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5 Best Optical Disc Drives Under $50 in the US - December 2019

Updated 27 October 2019 by Matthew
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5 best optical disc drives under $50

Which Are the Best Optical Disc Drives Under $50?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best optical disc drives under $50? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best optical disc drives under $50 are:


What Optical Disc Drive Under $50 to Buy in November 2019?

Let's take a look at the top 5 optical disc drives under $50 currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

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LG GH24NSC0 DELL DW316 Lite-On IHAS12414 Asus SDRW-08U7M-U Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB
LG GH24NSC0 DELL DW316 Lite-On IHAS12414 Asus SDRW-08U7M-U Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB
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$16.99 Buy Now
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$21.25 Buy Now
eftnetworks
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$44.98 Buy Now
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48x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED
96
Reviews
144 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Very Popular
89
Value for Money
Very Good
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
997 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
88
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
67
Brand Rating
Good Brand
84
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
85
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
84
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
72
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
83
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
The highest scoring cd burner under $50, with a very good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that this cd burner supportsDVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet. A cheap and classic tray loading external cd (re)writer, with a very good spec. Purchasers report that this cd (re)writer supportsDVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs. Multiple reviews mentioned that this cd burner supportsDVDs, it has very fast read/write speeds but it's noisy. It's a fully featured and affordable tray loading internal cd burner. It has a track-at-once (TAO), a disc-at-once (DAO) and a session-at-once (SAO) and is Plug & Play. A fully featured and low cost tray loading external cd (re)writer. A fully featured and cheap tray loading external dvd (re)writer.
12 Reasons For
34% Faster CD-R Write Speed
16x Faster DVD-R Write Speed
Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write 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
Better Kagoo Score
Better Brand
Has a Faster Read/write Speeds
5 Reasons For
Newer by Nine Months
Better Overall Reviews
More Reliable
More Nicely Designed
Has a Better Acceptable Noise Level
17 Reasons For
24x Faster CD-R Write Speed
Faster DVD-R Write Speed
A Lot Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
20% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
34% 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
Faster Read Speed (CD)
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
$4 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling it
More Fairly Priced
Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
4 Reasons For
LightScribe
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
1 Reason For
User Reviews Are Better
11 Reasons Against
25% Slower CD Rewrite Speed
More Expensive by $5
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over Two Years
User Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Overall Review Rating is Worse
Less Reasonably Priced
Less Reliable
Less Thoughtfully Designed
Less OK When it Came to Noise Level
Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
13 Reasons Against
67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
8x Slower CD Rewrite Speed
A Lot Slower CD Write Speed
A Lot Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $25
Not As Many Stockists
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
7 Reasons Against
Worse Kagoo Score
Over Three Years Older
A Lot Lower User Review Score
Lower Overall Review Score
Worse Brand
Has a Worse OK Noise Level
Has a Slower Read/write Speeds
16 Reasons Against
24x Slower CD-R Write Speed
Slower DVD-R Write Speed
Significantly Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
2x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
Slower CD Rewrite Speed
Slower CD Write Speed
50% Slower DVD-R Read Speed
8x Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed
8x Slower DVD+R Read Speed
4x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
$4 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Nine Months Older
Worse Brand
16 Reasons Against
24x Slower CD-R Write Speed
Slower DVD-R Write Speed
Hugely Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
50% Slower CD Rewrite Speed
Slower CD Write Speed
50% Slower DVD-R Read Speed
8x Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed
8x Slower DVD+R Read Speed
6x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
$28 More Expensive
Fewer Sellers
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
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LG GH24NSC0

$22.21
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LG GH24NSC0

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LG GH24NSC0
48x
CD-R WRITE

The LG GH24NSC0 has a Kagoo Score of 90. With a price tag of $22.21 this optical disc drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the LG GH24NSC0 or read our article on whether you should buy a LG optical disc drive.

Features We Love:
Very fast CD-R write speed (48x)
Very fast DVD-R double layer read speed (12x)
Fast Write speed (DVD+R) (24x)
Very fast DVD-R write speed (24x)
Fast DVD+R read speed (16x)

The highest scoring cd burner under $50, with a very good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that this cd burner supportsDVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet.

