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5 Best Optical Disc Drives Under $50 in the US - January 2021

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Updated 20 December 2020
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5 best optical disc drives under $50

What Optical Disc Drive Under $50 to Buy in January 2021?

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DELL DW316 Asus DRW24B3ST LG GH24NSC0 Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V Transcend TS8XDVDS-W
DELL DW316 Asus DRW24B3ST LG GH24NSC0 Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V Transcend TS8XDVDS-W
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24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
97
Reviews
995 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
85
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
88
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
144 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
72
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
84
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
45
Brand Rating
Mediocre Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Our review analysis indicates that this cd (re)writer supports DVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs. It's The best scoring cd (re)writer under $50, with a very good spec. A cheap and fully featured tray loading internal dvd rewriter. A fully featured and classic slot loading internal dvd writer, with a cheap price. Owners report that supported DVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet. A fully featured and good value for money tray loading external dvd (re)writer. A fully featured and good value for money tray loading external dvd rewriter, but with not very good user reviews.
10 Reasons For
20% Faster DVD-RW Write Speed
25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed
Better Kagoo Score
More Shops Are Selling It
Overall Reviews Are Better
Has a Better Price
More Solidly Made
More Well Designed
More OK When it Came to Noise Level
Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
14 Reasons For
34% Faster CD-R Write Speed
16x Faster DVD-R Write Speed
Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
34% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
8x Faster CD Rewrite Speed
24x Faster CD Write Speed
A Lot Faster DVD-R Read Speed
34% Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed
34% Faster DVD+R Read Speed
34% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
38x Faster Read Speed (CD)
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
12 Reasons For
24x Faster CD-R Write Speed
Faster DVD-R Write Speed
A Lot Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
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
$9 Cheaper
Better Brand
Has a Faster Read/write Speeds
2 Reasons For
More Shops Are Selling It
Better User Reviews
1 Reason For
Faster CD Rewrite Speed
13 Reasons Against
A Lot Slower CD-R Write Speed
67% Slower DVD-R Write Speed
16x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
A Lot Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
50% Slower CD Write Speed
Slower DVD-R Read Speed
A Lot Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed
50% Slower Read Speed (CD)
$12 More Expensive
Lower User Review Score
Less Customers Recommend It
Worse Brand
Has a Slower Read/write Speeds
6 Reasons Against
2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $9
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Six Years
Worse Brand
12 Reasons Against
Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
4x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Over Two Years Older
A Lot Lower User Review Score
Lower Overall Review Score
Less Fairly Priced
Less Reliable
Less Well Designed
Has a Worse OK Noise Level
Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
16 Reasons Against
Slower CD-R Write Speed
Vastly Slower DVD-R Write Speed
67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
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
Hugely Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $20
Older by Over One Year
Worse Brand
17 Reasons Against
A Lot Slower CD-R Write Speed
67% Slower DVD-R Write Speed
16x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
Slower DVD-RW Write Speed
A Lot Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write 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
50% Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
$11 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Over One Year Older
Appreciably Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
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DELL DW316

$42.06
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DELL DW316

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DELL DW316
24x
CD-R WRITE
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.

Features We Love:
Very fast DVD-RW write speed (8x)
Fast DVD-R double layer write speed (8x)

Our review analysis indicates that this cd (re)writer supports DVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs. It's The best scoring cd (re)writer under $50, with a very good spec.

97
Reviews
995 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that DELL DW316 has exceptional user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this cd rewriter to others.

10 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL DW316

20% Faster DVD-RW Write Speed

The DELL DW316 is an 8x DVD-RW write speed optical disc drive. That's 2x faster than the Asus DRW24B3ST, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (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.

25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The DELL DW316 is a 24x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus DRW24B3ST, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (16x). More ...

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

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

Better Kagoo Score

The DELL DW316 has received a Kagoo Score of 88, whereas the Asus DRW24B3ST scored 86, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V scored 81, the LG GH24NSC0 scored 86 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W scored only 76.

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.

Overall Reviews Are Better

Based on 999 reviews, the average overall review score of the DELL DW316 is 92%, whereas the average rating of the LG GH24NSC0 is 86% (based on 144 reviews).

