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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 100 UK prices • 3,600 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Price
Disc Loading Type
Type
Optical Drive Type
Available Colours
Release Date
#1

88

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LG GH24NSD1

£11.40

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Sep 2015
#2

89

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Asus DRW24D5MT

£11.75

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Oct 2016
#3

89

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Asus logo

Asus SDRW08U7MU

£23.03

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Dec 2015
#4

87

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Asus logo

Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

£19.98

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Feb 2013
#5

86

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Asus SDRW08U1MT

£14.49

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Nov 2016
#6

85

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Asus ZenDrive U7M

742 Reviews

£23.03

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Dec 2016
#7

83

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Asus ZenDrive U9M

£40.46

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Aug 2017
#8

85

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DELL DW316

997 Reviews

£41.82

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Sep 2016
#9

84

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LG BH16NS55

£64.67

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Nov 2015
#10

84

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Lite‑On IHAS12414

£10.89

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Aug 2013
#11

84

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Asus SBC06D2XU

£55.49

Tray
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jun 2015
#12

84

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Asus BW16D1HT

1 Review

£54.72

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Jun 2015
#13

82

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Asus SBW‑06D2X‑U

£78.51

Tray
Info
External
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Feb 2012
#14

80

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LG GH24NSC0

144 Reviews

£19.99

Slot
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Aug 2014
#15

81

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Asus SDRW‑08U5S‑U

£40.91

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Mar 2015
#16

81

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LG GH24NSD0.ARAA10B

£11.26

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Aug 2016
#17

81

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VBEU

£20.99

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Jan 2015
#18

79

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Apple SuperDrive

602 Reviews

£62.99

Slot
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
Aug 2015
#19

79

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Lite‑On EBAU108

£16.99

Tray
Info
External
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
May 2016
#20

79

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LiteOn IHAS122

£16.36

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Dvd
Info
Info
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.

Rank Brand Number of Optical Disc Drives Price Range Average Rating
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LG Optical Disc Drives 23 £11 - £95
88%
999 reviews
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HP Optical Disc Drives 20 £11 - £454

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£62.99
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£23.03
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£54.72
£42 cheaper
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£96.74
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£41.82
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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

In total we found 58 cd burners ranging from £10 to £455. On average, a new dvd burner costs £53 and 80% of cd writers are priced between £12 and £80. The most expensive cd rewriter that we found is the HP DVD+/-RW DL SuperMulti at £454, and the cheapest is the Lite-On IHAS12414 at only £11.

Cd (Re)Writer Brands - Price Range

Acer dvd (re)writers range in price from £0 to £250, and the highest average cd (re)writer price out of all brands is Acer dvd (re)writers with an average price of £90.

The average price of Pioneer optical disc drives is £57 which is the second highest average price of all cd writer brands. Pioneer optical disc drives range in price from £26 to £88.

Apple cd (re)writers start at £0 and their most expensive dvd writer costs £65. The third highest average dvd writer price out of all brands is Apple cd (re)writers with an average price of £43.

Cd (Re)Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 19 expert reviews and 3,442 user reviews for dvd rewriters and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of dvd rewriter.

Biggest Cd (Re)Writer Retailers

The biggest dvd (re)writer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 26 current dvd (re)writer offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 19 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than Ebuyer when it comes to cd (re)writers. BT Business Direct is the third biggest retailer with 14 current offers.

When Are Most New Dvd Rewriters Released?

Most new cd rewriters tend to be released between April and June. That means that most of the latest dvd writer technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month in 2018 for new dvd rewriter releases was June, with eight new optical disc drives released that month. In April 2017, seven new dvd burners were released making it the biggest month that year for new dvd rewriter releases. In 2016 most new cd burners were released in May, with eight new cd burners released that month.

How Fast Do Dvd (Re)Writer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, dvd burners drop in price by 10%. That means that on a typical dvd rewriter costing £23 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.

The most common disc loading type amongst new dvd writers is tray. We found 107 dvd writers that are cd (re)writers that have a tray loading. We found 29 dvd (re)writers that are dvd burners that have a slot loading, making this the second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new dvd (re)writers.

Type

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

We found 78 optical disc drives that are internal dvd writers, which makes internal the most common type amongst new optical disc drives. We found 50 dvd rewriters that are external cd (re)writers, making this the second most frequently found type amongst new dvd rewriters.

Optical Drive Types

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

We found 110 cd (re)writers that are dvd writers that have a dvd Optical drive type, which makes this the most popular optical drive type amongst new cd (re)writers. Blu-ray is the second most popular optical drive type amongst new dvd writers. We found 26 dvd writers that are cd writers that have a blu-ray Optical drive type.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cd Writers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd rewriters. For each retailer it shows the total number of cd rewriters where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd (re)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. 14 of their dvd writer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Cd (Re)Writers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for cd rewriters 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. 53.8% of their dvd (re)writer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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