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5 Best Optical Disc Drives in the US - July 2020

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Updated 30 May 2020
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5 best optical disc drives 2020

What Optical Disc Drive to Buy in June 2020?

Best Buy Great Price
DELL DW316 LG GH24NSC0 Apple USB SuperDrive Asus BW16D1HT Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V
DELL DW316 LG GH24NSC0 Apple USB SuperDrive Asus BW16D1HT Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V
$42.06 Buy Now
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$29.09 Buy Now
Walmart
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$83.99 Buy Now
Adorama
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$93.99 Buy Now
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24x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED
96
Reviews
996 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Very Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
94
Reviews
144 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
64
Brand Rating
Good Brand
81
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Quite Popular
77
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
89
Reviews
1 Review
81
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Quite Popular
77
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
72
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
79
Features
Good Features
78
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A classic and good value for money tray loading external dvd writer, with a very good spec. Our review analysis indicates that this dvd writer supportsDVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs. A fully featured and classic slot loading internal dvd writer, with an affordable price. Multiple reviews mentioned that supported DVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet. A good value for money and fully featured slot loading external optical disc drive. The top scoring cd burner under $100, with a reasonable price. A good spec and cheap tray loading external cd burner.
8 Reasons For
8x Faster CD Rewrite Speed
Better Kagoo Score
16 Months Newer
Overall Reviews Are Better
More Fairly Priced
More Robust
More Nicely Designed
Has a Better Acceptable Noise Level
14 Reasons For
24x Faster CD-R Write Speed
Faster DVD-R Write Speed
A Lot Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed
Faster CD Write Speed
34% Faster DVD-R Read Speed
8x Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed
8x Faster DVD+R Read Speed
6x Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
$13 Cheaper
Better Brand
Has a Faster Read/write Speeds
Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
13 Reasons For
Faster CD-R Write Speed
20% Faster DVD-RW Write Speed
Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
25% Faster CD Rewrite 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
A Lot Faster Read Speed (CD)
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
1 Reason For
Better User Reviews
9 Reasons Against
16x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
50% Slower CD Write Speed
50% Slower Read Speed (CD)
$13 More Expensive
Lower User Review Score
Less Customers Recommend It
Worse Brand
Has a Slower Read/write Speeds
Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
9 Reasons Against
25% Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
Over Two Years Older
A Lot Lower User Review Score
Lower Overall Review Score
Has a Worse Price
Less Reliable
Less Carefully Designed
Less OK When it Came to Noise Level
14 Reasons Against
Slower CD-R Write Speed
Hugely Slower DVD-R Write Speed
67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
25% Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed
A Lot Slower CD Write Speed
8x Slower DVD-R Read Speed
Slower DVD+R Read Speed
A Lot Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $55
Older by Over Four Years
Worse Brand
6 Reasons Against
A Lot Slower DVD-R Write Speed
34% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $65
Older by Over One Year
Worse Brand
16 Reasons Against
Slower CD-R Write Speed
Significantly Slower DVD-R Write Speed
67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
25% Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
8x Slower CD Rewrite 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
Vastly Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $21
Older by Over One Year
Worse Brand
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DELL DW316

$42.06
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DELL DW316

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The DELL DW316 has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $42.06 this optical disc drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the DELL DW316.

A classic and good value for money tray loading external dvd writer, with a very good spec. Our review analysis indicates that this dvd writer supportsDVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs.

96
Reviews
996 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Very Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that DELL DW316 has superb user reviews with 96% of buyers recommending this dvd (re)writer to others.

8 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL DW316

8x Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The DELL DW316 is a 24 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0. That's 8x faster than the Apple USB SuperDrive and 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 86, but the Apple USB SuperDrive scored 79, the Asus BW16D1HT scored 81, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V scored only 76 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 85.

16 Months Newer

The DELL DW316 was released four years ago, but the Apple USB SuperDrive was released eight years ago, the Asus BW16D1HT was released five years ago, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V was released six years ago and the LG GH24NSC0 was released six years ago

Overall Reviews Are Better

The average overall review score of the DELL DW316 is 92% based on 997 reviews, but the average rating of the Asus BW16D1HT is 72% (based on 1 review) and the average rating of the LG GH24NSC0 is 86% (based on 144 reviews).

