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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 190 UK prices • 3,600 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

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Asus DRW24D5MT

£11.92

Tray
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1
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Dvd
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Oct 2016
#2

89

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Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

£16.40

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Feb 2013
#3

89

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Lite‑On IHAS124

£11.22

Tray
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Internal
1
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Dvd
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Aug 2013
#4

89

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Asus BW16D1HT

1 Review

£59.16

Tray
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Internal
1
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Blu-Ray
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Info
Jun 2015
#5

88

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Asus DRW24F1MT

£15.99

Slot
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1
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Dvd
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Aug 2015
#6

88

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LG GH24NSD1

£16.49

Tray
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External
Info
Dvd
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Info
Sep 2015
#7

87

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LG BH16NS55

£70.39

Tray
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Internal
1
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Blu-Ray
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Nov 2015
#8

86

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DELL DW316

997 Reviews

£40.87

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Info
Sep 2016
#9

86

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Asus SBC06D2XU

£62.49

Tray
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External
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Blu-Ray
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Info
Jun 2015
#10

86

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Asus ZenDrive U7M

742 Reviews

£24.99

Tray
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External
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Dvd
Info
Info
Dec 2016
#11

85

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Asus SBW06D2XU

£79.06

Tray
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External
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Blu-Ray
Info
Info
Feb 2012
#12

85

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Asus ZenDrive U9M

£40.80

Tray
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External
Info
Dvd
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Info
Aug 2017
#13

84

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Asus SDRW08U7MU

£32.99

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Info
Dec 2015
#14

84

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LG GTC0N

£20.14

Tray
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Internal
1
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Dvd
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Info
Oct 2015
#15

84

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Apple SuperDrive

596 Reviews

£62.99

Slot
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External
Info
Dvd
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Info
Aug 2015
#16

83

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LG GP57EW40

30 Reviews

£24.99

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Info
Mar 2015
#17

82

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Lite‑On EBAU108

£16.99

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Info
May 2016
#18

80

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LG GH24NSD0.ARAA10B

£11.26

Tray
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Dvd
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(Unknown)
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Aug 2016
#19

80

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LG BP55EB40

3 Reviews

£94.23

Tray
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External
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Blu-Ray
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Oct 2015
#20

79

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Asus SDRW08U1MT

£19.49

Tray
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1
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Dvd
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Nov 2016

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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 87%. 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 - £112
87%
992 reviews
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HP Optical Disc Drives 20 £11 - £56

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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 Burner Prices

The price range of dvd burners is from £10 to £120 and in total we found prices for 43 dvd burners. The average price of a new dvd writer is £43 and 80% of cd (re)writers are priced between £12 and £94. The cheapest cd (re)writer that we found is the Lite-On IHAS12414 at only £10, and the most expensive is the Asus SDRW-S1 LITE at £120.

Dvd Rewriter Brands - Price Range

Pioneer dvd rewriters start at £23 and their most expensive cd writer costs £95. The average price of Pioneer dvd rewriters is £59 which is the highest average price of all cd writer brands.

The second highest average optical disc drive price out of all brands is Apple dvd (re)writers with an average price of £43. Apple dvd (re)writers range in price from £0 to £65.

The third highest average dvd rewriter price out of all brands is Verbatim cd rewriters with an average price of £40. Verbatim cd rewriters range in price from £0 to £96.

Dvd (Re)Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 19 expert reviews and 3,454 user reviews for optical disc drives and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of cd (re)writer.

Biggest Cd Rewriter Retailers

We found 33 current offers for dvd writers from Amazon UK making it the biggest cd (re)writer retailer. That is over 5 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Novatech for whom we found 6 current offers for dvd writers. The third biggest retailer is Laptops Direct with 5 current cd (re)writer offers.

When Are Most New Cd Writers Released?

Most new dvd burners tend to be released between April and June. Last year most new optical disc drives were released in June, with eight new optical disc drives released that month. Seven new cd burners were released in April 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new cd rewriter releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new cd rewriter releases was September, with nine new dvd writers released that month.

How Fast Do Cd Burner Prices Drop After Release?

New cd rewriters drop in price by an average of 10% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £1 on a typical £14 new cd writer 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.

Tray is the most frequently found disc loading type amongst new cd burners. We found 109 cd burners that are optical disc drives that have a tray loading. We found 29 optical disc drives that are cd rewriters that have a slot loading, making slot the second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new optical disc drives.

Type

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

Internal is the most popular type amongst new optical disc drives. We found 79 optical disc drives that are internal cd writers. We found 51 dvd writers that are external dvd (re)writers, making this the second most common type amongst new dvd writers.

Optical Drive Types

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

Dvd is the most common optical drive type amongst new cd (re)writers. We found 112 cd (re)writers that are dvd burners that have a dvd Optical drive type. Blu-ray is the second most common optical drive type amongst new cd writers. We found 26 cd writers that are dvd (re)writers that have a blu-ray Optical drive type.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cd Rewriters?

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 dvd 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. 22 of their cd 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 (re)writers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of dvd (re)writer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's dvd (re)writer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon UK. 66.7% of their dvd writer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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