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Compare the 10 Best Optical Disc DrivesDecember 2017(Last Updated 15 December 2017)

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The best optical disc drives on the market, necessary for playing DVDs and burning discs
Compare top brands including LG, Asus and HP
Every week we rank the best optical disc drives based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 180 Optical Disc Drive Models 1,280 Optical Disc Drive Reviews 924 Optical Disc Drive Prices
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180 Optical Disc Drive Models
1,280 Optical Disc Drive Reviews
924 Optical Disc Drive Prices
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{Asus SDRW-08D2S-U LITE
£18.12
Was £20 (24 days ago)
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#1

90

iHAS124

Lite‑On iHAS124

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£10.49

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Sep 2017
The highest scoring external optical drive around, with good features and superb user reviews
#2

82

GH24NSD1

LG GH24NSD1

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£12.77

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Sep 2015
A bargain price and top-quality tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd rewriter
#3

82

GH24NSD1

LG GH24NSD1

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£13.40

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Aug 2015
A best selling and low cost tray loading DVD Optical drive type optical disc drive, with features
#4

81

DRW-24F1MT

Asus DRW‑24F1MT

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£15.13

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Aug 2015
A fully featured and affordable tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd burner
#5

78

ZenDrive U7M

Asus ZenDrive U7M

93 Reviews
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£18.76

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Dec 2016
A bargain price and very highly rated tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd writer, but with only middle of the road features
#6

74

SH-224

Samsung SH‑224

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£18.99

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Feb 2016
A top-value and good spec tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd writer
#7

73

DRW-24D5MT

Asus DRW‑24D5MT

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£10.45

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Apr 2016
A top-value but 2 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd rewriter, with good features
#8

72

SDRW-08U1MT

Asus SDRW‑08U1MT

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£13.96

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Nov 2016
A fairly new and low cost tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd rewriter, with good features
#9

71

GTC0N

LG GTC0N

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£15.77

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Sep 2015
A bargain price and good spec tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd (re)writer
#10

71

SDRW-08U7M-U

Asus SDRW‑08U7M‑U

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£18.76

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Jan 2016
A good value for money and very popular tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd rewriter, with good features
#11

70

SH-224DB

Samsung SH‑224DB

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£22.99

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Apr 2016
A remarkably good value for money but 2 year old slot loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer, with good features
#12

69

BH16NS55

LG BH16NS55

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£60.87

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Feb 2016
The top scoring dvd writer under £100, but representing only moderate value for money
#13

69

SDRW-08U5S-U

Asus SDRW‑08U5S‑U

2 Reviews + 1 Award
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£28.96

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Mar 2015
A cheap and good spec slot loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer, with average reviews
#14

68

SDRW-08D2S-U LITE

Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U LITE

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£18.12

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Jan 2015
A very popular and very cheap tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd rewriter, with good features
#15

68

GH24NSC0

LG GH24NSC0

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£13.99

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Aug 2015
An affordable but slightly out of date tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd (re)writer, with an spectacularly fast 48x CD read speed but only middle of the road features
#16

66

BE16NU50

LG BE16NU50

20 Reviews
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£91.99

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Feb 2016
A stunningly fast CD read speed and very highly rated slot loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type dvd writer, with features
#17

65

BW-16D1HT

Asus BW‑16D1HT

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£30.24

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Nov 2015
A good value for money but 2 year old tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type cd rewriter, with only middle of the road features
#18

63

iHAS124

LiteOn iHAS124

596 Reviews
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£11.17

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Aug 2015
A top-value and very popular tray loading CD-ROM Optical drive type optical disc drive, but with only average features
#19

63

IHAS122

LiteOn IHAS122

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£10.80

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Aug 2015
A sensationally cheap but 2 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd burner, with inferior features
#20

63

DW316

DELL DW316

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£12.99

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Sep 2016
A great value for money and relatively new tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd rewriter, but with not very good features

62

SH-224DB

Samsung SH‑224DB

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£33.45

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Dec 2015
A cheap but 2 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd rewriter, with only average features

61

DVR-XU01T

Pioneer DVR‑XU01T

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£21.59

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Jan 2016
A bargain price but slightly out of date tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer, with only average features

61

DU-8A6SH

Lite‑On DU‑8A6SH

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£12.50

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Mar 2015
A best selling and top-value tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer, but with only average features

61

BH16NS55

LG BH16NS55

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£62.99

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Oct 2015
A powerful but 2 year old tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type cd burner, representing poor value for money

61

SU-208HB

Samsung SU‑208HB

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£12.48

Ebuyer Business
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Jul 2015
A low cost but slightly out of date tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd writer, with only middle of the road features

60

eBAU108

Lite‑On eBAU108

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£16.99

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May 2016
A low cost and best selling tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd burner, but with inferior features

