10 Best Optical Drives 2021

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External CD Drive USB 3.0 Portable CD DVD +/-RW Drive – ⭐ Best Overall Optical Drive

BT638 by Rioddas

  • Release date: 12/01/2018
  • Color: Black1
  • Weight: 0.44 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
External CD Drive USB 3.0 Portable CD DVD +/-RW Drive
  • Plug & play. Easy to use,powered by USB port. No external driver and Power needed. Just plug it into your USB port and the DVD driver will be detected
  • High speed. Compatible with USB3. 0 and backwards compatible with USB2. 0 , bringing faster data transmission speed (up to a maximum of 5Gbps) and stable performance with strong fault tolerance
  • Intelligent tech. Designed with eject button so that you never have to worry about your disc getting stuck inside this external CD/DVD drive. The copper mesh technology of this external component, you can be rest assured of stable data transmission
  • Trendy design. Brushed texture shell brings trendy sight and touch enjoyment. Embedded cable design, worry- off cable missing any when and where
  • Wide compatibility. Ideal for various devices. It supports Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8. 1/10, Linux, all version Mac OS system. For the desktops, Please connect the device to the back USB port of the motherboard for normal use

OWC Mercury Pro 5.25" Optical Drive External Enclosure (NO Drive)

OWCMR3UKIT by OWC

  • Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.5 x 2 inches
  • Warranty: 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty
OWC Mercury Pro 5.25" Optical Drive External Enclosure (NO Drive)
  • Enclosure kit for 5.25" Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Reader/Writers-Add Plug and Play CD, DVD, and/or Blu-ray disc burning to any USB equipped computer
  • Supports 5.25" SATA I/II optical drives (all CD & DVD devices and Blu-ray drives 6.77 inches (17.2 cm)) and shorter
  • High-Speed USB 3.0 Interface in a Sleek, Durable Aluminum Chassis
  • External Enclosure ONLY, Optical Drive NOT included
  • 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty; Includes: OWC Mercury Pro External Optical Enclosure, 0.6 meter (24") USB 3.0 (Standard-A to Standard-B), External power supply and power cable

External DVD Drive

External DVD Drive by Gotega

  • Release date: 12/10/2020
  • Color: black
  • Weight: 0.77 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
External DVD Drive
  • 📀【High Writing and Reading Speed】 Max 8x DVDR Write Speed and Max 24x CD Write Speed provide high writing and reading speed
  • 📀【Wide Compatible】This external dvd cd drive is compatible with Windows 98 / SE / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 10/8/7,Mac ios(ios 8.6 to 10.14). And perfect for PC, Laptop, Comprehensive Computer, Internal PC hard disk reader
  • 📀【Plug and Play Technology】Powered by USB port so just plug it into your USB port and the DVD driver will be detected. Don’t need to install software to set up driver
  • 📀【Advanced USB3.0 Technology】 USB 3.0 provides fast data transfer speed and stable performance to record CD/ music/ videos/ install software or create CD/DVD backup disc ( also compatible with USB2.0)
  • 📀【Ingenious Design】 This ultra-slim CD/DVD player for laptops equipped with an eject button so that you needn't worry about your disc getting stuck inside this external CD/DVD drive. Besides, the copper mesh technology of this external component, you can be rest assured of stable data transmission

Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST Black(user – 💲 Best Budget Optical Drive

DRW-24B1STA BLACK/BULK by ASUS

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST Black(user
  • Allows you to permanently delete the data on rewritable discs
  • Power saving drive
  • Provides you with flexibility and efficiency in terms of multimedia data storage and sharing
  • It is a revision of 90 D4CHVV UB1080
  • Drive Type: Internal DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
  • Write:DVD+R/-R: 24X DVD+RW/-RW: 8X/6X DVD+R/-R DL: 12X
  • Read:DVD+R/-R(Single): 16X DVD+R/-R DL: 12X DVD+RW/-RW(Single): 12X
  • DVD-R & DVD-R(DL): DAO/Incremental Recording
  • DVD-RW: DAO/Restricted Overwriting/Incremental Recording
  • CD-R/RW: DAO/TAO/SAO/Packet Write
  • Interface: SATA
  • Random Access Time: DVD - 150ms; CD - 150ms

Dell USB DVD Drive-DW316

DW316 by Dell

  • Release date: 02/01/2019
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 0.44 pounds
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Warranty: 1 year
Dell USB DVD Drive-DW316
  • Dvdrw (R DL)/ DVD-RAM
  • 24x (CD)/ 8x (DVD) read speed
  • 24x (CD)/ 8x (DVDR)/ 6x (DVDR DL) write speed

