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

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

Updated 27 December 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:

  • 1) DELL DW316 - $42.06 Overstock
  • 2) Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB - $45.98 eBay
  • 3) LG GH24NSC0 - $21.93 outletpc
  • 4) Asus DRW-24B3ST - $38.78 Overstock
  • 5) Apple SuperDrive - $29.99 eBay

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

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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DELL DW316 Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB LG GH24NSC0 Asus DRW-24B3ST Apple SuperDrive
DELL DW316 Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB LG GH24NSC0 Asus DRW-24B3ST Apple SuperDrive
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24x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED
24x
CD READ SPEED
98
Reviews
997 Reviews
89
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
90
Value for Money
Excellent
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent
72
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
88
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
144 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
85
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
86
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
584 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
The best rated dvd rewriter under $50, with a very good spec. Purchasers report that supported DVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs. A good value for money and fully featured tray loading external cd writer. Multiple reviews mentioned that this cd rewriter supportsDVDs but it's noisy and not {more} quiet. It's a classic and cheap slot loading internal cd rewriter, with a very good spec. A fully featured and cheap tray loading internal cd rewriter. A classic and fully featured slot loading external cd rewriter, with a fair price. Our review analysis indicates that this cd rewriter supportsDVDs, it's very easy to use and good for CDs.
5 Reasons For
25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed
Better Kagoo Score
More Reasonably Priced
A Better Size
Has a Better OK Noise Level
2 Reasons For
More Shops Are Selling it
User Reviews Are Better
12 Reasons For
34% Faster CD-R Write Speed
16x Faster DVD-R Write Speed
Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
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
Cheaper by $8
Better Brand
Has a Faster Read/write Speeds
14 Reasons For
A Lot Faster CD-R Write Speed
40% Faster DVD-R Write Speed
16x Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
A Lot Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
8x Faster CD Rewrite Speed
34% Faster CD Write Speed
Faster DVD-R Read Speed
A Lot Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed
A Lot Faster DVD+R Read Speed
A Lot Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed
45% Faster Read Speed (CD)
Track-At-Once (TAO)
Disc-At-Once (DAO)
Session-At-Once (SAO)
6 Reasons For
40% Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)
Moderately Better Overall Reviews
More Solidly Made
More Thoughtfully Designed
Easier to Use
Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
14 Reasons Against
67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
A Lot Slower CD Write Speed
A Lot Slower Read Speed (CD)
More Expensive by $20
Fewer Sellers
User Review Rating is Worse
Overall Review Rating is Slightly Worse
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
Less Robust
Less Thoughtfully Designed
Harder to Use
Has a Slower Read/write Speeds
Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
15 Reasons Against
24x Slower CD-R Write Speed
Slower DVD-R Write Speed
Significantly Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)
6x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
34% 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
$24 More Expensive
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
11 Reasons Against
34% Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Older by Over Two Years
User Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Overall Review Rating is Worse
Less Fairly Priced
Less Robust
Less Well Designed
Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level
Worse for a Wide Variety of Optical Media
5 Reasons Against
Worse Kagoo Score
$17 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over Six Years Older
Worse Brand
11 Reasons Against
A Lot Slower Read Speed (CD)
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $8
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over One Year
User Review Rating is Worse
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
Less Reasonably Priced
Worse in Terms of Size
Has a Slower Read/write Speeds
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DELL DW316

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DELL DW316

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The DELL DW316 has a Kagoo Score of 90. 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.

The best rated dvd rewriter under $50, with a very good spec. Purchasers report that supported DVDs, it's really easy to use and good for CDs.

98
Reviews
997 Reviews
89
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
90
Value for Money
Excellent
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that DELL DW316 has marvellous user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this dvd writer to others.

5 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL DW316

25% Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The DELL DW316 has a CD rewrite speed of 24 (as do the Asus DRW-24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The DELL DW316 has received a Kagoo Score of 90, whereas the Apple SuperDrive scored 83, the Asus DRW-24B3ST scored 85, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB scored 86 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 86.

More Reasonably Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DELL DW316 was more reasonably priced. Five people thought that it really wasn't expensive.

A Better Size

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was a better size. Over 30 people thought that it was compact and over 10 people thought that it was also lightweight, was easy to carry around and was thin. Looking through the reviews we also noticed that several people thought that it was an excellent size and really wasn't heavy and bulky.

Has a Better OK Noise Level

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

14 Reasons Against for Choosing the DELL DW316

67% Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

DELL DW316 is only 8 DVD+R write speed, and so does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB. That's 16x slower than the Apple SuperDrive, the Asus DRW-24B3ST 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.

A Lot Slower CD Write Speed

The DELL DW316 has a CD write speed of 24 (as does the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB), whereas the Asus DRW-24B3ST 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.

