10 Best Portable Cd Rom Drives Of 2022 – Review And Buying Guide

Finding the best portable cd rom drives that will meet all your needs can be a bit of a challenge, even for the most seasoned expert. While many companies still create good portable cd rom drivess, the market has turned its attention toward advanced models that carry higher price points.

In our quest to find the most suitable models, we focused on features like comfort, adjustability, and durability. We recommend you take a close look at each product we listed here and see the features you need for your personal use.

Keep reading to learn more…

Top 10 portable cd rom drives : Editor’s Pick

10 Best portable cd rom drives Reviews:

1. External DVD Drive, USB 3.0 Portable CD/DVD +/-RW Drive/DVD Player for Laptop CD ROM Burner Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows Linux OS Apple Mac Black

Features :

  • 📀【High Writing and Reading Speed】 Max 8x DVDR Write Speed and Max 24x CD Write Speed provide high writing and reading speed
  • 📀【Wide Compatible】This external dvd cd drive is compatible with Windows 98 / SE / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 10/8/7,Mac ios(ios 8.6 to 10.14). And perfect for PC, Laptop, Comprehensive Computer, Internal PC hard disk reader
  • 📀【Plug and Play Technology】Powered by USB port so just plug it into your USB port and the DVD driver will be detected. Don’t need to install software to set up driver
  • 📀【Advanced USB3.0 Technology】 USB 3.0 provides fast data transfer speed and stable performance to record CD/ music/ videos/ install software or create CD/DVD backup disc ( also compatible with USB2.0)
  • 📀【Ingenious Design】 This ultra-slim CD/DVD player for laptops equipped with an eject button so that you needn’t worry about your disc getting stuck inside this external CD/DVD drive. Besides, the copper mesh technology of this external component, you can be rest assured of stable data transmission

Additional Info :

Color black
Item Dimensions
Height 1
Width 6.5
Length 6.5
Weight 0.77

2. External CD Drive USB 3.0 Portable CD DVD +/-RW Drive DVD/CD ROM Rewriter Burner Writer Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows Mac Pro MacBook

Features :

  • Plug & play. Easy to use,powered by USB port. No external driver and Power needed. Just plug it into your USB port and the DVD driver will be detected
  • High speed. Compatible with USB3. 0 and backwards compatible with USB2. 0 , bringing faster data transmission speed (up to a maximum of 5Gbps) and stable performance with strong fault tolerance
  • Intelligent tech. Designed with eject button so that you never have to worry about your disc getting stuck inside this external CD/DVD drive. The copper mesh technology of this external component, you can be rest assured of stable data transmission
  • Trendy design. Brushed texture shell brings trendy sight and touch enjoyment. Embedded cable design, worry- off cable missing any when and where
  • Wide compatibility. Ideal for various devices. It supports Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8. 1/10, Linux, all version Mac OS system. For the desktops, Please connect the device to the back USB port of the motherboard for normal use

Additional Info :

Color Black1
Item Dimensions
Height 1
Width 6.4
Length 6.5
Weight 0.4375
Release Date 2018-12-01T00:00:01Z

3. External CD/DVD Drive for Laptop, USB 3.0 Portable DVD CD+/-RW Drive Slim DVD/CD ROM Rewriter Burner Writer, High Speed Data Transfer Pro Desktop

Features :

