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Sources Why you should trust us Kevin Purdy has been writing for Wirecutter since , testing and assessing products both subjective and seemingly inscrutable. He has written guides to standing desks , USB microphones , Android smartwatches , foam mattresses , and many more items with small differences between them.

Kimber Streams has covered technology for six years, and has been a PC expert for Wirecutter for more than three years. Nor should you buy one to use with a tablet. Michael Hession The most important features for an optical drive are speed, size and weight, and noise. The drives we tested all operated at about the same speed; since most people use these drives only when necessary, it's not worth spending four times as much to get something that's notably faster, especially since faster drives are also bulkier.

Read and write capability: Theoretically, a 6x Blu-ray drive, for example, should need only a USB 2. In practice, however, the USB 3. Most affordable models use USB 2. Size and weight: About 74 percent of the more than people who responded to our survey said they used their external optical drive only at home, but enough people travel with one that both size and weight are important considerations. And here are some features that are nice but not crucial: Usable movie-playing software: Our survey found an even split between people who told us they needed their drive to include software to play Blu-rays and DVDs and those who said they already had software or preferred free but potentially illegal alternatives.

To learn more about these free alternatives and what makes them illegal, take a look at the Playing DVDs and Blu-rays section. Nearly every external drive from a known brand comes with CyberLink Media Suite for Windows, including all the drives we have most recently tested.

Bus-powered single-cable operation: Drives that come with a Y-cable, whether built-in or separate, provide some handy foolproofing. With those criteria in mind, we scoured retailers for the best-selling and top-rated optical drives, and we checked manufacturer websites for models released since our previous update.

As we tested, we took note of how easy it was to insert and retrieve discs from each drive, and we paid attention to the noise each drive produced.

We also showed the drives to a handful of people for design comparison, and noted how sturdy the drives, buttons, cables, and plugs felt. Our pick for DVDs: Michael Hession.

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