A Lot Slower Read Speed (CD)

The DELL DW316 has a read speed (CD) of 24 (as does the Apple SuperDrive), however the Asus DRW-24B3ST is a 48x CD read speed optical disc drive (24x faster) and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 10x CD read speed optical disc drive (14x slower). More ...

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

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

More Expensive by $20

The DELL DW316 is $12 more expensive than the Apple SuperDrive, $3 more expensive than the Asus DRW-24B3ST and $20 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0.

Fewer Sellers

The DELL DW316 is only stocked by 3 retailers, but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is stocked by 6 shops and the LG GH24NSC0 is stocked by 4 sellers. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
User Review Rating is Worse

The average user rating of the DELL DW316 is 93%, whereas the average user rating of the Apple SuperDrive is 94% (based on 583 reviews) and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is 100% (based on 1 review).

Overall Review Rating is Slightly Worse

The average overall rating of the DELL DW316 is 92%, whereas the average overall rating of the Apple SuperDrive is 93% (based on 584 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 94.2% of 997 customers recommend the DELL DW316, but 100% of 1 customers recommend the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB.

Worse Brand

DELL optical disc drives have an average rating of only 82%, but Asus has an average rating of 92.4% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

Less Robust

On average reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was less robust.

Less Thoughtfully Designed

Our analysis of the DELL DW316 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was less thoughtfully designed.

Harder to Use

Our analysis of the DELL DW316 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DELL DW316 was harder to use.

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.

The cheapest price that we could find for the DW316 in the US is $42.06 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

$45.98
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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB
24x
CD-R WRITE
10x
CD READ SPEED

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a Kagoo Score of 86. However with a price tag of $45.98 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB.

A good value for money and fully featured tray loading external cd writer.

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

Owners report that Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has excellent user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this dvd rewriter to others.

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

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.

User Reviews Are Better

Based on 1 user review, the average review score of the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is 100%, however the average rating of the Apple SuperDrive is 94% (based on 583 reviews), the average rating of the DELL DW316 is 93% (based on 997 reviews) and the average rating of the LG GH24NSC0 is 86% (based on 142 reviews).

15 Reasons Against for Choosing the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB

24x Slower CD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a CD-R write speed of 24, however the Asus DRW-24B3ST 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.

Slower DVD-R Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is an 8 DVD-R write speed optical disc drive. That's 16x slower than the Asus DRW-24B3ST 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.

Significantly Slower Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is an 8 DVD+R write speed optical disc drive (as does the DELL DW316), whereas the Apple SuperDrive, the Asus DRW-24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 are all 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.

6x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 6 DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive, whereas the Asus DRW-24B3ST 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.

34% Slower CD Rewrite Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 16 CD rewrite speed optical disc drive. That's 8x slower than the Asus DRW-24B3ST, the DELL DW316 and the LG GH24NSC0 (24x). 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 does the DELL DW316. That's 24x slower than the Asus DRW-24B3ST 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 DVD-R Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is an 8 DVD-R read speed optical disc drive. That's 8x slower than the Asus DRW-24B3ST 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.

8x Slower DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a DVD-ROM read speed of 8, however the Asus DRW-24B3ST 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.

8x Slower DVD+R Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB has a DVD+R read speed of 8, however the Asus DRW-24B3ST 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.

6x Slower DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 6 DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive, whereas the Asus DRW-24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0 are both 12x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drives (6x faster). More ...

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

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

Slower Read Speed (CD)

Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only 10 CD read speed. That's 14x slower than the Apple SuperDrive and the DELL DW316 (24x) and 38x slower than the Asus DRW-24B3ST (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 86, however the DELL DW316 scored 90.

$24 More Expensive

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is more expensive than the Apple SuperDrive by $16, more expensive than the Asus DRW-24B3ST by $7, more expensive than the DELL DW316 by $4 and more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0 by $24.

Over One Year Older

The Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is older than the Apple SuperDrive by seven months and older than the DELL DW316 by 20 months.

Worse Brand

Buffalo optical disc drives have an average rating of only 77.5%, whereas Asus has an average rating of 92.4%, DELL has an average rating of 82% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the DVSMPT58U2VB in the US is $45.98 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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LG GH24NSC0

$21.93
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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 $21.93 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)
Very fast DVD-R read speed (16x)
Very fast DVD-R write speed (24x)
Very fast DVD-ROM read speed (16x)

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

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

Our review analysis indicates that LG 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

34% Faster CD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 48 CD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus DRW-24B3ST. That's 24x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (24x). More ...

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

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

16x Faster DVD-R Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a DVD-R write speed of 24 (as does the Asus DRW-24B3ST), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD-R write speed optical disc drive (16x slower). More ...