  • 【External DVD Drive】It is equipped with USB 3.0 high speed interface, bringing you faster data transmission speed (up to a maximum of 5Gbps) and stable performance with strong fault tolerance. Also Compatible With USB 2.0
  • 【Dvd Player for Laptop】Don’t need to install software to set for driver. Viceting external DVD drive is powered by USB port. No external driver and power needed. Just plug it into your USB port and the DVD driver will be detected. It allows you to listen to music/watch DVD movies with no lag,burn files,install software and create a backup CD and so on
  • 【Support Compatible Systems】Viceting CD drive is ideal for various devices. It support Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8.1/10, Linux, all version Mac OS system. For the desktops, please connect the device to the USB port of the motherboard for normal use
  • 【Fashionable Design】Brushed texture shell brings touch and sight enjoyment. It is portable for traveling with your laptop thanks to its small size. With a lightweight body with brushed surface and an embedded USB cable mean the CD drive can be slipped in your travel bag, and hooked up at any time
  • 【Intelligent technology】 This Ultra slim CD/DVD player for laptops comes standard with an eject button so that you never have to worry about your disc getting stuck inside this external CD/DVD drive. Thanks to the copper mesh technology of this external component, you can be rest assured of stable data transmission

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.6
Width 3.6
Length 3.5

4. External DVD Drive USB 3.0 Type-C CD Burner Portable CD DVD +/-RW Drive DVD Player for Laptop CD ROM Rewriter Burner Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows MacBook Mac Linux Mac OS

Features :

  • PLUG AND PLAY: The CD/DVD drive external USB 3.0 and USB-C ports and doesn’t require an external driver or power supply.Just plug it into your laptop’s USB and Type-C ports and the CD/DVD drive will be automatically detected.Ziweo USB 3.0 & Type-C external optical cd/dvd drive burner is perfect companion for laptop or desktop without internal DVD drive.
  • HIGH WRITING AND READING SPEED: The Type-C & USB 3.0 CD/DVD external drive offers Max 8x DVD Rewrite Read Speed and Max 24x CD Write/Read Burner speed.This Type-C & USB 3.0 CD/DVD drive will bring you maximum 5Gbps data transmission speed, plays music movies installing software or system, burning discs without lag or distortion.
  • WIDE COMPATIBILITY&MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS: This external dvd cd drive is compatible with Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10,Linux OS,all version Mac OS system.You can use this external CD/DVD player to play movie DVDs, burn/rip CDs, install software/system, DVD games, back up data to CD/DVD,and more.(Not support TV, car player, Chromebook, Surface Pro, Ubuntu.)
  • RELIABLE PERFORMANCE: This disk drive is made of high-quality materials, shockproof, low noise and strong fault tolerance Intelligent.High-speed USB 3.0 CD DVD RW Burner with low impedance and anti-interference capability for a smooth and fast experience.You can use this USB CD/DVD player to quietly read and write burned CD/DVD without stuttering and noise nor jammed discs
  • SLIM AND EXQUISITE DESIGN: This CD/DVD drive is well designed with a subtlety and ultra-thin machine size. You can easily put this USB CD burner into your travel bag, take it with you to anywhere and hooked up at any time. Just burning a DVD/CD is enough, which is ideal for business and travel.
  • HASSLE-FREE SHOPPING: Professional optical drive manufacturing experience ensures reliable quality and professional customer service. Please If any problem occurs after purchase, please feel free to contact us for assistance or free replacement.

Additional Info :

Color black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.8
Width 6.4
Length 6.4

5. External CD DVD Drive USB 3.0 Type-C CD DVD +/-RW Drive DVD Player for Laptop Portable CD ROM Reader DVD Burner Rewriter with Protective Carrying Case for Laptop Desktop PC Mac Windows Linux Mac OS

Features :

