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#1

83

LG GH24NSD1

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£11.28

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Sep 2015
The highest scoring external optical drive available
#2

82

Asus SDRW‑08U7M‑U

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£22.99

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Dec 2015
A very popular and great value for money tray loading external dvd writer, with very good features
#3

82

Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

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£19.49

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Aug 2016
A fully featured and great value for money tray loading external dvd (re)writer
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#4

82

Asus SBW‑06D2X‑U

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£35.00

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Jun 2015
The cheapest external optical drive on the market
#5

81

Asus BW‑16D1

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£52.49

Tray
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Jun 2015
A powerful and best selling tray loading external optical disc drive, with a reasonable price
#6

80

Asus SDRW‑08U5S‑U

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£28.22

Tray
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Mar 2015
An award winning and cheap tray loading external cd (re)writer, with great features
#7

80

LG BE16NU50

20 Reviews
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£136.06

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Feb 2016
The highest review score external optical drive around
#8

79

Asus ZenDrive U9M

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£31.82

Tray
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Mar 2018
The latest external optical drive on the market
#9

78

Apple SuperDrive

901 Reviews
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£62.99

Slot
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DVD
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Aug 2015
A sensationally highly rated but 3 year old slot loading external cd burner, with good features
#10

77

Asus ZenDrive U7M

242 Reviews
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£22.99

Tray
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Dec 2016
A good value for money but slightly out of date tray loading external dvd burner, with good features
#11

76

Pioneer DVR‑XU01T

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£19.78

Tray
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Jan 2016
A sensationally good value for money but slightly out of date tray loading external optical disc drive, with good features
#12

76

Buffalo DVSM‑PT58U2V

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£20.49

Tray
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Jun 2015
A bargain price but 3 year old tray loading external cd rewriter, with good features
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#13

76

Verbatim External Slimline CD/DVD Writer

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£29.49

Tray
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May 2016
A cheap but 2 year old tray loading external cd rewriter, with good features
#14

76

Lite‑On eBAU108

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£17.61

Tray
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May 2016
A bargain price but slightly out of date tray loading external dvd (re)writer, with good features
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#15

76

HP External USB DVDRW Drive

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£33.91

Tray
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Dec 2015
A good value for money and best selling tray loading external cd writer, with good features
#17

75

Lite‑On ES1

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£17.28

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Jun 2017
A relatively new and low cost tray loading external dvd rewriter, but with only average features
#18

75

LG GP57EW40

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£22.36

Tray
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Mar 2015
A best selling and good value for money tray loading external optical disc drive, with good features
#19

75

LG GP95EW70

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£29.09

Slot
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DVD
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Jun 2017
A cheap and fairly new slot loading external dvd rewriter, with good features
#20

75

LG GP70NS50

8 Reviews
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£29.49

Slot
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Aug 2013
An award winning and good value for money slot loading external cd rewriter, with good features
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74

Asus SBC‑06D2X‑U

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£35.00

Tray
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Jun 2015
A fully featured but 3 year old tray loading external dvd rewriter

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat are the difference between the different disc loading types?
AThere are 3 main types of disc drive. Tray is the most common - a tray pops out, the disc is placed in and the tray recedes into the machine again. Slot disc drives just have a slot in the side to take the disc, whereas on top-loading disc drives the whole top of the device is hinged, allowing you to place the disc directly into the device.
QWhy does read-write speed matter?
AThe larger the read-write speed of the disc drive, the faster it will write data to the discs, and the quicker data can be read, meaning data access will be faster and smoother (less waiting for buffering video, for instance)
QWhat does 'internal' mean?
AInternal means the disc drive is meant to be mounted inside a computer, whereas external means it can be plugged in via USB and used there.

External Optical Disc Drive Buying Guide

Optical disk drives cover a wide range of internal and external devices meant to both read and write a variety of removable media. This means they can be used to both read data from discs (i.e - playing a movie DVD or Blu Ray) and also writing or ‘burning’ data (i.e - creating a music CD from individual mp3s, or permanently writing files to a disk for distribution).

While most computers used to house CD and DVD drives as standard, drastically smaller devices and a move towards cloud-based streaming mean that disc drives are being used less and less. Indeed many modern laptops and desktops no longer contain a disc drive at all.

This means that even though it is legacy tech, it’s still worth keeping a drive handy for those times you want to read the data from an old DVD, burn a disc for a friend, or watch a movie when you don’t have access to Netflix. There are two main types of optical disc drive - internal and external. This guide will explain the major points of consideration when choosing an external optical disk drive.

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External Drives

This type of drive is meant to be plugged into a computer (usually via USB) to serve as a temporary drive when one is needed. These drives tend to be more expensive than internal drives, but can be used with any computer. They are especially useful for laptops, since the current trend in ultra-thin laptops mean that most modern models don’t have a drive built in. Because external drives are removable, they can be easily stowed away until needed, making them helpful if you only need to read a CD/DVD occasionally. They are also very portable, making them good for watching movies or accessing data on journeys where you may not have access to a stable net connection.

Media Support

There are 3 main types of optical media supported by the disc drives on our site - CD, DVD and Blu Ray:

CD: Traditionally used for music, and while rather a legacy format, there are so many CDs in circulation that you are bound to need to access one at some point. All disc drives will read and write CDs, but the downside is they hold the least information of the 3 types.

DVD: DVDs are generally used for movies, since they are higher density, so can hold far more data than CDs. DVDs are still widely used for movies and video games, and can also hold a large amount of information, making them useful for backing up lots of files. Nearly all of our drives support both CD and DVD read writing.

Blu-Ray: The newest and highest density of optical media on the market, Blu-Ray discs can hold an enormous amount of data in a single disc. They are primarily used for very high-quality movies. However because they are a new format, Blu-Ray writers are far more expensive than CD or DVD-compatible models. Moreover, not all drives support Blu-Ray reading or writing, meaning that you may find other users are not able to read the data on the disc.

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Read/Write Speedas

Finally, read & write speeds measure how quickly data can be written from & to the disc. This is measures in bytes per second - the higher the speed, the faster large files (such as movies) will be burnt to the disc, or read from the drive. The read-write speeds are also affected by the USB version supported - USB 3.0 supported drives allow far higher transfer rates than USB 2 drives, so it is worth seeking out the newest drive you can for the fastest data transfer speeds.

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