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Samsung USB 2.0 8xDVD Writer External Optical Drive for Mac and PC SE-S084C/RSBN (Gloss Black)

by Samsung
599 customer reviews
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Gloss Black
  • Compatible with Mac and PC's alike. Full 8X DVD functionality in an ultra slim tray load design
  • The perfect accessory for Netbook users
  • Tray Loading Drive for easy access to media even when the drive is turned off. No need to power the drive on to remove your discs.
  • Nero Software Suite (NERO Burning ROM, NERO Showtime, PowerDVD) included.
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Technical Details

Color: Gloss Black
  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model Number: SE-S084C/RSBN
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 year

Product Description

Color:Gloss Black

Product Description

The first Samsung external DVD drive that is compatible with Mac as well as PCs. A "must have" accessory for all NetBook users. The SAMSUNG 8X Tray load External Slim DVD Writer is designed to provide the highest quality DVD functionality in a sleek design that is not much larger than the CD/DVD itself. Simply plug it into your USB port and you are ready to watch movies, install software, copy photos, play music, etc. Furthermore, this model supports both 12 cm & 8 cm discs. The Manual Disc Eject function allows the disc to be ejected even when the power is off.

From the Manufacturer

For Mac or PC netbook or laptop owners who require an ultra-compact, high-performance external CD/DVD writer, the Samsung (SE-S084C/RSBN) External Slim DVD Writer is the obvious choice. Measuring less than an inch thick and weighing less than a pound, this USB-powered DVD writer offers superb portability and high-speed CD and DVD read and write functionality for both 8- and 12-centimeter disks. And with a sleek, glossy black surface design, the drive will complement any portable set-up.

The External Slim DVD Writer
At a Glance
  • USB-powered; requires no bulky power adapter
  • Up to 8X write speed for DVDs, and 24X write speed for CDs
  • Less than an inch thick; weighs less than a pound
  • Buffer Under Run technology allows for high-speed writing while you multi-task
  • Includes Nero Software Suite

A single USB cable is all you need to power the drive and write to DVD or CD.

The manual eject button lets you remove disks even when the drive is powered off. View larger.

The DVD writer's compact size makes it the perfect portable accessory for both Mac and PC users.
Ultra-Slim Design Ideal for Netbook Users
Compatible with both Mac and PCs alike, the External Slim DVD Writer is designed specially for on-the-go netbook and laptop users. It weighs less than a pound and measures a mere 5.5 x 6.2 x .75 inches (WxLxH). It takes up about as much space as a few CD or DVD disks.

The External Slim DVD Writer is USB powered, which means you don't have to carry any cumbersome power adapters or cords. Simply plug the drive into an available USB port on your computer, and you're ready to go. It also features an easy-access tray loading drive with a manual eject button, which allows you to eject your disks even when the drive is powered off.

High-Performance, High-Speed Writing Abilities
Thanks to the drive's Buffer Under Run Technology, you won't suffer buffer under-run, which occurs in high-speed writing when the speed is faster than the data transfer. Because of this technology, you can continue to multi-task on your computer while the data is being written on the drive, thus improving your productivity. Buffer Under Run Technology also enables high-speed writing in low performance PCs.

The drive boasts many other performance-enhancing features, including including SAT (Speed Adjustment Technology); TAC (Tilt Actuator Compensation) and Double OPC (Optimum Power Control). In addition, Magic Speed and ABS (Automatic Ball Balancing System) technologies reduce vibration and noise.

The External Slim DVD Writer supports 8X write speeds for a wide array of DVD disks, including DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVD-ROM. It also supports DVD+R DL and DVD-RW at a 6X write speed, and DVD-RAM at 5X. For CD compatibility, the drive offers a 24X write speed for CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-ROM.

Nero Software Suite Included
To enhance your CD and DVD burning capabilities, the External Slim DVD Writer comes with Nero Software Suite, which includes NERO Burning ROM, NERO Showtime, and PowerDVD. Integrated firmware offers automatic updates to keep the performance of the drive optimized.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies. Employing approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company is recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, and is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

What's in the Box
SAMSUNG 8X External Tray Load DVD Writer, USB Cable, Nero Software Suite, and manual.

With its sleek, ultra-compact design, the DVD Writer complements any PC or Mac laptop or Netbook.

Product Details

Color: Gloss Black
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches ; 14.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002C1BBU8
  • Item model number: SE-S084C/RSBN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at April 2, 2004

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

539 of 546 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wakefield on December 5, 2009
Color: Gloss Black Verified Purchase
This is a great high quality drive that is Windows 7 compliant.(although the instructions don't say so) It is a compact external so it is not super fast, but it is fast enough for all my needs. Watching dvds, burning cds/dvds etc. Now onto why this Drive has gotten bad reviews.

