Best External DVD Drives

Updated March 2019
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Some laptops don’t have a built-in DVD drive, or perhaps you want a second DVD drive for various reasons. Either way, you need an external DVD drive. When searching for one, find a model that is easy to set up. If you travel frequently, you should steer towards drives that are compact and lightweight. A drive should have fast data transfer rates and should work with your computer system. Consider if you need write capabilities. It should be durable, have a long enough cable to fit your needs, and the tray should open and close smoothly. Drives that work with USB 2.0, 3.0, and M-DISC give you the greatest versatility. If you can, try to buy a drive that is going to run quietly, too.

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