Has a Better Price

The DELL DW316 reviewers thought the DELL DW316 has a better price. Four people thought that it really wasn't expensive.

More Solidly Made

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was more solidly made. More than 30 people thought that it was really well made and several people thought that it was also very reliable and was strong and durable.

More Well Designed

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was more well designed. Several people thought that it was well designed, was very good-looking and had a good case.

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.

Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was better for a wide variety of optical media. More than 60 people thought that it supported DVDs and over 20 people thought that it was also good for CDs.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the DELL DW316

A Lot Slower CD-R Write Speed

The DELL DW316 has a CD-R write speed of 24x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), whereas the Asus DRW24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 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 DELL DW316 is an 8x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 16x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST and 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.

16x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

DELL DW316 is only 8x DVD+R write speed (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), but the Asus DRW24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 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.

A Lot Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

DELL DW316 is only 8x DVD-R Double Layer write speed (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Asus DRW24B3ST is a 12x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (4x faster) and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are both 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.

50% Slower CD Write Speed

The DELL DW316 is a 24x CD write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 24x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST 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.

Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The DELL DW316 is an 8x DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST 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 DVD-ROM Read Speed

The DELL DW316 has a DVD-ROM read speed of 8x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), whereas the Asus DRW24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 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.

50% Slower Read Speed (CD)

The DELL DW316 has a read speed (CD) of 24x, and so does the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 24x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST (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.

$12 More Expensive

The DELL DW316 is more expensive than the Asus DRW24B3ST by $3 and more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0 by $12.

Lower User Review Score

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

Less Customers Recommend It

Only 94% of 999 customers recommend the DELL DW316, but 100% of 1 customers recommend the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V.

Worse Brand

DELL optical disc drives have an average rating of only 80.9%, but Asus has an average rating of 92.2% 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.

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 DRW24B3ST

$38.78
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Asus DRW24B3ST

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Asus DRW24B3ST
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $38.78 this optical disc drive is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Asus DRW24B3ST.

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

A cheap and fully featured tray loading internal dvd rewriter.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

14 Reasons For for Choosing the Asus DRW24B3ST

34% Faster CD-R Write Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST is a 48x CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 24x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (24x). More ...

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

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

16x Faster DVD-R Write Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a DVD-R write speed of 24x (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all 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.

Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a Write speed (DVD+R) of 24x, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 16x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (8x). More ...

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

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

34% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a DVD-R double layer write speed of 12x. That's 6x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (6x) and 4x faster than the DELL DW316 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 Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a CD rewrite speed of 24x (as do the DELL DW316, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), whereas the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only a 16x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive (8x slower). More ...

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

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

24x Faster CD Write Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a CD write speed of 48x (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all only 24x CD write speed optical disc drives (24x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD discs.

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

A Lot Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a DVD-R read speed of 16x (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all only 8x DVD-R read speed optical disc drives (8x slower). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

34% Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST is a 16x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (8x). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

34% Faster DVD+R Read Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST is a 16x DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (8x). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

34% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a DVD-R double layer read speed of 12x, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 6x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (6x) and 4x faster than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (8x). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

38x Faster Read Speed (CD)

The Asus DRW24B3ST is a 48x CD read speed optical disc drive, whereas the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only a 10x CD read speed optical disc drive (38x slower) and the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are both only 24x CD read speed optical disc drives (24x slower). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

Track-At-Once (TAO)

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a track-at-once (TAO), however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W do not. More ...

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

Disc-At-Once (DAO)

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a disc-at-once (DAO), whereas the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W do not have this feature. More ...

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

Session-At-Once (SAO)

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a session-at-once (SAO), but the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W do not. More ...

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

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Asus DRW24B3ST

2x Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The Asus DRW24B3ST has a DVD-RW write speed of 6x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), whereas the DELL DW316 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Asus DRW24B3ST has received a Kagoo Score of 86, but the DELL DW316 scored 88.

More Expensive by $9

The Asus DRW24B3ST is $9 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0.

