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Group test: what's the best internal Blu-ray/DVD drive?

The best optical drives for your PC

PC Advisor reviews the best internal Blu-ray/DVD optical drives you can install in your PC.

5. Plextor PX-LB950UE

The Plextor PX-LB950UE is an external Blu-ry writer featuring USB 3.0 and eSATA interfaces.

4. LG BH10LS30

The LG BH10LS30 is a very serviceable product that, for a relatively modest £100, offers writing facilities that outstrip those of previously tested models.

3. Lite-On iHBS112

The Lite-On iHBS112 is an internal writer of Blu-ray and DVD optical discs, now specified to a hypothetical 12-speed operation for BD-R discs. It's the slightly cheaper version of the iHBS212 drive, and doesn't feature LightScribe or the same software package. The Lite-On iHBS112 may not be a huge step forwards in terms of raw speed, but it’s still the fastest Blu-ray drive we’ve seen yet. Given that it ticks the boxes in every other area, and will cost a modest £80 for the OEM version, that makes this Lite-On the best internal BD drive currently available.

2. Lite-On iHBS212

The Lite-On iHBS212 may not be a huge step forwards in terms of raw speed, but it’s still the fastest Blu-ray drive we’ve seen yet. Given that it ticks the boxes in every other area, and will cost a fairly modest £80 for the OEM version (around £90 for the retail pack with LightScribe), that makes this Lite-On the best of the drives currently available.

 

 

1. LG BH10LS38.AUAU10B

The best thing about the LG is its price, which has potential to open up the recordable Blu-ray format to many more consumers

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