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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 840 UK prices • 3,300 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Lite‑On iHAS124

123 Reviews

£11.22

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
DVD
Info
Info
Aug 2013
Track-At-
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Asus DRW‑24D5MT

£11.47

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
DVD
Info
Info
Oct 2016
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LG GH24NSD1

£11.40

Tray
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External
Info
DVD
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Info
Sep 2015
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Asus SDRW‑08U7M‑U

£23.88

Tray
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External
Info
DVD
Info
Info
Dec 2015
LightScr-
ibe
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Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

£19.98

Tray
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DVD
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Info
Feb 2013
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Asus ZenDrive U7M

530 Reviews

£23.88

Tray
Info
External
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DVD
Info
Info
Dec 2016
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Asus SDRW‑08U1MT

£17.99

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
DVD
Info
Info
Nov 2016
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Asus BW‑16D1

1 Review

£55.19

Tray
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Internal
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Blu-Ray
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Info
Jun 2015
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DELL DW316

997 Reviews

£41.34

Tray
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External
Info
DVD
Info
Info
Sep 2016
Plug &
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Voucher
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Lite‑On eBAU108

£16.97

Tray
Info
External
Info
DVD
Info
Info
May 2016
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LG CH12NS40

£79.69

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
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Info
Nov 2018
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LG BH16NS55

£71.49

Tray
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Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
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Info
Nov 2015
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Lite‑On DU‑8A6SH

£12.00

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
Info
Info
Jul 2016
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Asus SBC‑06D2X‑U

£62.71

Tray
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jun 2015
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Asus ZenDrive U9M

£41.74

Tray
Info
External
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DVD
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Info
Aug 2017
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LG GTC0N

£24.55

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Oct 2015
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LG GP57EW40

13 Reviews

£30.19

Tray
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External
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DVD
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Info
Mar 2015
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Buffalo DVSM‑PT58U2V

£20.90

Tray
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External
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DVD
Info
Info
Jan 2015
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Lite‑On iHAS122

£12.12

Slot
Info
Internal
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DVD
Info
Info
Nov 2013
Plug &
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Apple SuperDrive

549 Reviews

£62.99

Slot
Info
External
Info
DVD
Info
(Unknown)
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Aug 2015

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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 - £105
88%
973 reviews
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HP Optical Disc Drives 20 £10 - £68

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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 Writer Prices

Dvd rewriters range in price from £11 to £250 and in total we found prices for 55 dvd rewriters. The average price of a new optical disc drive is £45 and 80% of cd burners are priced between £12 and £78. The most expensive cd burner that we found is the Acer DVD Writer at £250, and the cheapest is the Lite-On iHAS124 at only £11.

Cd Rewriter Brands - Price Range

Acer cd rewriters start at £0 and their most expensive cd rewriter costs £250. The highest average cd rewriter price out of all brands is Acer cd rewriters with an average price of £90.

Pioneer dvd writers start at £27 and their most expensive dvd writer costs £90. The average price of Pioneer dvd writers is £59 which is the second highest average price of all dvd writer brands.

The average price of Apple cd rewriters is £44 which is the third highest average price of all cd rewriter brands. Apple cd rewriters range in price from £0 to £70.

Cd (Re)Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 18 expert reviews and 3,186 user reviews for dvd burners and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of dvd burner.

Biggest Optical Disc Drive Retailers

The biggest dvd rewriter retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 42 current dvd rewriter offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is CompAdvance with 25 offers. That means Amazon UK is much bigger than CompAdvance when it comes to dvd (re)writers. Ebuyer is the third biggest retailer with 19 current offers.

When Are Most New Optical Disc Drives Released?

The most common period for new dvd rewriters to be released in is between April and June. If you want the latest dvd writer technology you may want to think about waiting until April 2019. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current dvd (re)writers tend to drop off when the next models are released. The biggest month last year for new optical disc drive releases was June, with eight new cd rewriters released that month. In 2017 most new cd rewriters were released in April, with seven new cd rewriters released that month. Eight new cd (re)writers were released in May 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new dvd rewriter releases.

How Fast Do Dvd Rewriter Prices Drop After Release?

On average cd burners drop in price by 13% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new optical disc drive costing £19, 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.

We found 106 cd rewriters that are dvd rewriters that have a tray loading, which makes tray the most popular disc loading type amongst new cd rewriters. The second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new dvd burners is slot. We found 29 dvd burners that are optical disc drives 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.

Amongst new optical disc drives, the most common type is internal. We found 78 optical disc drives that are internal dvd rewriters. External is the second most popular type amongst new cd (re)writers. We found 50 cd (re)writers that are external dvd (re)writers.

Optical Drive Types

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

We found 110 dvd writers that are cd rewriters that have a DVD Optical drive type, which makes DVD the most frequently found optical drive type amongst new dvd writers. We found 25 dvd writers that are cd rewriters that have a Blu-Ray Optical drive type, making Blu-Ray the second most popular optical drive type amongst new dvd writers.

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

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd burners. For each retailer it shows the total number of cd burners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd 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 Amazon UK. 20 of their dvd (re)writer 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 dvd writers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of cd rewriter prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's cd rewriter prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon UK. 47.6% of their cd burner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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