Not As Many Stockists

The Asus DRW24B3ST is only stocked by 1 seller, however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is stocked by 2 retailers and the DELL DW316 is stocked by 2 retailers. More ...

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

The Asus DRW24B3ST is four years older than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, six years older than the DELL DW316, four years older than the LG GH24NSC0 and four years older than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W.

Worse Brand

Asus optical disc drives have an average rating of only 92.2%, however LG has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the DRW24B3ST in the US is $38.78 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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LG GH24NSC0

$29.68
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LG GH24NSC0

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LG GH24NSC0
48x
CD-R WRITE

The LG GH24NSC0 has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $29.68 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:
Fast CD-R write speed (48x)
Very fast DVD-ROM read speed (16x)
Fast DVD-R double layer read speed (12x)
Fast Write speed (DVD+R) (24x)
Very fast DVD-R write speed (24x)

A fully featured and classic slot loading internal dvd writer, with a cheap price. Owners report that supported DVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet.

95
Reviews
144 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report 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

12 Reasons For for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0

24x Faster CD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a CD-R write speed of 48x (as does the Asus DRW24B3ST), however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all 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 24x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus DRW24B3ST. That's 16x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (8x). More ...

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

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

A Lot Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 24x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (as does the Asus DRW24B3ST), whereas the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all 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.

Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 24x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus DRW24B3ST, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (16x). More ...

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

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

Faster CD Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 48x CD write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus DRW24B3ST. That's 24x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (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 16x DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus DRW24B3ST. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (8x). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

8x Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a DVD-ROM read speed of 16x (as does the Asus DRW24B3ST), however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all only 8x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drives (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 16x (as does the Asus DRW24B3ST), however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W 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

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 12x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (as does the Asus DRW24B3ST), whereas the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only a 6x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (6x slower) and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is only an 8x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (4x 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.

$9 Cheaper

The LG GH24NSC0 costs $9.10 less than the Asus DRW24B3ST, costs $20.31 less than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, costs $12.38 less than the DELL DW316 and costs $11.06 less than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W.

Better Brand

LG optical disc drives have an average rating of 95%, whereas Asus only has an average rating of 92.2%, Buffalo only has an average rating of 78.3%, DELL only has an average rating of 80.9% and Transcend only has an average rating of 65.2%.

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 very fast read/write speeds and write speeds.

12 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0

Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 6x DVD-RW write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus DRW24B3ST, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 2x slower than the DELL DW316 (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.

4x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is an 8x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (as does the DELL DW316), whereas the Asus DRW24B3ST is a 12x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (4x faster) and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are both 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The LG GH24NSC0 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, however the DELL DW316 scored 88.

Less Retailers

Only 1 store sell the LG GH24NSC0, whereas 2 shops sell the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and 2 stores sell the DELL DW316. More ...

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

The LG GH24NSC0 is older than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V by five months, older than the DELL DW316 by two years and older than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W by four months.

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The LG GH24NSC0's average user rating is 86%, however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V's is 100% (based on 1 review), the DELL DW316's is 92% (based on 999 reviews) and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W's is 90% (based on 2 reviews).

Lower Overall Review Score

The LG GH24NSC0's average overall rating is 86%, however the DELL DW316's is 92% (based on 999 reviews).

Less Fairly Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG GH24NSC0 was less fairly priced.

Less Reliable

Our analysis of the LG GH24NSC0 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 was less reliable.

Less Well Designed

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

Has a Worse OK Noise Level

On average reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 has a worse OK noise level.

Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

The LG GH24NSC0 reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 was worse for a wide variety of optical media.

The cheapest price that we could find for the GH24NSC0 in the US is $29.68 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

$49.99
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Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

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24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a Kagoo Score of 81. However with a price tag of $49.99 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V.

A fully featured and good value for money tray loading external dvd (re)writer.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has terrific user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this cd (re)writer to others.

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

More Shops Are Selling It

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

Better User Reviews

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has an average user review score of 100% based on 1 review, however the DELL DW316 has an average rating of 92% (based on 999 reviews), the LG GH24NSC0 has an average rating of 86% (based on 142 reviews) and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has an average rating of 90% (based on 2 reviews).

