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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 580 UK prices • 3,800 expert & user reviews • 200 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

LG GH24NSC0

144 Reviews
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£14.18

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Feb 2017
The highest scoring internal optical drive around, with a very good spec. Supported DVDs but it's noisy and not quiet.
#2

89

LG GH24NSD1

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£9.38

Tray
Info
External
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DVD
Info
Aug 2015
The highest scoring external optical drive on the market.
#3

88

Asus ZenDrive U7M

530 Reviews
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£22.48

Tray
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External
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DVD
Info
Dec 2016
This optical disc drive has outstanding features and it's very easy to use, and well designed. It's a very good value for money and very highly rated tray loading external optical disc drive, with a good spec.
#4

88

Asus DRW‑24D5MT

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£10.57

Tray
Info
Internal
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DVD
Info
Jul 2016
A best selling and low cost tray loading internal optical disc drive, with a very good spec.
#5

86

DELL DW316

996 Reviews
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£37.26

Tray
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External
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DVD
Info
Sep 2016
A positively reviewed but slightly out of date tray loading external cd writer, with a good price and a good spec. Supported DVDs, it's very easy to use and good for CDs.
#6

86

LG GTC0N

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£18.29

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
Info
Oct 2015
A fully featured and affordable tray loading internal dvd writer.
#7

86

Asus BW‑16D1

1 Review
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£55.20

Tray
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Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Jul 2013
The top rated cd burner under £100, with a good price.
#8

85

Lite‑On eBAU108

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£16.26

Tray
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External
Info
DVD
Info
May 2016
A very cheap but 3 year old tray loading external dvd burner, with very good user reviews and a good spec.
#9

85

Asus SDRW‑08U1MT

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£16.36

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Nov 2016
A remarkably cheap and fully featured tray loading internal dvd (re)writer.
#10

85

Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

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£18.00

Tray
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External
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DVD
Info
Feb 2013
A fully featured and affordable tray loading external dvd (re)writer.
#11

84

Lite‑On IHAS122

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£12.12

Slot
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Internal
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DVD
Info
Mar 2017
An affordable but 2 year old slot loading internal dvd rewriter, with a great spec.
#12

84

LG BH16NS55

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£85.70

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
Info
Oct 2015
A high-quality but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd (re)writer, with a good price.
#13

83

Apple SuperDrive

801 Reviews
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£62.99

Slot
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External
Info
DVD
Info
Aug 2015
The highest review score external optical drive on the market, with a good spec. It has really fast read/write speeds, it's very easy to use and good for CDs.
#14

83

LiteOn iHAS124

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£12.12

Tray
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Internal
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CD-ROM
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Aug 2015
An impressive value for money but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd writer, with a good spec.
#15

83

Lite‑On iHAS124

166 Reviews
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£10.49

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Dec 2012
. It's a classic and fully loaded tray loading internal dvd burner.
#16

82

Asus ZenDrive U9M

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£36.69

Tray
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External
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DVD
Info
Aug 2017
A relatively new and good value for money tray loading external cd rewriter, with a great spec.
#17

81

LiteOn iHAS124‑14

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£9.96

Tray
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Internal
Info
DVD
Info
Aug 2016
The cheapest internal optical drive on the market.
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#18

81

LG GP90EB70.AUAE10

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£28.16

Slot
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External
Info
DVD
Info
Apr 2017
A very cheap but a little out of date slot loading external cd writer, with a good spec.
#19

81

Asus SDRW‑08U7M‑U

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£26.11

Tray
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External
Info
DVD
Info
Dec 2015
A fully featured and good value for money tray loading external dvd (re)writer.
#20

81

Asus SDRW‑08U5S‑U

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£30.92

Tray
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External
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DVD
Info
May 2013
A fully featured and cheap tray loading external dvd rewriter.

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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 77%. Compare all award winning optical disc drives.

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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 writers is from £9 to £250 and in total we found prices for 44 dvd writers. The average price of a new cd (re)writer is £42 and 80% of dvd rewriters are priced between £12 and £72. The LG GH24NSD1 is the cheapest cd burner at only £9, and Acer DVD Writer is the most expensive at £250.

Cd Writer Brands - Price Range

The highest average dvd burner price out of all brands is Acer cd burners with an average price of £83. Acer cd burners start at £0 and their most expensive dvd burner costs £250.

The average price of Apple dvd burners is £44 which is the second highest average price of all dvd burner brands. Apple dvd burners range in price from £0 to £70.

The average price of Buffalo dvd (re)writers is £31 which is the third highest average price of all optical disc drive brands. Buffalo dvd (re)writers start at £0 and their most expensive optical disc drive costs £72.

Dvd (Re)Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 19 expert reviews and 3,600 user reviews for cd rewriters and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of optical disc drive.

Biggest Dvd (Re)Writer Retailers

We found 31 current offers for dvd writers from Amazon UK making it the biggest cd (re)writer retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Techdna for whom we found 17 current offers for dvd writers. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 16 current cd (re)writer offers.

When Are Most New Cd Writers Released?

Most new dvd rewriters tend to be released between April and May. If you wait until April 2019 then you might be able to get better features on your dvd burner. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current dvd burners tend to drop off when the next models are released. In April 2017 seven new dvd writers were released making it the biggest month that year for new optical disc drive releases. Nine new cd writers were released in May 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new dvd (re)writer releases. In 2015 most new cd burners were released in July, with 11 new cd burners released that month.

How Fast Do Cd Rewriter Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, dvd (re)writers drop in price by 14%. On a typical new cd (re)writer costing £14, 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 107 dvd writers that are optical disc drives that have a tray loading, which makes this the most popular disc loading type amongst new dvd writers. The second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new cd rewriters is slot. We found 27 cd rewriters that are cd (re)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.

Amongst new cd rewriters, the most popular type is internal. We found 77 cd rewriters that are internal optical disc drives. External is the second most popular type amongst new dvd writers. We found 48 dvd writers that are external dvd writers.

Optical Drive Types

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

The most frequently found optical drive type amongst new dvd burners is DVD. We found 111 dvd burners that are dvd writers that have a DVD Optical drive type. The second most common optical drive type amongst new dvd (re)writers is Blu-Ray. We found 22 dvd (re)writers that are dvd burners that have a Blu-Ray Optical drive type.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Dvd Rewriters?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd writers. For each retailer it shows the total number of cd writers 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. 16 of their cd rewriter 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 writers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of optical disc drive prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's optical disc drive prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon UK. 51.6% of their optical disc drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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