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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 740 UK prices • 10,000 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • 13 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

Asus DRW‑24D5MT

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£10.57

Tray
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DVD
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Jul 2016
The highest scoring internal optical drive available, with a great spec.
#2

89

LG GH24NSC0

130 Reviews
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£14.18

Tray
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DVD
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Feb 2017
A bargain price and classic tray loading internal cd writer, with a very good spec.
#3

88

Asus DRW‑24F1MT

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£18.42

Slot
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Aug 2015
A top-value and top of the range slot loading internal dvd burner.
#4

87

Asus SDRW‑08U1MT

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£14.38

Tray
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Nov 2016
A low cost but a little out of date tray loading internal dvd rewriter, with a very good spec.
#5

86

LiteOn iHAS124‑14

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£9.96

Tray
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Aug 2016
The highest review score internal optical drive available, but with only an average spec. Supported DVDs, it has very fast read/write speeds and it's good value for money.
#6

85

Asus BW‑16D1

45 Reviews
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£55.20

Tray
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Jul 2013
The highest rated optical disc drive under £100, with a good price.
#7

84

LG GTC0N

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£12.94

Tray
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Sep 2015
A fully featured and low cost tray loading internal dvd (re)writer.
#8

83

Lite‑On DS‑8ACSH

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£12.67

Tray
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Jan 2015
A classic and affordable tray loading internal dvd writer, with a good spec.
#9

83

LiteOn iHAS124

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£12.12

Tray
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Aug 2015
A bargain price but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd (re)writer, with a good spec.
#10

83

Lite‑On IHAS122

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£12.12

Slot
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Mar 2017
A remarkably cheap but marginally out of date slot loading internal cd burner, with a good spec.
#11

82

Lite‑On DU‑8A6SH

9 Reviews
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£14.99

Tray
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Jul 2016
A bargain price but moderately out of date tray loading internal cd rewriter, with a good spec.
#12

82

LG BH16NS55

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£58.89

Tray
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Oct 2015
A fully loaded but 3 year old tray loading internal cd burner, with a fair price.
#13

80

Samsung SU‑208HB

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£12.48

Tray
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Jul 2015
A bargain price but 3 year old tray loading internal cd writer, with a good spec.
#14

80

Lite‑On DU‑8AESH

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£22.51

Slot
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Dec 2016
A very good value for money and very popular slot loading internal dvd writer, but with only a middle of the road spec.
#16

76

Acer DVD Writer

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£249.99

Tray
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Jun 2014
A good spec and cheap tray loading internal optical disc drive.
#17

76

LG DH18NS61

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£16.25

Tray
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DVD
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Aug 2015
An affordable but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd burner, with a good spec.
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HP 652241‑B21

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£61.46

Tray
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Oct 2015
A good value for money but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd burner, with only a middle of the road spec.

72

Asus BC‑12D2HT Bulk

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£49.99

Tray
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Blu-Ray
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Sep 2013
A fully featured but 5 year old tray loading internal optical disc drive.
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71

Acer SuperMulti DVD/RW

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£14.65

Tray
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DVD
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Sep 2014
A good spec but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd rewriter.

69

DELL 429‑AAT

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£39.37

Tray
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DVD
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Feb 2015
A good value for money but 4 year old tray loading internal cd rewriter, with only a middle of the road spec.

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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.

Internal 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 internal optical disk drive.

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Internal Drives

This type of drive is meant to be placed into the computer body itself and wired directly into the system for power and data. They are used mostly for either replacements, or if you are building your own computer from scratch. Because these drives have to fit into a specific bay, it’s important to make sure you get one that is the right measurements and compatible with your computer. This also includes the correct mounting for the machine you’re wanting to install the drive into.

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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