96
Reviews
144 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Very Popular
89
Value for Money
Very Good
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that LG GH24NSC0 has great 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

34% Faster CD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 48 CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 24x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and 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.

16x Faster DVD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a DVD-R write speed of 24 (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), whereas the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB 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.

Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

LG GH24NSC0 is 24 DVD+R write speed, and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 16x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U, 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.

Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

LG GH24NSC0 is 8 DVD-R Double Layer write speed, and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 2x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and 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.

24x Faster CD Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a CD write speed of 48 (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), whereas the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 are all only 24x CD write speed optical disc drives (24x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD discs.

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

A Lot Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a DVD-R read speed of 16 (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), whereas the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB 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.

34% Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 16 DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 8x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and 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.

34% Faster DVD+R Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 16 DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414. That's 8x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and 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.

34% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

LG GH24NSC0 is 12 DVD-R Double Layer read speed. That's 4x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U (8x) and 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The LG GH24NSC0 has received a Kagoo Score of 90, whereas the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U scored 84, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB scored 81, the DELL DW316 scored 86 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 83.

Better Brand

LG optical disc drives have an average rating of 95%, but Asus only has an average rating of 92.2%, Buffalo only has an average rating of 76.5%, DELL only has an average rating of 82.1% and Lite-On only has an average rating of 78.9%.

Has a Faster Read/write Speeds

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG GH24NSC0 has a faster read/write speeds. Several people thought that it had really fast read/write speeds and write speeds.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0

25% Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a CD rewrite speed of 24 (as do the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the DELL DW316), however 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.

More Expensive by $5

The LG GH24NSC0 is $5 more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414.

Fewer Sellers

The LG GH24NSC0 is only stocked by 5 stores, but the Lite-On IHAS12414 is stocked by 6 sellers. More ...

The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by Over Two Years

The LG GH24NSC0 is 17 months older than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U, six months older than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and two years older than the DELL DW316.

User Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The average user rating of the LG GH24NSC0 is 86%, whereas the average user rating of the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is 100% (based on 1 review) and the DELL DW316 is 92% (based on 997 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Worse

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

Less Reasonably Priced

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

Less Reliable

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

Less Thoughtfully Designed

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG GH24NSC0 was less thoughtfully designed.

Less OK When it Came to Noise Level

On average reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 was less OK when it came to noise level.

Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

Our analysis of the LG GH24NSC0 reviews indicates that more 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 $22.21 and in total we found 5 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 86. However with a price tag of $42.06 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the DELL DW316.

A cheap and classic tray loading external cd (re)writer, with a very good spec. Purchasers report that this cd (re)writer supportsDVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs.

96
Reviews
997 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
88
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that DELL DW316 has exceptional user reviews with 95% of buyers recommending this optical disc drive to others.

5 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL DW316

Newer by Nine Months

The DELL DW316 was released three years ago, but the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U was released four years ago, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB was released five years ago, the LG GH24NSC0 was released six years ago and the Lite-On IHAS12414 was released six years ago

Better Overall Reviews

Based on 997 reviews, the DELL DW316 has an average overall review score of 92%, but the LG GH24NSC0 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 Reliable

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was more reliable. 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 Nicely Designed

Our analysis of the DELL DW316 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was more nicely 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.

Has a Better Acceptable Noise Level

The DELL DW316 reviewers thought the DELL DW316 has a better acceptable noise level. Several people thought that it was very quiet and was noisy.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the DELL DW316

67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The DELL DW316 has a Write speed (DVD+R) of 8, and so do the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB. That's 16x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 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 CD Rewrite Speed

The DELL DW316 has a CD rewrite speed of 24 (as do the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the LG GH24NSC0), 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.

A Lot Slower CD Write Speed

The DELL DW316 has a CD write speed of 24 (as do the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB), but the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 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.

A Lot Slower Read Speed (CD)

The DELL DW316 is a 24 CD read speed optical disc drive (as does the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U), whereas the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 10x CD read speed optical disc drive (14x slower) and the Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 48x CD read speed optical disc drive (24x 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 DELL DW316 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, but the LG GH24NSC0 scored 90.

More Expensive by $25

The DELL DW316 is $21 more expensive than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U, $20 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0 and $25 more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414.

