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Since space is at a premium for laptops, many do not come with an integrated optical drive, such as a Blu-ray or DVD drive. However, you may occasionally need or want to play the contents of a Blu-ray or DVD on your laptop. Buying an external model is one easy solution, as it eschews the need for installation. Users only need to connect these rectangular boxes to their laptop via a USB cable.

When shopping, look for top DVD drives from well-known and reputable brands, such as Samsung, LG, and Apple. If you anticipate the need to burn DVDs as well as read them, invest a little more and get one that can do both. Make sure to check its capabilities and features to ensure compatibility with the variety of DVD discs on the market.