Help Me Choose: Optical Drives

Dell offers a variety of optical drives with the features and functions needed for multitasking and enhanced productivity.

The optical drive on your Dell business system allows you to back up your data and images by burning them to CD, DVD, BD or M-DISC. Choose among M-DISC, CD, DVD and BD based on your requirements. If you’re looking for capability to write to M-DISCs as well as DVD and or Blu-ray, then you need to purchase an M-DISC drive. If you’re looking for more storage capacity than CDs or single-layer, DVDs offer double-layer (DL) DVD disks with up to 8.5GB of storage. Higher capacities are supported on Blu-ray capable drives, available on select Dell™ OptiPlex™, Latitude™, Vostro™ and Dell Precision™ desktop and notebook systems. 

Additional Software Options
CyberLink PowerDVD™ (Available on DVD-ROM and DVD+RW offerings) 

CyberLink PowerDVD is a DVD playback experience for the PC. Built-in features such as CyberLink Eagle Vision™, Cyberlink Pano Vision™ and CyberLink Multi-Channel Environment Impression™ are designed to enhance movie playback with CyberLink PowerDVD DX. CyberLink Eagle Vision is designed to deliver improved colors and detail by intelligently adapting video contrast and colors across movie scenes. CyberLink Pano Vision automatically adjusts DVD playback based on wide- or standard-screen ratios. CyberLink Multi-Channel Environment Impression can allow users to maximize their audio system’s capabilities, delivering multichannel audio from any two-channel encoded audio track. CyberLink PowerDVD is compatible with Windows® 7, Windows Vista® and Windows® XP.

Roxio Creator™ DE (Available on DVD+RW offerings)

Roxio Creator DE is a CD/DVD burning solution for enjoying and sharing digital movies, photos, music and other files. It allows users to quickly burn and copy data, audio, photo and video CDs and DVDs. Roxio Creator DE is compatible with Windows® 7, Windows Vista® and Windows® XP.
The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.

If you want to...Choose...
Burn DVDsDVD+/-RW, BD Combo, BD-RE, M-DISC Drive
Burn CDsDVD+/-RW, BD Combo, BD-RE, M-DISC Drive
Play DVDsDVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, BD Combo, BD-RE, M-DISC Drive
Load software from DVDDVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, BD Combo, BD-RE, M-DISC Drive
Load software from CDDVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, BD Combo, BD-RE, M-DISC Drive
Enjoy superb storage capacity and high definition viewing pleasureBD Combo or BD-RE
To burn M-DISCs M-DISC Drive* 
M-DISC Drive Blu-ray Rewritable DriveBlu-ray Combo
DVD +/-RW Drive (Super Multi)DVD-ROM Drive

Burn M-DISCs 

 Yes  No NoNo  No
Burn Blu-ray Discs YesYes NoNoNo
Watch Blu-ray Disc Movies YesYes NoNoNo
Burn DVDs YesYes YesNoNo
Burn CDs YesYes YesYesNo
Load Software from DVD YesYes YesYesYes
Load Software from CD YesYes YesYesYes
Watch DVDs YesYes YesYesYes
Listen to CDs YesYes YesYesYes
Read DVD-RAM YesYes YesYesYes
Read M-DISCs  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Write DVD-RAM YesYes YesYesNo