Complaint- This drive does not come with a program to watch dvds, I had to pay extra just to do so.

Answer- This just an external drive. It will work with your current media software. The DVD industry licenses the coding to read DVDs and so it is generally not given away free with products. It does come with Nero which is a great DVD/CD Burning program. The program has a trial for DVD watching with the option to buy. There are free codecs that you can download also to accomplish this. Head on over to [...]

Complaint- The drive only opens a 1/2 inch, there is something wrong with it.

Answer- Actually this is a power saving feature and keeps it slim line. This Drive is powered completely by your computer, and is designed for netbook use. It slides open easily with your finger. When the drive is not being used, it shuts down and does not draw power.

Complaint- The drive does not open when the power is off like the description says

Answer- Actually it does. There is a small hole on the front of the drive where a paper clip can be inserted. This will pop the drive open and allow you to access your disc.

I hope this helps clear the water a bit. All in all I am much happier with the product that I thought I would be. In fact since getting it for my net book, the DVD drive on my home computer died and I have just been using this one instead.
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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful By DLH TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
Color: Gloss Black Verified Purchase
I needed an external DVD reader/writer mainly to load software onto my Acer 1410 which does not have a drive, and this Samsung drive works perfectly for me. The drive comes with Nero 8 "Essentials", which is a basic OEM suite of utilities for use with the drive. I find it neither great nor bad. If you need any of the utilities, it does the job. The drive itself does not use external power. It uses 2 USB ports. Some people claim it also works with only 1 USB port, but I have not tried it. Installing the drive couldn't be easier. I took it out of the box, plugged it into my system, and was up and running in probably a minute. The Nero software installed without issue. I loaded several programs from DVD onto my system without problems. I tried burning a couple of DVD's, and they all completed successfully and faster than expected. Although I have no intention to watch movies on my my netbook, I did pop a movie into the DVD drive, and it played without issue using Windows Media Player. I'm happy with the drive and does exactly what I bought it for.
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140 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Nathan C on August 28, 2009
Color: Gloss Black Verified Purchase
I bought this drive to use with my new Acer 13" 3810T which doesn't have an optical drive. I rarely use one, but I needed to have one....just in case.

The drive itself is VERY small, and I don't see how they could make one any smaller. Aesthetically it looks great. It came with one cable, with an interesting design. It has two regular USB plugs, which BOTH connect to a single mini-usb plug. You plug in both USB plugs to your laptop, and plug the other end into your laptop, and you're good to go.

Obviously this would pose a problem if you only have 1 usb port on a side, because the cord is not long enough to reach around. In the manual they show a picture of using an extension usb cord to reach the other side. I haven't tried this using only one plug, because I knew ahead of time I had two side-by-side usb ports I could use. The cord itself is quite short also, so expect to have the dvd drive less than a foot away.

I used it to burn recovery disks for my Acer, but haven't done any "speed" tests, but I didn't buy it for that purpose.

It's small, light, looks nice, and doesn't need a separate power cord!
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A. Durdag on December 9, 2009
Color: Gloss Black Verified Purchase
MAC users ! Don't ever hesitate to buy this wonderful inexpensive little creature ! The CD involved is only for PC users, but you don't have to worry if you already have a software program to burn CDs/DVDs like Toast Titanium etc..

Installation wasn't an issue at all, why??? Because it is a MAC !!! ;) I've just plugged the USB cables (2 of them give a better performance, not a big deal for me to use 2 USB ports on my MacbookPro) and it started working in seconds !

I can read and write CDs and DVDs perfectly. (or copy stuff from internal drive to this external drive or vice-versa at the same time.) It automatically chooses to read DVDs by using DVD player software already installed in all MACs. Briefly you do not need any single thing to achieve what you want from an external CD/DVD drive. I didn't even have to show my Toast Titanium burner software that there's is a new external drive connected. It recognized it immediately !

My intention was to be able to use both Region 1 DVDs (for US) and Region 2 DVDs (for Europe) without worrying to change the region of my actual MAC's drive. Because it was only going to allow me 2 more times (out of 5) to change the drive's region. I'm a grad student in US, but my home country is in Europe, so this solution definitely worked for me perfect. The coolest thing is of course its price ! It is really an affordable piece of creature if we think about its abilities..

One more thing, it is really so small that you can put it in your laptop bag and enjoy it everywhere you go..

Thanks to Samsung & Amazon !
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