I have an optical drive in each of my old computers, but rarely use them anymore.
Of the ones I have left, my favorite is an LG GGW-H20L, which is a Blu-ray burner with HD-DVD reading capability as well. Compared to many other drives I’ve used, it is built well… very solid, and operates smoothly and quietly. It was never the best for Blu-ray burns that looked pretty on scans, but it has never failed, nor have I had issues with discs burned in it. And this LG was always a great reader.
I think I’ve burned one disc this year, and used it to read about four discs. To think that I was worried at one point that I was down to less than fifty Taiyo Yuden blank DVD’s. My collection of high quality blank media will be unused for decades… until whoever inherits my stuff unknowingly tosses it in the garbage bin.