Best External CD/DVD Drives in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 22, 2017
Fewer laptops are produced with CD drives nowadays, but we sometimes still need them. In this case, external drives come to help us. In this review, we offer you a shortlist of five best external CD/DVD drives to help you choose what you need for yourself. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
TYPE
SUPPORTED DISC TYPES
READING SPEED
WRITING SPEED
INTERFACE & SUPPORTED OS
DESIGN
SIZE
WEIGHT
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Ultra slim design of the body with an aluminium surface finish gives the drive a really elegant aesthetic.
CONS
When connected to a USB hub, the CD/DVD drive might fail to detect devices.
OUR VERDICT
Stylish VicTsing Ultra Slim External Super Drive is your best bet! It will definitely please you with its appearance as well as advanced technical features.
detailed parameters
TYPE
DVD Rewriter
SUPPORTED DISC TYPES
CD, DVD
READING SPEED
DVD - 5x to 8x CD - 24x
WRITING SPEED
DVD - 5x to 8x CD - 16x to 24x
INTERFACE & SUPPORTED OS
USB 2.0 / 3.0 Windows, Mac
DESIGN
A square-shaped external CD/DVD drive with a silver aluminium surface finish. Designed to be placed horizontally. The external DVD drive features an extendable disc tray.
SIZE
23.8 x 17.6 x 3.2 cm
WEIGHT
458 g
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
The technology used in this external DVD drive will save your laptop power. A Smart Archive will keep your important data safe.
CONS
Some users note this external DVD drive produces a lot of noise when it works at high speed.
OUR VERDICT
Brightness and variety of colours will not leave anyone unaffected. It will be a good present for a girl.
detailed parameters
TYPE
DVD Rewriter
SUPPORTED DISC TYPES
CD, DVD
READING SPEED
DVD - 8x CD - 24x
WRITING SPEED
DVD - 6x to 8x CD - 24x
INTERFACE & SUPPORTED OS
USB 2.0 / 3.0 Windows, Mac, Android, Chrome
DESIGN
A square-shaped external DVD drive with slightly rounded back part. The front part is a little thinner than the back part, an eject button is on the top. It can be placed horizontally. There is an extendable disc tray. Is offered in four colours.
SIZE
14.6 x 14.9 x 1.4 cm
WEIGHT
209 g
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
You won't need additional cables to connect the drive, the device has been already equipped with a cable that can be hidden in the body.
CONS
The device is noisy at high speed.
OUR VERDICT
This is a maximally convenient, ready-to-use external CD/DVD drive that will suit well for people who constantly change their workplace.
detailed parameters
TYPE
DVD Rewriter
SUPPORTED DISC TYPES
CD, DVD
READING SPEED
DVD - 8x CD -24x
WRITING SPEED
DVD -5x to 8x CD - 24x
INTERFACE & SUPPORTED OS
USB 2.0 Windows, Mac, Linux
DESIGN
A square-shaped external CD/DVD designed to be placed horizontally. There is an extendable disc tray. Ultra slender and light design significantly contribute to convenience while using.
SIZE
14 x 13.6 x 1.35 cm
WEIGHT
220 g
WARRANTY
Amazon's 30-day return policy
PROS
The device is capable of writing M-DISCs that store data up to 1000 years.
CONS
The external DVD drive requires original cables to operate properly.
OUR VERDICT
This is a decent CD/DVD drive which boasts improved technical features and can read even slightly damaged disks.
detailed parameters
TYPE
DVD Rewriter
SUPPORTED DISC TYPES
CD, DVD
READING SPEED
DVD - 4x to 8x CD - 24x
WRITING SPEED
DVD - 1x to 8x CD - 24x
INTERFACE & SUPPORTED OS
USB 2.0 Windows, Mac
DESIGN
A square-shaped external CD/DVD drive designed to be placed horizontally. The model features an extendable disc tray. The moulded pattern on the top will protect the surface from scratches and fingerprints.
SIZE
14.4 x 13.7 x 1.4 cm
WEIGHT
200 g
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
Disc Encryption will enable you to encipher the data with a password. It can be set either horizontally or vertically, so you will have no problem with placing it regardless of the space you have.
CONS
You might need to sometimes wipe the shimmering surface.
OUR VERDICT
With this portable external CD/DVD drive, you will burn discs in only three steps. And its stylish diamond-cut design won't let you just pass by.
detailed parameters
TYPE
DVD Rewriter
SUPPORTED DISC TYPES
CD, DVD
READING SPEED
DVD - 4x to 8x CD - 10x to 24x
WRITING SPEED
DVD - 5x to 8x CD - 16x to 24x
INTERFACE & SUPPORTED OS
USB 2.0 / 3.0 Windows, Mac
DESIGN
A square-shaped external CD/DVD drive with a shimmering finish, the top cover has a diamond pattern. You can set this USB external CD drive either horizontally or vertically. The disc tray is extendable.
SIZE
15.7 x 14.2 x 2.1 cm
WEIGHT
313 g / 349 g with a stand
WARRANTY
1 year

