The sleek Apple SuperDrive is a good choice for the Mac user who prefers to stick exclusively to peripherals from the same company as their computer. It is quite reliable, with roughly average speeds, and the fixed cord won’t get lost during transport.
- Convenient slot loading
- No physical eject button
- Generally considered overpriced
Built for portability, the Dell DW316 features a lightweight and slim design, weighing approximately seven ounces and standing only half an inch tall. It comes preloaded with decoding software so you can start playing movies as soon as you plug it in.
- Passable read and write speeds
- Designed for use with ultrabooks
- Not compatible with macs
LG Super Multi
The LG Super Multi takes care of all your burning and playback needs, and at a price that nearly anyone can afford. It’s extremely popular, and it operates a bit faster than most, plus it’s available in four attractive colors to match a wide range of computers.
- Only 14 millimeters thick
- Works with all versions of windows
- Inconsistent quality control
If your ultra-compact laptop doesn’t put out enough current over its USB ports to reach maximum read speeds, the Roofull Powered can solve your problem. It comes with a wall transformer and a barrel plug that provide 3 to 5 watts as needed.
- Ideal for surface pro users
- Doesn't cost very much
- Won't work directly with smart tvs
LG Super Blue
If you’re using a standalone PC as the centerpiece to a home theater, the LG Super Blue can ensure that your system is ready for Ultra HD media. While harder to install, internal units are inherently quicker than USB-powered ones.
- Writes up to quad-layer blu-rays
- Communicates via the sata bus
- Won't fit in very compact cases
Though it is extremely expensive, the Pioneer BDR-XS06 is among the few slot-loading models that can read and write to the largest discs. This versatile and relatively modern release can record to BD-R at speeds up to 6x, in addition to handling older optical media.
- Supports dual-layer burning
- Large 4-megabyte buffer
- Works with most operating systems
Adding high-definition optical functionality to a desktop PC is simple with the Lite-On Internal , an inexpensive yet powerful device that runs on the PC’s SATA bus. It’s not portable, of course, but it is a suitable choice for a mid- or full-size tower case.
- Responds faster than usb drives
- Reliable and long-lasting
- Not too difficult to install
LG Ultra Slim
The highly refined LG Ultra Slim is a good choice for a variety of uses due in part to its competitive speed, consistently error-free recording, M-Disc archival support, and ability to connect directly to almost any TV with a USB port.
- More durable than clamshell styles
- Writes at a maximum of 8x
- Operates nearly silently
Priced at just about $100, the Pioneer XD07B is a convenient way to add not only standard video disc but also Blu-Ray playback and burning to your PC. It connects to a USB Type-A port and is compatible with the BDXL and M-Disc formats.
- Automatic quiet-mode throttling
- Able to overcome scratched media
- Writes to bd-r at up to 16x
In addition to being a reliable selection from a well-known manufacturer, the Asus ZenDrive burns at speeds up to 8x. It supports M-disc creation for effective long-term archival, and includes the Nero BackItUp suite for preserving data from PCs as well as Android devices.
- Comes with a mini usb cable
- Just 13 millimeters thick
- Optional software encryption