Question DVD player for new laptop

Mar 10, 2020
I have a new laptop and like most mine doesn’t have a disc drive inbuilt. Ive a huge collection of CDs (audio) and DVDs (films) that I would like to access via my laptop.
Question is: which should I buy - a portable DVD player with USB connection OR a CD-ROM drive?
Forgive my ignorance in the matter, they may be both essentially the same, in which case great as I prefer the portable DVD player that can be used on it’s own as well as via laptop...
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