Product Type: Samsung DVD Burner
Newest Review: ... accessing music, movie or game disks, and this gizmo saved my bacon when I needed to burn a CD of coursework for uni! So yeah, this writes... more
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Member Name: calypte
Advantages: portable, works great and affordable
Disadvantages: cable's a bit short
So yeah, this writes and burns CDs and DVDs, at 24x and 5-8x speed respectively, the latter depending on your type of DVD, but this will cope with all (+/-R(W)) saving me from the mega-confusion of which disk type to buy in the shop!
The whole thing was very easy to set up: really, plug and play. I'm running Windows 7, but it's compatible with Vista, XP and 2000, as well as Macs. The interface is via two USB ports, which might be a problem with some computers, but mine has 3 ports, so I can plug the printer in at the same time, thankfully! Those are USB 2.0 connections, too, meaning that the whole thing is as fast as it can be when transferring data, either way - very appreciated!
So far the whole thing has worked absolutely perfectly, both reading and writing - in just under six months I haven't had a disk error yet. My only slight issue is that as it's fairly light (320g) and the cable that comes with it is pretty short, it does have to sit very close to me and tends to shift about very easily (or, fall towards the ground only to dangle!) when I move the laptop it's connected to. This results in the otherwise very quiet machine emitting some pretty unhappy noises while it's working, more so if I put even a little pressure on the top as I'm picking it up. So far there's been no effect on the use, but then it wasn't doing anything when I dropped it. Ahem!
Looks-wise, I picked this for being unobtrusive if not desperately pretty. It's basically a non-glossy (and thus doesn't show any light scratches!) black box, not much bigger than the disk it takes. There's just one button on the front (which is grey, for no reason) to eject the disk - but only when it's plugged into your computer. The 'drawer' feels solidly attached, even when ejected, and the disks push and click into place.
Overall: it works, it's as portable as the laptop I bought it for, and at that price you really can't argue!
Summary: Surprisingly perfect little bit of kit!
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