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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 720 UK prices • 10,000 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • 13 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

Asus DRW‑24D5MT

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£10.57

Tray
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DVD
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Jul 2016
The highest scoring internal optical drive available, with a great spec.
#2

90

Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

383 Reviews
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£19.98

Tray
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DVD
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Feb 2013
The highest scoring external optical drive around, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website.
#3

90

LG GH24NSD1

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£10.92

Tray
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DVD
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Aug 2015
The cheapest external optical drive available.
#4

89

DELL DW316

1,037 Reviews
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£21.49

Tray
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DVD
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Sep 2016
A top-value and staggeringly highly rated tray loading external dvd (re)writer, with a good spec.
#5

89

LG GH24NSC0

130 Reviews
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£14.18

Tray
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DVD
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Feb 2017
A bargain price and classic tray loading internal cd writer, with a very good spec.
#6

89

Asus ZenDrive U7M

261 Reviews
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£22.55

Tray
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DVD
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Dec 2016
A very popular and positively reviewed tray loading external dvd burner, with a very reasonable price and a good spec. This dvd burner is very good value for money, easy to use and well designed.
#7

89

Asus SDRW‑08U7M‑U

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£26.23

Tray
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DVD
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Dec 2015
A very popular and top-value tray loading external dvd burner, with a very good spec.
#8

88

Asus DRW‑24F1MT

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£18.42

Slot
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DVD
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Aug 2015
A top-value and top of the range slot loading internal dvd burner.
#9

87

Asus SDRW‑08U1MT

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£14.38

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Nov 2016
A low cost but a little out of date tray loading internal dvd rewriter, with a very good spec.
#10

87

Lite‑On eBAU108

710 Reviews
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£15.97

Tray
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Jan 2014
A low cost and best selling tray loading external cd writer, with a good spec.
#11

86

LiteOn iHAS124‑14

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£9.96

Tray
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DVD
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Aug 2016
The highest review score internal optical drive available, but with only an average spec. Supported DVDs, it has very fast read/write speeds and it's good value for money.
#12

85

Asus BW‑16D1

45 Reviews
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£55.20

Tray
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Blu-Ray
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Jul 2013
The highest rated optical disc drive under £100, with a good price.
#13

84

Asus SDRW‑08U5S‑U

16 Reviews
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£26.09

Tray
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External
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DVD
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May 2013
A good value for money and award winning tray loading external dvd (re)writer, with a great spec.
#14

84

LG GTC0N

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£12.94

Tray
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DVD
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Sep 2015
A fully featured and low cost tray loading internal dvd (re)writer.
#15

83

Lite‑On DS‑8ACSH

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£12.67

Tray
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DVD
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Jan 2015
A classic and affordable tray loading internal dvd writer, with a good spec.
#16

83

LiteOn iHAS124

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£12.12

Tray
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Aug 2015
A bargain price but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd (re)writer, with a good spec.
#17

83

Lite‑On IHAS122

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£12.12

Slot
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DVD
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Mar 2017
A remarkably cheap but marginally out of date slot loading internal cd burner, with a good spec.
#18

82

Lite‑On DU‑8A6SH

9 Reviews
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£14.99

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Jul 2016
A bargain price but moderately out of date tray loading internal cd rewriter, with a good spec.
#19

82

Asus ZenDrive U9M

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£35.49

Tray
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External
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DVD
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Aug 2017
A cheap and relatively new tray loading external dvd writer, with a great spec.
#20

82

LG BH16NS55

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£58.89

Tray
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Blu-Ray
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Oct 2015
A fully loaded but 3 year old tray loading internal cd burner, with a fair price.

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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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2,241 reviews

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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 (Re)Writer Prices

The price range of dvd rewriters is from £8 to £191 and in total we found prices for 79 dvd rewriters. On average, a new cd burner costs £45 and 80% of dvd (re)writers are priced between £12 and £90. The most expensive cd (re)writer that we found is the Sonnet RACK-MIN-BDRW at £191, and the cheapest is the Asus DRW-24D5MT at only £9.

Cd (Re)Writer Brands - Price Range

Sonnet dvd (re)writers range in price from £191 to £191, and the highest average dvd (re)writer price out of all brands is Sonnet dvd (re)writers with an average price of £191.

I-O Data cd rewriters start at £150 and their most expensive cd (re)writer costs £150. The average price of I-O Data cd rewriters is £150 which is the second highest average price of all cd (re)writer brands.

Silverstone cd rewriters start at £81 and their most expensive dvd (re)writer costs £81. The third highest average dvd (re)writer price out of all brands is Silverstone cd rewriters with an average price of £81.

Dvd (Re)Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 60 expert reviews and 9,551 user reviews for dvd rewriters and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of dvd writer.

Biggest Cd Burner Retailers

We found 68 current offers for cd rewriters from Amazon UK making it the biggest dvd writer retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Idealo UK for whom we found 32 current offers for cd rewriters. The third biggest retailer is Techdna with 17 current dvd writer offers.

When Are Most New Cd Writers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear trend in the release month for new cd burners. In April 2017 seven new dvd (re)writers were released making it the biggest month that year for new dvd writer releases. In 2016 most new cd (re)writers were released in September, with nine new cd (re)writers released that month. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new cd writers, with 12 new cd writers released that month.

How Fast Do Cd Rewriter Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, dvd burners drop in price by 15%. On a typical new cd writer costing £30, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £4.

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 101 cd burners that are dvd rewriters that have a tray loading, which makes tray the most frequently found disc loading type amongst new cd burners. The second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new cd burners is slot. We found 27 cd burners that are dvd writers 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 73 dvd burners that are internal optical disc drives, which makes this the most frequently found type amongst new dvd burners. We found 48 dvd burners that are external cd (re)writers, making this the second most common type amongst new dvd burners.

Optical Drive Types

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

The most popular optical drive type amongst new dvd (re)writers is DVD. We found 105 dvd (re)writers that are dvd burners that have a DVD Optical drive type. Blu-Ray is the second most popular optical drive type amongst new cd rewriters. We found 21 cd rewriters that are dvd (re)writers that have a Blu-Ray Optical drive type.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Dvd Burners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd (re)writers. For each retailer it shows the total number of cd (re)writers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd writers. 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. 35 of their cd writer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Cd Burners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for optical disc drives by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of dvd burner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's dvd burner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon UK. 51.5% of their dvd burner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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