60

DS-8ACSH

Lite‑On DS‑8ACSH

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£12.60

PC World Business
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Jan 2015
A great value for money but 3 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd burner, with only average features

60

DVSM-PT58U2VB

Buffalo DVSM‑PT58U2VB

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£18.99

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Jun 2015
A bargain price but 3 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type optical disc drive, with not very good features

60

BH16NS55

LG BH16NS55

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£65.18

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Nov 2015
A phenomenally fast CD read speed and powerful tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type cd rewriter, but representing not very good value for money

59

SP80NB60

LG SP80NB60

20 Reviews
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£21.97

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Apr 2015
A low cost but 3 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd (re)writer, with poor features

59

GTC0N

LG GTC0N

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£18.79

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Sep 2015
An affordable but a little out of date tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd (re)writer, with poor features

59

CH12NS40

LG CH12NS40

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£66.61

Amazon UK
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Feb 2016
A fully featured but a little out of date tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type cd (re)writer, representing poor value for money

59

BC-12D2HT

Asus BC‑12D2HT

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£46.86

BT Shop
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May 2015
A good spec but 3 year old tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type dvd burner, representing only moderate value for money

58

SH-118

Samsung SH‑118

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£20.37

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Jan 2016
A cheap but 2 year old slot loading DVD Optical drive type dvd burner, with one of the fastest CD read speeds around but inferior features

57

ES1

Lite‑On ES1

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£19.48

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Jun 2017
A recently released and bargain price tray loading DVD Optical drive type optical disc drive, but with inferior features

57

BW-16D1H-U PRO

Asus BW‑16D1H‑U PRO

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£129.90

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Jun 2015
The top rated optical disc drive under £500, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website

57

GP57EW40

LG GP57EW40

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£21.98

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Feb 2016
A good value for money and best selling tray loading DVD Optical drive type optical disc drive, but with not very good features

57

EC24

Atlantis Land EC24

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£32.64

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Apr 2017
A relatively new but only average value for money slot loading DVD Optical drive type cd writer, with poor features

57

SN-208FB

Samsung SN‑208FB

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£29.95

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Sep 2017
The newest external optical drive on the market

56

SuperDrive

Apple SuperDrive

184 Reviews
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£62.99

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Aug 2015
The highest review score external optical drive available, but with poor features

55

TS8XDVDS-W

Transcend TS8XDVDS‑W

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£23.12

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Dec 2014
A good value for money but 3 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type optical disc drive, with poor features

55

GUD0N.AUAA10B

LG GUD0N.AUAA10B

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£15.29

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Apr 2016
A good value for money but 2 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd (re)writer, with poor features

54

DH18NS61

LG DH18NS61

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£22.33

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Aug 2015
A 2 year old and moderate value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd rewriter, with only middle of the road features

54

GP95EW70

LG GP95EW70

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£40.70

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Jun 2017
A newly released but only middle of the road value for money slot loading DVD Optical drive type cd rewriter, with poor features

53

GH24NSD1

LG GH24NSD1

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£19.30

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Sep 2015
A powerful but 2 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd writer

53

ZenDrive U9M

Asus ZenDrive U9M

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£36.99

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Aug 2017
A newly released but not very good value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd writer, with only average features

53

External USB DVDRW Drive

HP External USB DVDRW Drive

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£30.41

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Dec 2015
A moderate value for money and 2 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd burner, with inferior features

53

SE-208GB

Samsung SE‑208GB

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£29.99

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Aug 2015
A slightly out of date and middle of the road value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type optical disc drive, with inferior features

52

N1M42AA

HP N1M42AA

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£37.30

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Jul 2015
A little out of date and average value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd rewriter, with not very good features

52

338-BGNR

DELL 338‑BGNR

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£5.00

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Dec 2014
The cheapest external optical drive around

51

SE-218GN

Samsung SE‑218GN

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£26.49

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Sep 2015
A moderate value for money and marginally out of date tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd burner, with not very good features

50

BW-16D1HT

Asus BW‑16D1HT

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£63.60

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Apr 2015
A middle of the road spec and 3 year old tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type dvd rewriter, representing poor value for money

50

ODD Module

HP ODD Module

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£59.02

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Sep 2016
A fairly new but only average value for money slot loading DVD Optical drive type cd rewriter, with poor features

49

SBC-06D2X-U

Asus SBC‑06D2X‑U

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£65.16

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Jun 2015
A good spec but 3 year old tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type cd rewriter, representing poor value for money

47

652241-B21

HP 652241‑B21

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£27.10

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Oct 2015
A middle of the road value for money and marginally out of date tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd rewriter, with not very good features

47

SBW-06D2X-U

Asus SBW‑06D2X‑U

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£78.40

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Jun 2015
A good spec but 2 year old tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type dvd burner, representing not very good value for money

46

SuperMulti DVD/RW

Acer SuperMulti DVD/RW

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£31.65

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Jul 2015
A 2 year old and inferior value for money tray loading DVD Optical drive type cd (re)writer, with not very good features

