With so many cheap and portable storage options available, not to mention all the free cloud and file transfer services, people are using DVD-readers and burners less and less. But it can be quite practical to have one, even if it's just to (re-) install Windows. We tested 9 internal DVD and Blu-ray drives, so you know what you should pick when you assemble that new desktop PC.
Once upon a time all new software had to be installed from a CD-ROM (or floppies, if we go back further), but that has now become the exception rather than the rule. When you buy a new game, you download and install it from Steam or one of the other online services (such as EA's Origin). Back-ups are much more affordable and practical to do with an external hard disk or a NAS device, especially now that hard disks contain hundreds of gigabytes and even terabytes of data. These devices also lend themselves better for storing your media collections.
When we asked the suppliers of blank DVDs, they reported that the sales figures of optical media are currently only a fraction of what they once were in the hey-day of CD-ROMs and DVDs. New PCs and laptops often don't even come with an optical drive, and most people don't seem to miss it very much.
And while DVD burners once were very common, Blu-ray burners never really achieved that level of popularity. When the first Blu-ray burners arrived for consumers, the trend of increasingly larger and affordable (external) hard disks had already gained a lot of traction. If you were thinking in terms of price per GB, then using Blu-ray discs was not the most appealing option. You can read the rest of Nine internal DVD burners and Blu-ray drives tested on Hardware.info.