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Samsung SE-208GB/IDBS External DVD-Writer - Black

4.3 out of 5 stars 578 customer reviews
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  • Average Seek Time: DVD-ROM - 150ms; CD-ROM - 150ms
  • Write:DVD+R/-R: 8X DVD+RW/-RW: 8X/6X DVD+R/-R DL: 6X DVD-RAM: 5X CD-R: 24X CD-RW: 24X
  • Read: DVD-ROM: 8X CD-ROM: 24X
  • Interface USB 2.0,USB-powered for powerful On-The-Go capability
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Product Description

Color: Black

Samsung SE-208AB/TSBS 8X Slim DVD+/-RW USB External Drive (Black).The Samsung Slim External DVD Writer was engineered for ultra-compatibility, Windows 7 compatibility and MAC OS compatible.What’s in the box: Samsung SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black), USB Cable, Software Disc and 1 Year Limited Warranty.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Samsung
Item model number SE-208GB/IDBS
Hardware Platform PC
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 5.7 x 0.8 x 5.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.7 x 0.8 x 5.7 inches
Color Black
Optical Drive Type DVD±R/RW

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4.3 out of 5 stars 578 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #59 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > External Optical Drives > DVD Drives
#167 in Computers & Accessories > External Components
Shipping Weight 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available September 16, 2011

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
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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I ordered the Samsung DVD drive at the same time as my Acer AspireRevo w/o optical drive, so I could load/install software. So far it has worked to perfection. Installation was Plug N Play with Windows 7. It will burn to DVD-R with only the USB data cable, no need to use two USB ports.
It plays DVD movies, loads software on a computer w/o an optical drive and burns CD's and DVD's.

HIGHLY Recommended!
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First, The Problem: My Mac Mini '07 came with a crap internal DVD burner. It was LOUD; it ate disks; it scratched the disks it didn't eat; and worst of all, it would pretend disks had burned properly when they hadn't! I experienced a success rate breakdown of: 40% working properly, 25% skipping, 10% too scratched to use, 24% unusable due to burning problems, 1% required forcible ejection (pliers and/or screwdriver) resulting in little bits of silvered plastic rather than a DVD. I gave up after that, and decided against all logic to replace it with another sold by Apple. Do NOT attempt this! They don't sell them in stores anymore. Anyway, the instructions for violating a Mac Mini involve a putty knife (NOT a joke), and digital sacrifice. After bandaging my hand, returning my neighbour's putty knife, and a quick trip to the doctor for an anti-tetanus booster, I decided upon a lateral solution.

Now, The Solution: External! Oh Joy! O Rapture! More desk space wasted... oh, wait... it fits atop my computer! Only one cord! Two dongly bits, though (move mouse). Done! It works perfectly. No more noise, no more scratches, and no more tools!

The Pros:
Barely larger than a CD case
No power cord
Underrun Protection (no more inexplicable coasters)
Multi-format compatibility (lots of formats...
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I'm using a low-end HP mini laptop (netbook) as a desktop computer by cabling a big monitor, keyboard, and mouse to it. (There are some limitations, such as it only runs the partial version of Windows 7, but it works well for most things, even streaming video, etc.) Since the mini has no CD-DVD drive, my need for an external drive is obvious. I put off getting one, because I found it difficult to decide, but the reviews and info on this one made the choice seem rather clear. (Samsung's reputation for quality and value seems to be on the rise, maybe even as good as Sony.) One obvious advantage of this product is that it gets all it's power from the USB port, and doesn't require a separate 120VAC power source. When I received it and looked at the manual, I was disappointed to find that the cable that comes with it has TWO USB plugs, to be plugged into two USB ports in the computer, and I only have one USB port available (with my monitor, keyboard and mouse plugged in). HOWEVER, reading further, the use of two ports apparently is necessary only if the port you're using lacks sufficent power. (Maybe this would be a very old computer in which the USB port is "USB 1.0" instead of "2.0"?). The two plugs of the cable provided with this product are simply a split (Y) of the same cable - which plugs into only one port on the CD-DVD drive, and therefore adding a USB hub (splitter) to be able to plug both of the cable's plugs to the hub would not help at all, because the hub only splits, and doesn't add any power. It would still be using just one port of the computer, and spliting it into two in the hub, and then back to one cable going into the CD-DVD drive. I plugged only one of the plugs into my only USB port, and it works perfectly. I burn CD's with it simply and easily.Read more ›
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