Nov 7 2013 - Optical drives are becoming less typical of many new computers but they are still a necessity for many who want to playback or record DVDs as well as CDs. With DVD burners becoming such a basic component and, the performance between most drives ends up being dictated more by the media used than the drives themselves. Because of this, I've put together a list based on my research and experience of recommended SATA DVD burners by how they will be used.
If you are looking for a drive that writes fast to just about any format on the market, then the ASUS DRW-24B1ST is the drive to get. It supports CD-R media up to 48x, DVD recordables at 24x and even dual-layer media at 12x. Access times are also very speedy for the performance levels the drive offers. Priced around $20.
If you intend to use your computer drive to make a large number of DVDs or CDs frequently, then you want to get a more reliable drive. The Plextor PX-891SAW uses a higher grade of components designed for duplication duties. Speeds from the drive are still quite good with 24x DVD, 12x dual layer DVD and 48x CD recording speeds. The drive is a bit more expensive because of the components and is priced around $30.
If you happen to have a laptop computer or desktop that uses a slim style optical drive, your options are somewhat limited. The best option available currently for buyers is the Samsung SN208DB. Try drive offers up 8x DVD and 24x CD recording speeds which is typical for most slim optical drives. It does support dual layer DVD media as well at a 6x recording speed. This is a tray style drive which won't work in chassis that require a slot loading drive. priced around $25.