What is an External Cd/Dvd Drive

Our age is the age of increasing performance capabilities and at the same time of minimising sizes for portable electronic devices. Every manufacturer strives to make their products smaller, and often it means sacrificing some features. More and more laptops nowadays come without optical disc drives, and Ultrabooks are the whole class of devices that do not have this type of drive. But some people are not ready yet to give it up for USB drives and Cloud Storage. Several software products are released on optical discs only even today. The CD/DVD drives are on their way out, but there is still a necessity for them. For this very reason, manufacturers come to release external CD/DVD drives to connect them to laptops and Ultrabooks. With an external DVD drive, you can always read, copy, or write (burn) an optical disc. An external DVD drive easily connects to any computer with a USB 2.0 port or newer. Even if the DVD drive of your personal computer has been broken, you can simply replace it with a USB external DVD drive. And with their small sizes and light weight the external CD/DVD drives can be used anywhere and anytime.

If your laptop has only one USB port and you prefer using the mouse (so, your USB external CD drive can’t be connected), then you need a USB hub for additional connections. The hub will multiply the number of your USB ports. And if you like the USB flash drives but need more storage space, then you will find it useful to look through external hard drives with their hundreds of Gigabytes of data right there in your pocket.

What Features to Compare

When you are looking for an external DVD drive, first look at its Drive Type. It lists the types of discs you will be able to use, so think about what discs you will need to use before buying a drive. There are three types of discs that are the most popular: CD discs, DVD discs, and Blu-ray. By ways of using different technologies, these types of discs differ in the amount of data they can store. For example, you can write up to 700 MB of data on a CD disc, but on a DVD disc, you can store up to 4.7 GB, and Blu-ray is suitable for storing up to 50 GB of data. You should decide how much information you plan to burn on a disc.  If it's just a small video or a few hundreds of photos, then a DVD drive is more than enough for you. These discs are very popular and widespread. And for high-quality and high-resolution video, backup copies of your operation system, or data storage Blu-ray discs will be more suitable. Large storage space of such discs will handle these tasks best. It stands to reason that different types of discs require different drive types with different technologies. When you purchase a DVD supporting device, you will be able to run both DVD and CD discs. But such drive will not read a Blu-ray disc. Choose a Blu-ray supporting drive, and any of the types we mentioned above will be accessible to you.

Another important parameter for any external DVD drive's performance is its reading and writing Speed. Manufacturers usually indicate it by numbers with an "x" letter. The "1x" speed of a DVD disc means 1.32 Megabytes per second, and for a Blu-ray disc, it is 4.5 Megabytes per second. What you see in reality is that an 8x DVD drive burns a whole disc in 7.5 minutes. A 6x Blu-ray will burn a standard disc in 15 minutes. The numbers are not unchangeable, the writing time depends on the file type and the quality of the disc itself.

As your external CD/DVD drive is something that is often seen, its Design also matters. The market offers a wide variety of external DVD drives, you will surely find the one that meets your preference. If you plan to carry the USB external DVD drive with you, be sure to note its size. When you choose the size right, it will allow you to put the device nicely in the pocket of your bag or pouch. And the light weight will make it so that you don't need to doubt whether you should take the external DVD drive with you or not.

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VicTsing Ultra Slim External

Style Matters!

To begin with, the VicTsing Ultra Slim External Super Drive boasts advanced technical characteristics and remarkable design. Featuring USB 3.0 technology, the DVD-RW drive ensures the quickest data transfer speed possible. The device can read CD, VCD, SVCD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R/DVD-RW and burn CD-RW, CD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW. Besides, it doesn't require additional drivers to operate.

Even at first glance, the VicTsing Ultra Slim External Super Drive amazes with its design. Not only technical features matter! An ultra slim body with a thickness of only 3.2 сm will look perfectly on any desktop! Thanks to its beautiful outer look and silver aluminium finish, this DVD drive will harmonise with Macbook Retina, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, etc. Additionally, if you made up your mind to change your Macbook to a newer model, look through our review!

Don't worry your netbook doesn't come with a built-in optical CD/DVD optical drive! Burn with the VicTsing Ultra Slim External Super Drive!

Review of VicTsing Ultra Slim External Super Drive

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VicTsing Ultra Slim External
VicTsing Ultra Slim External
 

Samsung SE-208GB/RSRD

Drive Type

You can easily use this SAMSUNG SE-208GB/RSRD external CD hard drive with laptops and Ultrabooks. The Smart Power technology provides for low power consumption, it will be extremely helpful if you are travelling and have no chance to recharge your device at a particular moment. And Smart Archive technology will help you in case you need to safely store some valuable data. This USB external DVD drive supports most of the existing DVD and CD standards, so you will no doubt be able to enjoy your favourite movies and music.