  • 【Plug-And-Play】External CD/DVD drive for laptop includes USB 3.0 and Type-C dual-port, no need for requiring an external driver and power supply. When it’s connected to your computer, this external DVD player portable will be automatically recognized by your computer and you can use a media player or burning software to read or write CD and DVD discs.
  • 【USB 3.0 & USB C High-Speed Transmission】The CD ROM External burner has a built-in advanced drive chip that provides max DVD Rewrite Read speed 8x, max CD Write/Read speed 24x and max CD burn speed 8x. Type-C and USB3.0 USB DVD drives are backward compatible with USB2.0 and USB1.0, and the high writing and reading speeds can bring you a max data transfer speed of 5Gbps.
  • 【External DVD Drive Wide Compatibility】This CD reader for laptops is compatible with Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10/11, Linux system, and all versions of Mac OS operating system. Our USB CD drive support includes MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, Windows laptops, Ultrabooks, and desktop computers. (Note: TV, Car player, iPad, Chromebook, Surface Pro, Ubuntu are not supported)
  • 【Stable And Reliable Performance】This disk drive is made of high-quality ABS material and the latest copper mesh technology with excellent error correction, low impedance, and anti-interference capability. Intelligent high-speed USB 3.0 technology brings you a smooth and fast player-burning experience. You can use this USB CD/DVD player to quietly read, write burned CDs/DVDs without jamming and damaging discs.
  • 【Multifunctional Optical Drive】Our USB CD/DVD external drive uses intelligent drive technology, it’s compatible with a wide range of discs including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD +/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD-R DL, VCD-ROM discs. You can use this external CD/DVD +/-RW drive player to play movies on DVD, burn/rip CDs, install software/systems, play DVD games, back up data to CD/DVD, etc. (NOTE: DO NOT support Chromebook, TV, iPad, Truck, and Car).
  • 【Protective Case And Portable Design】The external CD DVD drive for the laptop with a protective thick case and small slim size allows you to easily carry and use an external CD/DVD player anywhere, anytime. In the protective case wrapped external DVD drive is more shockproof, drop-proof, dustproof, waterproof.
  • 【Hassle-free Shopping】Professional optical drive manufacturing team ensures reliable quality and professional customer service gives you an excellent shopping experience. If there is any problem after purchase, please feel free to contact us for help or a free replacement.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.8
Width 6.4
Length 6.4

6. External DVD Drive USB 3.0 Type-C USB C Portable DVD Player for Laptop CD DVD +/-RW Disk Drive CD ROM Burner Writer CD/DVD Burner Reader Compatible with Laptop Desktop Windows Linux OS Apple MacBook

Features :

  • CD/DVD Burner & Player – This external cd/dvd drive can be a CD/DVD burner, writer, player, reader, or ripper. Use this disk drive to play or burn music or movies, back up, store or transfer all files or material you wanted, like copying photos, reading X-ray on disk, or ripping some DVDs to your Apple MacBook Air. Also use this cd reader for laptop to download and install games or any other programs.
  • Wide Compatibility – This plug-and-play external cd drive for mac is compatible with many OS systems and laptop models. Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/2003/XP/10/8/7/Vista/Linux OS/Mojave OS/all version Mac OS system (ios 8.6 to 10.14). Perfect for PC and laptops like Mac laptop 2015/MacBook Pro/ASUS gaming laptop/Apple MacBook Air 2020/iMac/Mac Mini and more. For desktops, connect the usb dvd player/cd dvd burner to the back USB port of the motherboard (Not support TV, car, iPad, Chromebook, Surface Pro, Ubuntu).
  • High Speed – Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 and USB 1.0, this cd reader for pc provides high speed of data transmission. With Max 8x DVDR Write Speed and Max 24x CD Write Speed, this external cd drive for pc provides maximum 5Gbps data transmission speed without lag or distortion. Plug this usb dvd player/cd dvd burner into your USB port, your laptop wwil recognize it without stuttering and noise nor jammed discs.
  • Well-Designed – This compact and light external cd/dvd drive for laptop is solid enough to be durable and to hold its own weight down while it is spinning discs. With anti-skid rubber on the bottom, brushed texture shell, embedded usb cable slot, dual USB-A and USB-C connector, this cd reader for laptop/cd dvd burner can be easily carried and used anytime anywhere, no matter in the office, school, at home, or during a trip.
  • All Kinds of Disc – This dvd drive for laptop/cd dvd burner is compatible with multiple discs (standard 120mm) including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD +/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD-R DL, VCD-ROM discs. Unlike other CD/DVD players, this usb cdrom drive external gives the disc more clearance inside the disc bay so no more ruined discs due to extra-thick disc label issues! For some cd/dvd players for laptop, sometimes the disc would skip off the top of the drive and the burning or reading process would be ruined.