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

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

Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 24 DVD+R write speed optical disc drive, and so do the Apple SuperDrive and the Asus DRW-24B3ST. That's 16x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 (8x). More ...

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

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

Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a CD rewrite speed of 24 (as do the Asus DRW-24B3ST and the DELL DW316), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB 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 LG GH24NSC0 has a CD write speed of 48 (as does the Asus DRW-24B3ST), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 are both only 24x CD write speed optical disc drives (24x slower). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD discs.

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

A Lot Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 has a DVD-R read speed of 16 (as does the Asus DRW-24B3ST), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD-R read speed optical disc drive (8x slower). More ...

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

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

34% Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 16 DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus DRW-24B3ST. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x). More ...

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

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

34% Faster DVD+R Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 16 DVD+R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus DRW-24B3ST. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x). More ...

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

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

34% Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is a 12 DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive, and so does the Asus DRW-24B3ST. That's 6x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (6x). More ...

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

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

Cheaper by $8

The LG GH24NSC0 costs $8.06 less than the Apple SuperDrive, costs $16.85 less than the Asus DRW-24B3ST, costs $24.05 less than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and costs $20.13 less than the DELL DW316.

Better Brand

LG optical disc drives have an average rating of 95%, whereas Apple only has an average rating of 77.3%, Asus only has an average rating of 92.4%, Buffalo only has an average rating of 77.5% and DELL only has an average rating of 82%.

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

34% Slower DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The LG GH24NSC0 is an 8 DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive. That's 4x slower than the Asus DRW-24B3ST (12x) and 2x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (6x). More ...

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

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

Worse Kagoo Score

The LG GH24NSC0 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, however the DELL DW316 scored 90.

Less Retailers

The LG GH24NSC0 is only stocked by 4 stores, whereas the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is stocked by 6 retailers. More ...

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

The LG GH24NSC0 is 13 months older than the Apple SuperDrive, six months older than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and two years older than the DELL DW316.

User Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The LG GH24NSC0's average user score is 86%, however the Apple SuperDrive's is 94% (based on 583 reviews), the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB's is 100% (based on 1 review) and the DELL DW316's is 93% (based on 997 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Worse

The LG GH24NSC0's average overall score is 86%, however the Apple SuperDrive's is 93% (based on 584 reviews) and the DELL DW316's is 92% (based on 997 reviews).

Less Fairly Priced

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

Less Robust

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

Less Well Designed

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

Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level

On average reviewers thought the LG GH24NSC0 has a worse acceptable 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 $21.93 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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Asus DRW-24B3ST
48x
CD-R WRITE
48x
CD READ SPEED

The Asus DRW-24B3ST has a Kagoo Score of 85. However with a price tag of $38.78 this optical disc drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Asus DRW-24B3ST.

Features We Love:
Very 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 fully featured and cheap tray loading internal cd rewriter.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

14 Reasons For for Choosing the Asus DRW-24B3ST

A Lot Faster CD-R Write Speed

The Asus DRW-24B3ST has a CD-R write speed of 48 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only a 24x CD-R write speed optical disc drive (24x slower). More ...

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

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

40% Faster DVD-R Write Speed

The Asus DRW-24B3ST is a 24 DVD-R write speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 16x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x). More ...

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

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

16x Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

The Asus DRW-24B3ST has a Write speed (DVD+R) of 24 (as do the Apple SuperDrive and the LG GH24NSC0), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 are both only 8x DVD+R write speed optical disc drives (16x slower). More ...

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

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

A Lot Faster DVD-R Double Layer Write Speed

The Asus DRW-24B3ST has a DVD-R double layer write speed of 12, however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only a 6x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (6x slower) and the LG GH24NSC0 is only an 8x DVD-R Double Layer write speed optical disc drive (4x 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.

8x Faster CD Rewrite Speed

The Asus DRW-24B3ST 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). More ...

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

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

34% Faster CD Write Speed

The Asus DRW-24B3ST is a 48 CD write speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 24x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 (24x). More ...

How fast the optical drive can write to CD discs.

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

Faster DVD-R Read Speed

The Asus DRW-24B3ST is a 16 DVD-R read speed optical disc drive, and so does the LG GH24NSC0. That's 8x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB (8x). More ...

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

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

A Lot Faster DVD-ROM Read Speed

The Asus DRW-24B3ST has a DVD-ROM read speed of 16 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD-ROM read speed optical disc drive (8x slower). More ...

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

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

A Lot Faster DVD+R Read Speed

The Asus DRW-24B3ST has a DVD+R read speed of 16 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only an 8x DVD+R read speed optical disc drive (8x slower). More ...