More Fairly Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DELL DW316 was more fairly priced. Four people thought that it really wasn't expensive.

More Robust

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

More Nicely Designed

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was more nicely designed. Several people thought that it was really well designed, was good-looking and neat.

Has a Better Acceptable Noise Level

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DELL DW316 has a better acceptable noise level. Several people thought that it was really quiet and was noisy.

9 Reasons Against for Choosing the DELL DW316

16x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The DELL DW316 has a Write speed (DVD+R) of 8 (as do the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V), however the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (8x faster) and the LG GH24NSC0 is a 24x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (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.

50% Slower CD Write Speed

The DELL DW316 is a 24 CD write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 (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 Read Speed (CD)

The DELL DW316 is a 24 CD read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Apple USB SuperDrive. 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.

$13 More Expensive

The DELL DW316 is more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0 by $13.

Lower User Review Score

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

Less Customers Recommend It

Only 93.9% of 997 customers recommend the DELL DW316, however 100% of 1 customers recommend the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V.

Worse Brand

DELL optical disc drives have an average rating of only 82%, however Asus has an average rating of 91.8% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

Has a Slower Read/write Speeds

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DELL DW316 has a slower read/write speeds.

Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was worse for a wide variety of optical media.

The cheapest price that we could find for the DW316 in the US is $42.06 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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LG GH24NSC0

$29.09
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LG GH24NSC0

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LG GH24NSC0
48x
CD-R WRITE

The LG GH24NSC0 has a Kagoo Score of 85. With a price tag of $29.09 this optical disc drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the LG GH24NSC0 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 Write speed (DVD+R) (24x)
Very fast DVD-R write speed (24x)
Very fast DVD+R read speed (16x)
Fast DVD-R double layer write speed (8x)

A fully featured and classic slot loading internal dvd writer, with an affordable price. Multiple reviews mentioned that supported DVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet.

94
Reviews
144 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that LG GH24NSC0 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

14 Reasons For for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0

24x Faster CD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a CD-R write speed of 48 (as does the Asus BW16D1HT), whereas the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V are both only 24x CD-R write speed optical disc drives (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.

Faster DVD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 24 DVD-R write speed optical disc drive. That's 16x faster than the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (8x) and 8x faster 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 Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

LG GH24NSC0 is 24 DVD+R write speed, but the Apple USB SuperDrive, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316 are all only 8x DVD+R write speed optical disc drives (16x slower) and the Asus BW16D1HT is only a 16x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (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 DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

LG GH24NSC0 is 8 DVD-R Double Layer write speed (as does the Asus BW16D1HT), but the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V are both only 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drives (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.

25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 24 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus BW16D1HT and the DELL DW316. That's 8x faster than the Apple USB SuperDrive and 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.

Faster CD Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 48 CD write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus BW16D1HT. That's 24x faster than the Apple USB SuperDrive, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V 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.

34% Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 16 DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus BW16D1HT. That's 8x faster than the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (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.

8x Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a DVD-ROM read speed of 16 (as does the Asus BW16D1HT), whereas the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V 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.

8x Faster DVD+R Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a DVD+R read speed of 16 (as does the Asus BW16D1HT), whereas the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V are both 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.

6x Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

LG GH24NSC0 is 12 DVD-R Double Layer read speed (as does the Asus BW16D1HT), but the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V 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.

$13 Cheaper

The LG GH24NSC0 is $54.90 cheaper than the Apple USB SuperDrive, $64.90 cheaper than the Asus BW16D1HT, $20.90 cheaper than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and $12.97 cheaper than the DELL DW316.

Better Brand

LG optical disc drives have an average rating of 95%, but Apple only has an average rating of 79.6%, Asus only has an average rating of 91.8%, Buffalo only has an average rating of 77.2% and DELL only has an average rating of 82%.

Has a Faster Read/write Speeds

On average reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 has a faster read/write speeds. Several people thought that it had really fast read/write speeds and write speeds.

Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

The LG GH24NSC0 reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 was better for a wide variety of optical media. Over 20 people thought that it supported DVDs and several people thought that it was also excellent for CDs and was good for Blurays.

9 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0

25% Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 6 DVD-RW write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V. 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 LG GH24NSC0 has received a Kagoo Score of 85, whereas the DELL DW316 scored 86.

Over Two Years Older

The LG GH24NSC0 is older than the Asus BW16D1HT by 10 months, older than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V by six months and older than the DELL DW316 by two years.

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the LG GH24NSC0 is 86%, whereas the average user rating of the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is 100% (based on 1 review) and the DELL DW316 is 92% (based on 997 reviews).

Lower Overall Review Score

The average overall rating of the LG GH24NSC0 is 86%, whereas the average overall rating of the DELL DW316 is 92% (based on 997 reviews).

Has a Worse Price

On average reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 has a worse price.

Less Reliable

The LG GH24NSC0 reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 was less reliable.

Less Carefully Designed

On average reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 was less carefully designed.

Less OK When it Came to Noise Level

Our analysis of the LG GH24NSC0 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 was less OK when it came to noise level.

The cheapest price that we could find for the GH24NSC0 in the US is $29.09 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Apple USB SuperDrive

$83.99
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Apple USB SuperDrive

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Apple USB SuperDrive
24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED

The Apple USB SuperDrive has a Kagoo Score of 79. However with a price tag of $83.99 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Apple USB SuperDrive.

A good value for money and fully featured slot loading external optical disc drive.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Quite Popular
77
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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14 Reasons Against for Choosing the Apple USB SuperDrive

Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Apple USB SuperDrive is a 24 CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 (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.

Hugely Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Apple USB SuperDrive has a DVD-R write speed of 8 (as does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V), but the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive (8x faster) and the LG GH24NSC0 is a 24x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive (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.

67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Apple USB SuperDrive has a Write speed (DVD+R) of 8, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x) and 16x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 (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.

2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The Apple USB SuperDrive has a DVD-RW write speed of 6 (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG GH24NSC0), 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.

25% Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Apple USB SuperDrive has a DVD-R double layer write speed of 6, and so does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V. That's 2x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 (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.

8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The Apple USB SuperDrive has a CD rewrite speed of 16 (as does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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.

A Lot Slower CD Write Speed

The Apple USB SuperDrive has a CD write speed of 24 (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316), but the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 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.

8x Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The Apple USB SuperDrive has a DVD-R read speed of 8 (as does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V), but the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 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.

Slower DVD+R Read Speed

The Apple USB SuperDrive is an 8 DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 (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 Read Speed (CD)

The Apple USB SuperDrive is a 24 CD read speed optical disc drive (as does the DELL DW316), whereas 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 Apple USB SuperDrive has received a Kagoo Score of 79, but the Asus BW16D1HT scored 81, the DELL DW316 scored 86 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 85.

More Expensive by $55

The Apple USB SuperDrive is $34 more expensive than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, $42 more expensive than the DELL DW316 and $55 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0.

Older by Over Four Years

The Apple USB SuperDrive is three years older than the Asus BW16D1HT, three years older than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, four years older than the DELL DW316 and two years older than the LG GH24NSC0.

Worse Brand

Apple optical disc drives have an average rating of only 79.6%, however Asus has an average rating of 91.8%, DELL has an average rating of 82% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the USB SuperDrive in the US is $83.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Asus BW16D1HT

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Asus BW16D1HT

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48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED

The Asus BW16D1HT has a Kagoo Score of 81. 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)
Track-at-once (TAO)
Disc-at-once (DAO)
Session-at-once (SAO)

The top scoring cd burner under $100, with a reasonable price.

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81
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Quite Popular
77
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Asus BW16D1HT has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 90%.

13 Reasons For for Choosing the Asus BW16D1HT

Faster CD-R Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 48 CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 24x faster than the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (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.

20% Faster DVD-RW Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD-RW write speed of 8, however the Apple USB SuperDrive, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG GH24NSC0 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.

Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

Asus BW16D1HT is 8 DVD-R Double Layer write speed, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 2x faster than the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (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.

