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5 Best Optical Disc Drives Under $50 in the US - October 2020

Matthew
Updated 14 September 2020
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5 best optical disc drives under $50

What Optical Disc Drive Under $50 to Buy in October 2020?

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LG GH24NSC0 Asus DRW24B3ST Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V Transcend TS8XDVDS-W DELL DW316
LG GH24NSC0 Asus DRW24B3ST Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V Transcend TS8XDVDS-W DELL DW316
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48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
24x
CD READ SPEED
95
Reviews
14 Reviews
89
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
81
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
72
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
45
Brand Rating
Mediocre Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
76
Features
Good Features
61
Value for Money
Good
61
Kagoo Score
Good
The top scoring optical disc drive under $50, with a low price. Customers report that it has an excellent case but it's noisy and not {more} quiet. A cheap and fully featured tray loading internal cd (re)writer. A cheap and fully featured tray loading external cd burner. A fully featured and good value for money tray loading external dvd burner, but with poor user reviews. A good spec but only moderate value for money tray loading external dvd writer.
13 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
Better Kagoo Score
$9 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling It
Better Brand
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)
2 Reasons For
More Shops Are Selling It
Much Better User Reviews
1 Reason For
Faster CD Rewrite Speed
3 Reasons For
25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed
More Shops Are Selling It
20 Months Newer
3 Reasons Against
4x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
Over Two Years Older
A Lot Lower User Review Score
5 Reasons Against
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $9
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Six Years
Worse Brand
15 Reasons Against
Slower CD-R Write Speed
Vastly Slower DVD-R Write Speed
67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
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
16 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
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
7 Reasons Against
A Lot Slower CD-R Write Speed
16x Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
50% Slower CD Write Speed
50% Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
$12 More Expensive
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LG GH24NSC0

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LG GH24NSC0

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The LG GH24NSC0 has a Kagoo Score of 87. 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)
Fast DVD-R double layer write speed (8x)
Very fast DVD-R read speed (16x)
Very fast DVD-R double layer read speed (12x)
Very fast DVD-ROM read speed (16x)

The top scoring optical disc drive under $50, with a low price. Customers report that it has an excellent case but it's noisy and not {more} quiet.

95
Reviews
14 Reviews
89
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that LG GH24NSC0 has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 83%, based on 12 reviews.

13 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 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 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 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W 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 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The LG GH24NSC0 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, however the Asus DRW24B3ST scored 86, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V scored 84, the DELL DW316 scored only 61 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W scored only 77.

$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.

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.

Better Brand

LG optical disc drives have an average rating of 95%, whereas Asus only has an average rating of 94.8%, Buffalo only has an average rating of 79.9%, DELL only has an average rating of 68.9% and Transcend only has an average rating of 66.8%.

3 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG GH24NSC0

4x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is an 8x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive, 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.

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 83%, however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V's is 100% (based on 1 review) and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W's is 90% (based on 2 reviews).

The cheapest price that we could find for the GH24NSC0 in the US is $29.68 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)
Very 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 cd (re)writer.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
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 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W 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)

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 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 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.

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 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.

5 Reasons Against for Choosing the Asus DRW24B3ST

Worse Kagoo Score

The Asus DRW24B3ST has received a Kagoo Score of 86, but the LG GH24NSC0 scored 87.

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 shop, however the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V is stocked by 2 sellers, the DELL DW316 is stocked by 2 retailers and the LG GH24NSC0 is stocked by 2 stores. 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 94.8%, 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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Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

$49.99
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Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V

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Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has a Kagoo Score of 84. 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 cheap and fully featured tray loading external cd burner.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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

Much Better User Reviews

The Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V has an average user review score of 100% based on 1 review, however the LG GH24NSC0 has an average rating of 83% (based on 12 reviews) and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has an average rating of 90% (based on 2 reviews).

15 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 does 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-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 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 does 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 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-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 84, however the Asus DRW24B3ST scored 86 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 87.

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 79.9%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 94.8% 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 77. 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 burner, but with poor user reviews.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Customers report that Transcend TS8XDVDS-W has great 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.

16 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 does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V. 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.

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 LG GH24NSC0 is an 8x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (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 does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V. 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 does the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V), 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 77, however the Asus DRW24B3ST scored 86, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V scored 84 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 87.

$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 shops sell the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, 2 retailers sell the DELL DW316 and 2 retailers sell the LG GH24NSC0. 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).

Worse Brand

Transcend optical disc drives have an average rating of only 66.8%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 94.8%, Buffalo has an average rating of 79.9%, DELL has an average rating of 68.9% 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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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 61. 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.

A good spec but only moderate value for money tray loading external dvd writer.

76
Features
Good Features
61
Value for Money
Good
61
Kagoo Score
Good

3 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL DW316

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.

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.

20 Months Newer

The DELL DW316 is six years newer than the Asus DRW24B3ST, 20 months newer than the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V, two years newer than the LG GH24NSC0 and 21 months newer than the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W

7 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.

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.

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.

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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The DELL DW316 has only received a Kagoo Score of 61, whereas the Asus DRW24B3ST scored 86, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2V scored 84, the LG GH24NSC0 scored 87 and the Transcend TS8XDVDS-W scored 77.

$12 More Expensive

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

Worse Brand

DELL optical disc drives have an average rating of only 68.9%, but Asus has an average rating of 94.8%, Buffalo has an average rating of 79.9% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

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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