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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 3,500 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Lite‑On IHAS12414

£12.49

Tray
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Aug 2013
#2

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Asus DRW24D5MT

£11.23

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Oct 2016
#3

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Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

£19.99

Tray
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Feb 2013
#4

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Asus BW16D1HT

1 Review

£58.43

Tray
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Jun 2015
#5

86

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Asus SDRW08U7MU

£30.73

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Dec 2015
#6

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Asus SDRW08U1MT

£18.99

Tray
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1
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Nov 2016
#7

86

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Asus ZenDrive U9M

£36.59

Tray
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Aug 2017
#8

85

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LG GH24NSD1

£17.45

Tray
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Sep 2015
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84

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Asus DRW24F1MT

£15.99

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1
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Aug 2015
#10

84

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DELL DW316

997 Reviews

£40.77

Tray
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Sep 2016
#11

84

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LG BH16NS55

4 Reviews

£78.24

Tray
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1
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Nov 2015
#12

83

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LG GTC0N

£17.16

Tray
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1
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Oct 2015
#13

83

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Asus SBC06D2XU

£66.99

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Jun 2015
#14

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Asus SDRW08U5SU

£34.78

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Mar 2015
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Asus ZenDrive U7M

742 Reviews

£24.99

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Dec 2016
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Asus SBW06D2XU

£79.09

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Feb 2012
#17

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Apple SuperDrive

586 Reviews

£10.35

Slot
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Aug 2015
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LG GP57EW40

30 Reviews

£26.54

Tray
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Mar 2015
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LG GH24NSC0

144 Reviews

£16.97

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Aug 2014
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Lite‑On EBAU108

£16.99

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May 2016

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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 88%. Compare all award winning optical disc drives.

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LG Optical Disc Drives 23 £10 - £114
88%
970 reviews
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HP Optical Disc Drives 20 £10 - £66

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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.

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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.

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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.

Optical Disc Drive Retailers, Prices and Features

Cd (Re)Writer Prices

In total we found 53 cd burners ranging from £10 to £114. A new dvd writer costs on average £40 and 80% of dvd rewriters are priced between £13 and £79. The most expensive cd burner that we found is the LG WP50NB40 at £114, and the cheapest is the Apple SuperDrive at only £10.

Cd Rewriter Brands - Price Range

Pioneer optical disc drives range in price from £23 to £92, and the highest average dvd writer price out of all brands is Pioneer optical disc drives with an average price of £58.

Silverstone cd (re)writers range in price from £0 to £75, and the average price of Silverstone cd (re)writers is £38 which is the second highest average price of all cd rewriter brands.

Verbatim cd (re)writers range in price from £0 to £84, and the average price of Verbatim cd (re)writers is £37 which is the third highest average price of all dvd (re)writer brands.

Cd Rewriter Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 18 expert reviews and 3,418 user reviews for optical disc drives and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of optical disc drive.

Biggest Cd Burner Retailers

The biggest dvd writer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Novatech. We found 5 current dvd writer offers from Novatech. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 2 offers. That means Novatech is more than twice as big as eBay when it comes to dvd writers. John Lewis is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

When Are Most New Cd (Re)Writers Released?

The most common period for new dvd writers to be released in is between April and June. If you want the latest cd writer features you may be best waiting until April 2020. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current dvd rewriters tend to drop off when the next models are released. In June 2018, eight new cd burners were released making it the biggest month that year for new cd rewriter releases. April was the biggest month in 2017 for new cd burners, with seven new cd burners released that month. In 2016 most new cd burners were released in September, with nine new cd burners released that month.

How Fast Do Dvd Rewriter Prices Drop After Release?

New dvd rewriters drop in price by an average of 10% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

That means that on a typical cd burner costing £16 you could save on average £2 by waiting 6 months before buying.

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 111 optical disc drives that are dvd (re)writers that have a tray loading, which makes tray the most popular disc loading type amongst new optical disc drives. The second most common disc loading type amongst new cd (re)writers is slot. We found 29 cd (re)writers that are cd rewriters 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.

The most frequently found type amongst new optical disc drives is internal. We found 81 optical disc drives that are internal dvd rewriters. External is the second most popular type amongst new optical disc drives. We found 51 optical disc drives that are external optical disc drives.

Optical Drive Types

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

The most common optical drive type amongst new dvd burners is dvd. We found 114 dvd burners that are cd (re)writers that have a dvd Optical drive type. We found 26 dvd writers that are dvd (re)writers that have a blu-ray Optical drive type, making blu-ray the second most common optical drive type amongst new dvd writers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Dvd Rewriters?

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 burners. 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 shop4world. 1 of their cd writer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Optical Disc Drives for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for dvd (re)writers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of dvd writer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's dvd writer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers.

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