Blu-ray / DVD Drives

Blu-ray is the current standard for high-end movie playback, so you’ll need a drive if you want to use these high-capacity discs. Single-layer and dual-layer discs with capacities of 25GB and 50GB are available, and drives come in several types: larger desktop drives, laptop drives, and super-slim slot-loading types. Blu-ray drives are backwards compatible with DVD discs too, so you only need one drive in your PC or laptop.

External Optical Drives

External DVD writers for PC use that connect to the computers USB port. Compact and portable, these writers can be easily transferred from one laptop, netbook or desktop to another. Some are powered via the USB connection from your PC, meaning no external power source is required. All the DVD writers featured here will also write CD's
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Laptop/Notebook Blu-ray Drives

Laptop drives come in two flavours: standard and slot-loading. The former are larger drives with proper trays that fit inside bigger laptops, and the latter are slimmer drives that go in smaller machines. They connect using the SATA interface, but make sure your laptop's drive is replaceable and that the new drive will fit before you buy.

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