7. External DVD Drive USB 3.0 Type-C Portable CD DVD +/-RW Drive for Laptop DVD Player CD ROM Rewriter Burner Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows MacBook Mac Linux Mac OS

Features :

  • PLUG AND PLAY: The CD/DVD drive external USB and USB-C ports and doesn’t require an external driver or power supply.Just plug it into your laptop’s USB and Type-C ports and the CD/DVD drive will be automatically detected.The USB 3.0 external dvd drive is the perfect companion for computers that do not have an internal drive.
  • HIGH WRITING AND READING SPEED: The USB-C & USB 3.0 CD/DVD external drive offers Max 8x DVD Rewrite Read Speed and Max 24x CD Write/Read Burner speed.This Type-C & USB 3.0 CD/DVD drive will bring you maximum 5Gbps data transmission speed, plays music movies installing softwares or system, burning discs without lag or distortion.
  • RELIABLE PERFORMANCE: This disk drive is made of high-quality materials, shockproof, low noise and high durability.High-speed USB 3.0 CD DVD RW Burner with low impedance and anti-interference capability for a smooth and fast experience.You can use this USB CD/DVD player to quietly read and write burned CD/DVD without stuttering and noise nor jammed discs.
  • WIDE COMPATIBILITY&MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS: This external dvd cd drive is compatible with Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10,Linux OS,all version Mac OS system.You can use this external DVD player to play movie DVDs, burn/rip CDs, install software/system/DVD games, back up data to CD/DVD,and more.(Not support TV, car player, Chromebook, Surface Pro, Ubuntu.)
  • SLIM AND EXQUISITE DESIGN: This CD/DVD drive is well designed with a subtlety and ultra-thin machine size. You can easily put this USB CD burner into your travel bag, take it with you to anywhere and hooked up at any time. Just burning a DVD/CD is enough, which is ideal for business and travel.
  • HASSLE-FREE SHOPPING: Professional optical drive manufacturing experience ensures reliable quality and professional customer service. Please If any problem occurs after purchase, please feel free to contact us for assistance or free replacement.

Additional Info :

Color black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.79
Width 5.9
Length 5.9

8. External DVD Drive, USB 3.0 USB C CD Burner Portable DVD CD +-RW Drive DVD Player for Laptop CD ROM Burner Compatible with Desktop PC Windows Linux OS Apple Mac

Features :

  • [Plug and Play] External DVD drive USB 3.0 and an additional USB C converter, no need for additional drivers and power, directly plugged into the computer can be used, the CD/DVD drive will be automatically detected by the laptop (a few systems require additional applications to burn CD)
  • [External CD/DVD Drive for Laptop] Our portable CD player is not only a CD/DVD reader but also a burner. You can use this mini DVD player to listen to music, watch movies, play games, and install software on your laptop, etc.
  • [Stable Data Transmission] USB 3.0 external CD DVD drive, Max 8x DVDR Write Speed and Max 24x CD Write Speed provide high writing and reading speed (burning speed is slower than reading speed, not recommended for burning large files)
  • [Wide Compatibility] Our DVD drive is compatible with Windows xp/7/10, Linux, Mac OS, and other systems. An external CD/DVD drive is perfect for most laptops and PC. (Note: iPad, mobile phone, Chromebook, TV, car, Blu-ray are not supported)
  • [Portable DVD Player] The slim and lightweight design allows us to take it with us and use it at home, office, or travel. If there are any problems after purchase, please feel free to contact us for help or free replacement to ensure you have a satisfactory shopping experience

Additional Info :

Color Jet Black
Item Dimensions
Weight 0.6875

9. ROOFULL External CD DVD +/-RW Drive USB 3.0 Type-C Portable DVD/CD ROM Optical Drive Player Reader Writer Burner with Protective Storage Carrying Case for Windows 11/10 Laptop PC, Mac MacBook Pro/ Air

