DVD Burner Recommendation

Hello all,

This is my first post in this forum, but it seems like a knowledable, friendly one.

I apologize for my question because I am sure it is asked once a week. I wanted to try to get the most up-to-date answer.


Currently I have a Toshiba Satellite that came with a 1x DVD burner. As I have started to get into burning DVDs, I have grown impatient with the speed.

I am looking for an External DVD burner. Something fast and reliable. The bells & whistles don’t matter all that much, but of course, the more bang for the buck, the better.

I appreciate your feedback.



You’re right, it does get asked all the time…

The best burners on the market at the moment include: (no particular order)

Benq 1640
NEC 3540
LG 4163

There are other good ones out there, for external use as far as i know you might as well buy a 5.25" caddy from somewhere and put the drive in, might work out cheaper than a prebuilt external one with a decent burner in it.

If you do get one, make sure it’s firewire (if you have it on your laptop), far faster than USB2. Not sure how fast you’ll be able to burn, but it will definitly be faster than 1x.