Review of Samsung SE-208GB/RSRD Ultra-Slim Optical Drives

Speed

This model of a USB external CD drive can write DVD discs at the speed of 10.5 Megabytes per second. Reading from a disc is performed at approximately the same speed. For writing a CD disc the SAMSUNG SE-208GB/RSRD external CD hard drive uses a speed of 3.5 Megabytes per second. Interchanging data between the USB external CD drive and the computer occurs at around 60 Megabytes per second. All the above mentioned allows you to write or copy your data rather quickly. And the 0.75 MB buffer memory will ensure you do this without a hitch.

Samsung SE-208GB/RSRD Ultra-Slim Optical Drives in the use

Design

You can easily single out the SAMSUNG SE-208GB/RSRD external CD/DVD drive from its peers as it has a bright and noticeable design. The market offers this USB external DVD drive in black, blue, red, and white colours. The disc eject button is located on the top. It is extremely convenient compared to the most competitors with the button on the front panel, which can be difficult to push. The variety of colours allows customers to choose the external DVD hard drive to their personal liking. And a small size and 0.55-inch thickness will make it easy to carry the device around with you.

Detailed review of Samsung SE-208GB/RSRD Ultra-Slim Optical Drives

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Samsung SE-208GB/RSRD
Samsung SE-208GB/RSRD
 

LiteOn EBAU108 8x

Incredibly Convenient

The LiteOn EBAU108 8x External DVDRW Drive can read and write data on both CDs and DVDs. The device seems ideal for those valuing convenience and portability. The point is that the external CD/DVD drive is a very compact with the size of only 14 x 13.6 x 1.35 cm! Additionally, it features a built-in USB 2.0 cable and can be hidden into the drive's housing. This is the case when you will no longer need additional cables to connect the device to a PC or laptop. Additionally, we'd like to recommend you to pay attention to SSDs that have faster read and write speed than usual hard disk drives.

It's worthwhile to add that the device features SMART Burn technology guaranteeing the best possible burn. The DVD-RW drive automatically adjusts settings such as recording power and correction system, it can even protect against buffer under-run. Just amazing!

Review of LiteOn EBAU108 8x External DVDRW Drive

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LiteOn EBAU108 8x
LiteOn EBAU108 8x
 

LG GP67EB60 Ultra Slim

Time Doesn't Matter

The LG GP67EB60 is designed to provide the maximum storage period of your data on removable optical media. The device supports burning M-Disks that can store information up to 1000 years, as the manufacturer claims. Such disks are made with a "glassy carbon" data layer and, of course, require a specific DVD drive. The second advantage is Jamless play technology that allows reading even damaged parts of a disc. Perhaps the only thing that this drive can't handle is burning Blu-Ray disks, and if you're looking for one of such devices, look through our review! USB2.0 will allow you to connect the device to a TV set, PC or whatever else!

Another thing that should be mentioned here is an advantageous design of the model. The LG GP67EB60 Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer is small enough, you'll definitely have no problems to carry it in a laptop bag. Take advantage of the compact and efficient disc burner!

Review of LG GP67EB60 Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer

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LG GP67EB60 Ultra Slim
LG GP67EB60 Ultra Slim
 

ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U

Drive Type

The Asus SDRW-08D2S-U USB external DVD drive quickly and effortlessly burns and reads both CD and DVD discs. A wide range of features makes it an irreplaceable purchase for everyone. With the help of CyberLink software technology, you will easily write a disc with a movie or music you want to enjoy later. And the Disc Encryption technology is the way to protect your data from outsiders by using a password.

Review of ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U External Slim DVD+/-RW Drive

Speed

The USB 2.0 interface allows this external CD/DVD drive to write a DVD disc at the speed from 6x to 8x. The reading speed also varies, from 5x to 8x. Such speed is high enough to copy all the necessary data, or write them on the disc with next to no effort, in mere 8 minutes. And the same operations for a CD disc take place at the speed of 24x, so the time needed to perform them will be around 4 minutes. At the same time, the possibility of damaging a disc in the process is equal to zero, as the buffer memory here is 1 MB. The average access time to a DVD disc is 160 ms.

ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U External Slim DVD+/-RW Drive in the use

Design

A very stylish design of this Asus SDRW-08D2S-U external CD hard drive will surely draw your attention. Its diamond-cut design with a shimmering finish creates unmatched light effects on the top cover of the USB external CD drive. Together with this external DVD hard drive, you will also receive a stand. The stand allows you to place your external DVD drive upright, thus saving some space on your desk.

Detailed review of ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U External Slim DVD+/-RW Drive

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ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U
ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U
 

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Publish Date: 2017-08-31 11:33:14