External DVD Drive

BT686 by Amicool

  • Release date: 01/30/2019
  • Color: Black
External DVD Drive
  • 【External DVD Drive with Wide Compatibility】 External cd/dvd drive for laptop PC Desktop Linux OS Apple Mac Macbook Pro. CD burner compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8.1/10, Linux, all versions of MAC OS. For the desktops, this usb cd drive must be connected to usb port on motherboard.
  • 【DVD Burner -Plug & Play】 CD drive external usb, no need for external driver and power supply. Just plug it into your USB port, then our Amicool DVD driver will be detected and your happy journey begins.
  • 【High Speed USB DVD Drive 3.0】Amicool cd rom drive adopted advanced burning technology, supported DVD+R, DVD-R, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW. Max DVD read speed 8X; Max CD read speed 24X and max CD burn speed 8X. Our dvd drive external is compatible with USB3.0 and backwards compatible with USB2.0 USB1.0, bringing you faster data transmission speed (max 5Gbps), plays music and movies with no lag or distortion.
  • 【Portable External CD Drive - Slim & Compact】 Embedded cable design with slim lightweight body, this cd external drive can be slipped in your travel bag, and hooked up at any time, which makes it a companion for computers without the internal drive, take it with you to anywhere and anytime.
  • 【Multifunctional Optical Drive】 Adopted intelligent burning technology, you can read/write/burn your disc or interrupt recording at your ease. Pop-up button and disc tray design makes it convenient to read or write discs.

ASUS BW-16D1HT – 👑 Premium Pick

BW-16D1HT by ASUS

  • Release date: 07/27/2013
  • Color: black
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.9 x 5.7 inches
  • Warranty: Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.
ASUS BW-16D1HT
  • Extreme 16X Blu Ray writing speed, backup 25GB data for only 8 minutes
  • M disc Support, save your priceless memories or data for up to 1,000 years
  • BDXL Support up to 128GB data storage in one disc
  • CPU: Intel Pentium D 945(3.4GHz) or higher RAM: 1GB or more is recommended HDD: 10GB or more Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT or ATI X1600 series or above Use HDCP Compatible display and VGA card to High Definition digital output
  • OS Support: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

ASUS DRW-24F1ST

DRW-24F1ST/BLK/B/AS by ASUS

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.8 x 1.7 inches
ASUS DRW-24F1ST
  • Asus (ASUSC)
  • Access Time: DVD - 130 ms; CD - 170 ms
  • O/S Compatibility: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
  • Disc Diameters: 12cm / 8cm
  • Without Software

LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B

GH24NSC0B by LG

  • Release date: 06/10/2019
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 1.12 pounds
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Warranty: 1 year
LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B
  • Half-height Internal Super Multi Drive, Max. 24X DVD-R Write Speed
  • CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/RAM/ +R/RW +/-R DL M-DISC/+M SL read and write compatible, CD Family and DVD-ROM read compatible.
  • SATA interface
  • Large buffer memory 0.5MB
  • Buffer Under-run prevention function embedded

Apiker External DVD Drive

KLD001 by apiker

  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
Apiker External DVD Drive
  • ✔ENJOY LIFE EASILY: Our external DVD burner is powered by USB port, plug and play with tool-free installation and no driver needed. Just plug it into your USB port and CD burner will be detected automatically. Watching movies, listening to music, installing software, burning disc—Apiker USB CD player allows you enjoy your life more easily!
  • ✔EFFORTLESS DATA TRANSFER: This external disk drive adopts advanced burning technology, provides Max 8x DVDR Write/Read Speed and Max 24x CD Write/Read speed. Compatible with USB3.0 and backwards compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports. The USB 3.0 technology offers a maximum data transfer rate of 5Gbps, 20% faster than USB 2.0. You can transfer HD movies or files in just seconds.
  • ✔UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY: Apiker portable DVD player is compatible with most major operating systems, supports Windows 10 / 8 / 7, Vista 7 / 8, XP, Linux, Mac OS10.6 or above. It also supports varies discs: CD-R, CD-ROM, CD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD-R DL and VCD ROM discs(TVs, tablets and Blu-ray disk are not supported)
  • ✔DESIGNED FOR CONVENIENCE: With the USB 3.0 and USB Type-C 2-in-1 cable, you can use the USB C DVD drive on different devices. 2 standard USB ports ensures quick syncing and file sharing. 2 SD card slots(one Micro SD) are convenient for you to transfer photos shooting or videos by your camera from cards to your computers.—All possibilities in the DVD Rom external drive help you achieve your work efficiently! (Note: the USB flash drive and SD cards on the picture are not included in the package)
  • ✔SAFE AND PORTABLE: To protect this external optical drive and for your better storage, we prepared a thick CD drive case for you. The case has shockproof bubble inside that gives full protection for the DVD burner. Just put it in the case and take it to anywhere.

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