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5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung SE-208AB/TSBS External DVD-Writer, March 6, 2012
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I use this Samsung DVD Writer for everything! It's great for ripping CDs, backing up DVDs, and burning DVDs and CDs. It's a nice improvement over it's predecessor: Samsung USB 2.0 External Optical Drive SE-S084D/TSBS Super WriteMaster, Slim External DVD Writer (Gloss Black). It's main improvements are a sleeker design, an improved disc seeking speed (how fast the drive detects a disc after it is inserted), and the disc tray is easier to open and close. No special software is required to use it; it works fine as a plug-and-play device. It works on Apple computers as well as the Microsoft OS. The difference in read/write speed seems somewhat negligent, however, it costs about $10-15 less than the previous model. When I have need for another external DVD drive, I will more than likely buy another one of these. Thanks for reading!

March 9th, 2013 Edit:
It has been just over a year since I originally wrote this product review. I now recommend this drive instead: Samsung SE-506BB/TSBD 6X USB2.0 External Slim Blu-ray Writer Drive (Black). Samsung's Blu-ray drive may be pricier, but it gives you the ability to play Blu-ray Discs, as well as CDs and DVDs. It works similarly; plug-n-play without any special software.
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Initial post: Mar 23, 2012 8:16:03 AM PDT
EYC Nancy says:
Good review. I will buy. I've been ordering and returning the cheaper drives to work with my old Acer Aspire, but while they seem to play back professional DVD's just fine, when it came to writing to cd, the computer couldn't identify the player. I think it's just a driver issue, but I couldn't contact the manufacturer's for help, so back they went. Hopefully, this one won't create problems, but if it does, I can probably find a driver for it online.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 1:48:24 PM PDT
nonameyet says:
I've ordered this today based on all your comments, hope it works as described.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 12:38:02 PM PDT
J. Waziri says:
Hi Venator,

I have a question regarding this product, hopefully you can answer. I have the new MacBook Pro with USB ports on opposite sides. Since it requires 2 USB connections, does the cable allow plugging one connector on either side (left/right) of the laptop?

Thanks,
Jahan.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2013 5:40:41 PM PST
Dave H. says:
Unless I am mistaken it requires only one USB 2 port, not 2 USB ports. I think you are confused by the USB 2 designation. There is USB, USB 2 and USB 3 and probably more that I don't know about.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 11:44:34 AM PDT
Hi, Venator! Thanks for your review on this. I see you are an audio engineer, and I'd love to talk to you about a technology campaign I'm working on. Could you e-mail me at TiffanyMorganCasting@gmail.com?
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