45

WP50NB40

LG WP50NB40

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£54.24

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Jul 2015
A poor value for money and 2 year old tray loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type dvd (re)writer, with not very good features

45

UH12NS40

LG UH12NS40

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£44.99

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Feb 2016
An inferior value for money and 2 year old slot loading Blu-Ray Optical drive type cd burner, with poor features

44

Desktop Mini DVD Super Multi-Writer ODD Module

HP Desktop Mini DVD Super Multi‑Writer ODD Module

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£56.69

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Feb 2016
A poor spec and 2 year old tray loading DVD Optical drive type dvd (re)writer, representing not very good value for money

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Find out how optical disc drive brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their optical disc drives. Click on a link to compare all optical disc drives made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Optical Disc Drives Price Range Average Rating
LG logo LG Optical Disc Drives 22 £13 - £101 73%
Other brands Other Optical Disc Drive Brands 70 £5 - £262

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{Asus SDRW-08D2S-U LITE
£18.12
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{Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2VB
£18.99
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{Asus BW-16D1HT
£30.24
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{LG BE16NU50
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£91.99
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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

Dvd Rewriter Prices

Dvd (re)writers range in price from £5 to £260 and in total we found prices for 90 dvd (re)writers. The average price of a new cd (re)writer is £45 and 80% of cd (re)writers are priced between £13 and £84. The DELL 338-BGNR is the cheapest cd rewriter at only £5, and HP G2 Slim is the most expensive at £260.

Cd (re)writer Brands - Price Range

The average price of Sonnet optical disc drives is £210 which is the highest average price of all dvd burner brands. Sonnet optical disc drives range in price from £210 to £210.

The average price of Silverstone cd (re)writers is £87 which is the second highest average price of all dvd rewriter brands. Silverstone cd (re)writers start at £87 and the most expensive Silverstone dvd rewriter costs £87.

The average price of Apple cd writers is £63 which is the third highest average price of all dvd burner brands. Apple cd writers range in price from £63 to £64.

Cd Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 2 expert reviews and 1,276 user reviews for cd rewriters written online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of cd rewriter. The top rated dvd rewriter brand is Apple with an average rating of 94%. The second best brand is Asus with 91% and the third best brand is Lite-On with 86%.

Biggest Dvd Burner Retailers

We found 73 current offers for dvd rewriters from Amazon UK making it the biggest cd (re)writer retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Idealo UK for whom we found 33 current offers for dvd rewriters. The third biggest retailer is Techdna with 21 current cd (re)writer offers.

When Are Most New Cd Rewriters Released?

We couldn't see any evident pattern in the release dates for new dvd burners over the last 3 years. February was the biggest month in 2016 for new cd (re)writers, with 11 new cd (re)writers released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new cd rewriter releases was July, with 18 new dvd writers released that month. In 2014 most new dvd rewriters were released in June, with 33 new dvd rewriters released that month.

How Fast Do Optical Disc Drive Prices Drop After Release?

On average dvd writers drop in price by 4% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new cd (re)writer costing £35, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £1.

Disc Loading Types

Type of mechanism by which the optical disc is loaded into the product.

The most popular disc loading type amongst new cd rewriters is tray. We found 94 cd rewriters that are cd (re)writers that have a tray loading. We found 21 dvd rewriters that are cd (re)writers that have a slot loading, making this the second most popular disc loading type amongst new dvd rewriters.

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Optical Drive Types

The most common optical drive type amongst new cd writers is DVD. We found 355 cd writers that are optical disc drives that have a DVD Optical drive type. We found 163 dvd writers that are dvd (re)writers that have a DVD-R Optical drive type, making this the second most frequently found optical drive type amongst new dvd writers.

CD Read Speeds

This measures how quickly the optical drive can read information from a CD.

Across the range of optical disc drives, the CD read speeds range from 14x to 48x. The CD read speeds of the majority of dvd writers range from 24x to 26x. The cd rewriter with the fastest CD read speed is the AsusBW-16D1HT, which is a 48x CD read speed cd rewriter and is on sale for £63.60. The AsusBW-16D1HT has the slowest CD read speed. This cd writer is a 14x CD read speed cd burner and is priced at £0.00.

Faster read speeds mean that the data on the disc can be accessed quicker, making every operation faster and meaning less time is wasted waiting for the disc to load.

Biggest Optical Disc Drive Retailers

We found 73 current offers for dvd rewriters from Amazon UK making it the biggest optical disc drive retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Idealo UK for whom we found 33 current offers for dvd rewriters. The third biggest retailer is Techdna with 21 current optical disc drive offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Dvd Writers?

The cheapest retailer by number of cd writer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 43 dvd writers.

Proportion of Dvd Burners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on optical disc drives is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 58.9% of its optical disc drives.

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