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Lite‑On IHAS124

112 Reviews
Fast read speed (CD)  Very fast CD‑R write speed  Session‑at‑once (SAO) 
Fast read speed (CD)
Very fast CD‑R write speed
Session‑at‑once (SAO)

£14.09

Tray
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Dvd
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Aug 2013
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Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

 
Diamond Cut Design Drag And Burn Disc Encryption 
Diamond Cut Design
Drag And Burn
Disc Encryption

£20.90

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Feb 2013
#2

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Asus BW16D1HT

1 Review
Very fast read speed (CD)  Fast CD‑R write speed  Track‑at‑once (TAO) 
Very fast read speed (CD)
Fast CD‑R write speed
Track‑at‑once (TAO)

£72.57

Tray
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Internal
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Blu-Ray
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Jun 2015
#5

87

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Asus ZenDrive U9M

1 Review
Track‑at‑once (TAO)  Session‑at‑once (SAO)  Disc‑at‑once (DAO) 
Track‑at‑once (TAO)
Session‑at‑once (SAO)
Disc‑at‑once (DAO)

£41.55

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Aug 2017
#6

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Asus DRW24D5MT

 

£12.00

Tray
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Oct 2016
#7

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Asus SDRW08U1MT

 

£15.60

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Nov 2016
#11

85

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DELL DW316

999 Reviews

£25.85

Tray
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Sep 2016
#8

85

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Asus SDRW08U5SU

 

£29.66

Tray
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Mar 2015
#9

85

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Asus SDRW08U7MU

 

£30.95

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Dec 2015
#12

85

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Asus ZenDrive U7M

742 Reviews

£26.31

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Dec 2016
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85

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Asus DRW24B3ST

 

£36.25

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Sep 2010
#15

84

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Asus SBC06D2XU

 

£66.99

Tray
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Jun 2015
#14

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Asus SBW06D2XU

 

£89.00

Tray
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Feb 2012
#16

80

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Apple USB SuperDrive

 

£15.65

Slot
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Jun 2012
#17

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Apple SuperDrive

598 Reviews

£62.99

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Aug 2015
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79

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Lite‑On EBAU108

1 Review

£19.98

Tray
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May 2016
#19

79

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Lite‑On DS8ACSH

8 Reviews

£13.62

Tray
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Jan 2015

77

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Lite‑On ES1

1 Review

£20.99

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Jun 2017

77

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DELL 784BBBI

 

£47.77

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Apr 2015

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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.

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. This guide will explain the major points of consideration when choosing an optical disk drive.

Mounting & Portability

The first important consideration is what type of drive you want to get. While all our drives read and write disks, there are 2 main types - internal and external. It’s important to note that generally speaking internal drives can’t be used outside of computers, and external drives have to be powered via USB, and can’t be mounted inside a desktop or laptop.

Internal drives: These are 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.

External drives: These drives are 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.

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.

Optical Disc Drive Retailers, Prices and Features

Dvd Rewriter Prices

We currently list 62 cd writers ranging from £12 to £195. A new optical disc drive costs on average £49 and 80% of optical disc drives are priced between £16 and £92. The Verbatim 70102 is the most expensive dvd burner that we found at £195, and the Asus DRW24D5MT is the cheapest at only £12.

Cd Rewriter Brands - Price Range

Verbatim dvd rewriters start at £24 and their most expensive optical disc drive costs £195. The average price of Verbatim dvd rewriters is £103 which is the highest average price of all optical disc drive brands.

Intel cd burners start at £79 and their most expensive dvd burner costs £79. The average price of Intel cd burners is £79 which is the second highest average price of all dvd burner brands.

I-O Data cd (re)writers start at £0 and their most expensive dvd (re)writer costs £190. The average price of I-O Data cd (re)writers is £64 which is the third highest average price of all dvd (re)writer brands.

Dvd (Re)Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 21 expert reviews and 3,443 user reviews for dvd rewriters and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of cd writer.

Biggest Dvd Rewriter Retailers

We found 47 current offers for optical disc drives from Amazon UK making it the biggest dvd burner retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, SmartTeck for whom we found 24 current offers for optical disc drives. The third biggest retailer is Raysan and Carter with 22 current dvd burner offers.

How Fast Do Cd Rewriter Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, cd rewriters drop in price by 10%.

A typical new cd burner costs on average £22. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £2.

Disc Loading Types

The disc loading type refers to the mechanism by which the optical disc is loaded into the drive. Normally this is by placing the disc in a tray or by inserting it into a slot.

The most common disc loading type amongst new optical disc drives is tray. We found 114 optical disc drives that are dvd (re)writers that have a tray loading. We found 29 cd burners that are cd rewriters that have a slot loading, making this the second most common disc loading type amongst new cd burners.

Type

Type denotes whether the disc drive is meant to be placed internally into a computer, or used externally via USB.

Internal is the most popular type amongst new cd rewriters. We found 83 cd rewriters that are internal cd burners. External is the second most popular type amongst new cd burners. We found 52 cd burners that are external cd (re)writers.

Optical Drive Types

The drive type denotes what type of disc (CD, DVD,etc) the drive is capable of reading.

Dvd is the most frequently found optical drive type amongst new cd writers. We found 116 cd writers that are cd writers that have a dvd Optical drive type. We found 27 cd burners that are cd rewriters that have a blu-ray Optical drive type, making this the second most popular optical drive type amongst new cd burners.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Optical Disc Drives?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying dvd (re)writers. For each retailer it shows the total number of dvd (re)writers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying dvd rewriters. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Amazon UK. 22 of their dvd (re)writer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Dvd (Re)Writers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for cd burners by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of cd burner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's cd burner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon UK. 46.8% of their dvd burner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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