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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 6,900 UK prices • 240 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

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Asus ZenDrive U9M

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

£37.99

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Aug 2017
#2

89

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Asus SDRW08U7MU

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

£27.97

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Dec 2015
#3

89

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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)

£74.20

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jun 2015
#4

89

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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

£23.81

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Feb 2013
#5

88

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Asus DRW24D5MT

 

£12.21

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
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Info
Oct 2016
#6

87

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Asus SDRW08U1MT

 

£15.99

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Nov 2016
#7

87

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Asus SBC06D2XU

 

£66.52

Tray
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jun 2015
#8

87

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Asus DRW‑24B3ST

 

£37.26

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Sep 2010
#9

87

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Asus SBW06D2XU

 

£92.39

Tray
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Feb 2012
#10

86

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Asus ZenDrive U7M

172 Reviews

£26.31

Tray
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External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Dec 2016
#11

86

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Asus SDRW08U5SU

 

£30.33

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Info
Mar 2015
#12

84

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LG GTC0N

 

£13.99

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Oct 2015
#13

84

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Lite‑On IHAS124

 

£14.09

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Aug 2013
#14

83

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LG GH24NSD1

 

£24.61

Tray
Info
External
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Dvd
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Info
Sep 2015
#15

83

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LG GH24NSC0

14 Reviews

£39.19

Slot
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Internal
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Dvd
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Aug 2014
#16

81

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Lite‑On DS‑8ACSH

8 Reviews

£13.62

Tray
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Internal
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Dvd
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Jan 2015
#17

80

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VBEU

1 Review

£27.92

Tray
Info
External
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Dvd
Info
Info
Jan 2015
#18

80

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Asus SDRW‑S1 LITE

 

£107.00

Tray
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Dvd
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Info
Nov 2016
#19

79

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LG GP70NS50

3 Reviews

£47.63

Slot
Info
External
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Dvd
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Info
Nov 2013

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What Are The Best Optical Disc Drive Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every optical disc drive and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated optical disc drive brand is LG with an average rating of 70%. Compare all award winning optical disc drives.

Rank Brand Number of Optical Disc Drives Price Range Average Rating
#1
LG Optical Disc Drives 23 £9 - £120
70%
47 reviews
#2
HP Optical Disc Drives 20 £9 - £158

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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

Cd Burner Prices

Optical disc drives range in price from £12 to £190 and in total we found prices for 68 optical disc drives. The average price of a new dvd rewriter is £54 and 80% of dvd writers are priced between £16 and £100. The Apple USB SuperDrive is the cheapest cd burner at only £12, and I-O Data BRDS16PX is the most expensive at £190.

Cd Burner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Verbatim dvd (re)writers is £97 which is the highest average price of all dvd burner brands. Verbatim dvd (re)writers start at £24 and their most expensive dvd burner costs £170.

Intel cd writers range in price from £80 to £80, and the second highest average dvd burner price out of all brands is Intel cd writers with an average price of £80.

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

Optical Disc Drive Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 11 expert reviews and 226 user reviews for cd writers and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of cd (re)writer.

Biggest Cd Writer Retailers

The biggest optical disc drive retailer by number of products currently for sale is SmartTeck. We found 15 current optical disc drive offers from SmartTeck. The second biggest retailer is Raysan and Carter with 13 offers. That means SmartTeck is slightly bigger than Raysan and Carter when it comes to dvd burners. Novatech is the third biggest retailer with 6 current offers.

How Fast Do Cd Writer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, cd (re)writers drop in price by 10% on average.

A typical new dvd burner costs on average £26. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £3.

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.

We found 114 dvd writers that are dvd writers that have a tray loading, which makes this the most common disc loading type amongst new dvd writers. Slot is the second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new cd (re)writers. We found 29 cd (re)writers that are cd burners that have a slot loading.

Type

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

We found 83 dvd writers that are internal cd burners, which makes this the most popular type amongst new dvd writers. External is the second most popular type amongst new optical disc drives. We found 52 optical disc drives that are external dvd writers.

Optical Drive Types

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

Amongst new optical disc drives, the most common optical drive type is dvd. We found 116 optical disc drives that are optical disc drives that have a dvd Optical drive type. The second most common optical drive type amongst new dvd burners is blu-ray. We found 27 dvd burners that are dvd burners that have a blu-ray Optical drive type.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cd (Re)Writers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying dvd writers. For each retailer it shows the total number of dvd writers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd 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 Raysan and Carter. 4 of their dvd burner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Cd Rewriters for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for cd writers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of cd (re)writer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's cd (re)writer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Raysan and Carter. 30.8% of their cd rewriter prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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