Features :

  • 【No Extra Driver Required】Just plug it into the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, or USB-C port, insert your CDs or DVDs, this external CD/DVD drive will be recognized by your computer automatically, no need to install the driver program manually.
  • 【Multiple Functions】 After the CD/DVD player is installed, you can usea media player (e.g VLC player), burning software, or ripping software to complete various tasks such as watching movies DVDs, burning/ripping discs, installing software/game/software, data backup. Compatible with CD-ROM, CD-R, CD +/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD-R DL, VCD-ROM discs.
  • 【Compatible with Multiple-OS】Compatible with Windows 11/ 10/ 8.1/ 7/ XP, Linux, and all versions of Mac OS, so you can use this external optical drive on almost all computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, Windows laptop, and desktop PCs (NOTE: DO NOT support Chromebook, TV, iPad, Truck and Car).
  • 【Additional USB-C Adapter】Equipped with faster USB 3.0 connector and attached USB 3.0 Type-C adapter allows us to use this external opticla drive on old and new Mac & Windows laptops. (Tips: Recommend using thunderbolt ports or self-powered USB hub/docking station in case of the power shortage.)
  • 【Reliable Performance】With the Strong error-correcting, low impedance, and anti-interference ability, you can use this USB CD/DVD drive to read and write CDs and DVDs quietly without stuttering and noise, and won’t damage your discs.
  • 【Compact and Portable】Come with a thicker protective storage carrying case sleeve, you can easily carry and use this slim external optical player anytime anywhere, no matter in the office, school, at home, or during a trip. Waterproof, dustproof, and drop-proof. ()
  • 【Worry-free Shopping】7 years of professional optical drive manufacturing experience ensures reliable quality and professional customer service. Please feel free to contact us for help or free replacement if any issues happen after purchasing, do not need to worry about the time-limited return window.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.7086614166
Width 5.6299212541
Length 5.7874015689

10. ROOFULL External CD/DVD +/-RW Drive USB 3.0 Type-C with USB Ports and SD Reader, Portable DVD CD ROM Burner Optical Disc Drive Player Reader Writer for MacBook Pro, Air, iMac, Windows 11/10/8/7 Laptop

Features :

  • 【Easy to Use】Just plug it into the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, or USB-C port, open the tray and fasten your CDs or DVDs, this external CD/DVD player will be recognized by your laptop or desktop computer automatically, no extra driver program required!
  • 【CD/DVD Reader & Writer】 After the device is installed, you can use a media player, burning software, and ripping software to complete various tasks such as watching movie DVDs, burning/ripping CDs& DVDs, installing software/ system/ games, backing up data to discs, and more.
  • 【Additional Extension】It’s not only an external optical drive but also a USB hub with 2 additional USB ports and 1 SD slot for moving files/photos/videos between your computer and external storage device (e.g. USB flash drive, SD/TF card, or hard drive), which will effectively solve the problem of insufficient USB ports. (Note: the USB flash drive and SD cards on the picture are not included)
  • 【Wide Compatibility】Compatible with Multi-OS including Windows 11/10/ 8.1/ 7/ XP, Linux, and all versions of Mac OS, so you can use this external optical drive on almost all computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, Windows laptop, and desktop PCs (NOTE: DO NOT support Chromebook, TV, iPad, Truck and Car).
  • 【No Adapter Required】Upgraded removable long data cable with USB 3.0 and USB-C two kinds of connectors, you can use it without an adapter or hub required whatever your computer is only equipped with USB-A or USB-C ports.
  • 【Reliable Performance】With the Strong error-correcting, low impedance, and anti-interference ability, you can use this USB CD/DVD drive to read and write CDs and DVDs quietly without stuttering and noise, and won’t damage your discs. Compatible with multiple discs including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD +/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD-R DL, VCD-ROM discs
  • 【No Power Shortage Issues Anymore】Although most PCs can power this portable CD/DVD player by the single data cable, we still prepare a USB extra power supply cable in case that some ultra-thin notebooks (such as Surface Pro) can not supply sufficient power for this device.
  • 【Compact and Portable】With slim design and lightweight, you can easily carry and use this compact external optical player anytime anywhere, no matter in the office, school, at home, or during a trip. Waterproof, dustproof, and drop-proof! (If you need a protective carrying case, you can search “B09JZ35LXF” on Amazon)
  • 【Worry-free Shopping】7 years of professional optical drive manufacturing experience ensures reliable quality and professional customer service. Please feel free to contact us for help or free replacement if any issues happen after purchasing, do not need to worry about the time-limited return window.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 0.7086614166
Width 5.8267716476
Length 5.3937007819

