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5 Best Optical Disc Drives Under $30 in the US - January 2020

Updated 12 January 2020 by Matthew
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5 best optical disc drives under $30

Which Are the Best Optical Disc Drives Under $30?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best optical disc drives under $30? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best optical disc drives under $30 are:

  • 1) LG GH24NSC0R - $21.94 outletpc
  • 2) Apple SuperDrive - $29.99 eBay
  • 3) Lite-On IHAS12414 - $18.45 VPC Computers
  • 4) Asus DRW24D5MT - $23.20 eBay
  • 5) LiteOn IHAS12414 - $29.99 eBay

What Optical Disc Drive Under $30 to Buy in January 2020?

Let's take a look at the top 5 optical disc drives under $30 currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

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LG GH24NSC0R Apple SuperDrive Lite-On IHAS12414 Asus DRW24D5MT LiteOn IHAS12414
LG GH24NSC0R Apple SuperDrive Lite-On IHAS12414 Asus DRW24D5MT LiteOn IHAS12414
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CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
96
Reviews
144 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
584 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
94
Reviews
114 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
85
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
60
Kagoo Score
Good
Multiple reviews mentioned that this cd rewriter supportsDVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet. It's a classic and cheap slot loading internal cd rewriter, with a very good spec. A classic and fully featured slot loading external cd rewriter, with a fair price. Our review analysis indicates that this cd rewriter supportsDVDs, it's very easy to use and good for CDs. Our review analysis indicates that this dvd rewriter supportsDVDs, it has really fast read/write speeds but it's noisy. It's a classic and bargain price tray loading internal dvd rewriter, with a very good spec. It has a track-at-once (TAO), a disc-at-once (DAO) and a session-at-once (SAO) and is Plug & Play. A low cost and fully featured tray loading internal dvd (re)writer. A good spec but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd (re)writer.
4 Reasons For
More Shops Are Selling it
Better Brand
Has a Better Price
Has a Faster Read/write Speeds
5 Reasons For
User Reviews Are Better
Overall Reviews Are Better
More Reliable
More Carefully Designed
Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
7 Reasons For
Faster CD Rewrite Speed
24x Faster Read Speed (CD)
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
Better Kagoo Score
Cheaper by $3
4 Reasons For
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
Three Months Newer
6 Reasons Against
8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
$3 More Expensive
Over Two Years Older
Lower User Review Score
Lower Overall Review Score
6 Reasons Against
Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
$12 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
3 Reasons Against
Less Retailers
Older by Over Three Years
Worse Brand
4 Reasons Against
Worse Kagoo Score
$5 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Worse Brand
4 Reasons Against
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$12 More Expensive
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LG GH24NSC0R

$21.94
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LG GH24NSC0R

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LG GH24NSC0R
48x
CD-R WRITE

The LG GH24NSC0R has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $21.94 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 double layer read speed (12x)
Very fast DVD-R read speed (16x)
Very fast DVD-R write speed (24x)
Very fast DVD-ROM read speed (16x)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this cd rewriter supportsDVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet. It's a classic and cheap slot loading internal cd rewriter, with a very good spec.

96
Reviews
144 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that LG GH24NSC0R has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 86%, based on 142 reviews.

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Unboxing // LG Electronics GH24NSC0 black

4 Reasons For for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0R

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.

Better Brand

LG optical disc drives have an average rating of 95%, however Apple only has an average rating of 77.3%, Asus only has an average rating of 92.4% and Lite-On only has an average rating of 77.1%.

Has a Better Price

The LG GH24NSC0R reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0R has a better price.

Has a Faster Read/write Speeds

The LG GH24NSC0R 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.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0R

8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The LG GH24NSC0R is a 24 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive. That's 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 LG GH24NSC0R has received a Kagoo Score of 86, but the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 87.

$3 More Expensive

The LG GH24NSC0R is more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $3.

Over Two Years Older

The LG GH24NSC0R is older than the Apple SuperDrive by 13 months, older than the Asus DRW24D5MT by two years and older than the LiteOn IHAS12414 by two years.

Lower User Review Score

The LG GH24NSC0R has an average user rating of 86%, but the Apple SuperDrive has an average user rating of 94% (based on 583 reviews).

