Best Blu-ray and DVD burner
While they remain expensive, Blu-ray Disc burners let you record tons of data -- including high-definition video -- onto a single disc. However, Blu-ray burners in general aren't really recommended over USB flash drives as a storage medium. But if you want to both record to and play Blu-ray Discs, this Pioneer burner gets some of the strongest reviews. Rated at 8x, it can burn Blu-ray Discs faster than any other consumer drive. It can also burn standard DVDs at a respectable 16x, though CD-writing speeds lag behind. Operation is relatively quiet, which is a big plus for watching movies on Blu-ray. The Pioneer BDR-203 is Windows-only and connects with an SATA cable.