Buying Guide: What to Consider When Select portable cd rom drives

Price

How much should you expect to spend on a product like this? Is it a one-off cost, or is there some kind of recurring element?

When it comes to portable cd rom drives, a great value can come in many different forms. It could be a lower price, impeccable construction, and design, or higher durability. We’ll cover all of these different factors below, where we’re sharing our top picks for the best portable cd rom drives for the money. We’ll go over everything consumers should know to get a great value out of their portable cd rom drives!

Durability 

The phrase “people get what they pay for” is especially true when it comes to portable cd rom drives. The range in durability from person to person can be pretty substantial depending on the materials used in the construction. If someone saves $100 on a portable cd rom drives, but it wears out in 1 month, are they really getting a good value?

Compare that to a portable cd rom drives that costs $50 more but wears out after 1 or 2 years. Most people would argue that the second option is the better deal over the long term. Before purchasing, you should consider how long you want to have the portable cd rom drives and then read reviews to make sure you know how long you can expect it to last.

Consider Where You Purchase 

 

A vast majority of people now buy their portable cd rom drives online rather than going to a brick-and-mortar physical location. That’s largely because online shopping offers greater convenience, and many brick-and-mortar stores can be confusing when it comes to their models, pricing, and types.

While people can’t try out an online portable cd rom drives the way they can in a store, brands often come with generous trials. These allow people to try out the portable cd rom drives for a while and return it if they’re unhappy.

In addition, many online portable cd rom drives are more affordable than their in-store counterparts, because they have less overhead and have cut out the middlemen to pass savings directly to the consumer. If you purchase online, make sure to check to see if they will have to pay extra for shipping or not. A lot of the new companies offer free shipping, but not all.

Types of portable cd rom drives

Before even thinking about all the different portable cd rom drives available,  You should choose the product types that will be ideal for your task.

Design

Choosing a product based on a design that people will love can be tough. Just because you might like the look and style of it, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Below are some steps you can follow that I’ve used in the past when making decisions on which product designs to choose. Today, a lot of e-commerce sites have the same products. Naturally, it means people use product photos and videos to find the best item. Some of the tips in this article will help you choose or design a successful product.

  • Dimensions. How big are these products?
  • Materials. What are they made from? Is there an advantage to choosing one material over another?
  • Generic characteristics. What sort of features do products in this category include?
  • Product-specific functionality. Do certain products have key characteristics that others don’t? 
  • “Vs.” comparisons. Wireless or wired? Portable or desktop? Metal or wood? These are the key A/B-style decisions typically made early in the buying process.

The Verdict

Finally, we hope that our reviews about these portable cd rom drivess will help you to choose your ideal product available on the maker. The question remains, how many of these portable cd rom drives will you use and how often? Some manufacturers come out with newer portable cd rom drives every few months. This is because they know that people want the better portable cd rom drives. It’s all a matter of choice and your budget. The good news is that the features of good portable cd rom drives tend to trickle down in price. If you start off with a cheaper version, chances are you can afford the more advanced versions of it a few months later.