 review).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 93% of 996 customers recommend the DELL DW316, but 100% of 1 customers recommend the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V.

Worse Brand

DELL optical disc drives have an average rating of only 70.4%, but Asus has an average rating of 85.6%, Buffalo has an average rating of 72.1% and LG has an average rating of 87.2%.

The cheapest price that we found for the DW316 in the United States is $40.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Asus BW16D1HT

$93.99
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Asus BW16D1HT

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Asus BW16D1HT
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED

The Asus BW16D1HT has a Kagoo Score of 80. However with a price tag of $93.99 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)
Has a track-at-once (TAO)
Has a disc-at-once (DAO)
Has a session-at-once (SAO)

The highest rated cd writer under $100, with a good price.

89
Reviews
1 Review
81
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Quite Popular
73
Value for Money
Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Asus BW16D1HT has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 90%.

16 Reasons For for Choosing the Asus BW16D1HT

34% Faster CD-R Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 48x CD-R write speed optical disc drive. That's 24x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (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.

8x Faster DVD-R Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD-R write speed of 16x, however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all only 8x DVD-R write speed optical disc drives (8x 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.

Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (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.

Faster DVD-RW Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD-RW write speed of 8x, but the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all only 6x DVD-RW write speed optical disc drives (2x slower). 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.

2x Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is an 8x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive. That's 2x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (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.

Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a CD rewrite speed of 24x (as do the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), but the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only a 16x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive (8x slower). 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 Faster CD Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a CD write speed of 48x, however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all 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.

A Lot Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD-R read speed of 16x, however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all only 8x DVD-R read speed optical disc drives (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.

34% Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (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.

34% Faster DVD+R Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD+R read speed optical disc drive. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (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.

34% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 12x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive. That's 6x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (6x) and 4x faster than the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (8x). 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.

38x Faster Read Speed (CD)

Asus BW16D1HT is 48x CD read speed, but the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only a 10x CD read speed optical disc drive (38x slower) and the DELL DW316, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all only 24x CD read speed optical disc drives (24x 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.

Track-At-Once (TAO)

The Asus BW16D1HT has a track-at-once (TAO), whereas the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W do not. 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), but the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W do not have this feature. 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), however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316, the LG WP50NB40 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W do not. 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.

More Shops Are Selling it

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

4 Reasons Against for Choosing the Asus BW16D1HT

Worse Kagoo Score

The Asus BW16D1HT has received a Kagoo Score of 80, however the DELL DW316 scored 88.

More Expensive by $53

The Asus BW16D1HT is $44 more expensive than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, $53 more expensive than the DELL DW316 and $53 more expensive than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W.

Older by Over One Year

The Asus BW16D1HT is 16 months older than the DELL DW316 and two months older than the LG WP50NB40.

Worse Brand

Asus optical disc drives have an average rating of only 85.6%, whereas LG has an average rating of 87.2%.

The cheapest price that we found for the BW16D1HT in the United States is $93.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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