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5 Best Optical Disc Drives Under $100 in the US - November 2019

Updated 09 November 2019 by Matthew
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5 best optical disc drives under $100

Which Are the Best Optical Disc Drives Under $100?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best optical disc drives under $100? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best optical disc drives under $100 are:


What Optical Disc Drive Under $100 to Buy in November 2019?

Let's take a look at the top 5 optical disc drives under $100 currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

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LG GH24NSC0R DELL DW316 Asus BW16D1HT Lite-On IHAS12414 Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB
LG GH24NSC0R DELL DW316 Asus BW16D1HT Lite-On IHAS12414 Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB
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$42.06 Buy Now
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$83.43 Buy Now
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$16.99 Buy Now
Newegg US
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48x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED
96
Reviews
144 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
97
Reviews
997 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
88
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
92
Reviews
1 Review
86
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
81
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
94
Reviews
71 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
72
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
A classic and fully featured slot loading internal dvd (re)writer, with a good price. Our review analysis indicates that this dvd (re)writer supportsDVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet. The best scoring cd writer under $50, with a very good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that supported DVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs. The highest scoring dvd (re)writer under $100, with a fair price. A classic and fully featured tray loading internal dvd (re)writer, with a low price. It has a track-at-once (TAO), a disc-at-once (DAO) and a session-at-once (SAO) and is Plug & Play. Our review analysis indicates that this dvd (re)writer supportsDVDs, it's brilliant for CDs but noisy. A cheap and fully featured tray loading external dvd burner.
12 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
More Shops Are Selling it
Better Brand
Has a Faster Read/write Speeds
6 Reasons For
Better Kagoo Score
Newer by 16 Months
Better Overall Reviews
More Solidly Made
More Carefully Designed
More OK When it Came to Noise Level
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)
16 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)
$25 Cheaper
More Reasonably Priced
Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
2 Reasons For
More Shops Are Selling it
User Reviews Are Better
11 Reasons Against
2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
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
12 Reasons Against
Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
Slower CD Rewrite Speed
24x Slower CD Write Speed
24x Slower Read Speed (CD)
More Expensive by $25
Less Retailers
User Review Rating is Worse
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
Less Fairly Priced
Has a Slower Read/write Speeds
Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
8 Reasons Against
34% Slower DVD-R Write Speed
8x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
$66 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
9 Reasons Against
Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Over Three Years Older
Appreciably Lower User Review Score
Lower Overall Review Score
Worse Brand
Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level
Has a Slower Read/write Speeds
16 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
$28 More Expensive
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
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LG GH24NSC0R

$17.49
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LG GH24NSC0R

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LG GH24NSC0R
48x
CD-R WRITE

The LG GH24NSC0R has a Kagoo Score of 87. 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 GH24NSC0R or read our article on whether you should buy a LG optical disc drive.

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

A classic and fully featured slot loading internal dvd (re)writer, with a good price. Our review analysis indicates that this dvd (re)writer supportsDVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet.

96
Reviews
144 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that LG GH24NSC0R 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

12 Reasons For for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0R

Faster CD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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.

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 92.5%, Buffalo only has an average rating of 76.9%, DELL only has an average rating of 80.9% and Lite-On only has an average rating of 81.6%.

Has a Faster Read/write Speeds

Our analysis of the LG GH24NSC0R reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0R has a faster read/write speeds. Several people thought that the LG GH24NSC0 had really fast read/write speeds and write speeds.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0R

2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The LG GH24NSC0R has received a Kagoo Score of 87, but the DELL DW316 scored 88.

Older by Over Two Years

The LG GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 92% (based on 997 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Worse

The LG GH24NSC0R has an average overall score of 86%, but the DELL DW316 has an average overall rating of 92% (based on 997 reviews).

Less Fairly Priced

Our analysis of the LG GH24NSC0R reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0R was less fairly priced.

Less Solidly Made

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG GH24NSC0R was less solidly made.

Less Nicely Designed

Our analysis of the LG GH24NSC0R reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0R was less nicely designed.

Has a Worse OK Noise Level

The LG GH24NSC0R reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0R has a worse OK noise level.

Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG GH24NSC0R was worse for a wide variety of optical media.

The cheapest price that we could find for the GH24NSC0R in the US is $17.49 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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DELL DW316

$42.06
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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 $42.06 this optical disc drive is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the DELL DW316.

The best scoring cd writer under $50, with a very good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that supported DVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs.

97
Reviews
997 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
88
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 rewriter to others.

6 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL DW316

Better Kagoo Score

The DELL DW316 has received a Kagoo Score of 88, however the Asus BW16D1HT scored 85, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB scored 84, the LG GH24NSC0R scored 87 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 86.

Newer by 16 Months

The DELL DW316 was released 16 months after the Asus BW16D1HT, released 20 months after the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, released two years after the LG GH24NSC0R and released three years after the Lite-On IHAS12414

Better Overall Reviews

The DELL DW316 has an average overall review score of 92% based on 997 reviews, however the Asus BW16D1HT has an average rating of 72% (based on 1 review), the LG GH24NSC0R has an average rating of 86% (based on 144 reviews) and the Lite-On IHAS12414 has an average rating of 86% (based on 122 reviews).