Lower Overall Review Score

The LG GH24NSC0R has an average overall rating of 86%, but the Apple SuperDrive has an average overall rating of 93% (based on 584 reviews).

The cheapest price that we could find for the GH24NSC0R in the US is $21.94 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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Apple SuperDrive

$29.99
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Apple SuperDrive
24x
CD READ SPEED

The Apple SuperDrive has a Kagoo Score of 83. However with a price tag of $29.99 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Apple SuperDrive.

Features We Love:
Fast Write speed (DVD+R) (24x)

A classic and fully featured slot loading external cd rewriter, with a fair price. Our review analysis indicates that this cd rewriter supportsDVDs, it's very easy to use and good for CDs.

96
Reviews
584 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Apple SuperDrive has excellent user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this cd (re)writer to others.

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5 Reasons For for Choosing the Apple SuperDrive

User Reviews Are Better

Based on 583 user reviews, the average review score of the Apple SuperDrive is 94%, however the average rating of the LG GH24NSC0R is 86% (based on 142 reviews).

Overall Reviews Are Better

Based on 584 reviews, the average review score of the Apple SuperDrive is 93%, however the average rating of the LG GH24NSC0R is 86% (based on 144 reviews).

More Reliable

On average reviewers thought the Apple SuperDrive was more reliable. Over 10 people thought that it was well made and several people thought that it was also really well-built and reliable.

More Carefully Designed

On average reviewers thought the Apple SuperDrive was more carefully designed. Several people thought that it was very well designed and was good-looking.

Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Apple SuperDrive was better for a wide variety of optical media. More than 10 people thought that it supported DVDs and was good for CDs.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Apple SuperDrive

Slower Read Speed (CD)

Apple SuperDrive is only 24 CD read speed. That's 24x slower than the Lite-On IHAS12414 (48x). 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 SuperDrive has received a Kagoo Score of 83, however the LG GH24NSC0R scored 86 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 87.

$12 More Expensive

The Apple SuperDrive is more expensive than the Asus DRW24D5MT by $7, more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0R by $8 and more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $12.

Less Retailers

Only 1 seller sell the Apple SuperDrive, whereas 5 sellers sell the LG GH24NSC0R and 3 sellers sell the Lite-On IHAS12414. 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 Apple SuperDrive is older than the Asus DRW24D5MT by 14 months and older than the LiteOn IHAS12414 by 11 months.

Worse Brand

Apple optical disc drives have an average rating of only 77.3%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 92.4% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the SuperDrive in the US is $29.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Lite-On IHAS12414

$18.45
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Lite-On IHAS12414

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

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a Kagoo Score of 87. With a price tag of $18.45 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)

Our review analysis indicates that this dvd rewriter supportsDVDs, it has really fast read/write speeds but it's noisy. It's a classic and bargain price tray loading internal dvd rewriter, with a very good spec. It has a track-at-once (TAO), a disc-at-once (DAO) and a session-at-once (SAO) and is Plug & Play.

94
Reviews
114 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Lite-On IHAS12414 has great user reviews with an average user rating of 85%, based on 114 reviews.

7 Reasons For for Choosing the Lite-On IHAS12414

Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a CD rewrite speed of 32, but the LG GH24NSC0R is only a 24x 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 Read Speed (CD)

Lite-On IHAS12414 is 48 CD read speed, but the Apple SuperDrive is only a 24x CD read speed optical disc drive (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 Lite-On IHAS12414 has a track-at-once (TAO), and so does the Asus DRW24D5MT, whereas the Apple SuperDrive, the LG GH24NSC0R and the LiteOn IHAS12414 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 Lite-On IHAS12414 has a disc-at-once (DAO) (as does the Asus DRW24D5MT), but the Apple SuperDrive, the LG GH24NSC0R and the LiteOn IHAS12414 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 Lite-On IHAS12414 has a session-at-once (SAO), and so does the Asus DRW24D5MT, however the Apple SuperDrive, the LG GH24NSC0R and the LiteOn IHAS12414 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, however the Apple SuperDrive scored 83, the Asus DRW24D5MT scored 80, the LG GH24NSC0R scored 86 and the LiteOn IHAS12414 scored only 60.