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

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

A Lot Faster DVD-R Double Layer Read Speed

The Asus DRW-24B3ST has a DVD-R double layer read speed of 12 (as does the LG GH24NSC0), however the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is only a 6x DVD-R Double Layer read speed optical disc drive (6x slower). More ...

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

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

45% Faster Read Speed (CD)

The Asus DRW-24B3ST is a 48 CD read speed optical disc drive. That's 24x faster than the Apple SuperDrive 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 Asus DRW-24B3ST has a track-at-once (TAO), however the Apple SuperDrive, 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 DRW-24B3ST has a disc-at-once (DAO), whereas the Apple SuperDrive, 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 DRW-24B3ST has a session-at-once (SAO), but the Apple SuperDrive, 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.

5 Reasons Against for Choosing the Asus DRW-24B3ST

Worse Kagoo Score

The Asus DRW-24B3ST has received a Kagoo Score of 85, but the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB scored 86, the DELL DW316 scored 90 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 86.

$17 More Expensive

The Asus DRW-24B3ST is more expensive than the Apple SuperDrive by $9 and more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0 by $17.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 3 stores sells the Asus DRW-24B3ST, however 6 stores sell the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and 4 sellers sell the LG GH24NSC0. More ...

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

The Asus DRW-24B3ST is older than the Apple SuperDrive by five years, older than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB by five years, older than the DELL DW316 by six years and older than the LG GH24NSC0 by four years.

Worse Brand

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

The cheapest price that we could find for the DRW-24B3ST in the US is $38.78 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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Apple SuperDrive
24x
CD READ SPEED

The Apple SuperDrive has a Kagoo Score of 83. With a price tag of $29.99 this optical disc drive is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Apple SuperDrive.

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

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

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

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

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6 Reasons For for Choosing the Apple SuperDrive

40% Faster Write Speed (DVD+R)

Apple SuperDrive is 24 DVD+R write speed, and so do the Asus DRW-24B3ST and the LG GH24NSC0. That's 16x faster than the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and the DELL DW316 (8x). More ...

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

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

Moderately Better Overall Reviews

Based on 584 reviews, the Apple SuperDrive has an average review score of 93%, whereas the DELL DW316 has an average rating of 92% (based on 997 reviews) and the LG GH24NSC0 has an average rating of 86% (based on 144 reviews).

More Solidly Made

Our analysis of the Apple SuperDrive reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Apple SuperDrive was more solidly made. Over 10 people thought that it was well made and several people thought that it was also really well-built and reliable.

More Thoughtfully Designed

Our analysis of the Apple SuperDrive reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Apple SuperDrive was more thoughtfully designed. Several people thought that it was very well designed and was good-looking.

Easier to Use

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Apple SuperDrive was easier to use. More than 60 people thought that it was really easy to use and several people thought that it was also very easy to setup and had good controls.

Better for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

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

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Apple SuperDrive

A Lot Slower Read Speed (CD)

The Apple SuperDrive has a read speed (CD) of 24 (as does the DELL DW316), however the Asus DRW-24B3ST is a 48x CD read speed optical disc drive (24x faster) and the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is a 10x CD read speed optical disc drive (14x slower). More ...

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

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

Worse Kagoo Score

The Apple SuperDrive has received a Kagoo Score of 83, whereas the Asus DRW-24B3ST scored 85, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB scored 86, the DELL DW316 scored 90 and the LG GH24NSC0 scored 86.

More Expensive by $8

The Apple SuperDrive is $8 more expensive than the LG GH24NSC0.

Fewer Sellers

The Apple SuperDrive is only stocked by 1 retailer, but the Asus DRW-24B3ST is stocked by 3 sellers, the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is stocked by 6 stores, the DELL DW316 is stocked by 3 retailers and the LG GH24NSC0 is stocked by 4 stores. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by Over One Year

The Apple SuperDrive is 13 months older than the DELL DW316.

User Review Rating is Worse

The average user rating of the Apple SuperDrive is 94%, whereas the average user rating of the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB is 100% (based on 1 review).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 93.4% of 590 customers recommend the Apple SuperDrive, but 100% of 1 customers recommend the Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VB and 94.2% of 997 customers recommend the DELL DW316.

Worse Brand

Apple optical disc drives have an average rating of only 77.3%, but Asus has an average rating of 92.4%, Buffalo has an average rating of 77.5%, DELL has an average rating of 82% and LG has an average rating of 95%.

Less Reasonably Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Apple SuperDrive was less reasonably priced.

Worse in Terms of Size

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Apple SuperDrive was worse in terms of size.

Has a Slower Read/write Speeds

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Apple SuperDrive has a slower read/write speeds.

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

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