More Solidly Made

The DELL DW316 reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was more solidly made. More than 20 people thought that it was very well made and several people thought that it was also really reliable and was strong and durable.

More Carefully Designed

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DELL DW316 was more carefully designed. More than 10 people thought that it was well designed and several people thought that it was also good-looking, had a brilliant case and was neat.

More OK When it Came to Noise Level

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was more OK when it came to noise level. Several people thought that it was very quiet and was noisy.

12 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R), 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 GH24NSC0R 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.

More Expensive by $25

The DELL DW316 is $25 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0R and $25 more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414.

Less Retailers

The DELL DW316 is only stocked by 2 stores, whereas the Asus BW16D1HT is stocked by 5 stores, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is stocked by 6 retailers, the LG GH24NSC0R is stocked by 6 sellers and the Lite-On IHAS12414 is stocked by 4 sellers. 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 92%, however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 93.2% 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 92.5%, LG has an average rating of 95% and Lite-On has an average rating of 81.6%.

Less Fairly Priced

Our analysis of the DELL DW316 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was less fairly priced.

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

Our analysis of the DELL DW316 reviews indicates that more 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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Asus BW16D1HT

$83.43
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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 85. However with a price tag of $83.43 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 highest scoring dvd (re)writer under $100, with a fair price.

92
Reviews
1 Review
86
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
81
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Asus BW16D1HT has very good 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R), 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R. 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 85, but the DELL DW316 scored 88, the LG GH24NSC0R scored 87 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 86.

$66 More Expensive

The Asus BW16D1HT is more expensive than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB by $38, more expensive than the DELL DW316 by $41, more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0R by $66 and more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $66.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 5 stores sells the Asus BW16D1HT, however 6 sellers sell the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and 6 stores sell the LG GH24NSC0R. 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 92.5%, however LG has an average rating of 95%.

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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
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The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a Kagoo Score of 86. 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)

A classic and fully featured tray loading internal dvd (re)writer, with a low price. It has a track-at-once (TAO), a disc-at-once (DAO) and a session-at-once (SAO) and is Plug & Play. Our review analysis indicates that this dvd (re)writer supportsDVDs, it's brilliant for CDs but noisy.

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Reviews
71 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Lite-On IHAS12414 has great user reviews with an average user rating of 84%, based on 71 reviews.

16 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 GH24NSC0R), 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 GH24NSC0R. 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 GH24NSC0R), 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 GH24NSC0R), 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 GH24NSC0R (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 GH24NSC0R. 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 GH24NSC0R. 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 GH24NSC0R), 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 GH24NSC0R), 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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.

$25 Cheaper

The Lite-On IHAS12414 costs $66.44 less than the Asus BW16D1HT, costs $27.99 less than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and costs $25.07 less than the DELL DW316.

More Reasonably Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Lite-On IHAS12414 was more reasonably priced.

Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

Our analysis of the Lite-On IHAS12414 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Lite-On IHAS12414 was better for a wide variety of optical media. Over 10 people thought that it supported DVDs and two people thought that it was also good for CDs.

9 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 GH24NSC0R. 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 86, however the DELL DW316 scored 88 and the LG GH24NSC0R scored 87.

Less Retailers

Only 4 stores sells the Lite-On IHAS12414, whereas 5 stores sell the Asus BW16D1HT, 6 shops sell the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and 6 retailers sell the LG GH24NSC0R. 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 22 months, older than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB by 18 months, older than the DELL DW316 by three years and older than the LG GH24NSC0R by one year.

Appreciably Lower User Review Score

The Lite-On IHAS12414's average user rating is 86%, however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB's is 100% (based on 1 review) and the DELL DW316's is 92% (based on 997 reviews).

Lower Overall Review Score

The Lite-On IHAS12414's average overall rating is 86%, however the DELL DW316's is 92% (based on 997 reviews).

Worse Brand

Lite-On optical disc drives have an average rating of only 81.6%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 92.5% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Lite-On IHAS12414 has a worse acceptable noise level.

Has a Slower Read/write Speeds

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Lite-On IHAS12414 has a slower read/write speeds.

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

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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 84. With a price tag of $44.98 this optical disc drive is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB.

A cheap and fully featured tray loading external dvd burner.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has brilliant user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this cd writer to others.

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

More Shops Are Selling it

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

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 92% (based on 997 reviews), the average rating of the LG GH24NSC0R is 86% (based on 142 reviews) and the average rating of the Lite-On IHAS12414 is 86% (based on 122 reviews).

16 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R (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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 GH24NSC0R 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 received a Kagoo Score of 84, but the Asus BW16D1HT scored 85, the DELL DW316 scored 88, the LG GH24NSC0R scored 87 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 86.

$28 More Expensive

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0R by $27 and more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $28.

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 76.9%, however Asus has an average rating of 92.5%, DELL has an average rating of 80.9%, LG has an average rating of 95% and Lite-On has an average rating of 81.6%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the DVSMPT58U2VB in the US is $44.98 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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