Cheaper by $3

The Lite-On IHAS12414 costs $11.54 less than the Apple SuperDrive, costs $4.75 less than the Asus DRW24D5MT, costs $3.49 less than the LG GH24NSC0R and costs $11.54 less than the LiteOn IHAS12414.

3 Reasons Against for Choosing the Lite-On IHAS12414

Less Retailers

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is only stocked by 3 shops, whereas the LG GH24NSC0R is stocked by 5 shops. 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.
Older by Over Three Years

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is two years older than the Apple SuperDrive, three years older than the Asus DRW24D5MT, one year older than the LG GH24NSC0R and three years older than the LiteOn IHAS12414.

Worse Brand

Lite-On optical disc drives have an average rating of only 77.1%, whereas Apple has an average rating of 77.3%, Asus has an average rating of 92.4% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the IHAS12414 in the US is $18.45 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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Asus DRW24D5MT

$23.20
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Asus DRW24D5MT

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Asus DRW24D5MT
48x
CD-R WRITE

The Asus DRW24D5MT has a Kagoo Score of 80. With a price tag of $23.20 this optical disc drive is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Asus DRW24D5MT.

Features We Love:
Fast CD-R write speed (48x)
Track-at-once (TAO)
Session-at-once (SAO)
Disc-at-once (DAO)
Fast Write speed (DVD+R) (24x)

A low cost and fully featured tray loading internal dvd (re)writer.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Asus DRW24D5MT

Track-At-Once (TAO)

The Asus DRW24D5MT has a track-at-once (TAO) (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), however the Apple SuperDrive, the LG GH24NSC0R and the LiteOn IHAS12414 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 DRW24D5MT has a disc-at-once (DAO), and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414, whereas the Apple SuperDrive, the LG GH24NSC0R and the LiteOn IHAS12414 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 DRW24D5MT has a session-at-once (SAO) (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), but the Apple SuperDrive, the LG GH24NSC0R and the LiteOn IHAS12414 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.

Three Months Newer

The Asus DRW24D5MT was released three years ago, but the Apple SuperDrive was released five years ago, the LG GH24NSC0R was released six years ago, the Lite-On IHAS12414 was released seven years ago and the LiteOn IHAS12414 was released four years ago

4 Reasons Against for Choosing the Asus DRW24D5MT

Worse Kagoo Score

The Asus DRW24D5MT has received a Kagoo Score of 80, but the Apple SuperDrive scored 83, the LG GH24NSC0R scored 86 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 87.

$5 More Expensive

The Asus DRW24D5MT is more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $5.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 1 seller sell the Asus DRW24D5MT, however 5 stores sell the LG GH24NSC0R and 3 stores sell the Lite-On IHAS12414. More ...

Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this optical disc drive remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Worse Brand

Asus optical disc drives have an average rating of only 92.4%, however LG has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the DRW24D5MT in the US is $23.20 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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LiteOn IHAS12414

$29.99
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LiteOn IHAS12414

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LiteOn IHAS12414

The LiteOn IHAS12414 has a Kagoo Score of 60. However with a price tag of $29.99 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the LiteOn IHAS12414.

A good spec but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd (re)writer.

77
Features
Good Features
60
Kagoo Score
Good

4 Reasons Against for Choosing the LiteOn IHAS12414

Worse Kagoo Score

The LiteOn IHAS12414 has only received a Kagoo Score of 60, however the Apple SuperDrive scored 83, the Asus DRW24D5MT scored 80, the LG GH24NSC0R scored 86 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 87.

$12 More Expensive

The LiteOn IHAS12414 is more expensive than the Asus DRW24D5MT by $7, more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0R by $8 and more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $12.

Less Retailers

Only 1 seller sell the LiteOn IHAS12414, whereas 5 sellers sell the LG GH24NSC0R and 3 sellers sell the Lite-On IHAS12414. 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.
Three Months Older

The LiteOn IHAS12414 is older than the Asus DRW24D5MT by three months.

The cheapest price that we could find for the IHAS12414 in the US is $29.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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