Having an optical drive is pretty much a must nowadays. Especially since most of us still own CD’s and DVD’s. But there’s also a lot of people who jumped onto the BluRay train a couple of years ago. The problem is that most of the new laptops or desktops don’t come with an optical drive. So you basically have two options. If you have built your own PC and the case allows it, then you can of course just buy an internal drive. However if it doesn’t or you have a laptop, then you can go with an external drive!
Both the internal and external optical drives are available for BluRay and DVD discs. Which type you go with is completely up to you. If you don’t have any BluRay discs then there isn’t really a reason to get a drive for it. It’s much cheaper to get a DVD drive and they are really affordable. So go with the one that you actually need.
Since our website is dedicated to reviewing the Dell brand products, then obviously we have also picked out the best drives from them. These are high quality optical drives that are also highly rated on websites such as Amazon. So besides the brand quality, you also get real user feedback from the people who have actually used their drives. So let’s take a look at what’s the best.
External DVD Drive – DW316
The Dell DW316 is an incredibly highly rated external DVD drive on Amazon. It has a beautiful black look that looks great on any desk. Plus it slides out smoothly and it’s just an overall easy to use device. Just plug it into your computer through the USB port and that’s it. No need for drivers or anything. Easy as ever. Plus it has all the maximum DVD and CD drive read & write speeds. So you don’t need to worry about anything being faster either. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at this unboxing video!
Not impressed or a bit too expensive? Well in that case you can also take a look at some other brands. Unfortunately our blog is only for Dell products, so you can Google for those. Or you can also click here for an article that mentions all the top external DVD drives that people have recommended.
Internal DVD Drive – R7415
Luckily Dell has also got a lot of different internal DVD drives. They have everything from different sizes to prices. There’s even a bunch of slim versions, which are great for newer desktops. But we like to keep it traditional and that’s why we have chosen the standard R7415 optical drive. And that’s the main reason why we like it so much. You don’t need to worry about it not fitting. It’s the standard size which fits every computer that supports an internal optical drive. Plus it’s affordable. So everything is great about it.
External BluRay Drive – BUFFALO MediaStation Portable BDXL Blu-ray Writer
Compared to the DVD drives, BluRay drives are unfortunately much more expensive. Which also makes them more of an investment. And we all know that you should only invest in devices that are high quality and reliable. And that’s exactly what the Dell brand is known for. If you don’t want an internal drive then you can go with a portable external option. For this, we have chosen the Dell BUFFALO MediaStation Portable BDXL Blu-ray Writer.
As you can see it’s an incredibly slim and compact device. Even small than the DW316 DVD drive! Unbelievable I know. So if you are looking for a high quality and portable BluRay drive, then definitely go with this one! It costs $110, which is pretty expensive. But it’s definitely worth the investment if you want the best for your BluRay discs.
Internal BluRay Drive – DH-6E2S X039H
The Dell DH-6E2S X039H is their newest internal BluRay drive. Why have we chosen this out of the tens of optical drives they got? Again a really simple reason. Just like the R7415 dvd drive, the internal DH-6E2S X039H BluRay drive is also incredibly simple and basic. It fits any desktop case that has a built in slot for an internal optical drive. Plus it’s so much cheaper than the external version. You can get the internal BluRay drive for around $50. Which is basically twice cheaper than the external drive. So if you need a BluRay drive for your desktop, then I definitely recommend this one!