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is a 24x CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 24x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST 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.

Vastly Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a DVD-R write speed of 8x (as do the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), however the Asus DRW24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 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.

67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is an 8x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 16x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST and 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.

Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a DVD-RW write speed of 6x (as do the Asus DRW24B3ST, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), but the DELL DW316 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

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is a 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 6x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST (12x) and 2x slower than the DELL DW316 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 16x, but the Asus DRW24B3ST, the DELL DW316, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are all 24x CD rewrite speed optical disc drives (8x faster). More ...

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

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

A Lot Slower CD Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a CD write speed of 24x (as do the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), however the Asus DRW24B3ST 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 8x (as do the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W), however the Asus DRW24B3ST 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 8x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive, and so do the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST 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 8x DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W. That's 8x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST 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

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is a 6x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive. That's 6x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 (12x) and 2x slower than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W (8x). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

Hugely Slower Read Speed (CD)

Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is only 10x CD read speed, but the Asus DRW24B3ST is a 48x CD read speed optical disc drive (38x faster) and the DELL DW316 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W are both 24x CD read speed optical disc drives (14x faster). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has received a Kagoo Score of 81, however the Asus DRW24B3ST scored 86, the DELL DW316 scored 88 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 86.

More Expensive by $20

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is $11 more expensive than the Asus DRW24B3ST, $8 more expensive than the DELL DW316, $20 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0 and $9 more expensive than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W.

Older by Over One Year

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is 20 months older than the DELL DW316.

Worse Brand

Buffalo optical disc drives have an average rating of only 78.3%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 92.2%, DELL has an average rating of 80.9% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

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

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Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

$40.74
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Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

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

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has a Kagoo Score of 76. With a price tag of $40.74 this optical disc drive is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W.

A fully featured and good value for money tray loading external dvd rewriter, but with not very good user reviews.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 90%.

1 Reason For for Choosing the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is a 24x CD rewrite speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus DRW24B3ST, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (16x). More ...

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

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

17 Reasons Against for Choosing the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

A Lot Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has a CD-R write speed of 24x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316), however the Asus DRW24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 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 Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is an 8x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316. That's 16x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST and 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.

16x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is an 8x DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316), whereas the Asus DRW24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 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.

Slower DVD-RW Write Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is a 6x DVD-RW write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus DRW24B3ST, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the LG GH24NSC0. That's 2x slower than the DELL DW316 (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.

A Lot Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is a 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (as does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V), whereas the Asus DRW24B3ST is a 12x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (6x faster) and the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 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.

50% Slower CD Write Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is a 24x CD write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316. That's 24x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST 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.

Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is an 8x DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316. That's 8x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST 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 DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has a DVD-ROM read speed of 8x (as do the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and the DELL DW316), however the Asus DRW24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 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 Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has a DVD+R read speed of 8x (as does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V), however the Asus DRW24B3ST 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.

A Lot Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is an 8x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive, whereas the Asus DRW24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 12x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drives (4x faster) and the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is a 6x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (2x slower). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

50% Slower Read Speed (CD)

Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is only 24x CD read speed, and so does the DELL DW316. That's 24x slower than the Asus DRW24B3ST (48x) and 14x faster than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V (10x). More ...

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

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has only received a Kagoo Score of 76, however the Asus DRW24B3ST scored 86, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V scored 81, the DELL DW316 scored 88 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 86.

$11 More Expensive

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0 by $11.

Less Retailers

Only 1 retailer sell the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W, whereas 2 sellers sell the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V and 2 sellers sell the DELL DW316. 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 One Year Older

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W is older than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V by one month and older than the DELL DW316 by 21 months.

Appreciably Lower User Review Score

The Transcend TS8XDVDS-W's average user rating is 90%, however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V's is 100% (based on 1 review) and the DELL DW316's is 92% (based on 999 reviews).

Worse Brand

Transcend optical disc drives have an average rating of only 65.2%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 92.2%, Buffalo has an average rating of 78.3%, DELL has an average rating of 80.9% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

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

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