Not As Many Stockists

The DELL DW316 is only stocked by 4 shops, however the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is stocked by 5 shops, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is stocked by 5 stores, the LG GH24NSC0 is stocked by 5 sellers and the Lite-On IHAS12414 is stocked by 6 retailers. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this optical disc drive.
User Review Rating is Worse

The DELL DW316 has an average user score of 92%, but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 93.2% of 997 customers recommend the DELL DW316, however 100% of 1 customers recommend the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB.

Worse Brand

DELL optical disc drives have an average rating of only 82.1%, however Asus has an average rating of 92.2% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

Less Fairly Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DELL DW316 was less fairly priced.

Has a Slower Read/write Speeds

Our analysis of the DELL DW316 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DELL DW316 has a slower read/write speeds.

Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DELL DW316 was worse for a wide variety of optical media.

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Lite-On IHAS12414

$16.99
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Lite-On IHAS12414

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48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a Kagoo Score of 83. 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)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this cd burner supportsDVDs, it has very fast read/write speeds but it's noisy. It's a fully featured and affordable tray loading internal cd burner. It has a track-at-once (TAO), a disc-at-once (DAO) and a session-at-once (SAO) and is Plug & Play.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

17 Reasons For for Choosing the Lite-On IHAS12414

24x Faster CD-R Write Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a CD-R write speed of 48 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB are both only 24x CD-R write speed optical disc drives (24x slower). More ...

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

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

Faster DVD-R Write Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 24 DVD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 16x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and 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.

A Lot Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a Write speed (DVD+R) of 24 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), however the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 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.

20% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a DVD-R double layer write speed of 8 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), however the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB are both only 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drives (2x slower). More ...

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

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

34% Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 32 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive. That's 8x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 (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.

Faster CD Write Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 48 CD write speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 24x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U, 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.

34% Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 16 DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 8x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and 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.

8x Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a DVD-ROM read speed of 16 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB are both 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 Lite-On IHAS12414 has a DVD+R read speed of 16 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB are both only 8x DVD+R read speed optical disc drives (8x slower). More ...

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

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

Faster Read Speed (CD)

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is a 48 CD read speed optical disc drive. That's 24x faster than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the DELL DW316 (24x) and 38x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (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.

Track-At-Once (TAO)

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has a track-at-once (TAO) (as does the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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 SDRW-08U7M-U, whereas the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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 SDRW-08U7M-U), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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.

$4 Cheaper

The Lite-On IHAS12414 costs $16.99, whereas the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is $21.25, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is $44.98, the DELL DW316 is $42.06 and the LG GH24NSC0 is $22.21.

More Shops Are Selling it

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

More Fairly Priced

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

Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Lite-On IHAS12414 was better for a wide variety of optical media. More than 10 people thought that it supported DVDs and two people thought that it was also good for CDs.

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Lite-On IHAS12414

Worse Kagoo Score

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has received a Kagoo Score of 83, but the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U scored 84, the DELL DW316 scored 86 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 90.

Over Three Years Older

The Lite-On IHAS12414 is older than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U by two years, older than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB by 17 months, older than the DELL DW316 by three years and older than the LG GH24NSC0 by 11 months.

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has an average user rating 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).

Lower Overall Review Score

The Lite-On IHAS12414 has an average overall rating of 86%, but the DELL DW316 has an average overall rating of 92% (based on 997 reviews).

Worse Brand

Lite-On optical disc drives have an average rating of only 78.9%, however Asus has an average rating of 92.2%, DELL has an average rating of 82.1% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

Has a Worse OK Noise Level

On average reviewers thought the Lite-On IHAS12414 has a worse OK noise level.

Has a Slower Read/write Speeds

Our analysis of the Lite-On IHAS12414 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Lite-On IHAS12414 has a slower read/write speeds.

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Asus SDRW-08U7M-U

$21.25
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Asus SDRW-08U7M-U

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The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U has a Kagoo Score of 84. With a price tag of $21.25 this optical disc drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U.

Features We Love:
Disc-at-once (DAO)
Session-at-once (SAO)
Track-at-once (TAO)
LightScribe

A fully featured and low cost tray loading external cd (re)writer.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U

LightScribe

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U has a LightScribe, but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316, the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 do not have this feature. More ...

