What is the best optical drive of choice at the mo' ?

Mr Sparkle

Standard Member
Anyone got any recommendations regarding which is the 'best' or 'most cost effective' optical drive for reading/writing DVDs and CDs at the moment ?


Mr Sparkle


Well I've just upgraded my Pioneer 106 to the new 110D. The 106 has worked well for about 2 years without giving me any coasters and I only upgraded for more speed and dual layer burning. The old drive is now in another PC and still going strong.
It records all formats except RAM, but will read it (without caddy) and I believe it is the fastest dual layer burner available. At under £40 (OEM only available) it is also good value.



Standard Member
Might be worth considering a drive with Lightscribe as the price has come down considerably. Philips amongst others do a cheaper one.


Established Member
Im stuck between the newer pioneer 110 (now with ram writing support) or the latest NEC 4550 which also looks good. Anyone any info on these two. Sorry dont want to hijack the thread but a bit pointless making a new one since this one is on the same subject.

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