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Model - Asus SDRW-08D2S, Type - External DVD Writer, Interface - USB, Write Speed (DVD) - 8x, Write Speed (CD) - 16x, Read Speed (DVD) - 8x, Read Speed (CD) - 24x, Access Time DVD (ms) - 160ms, Access Time CD (ms) - 140ms, Warranty - 1 year
Despite optical drives' waning relevance, many people still want to load software from physical media, play a high definition Blu-ray movie on their computer, listen to a CD, or burn photos and videos to a DVD. If you want an optical drive in your PC build to be able to play DVDs/Blu-rays, old games, or to burn media, we are here to cover what you need to know before buying one.
There are three basic varieties of optical storage – CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. For reading the optical media you’ll need CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, and Blu-Ray drives. There are also many varieties of combo drives, for instance, most DVD-ROM drives can read CDs as well. It is recommended to go for a drive that is capable of handling all these three variants.
Some optical drivers come with Read-Write [RW] function. These variants are typically expensive compared to their read-only counterparts. Nonetheless, these variants offer more flexibility and value for money in the long run.
Other Important Factors
One of the important factors to consider while purchasing an optical drive is its speed. You should opt for a drive that offers optimal reading and writing speeds at all conditions. The higher the speed, the better it is.
If you are using Blu-ray, you need to find a drive capable of handling extra demands effectively.
In case of external drives, you should go for one, which is easy to carry and sturdy enough to handle daily usage.