Highest Value DVD Drives
Choosing the right DVD drive has never been easier. For a number of years now, LG has consistently taken the lead in value. The LG drive covers all the major CD standards, the DVD standards, and the M-Disc (1000+ year lifespan backups). From all the healthy reviews it seems it is the most reliable drive, the most compatible drive, and it is one of the cheapest drives.
They recently added Blu-Ray. And this drove down the pricing of previous models.
So, if you do not need Blu-Ray then the LG internal and portable drives displayed below are hands down the best choices you can possibly make. Reviewers have to really pick to find anything better in another drive, but when considering all the points, these drives way out pace the competition in value. And on top of all that, the internal drive is one of the fastest DVD Burners.
Can you believe it sometimes costs less than $20 for all that? Incredible.
But if you do want Blu-Ray, then check out the Blu-Ray section below.
Internal DVD Players
The LG GH24NSC0B, 24x Super Multi Ultra
Standards: CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/RAM/ +R/RW +/-R DL M-DISC/+M SL
Portable DVD Players
The LG GP65NB60, 8x Super Multi Slim DVD Player
Standards: CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/RAM/ +R/RW +/-R DL M-DISC/+M SL, USB2
The LG WH16NS40 is our top pick for an optical drive that does it all, including Blu-Ray. Its not quite as fast as the DVD burner above, and it costs more, but it is sure nice to include Blu-Ray read and write capability.
Portable Blu-Ray Players
The Pioneer BDR-XD05B, 6x USB3 Blu-Ray Drive
Standards: BDXL, BD, DVD, CD
This unit has been tested by a number of reviewers, plus quite a few consumer reviews speak favorably of it. However, this market will change quickly, so I'd expect our favorite Blu-Ray drive to also change from time-to-time. Right now we consider this one second to the LG above it.