25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a CD rewrite speed of 24 (as do the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0), however the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V are both only 16x CD rewrite speed optical disc drives (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.

A Lot Faster CD Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a CD write speed of 48 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), whereas the Apple USB SuperDrive, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316 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.

8x Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD-R read speed of 16 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), whereas the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V are both 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.

Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT is a 16 DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (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 Asus BW16D1HT is a 16 DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 8x faster than the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (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

Asus BW16D1HT is 12 DVD-R Double Layer read speed, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 6x 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 Faster Read Speed (CD)

The Asus BW16D1HT has a read speed (CD) of 48, however the Apple USB SuperDrive and the DELL DW316 are both only 24x CD read speed optical disc drives (24x slower) and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only a 10x CD read speed optical disc drive (38x 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), but the Apple USB SuperDrive, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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), however the Apple USB SuperDrive, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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), whereas the Apple USB SuperDrive, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Asus BW16D1HT

A Lot Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Asus BW16D1HT has a DVD-R write speed of 16, whereas the Apple USB SuperDrive and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V are both 8x DVD-R write speed optical disc drives (8x slower) and the LG GH24NSC0 is a 24x 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.

34% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

Asus BW16D1HT is only 16 DVD+R write speed. That's 8x faster than the Apple USB SuperDrive, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316 (8x) and 8x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 (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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Asus BW16D1HT has received a Kagoo Score of 81, whereas the DELL DW316 scored 86 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 85.

More Expensive by $65

The Asus BW16D1HT is $10 more expensive than the Apple USB SuperDrive, $44 more expensive than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, $52 more expensive than the DELL DW316 and $65 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0.

Older by Over One Year

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

Worse Brand

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

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

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Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V
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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 spec and cheap tray loading external cd burner.

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Features
Good Features
78
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has superb user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this dvd rewriter to others.

1 Reason For for Choosing the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

Better User Reviews

Based on 1 user review, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has an average review score of 100%, whereas the DELL DW316 has an average rating of 92% (based on 997 reviews) and the LG GH24NSC0 has an average rating of 86% (based on 142 reviews).

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is a 24 CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Apple USB SuperDrive. That's 24x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 (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.

Significantly Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a DVD-R write speed of 8 (as does the Apple USB SuperDrive), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is a 16x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive (8x faster) and the LG GH24NSC0 is a 24x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive (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.

67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only 8 DVD+R write speed, and so do the Apple USB SuperDrive and the DELL DW316. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT (16x) and 16x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 (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.

25% Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a DVD-RW write speed of 6 (as do the Apple USB SuperDrive and the LG GH24NSC0), 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

Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only 6 DVD-R Double Layer write speed, and so does the Apple USB SuperDrive. That's 2x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 (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.

8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a CD rewrite speed of 16 (as does the Apple USB SuperDrive), however the Asus BW16D1HT, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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.

A Lot Slower CD Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a CD write speed of 24 (as do the Apple USB SuperDrive and the DELL DW316), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 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.

8x Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a DVD-R read speed of 8 (as does the Apple USB SuperDrive), whereas the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 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.

Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is an 8 DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 (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 Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is an 8 DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Apple USB SuperDrive. That's 8x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 (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

Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only 6 DVD-R Double Layer read speed. That's 6x slower than the Asus BW16D1HT and the LG GH24NSC0 (12x). 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.

Vastly Slower Read Speed (CD)

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a read speed (CD) of 10, however the Apple USB SuperDrive and the DELL DW316 are both 24x CD read speed optical disc drives (14x faster) and the Asus BW16D1HT is a 48x CD read speed optical disc drive (38x 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, whereas the Apple USB SuperDrive scored 79, the Asus BW16D1HT scored 81, the DELL DW316 scored 86 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 85.

More Expensive by $21

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is $8 more expensive than the DELL DW316 and $21 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0.

Older by Over One Year

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

Worse Brand

Buffalo optical disc drives have an average rating of only 77.2%, but Apple has an average rating of 79.6%, Asus has an average rating of 91.8%, DELL has an average rating of 82% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

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

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