LightScribe is a special system that uses lasers to etch designs onto the front of a disc, personalising it with any design you should choose.

Etched labels are utterly permanent, unless stick-on labels that can fall off or be damaged. It also looks far far cooler than a standard sticky label!

Track-At-Once (TAO)

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U has a track-at-once (TAO) (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), whereas the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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 SDRW-08U7M-U has a disc-at-once (DAO), and so does the Lite-On IHAS12414, but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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 SDRW-08U7M-U has a session-at-once (SAO) (as does the Lite-On IHAS12414), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 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.

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U

24x Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U has a CD-R write speed of 24 (as does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB), however the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 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.

Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is an 8 DVD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB. That's 16x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 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.

Significantly Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is an 8 DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (as do the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316), whereas the LG GH24NSC0 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-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is a 6 DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (as does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB), whereas the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 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.

Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is a 24 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive, and so do the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0. 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.

Slower CD Write Speed

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is a 24 CD write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316. That's 24x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 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.

50% Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is an 8 DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB. That's 8x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 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.

8x Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U has a DVD-ROM read speed of 8 (as does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB), however the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 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.

8x Slower DVD+R Read Speed

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U has a DVD+R read speed of 8 (as does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB), however the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 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.

4x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is an 8 DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive, whereas the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 6x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (2x slower) and the LG GH24NSC0 is a 12x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (4x 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.

Slower Read Speed (CD)

Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is only 24 CD read speed, and so does the DELL DW316. That's 14x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (10x) and 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 Asus SDRW-08U7M-U has received a Kagoo Score of 84, however the DELL DW316 scored 86 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 90.

$4 More Expensive

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $4.

Less Retailers

Only 5 stores sells the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U, whereas 6 retailers 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.
Nine Months Older

The Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is older than the DELL DW316 by nine months.

Worse Brand

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

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

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The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a Kagoo Score of 81. However with a price tag of $44.98 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB.

A fully featured and cheap tray loading external dvd (re)writer.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has marvellous user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this cd writer to others.

1 Reason For for Choosing the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

User Reviews Are Better

Based on 1 review, the average user review score of the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is 100%, whereas the average rating of the DELL DW316 is 92% (based on 997 reviews), the average rating of the LG GH24NSC0 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

24x Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a CD-R write speed of 24 (as does the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U), whereas the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 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.

Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is an 8 DVD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U. That's 16x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 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.

Hugely Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only 8 DVD+R write speed (as do the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the DELL DW316), but the LG GH24NSC0 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.

Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only 6 DVD-R Double Layer write speed (as does the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U), but the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 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 Rewrite Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 16 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive. That's 8x slower than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 (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.

Slower CD Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 24 CD write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the DELL DW316. That's 24x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 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.

50% Slower DVD-R Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is an 8 DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U. That's 8x slower than the LG GH24NSC0 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.

8x Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a DVD-ROM read speed of 8 (as does the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U), whereas the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 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.

8x Slower DVD+R Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a DVD+R read speed of 8 (as does the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U), whereas the LG GH24NSC0 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 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.

6x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only 6 DVD-R Double Layer read speed, but the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U is an 8x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (2x faster) and the LG GH24NSC0 is a 12x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (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.

Slower Read Speed (CD)

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a read speed (CD) of 10. That's 14x slower than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U and the DELL DW316 (24x) and 38x 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 Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has received a Kagoo Score of 81, whereas the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U scored 84, the DELL DW316 scored 86, the LG GH24NSC0 scored 90 and the Lite-On IHAS12414 scored 83.

$28 More Expensive

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is more expensive than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U by $24, more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0 by $23 and more expensive than the Lite-On IHAS12414 by $28.

Fewer Sellers

Only 5 stores sells the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB, but 6 shops sell the Lite-On IHAS12414. More ...

The smaller the number of stores that stock this optical disc drive, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over One Year Older

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is older than the Asus SDRW-08U7M-U by 11 months and older than the DELL DW316 by 20 months.

Worse Brand

Buffalo optical disc drives have an average rating of only 76.5%, but Asus has an average rating of 92.2%, DELL has an average rating of 82.1%, LG has an average rating of 95% and Lite-On has an average rating of 78.9%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the DVSMPT58U2VB in the US is $44.98 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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