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Samsung SH-S203 - 20X DVD±R and 16x DVD+R DL Write Speeds

Postby Ian on Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:41 pm

SAMSUNG INTRODUCES THE WORLD’S FASTEST DVD BURNER OFFERING AMAZING 20X RECORDING CAPABILITY

New York, NY – June 19, 2007 Samsung Electronics Ltd., the worldwide digital consumer electronics and information technology leader, announces the world’s fastest DVD burner, the Super-WriteMaster SH-S203. The SH-S203 is a 20X Serial ATA (SATA) DVD burner that offers the fastest DVD+R/-R and DVD+R DL write speeds of any drive on the market today and supports all CD/DVD discs including DVD-RAM. The SH-S203 is shipping nation wide in with a street price of $70 ands is being introduced today at the company’s storage press conference in New York City.

The SH-S203 features the fastest recording times of any drive on the market with industry leading: 20X DVD±R recording, 12X DVD-RAM recording, 16X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 12X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording. Samsung’s first 20X DVD drive supports the SATA interface, with SATA PCs now dominating the PC market. With its SATA interface, the SH-S203 eliminates the need for Master/Slave jumper settings and provides thinner data cables, improving airflow and cable routing.

“Samsung is a storage technology leader that prides itself on innovation and the ability to bring ultra-advanced technologies to consumers with breakneck speed,” states Kurt Schulz, national sales manager, Samsung Storage Division. “Samsung’s new SH-S203 is the faster DVD writer on the market giving users the ability to burn more data faster than ever before. This showcases Samsung’s commitment to proving best-of-breed technologies that truly benefit the overall user experience.”

Targeted to consumers who require a DVD burner with blazing speed and advanced technology, Samsung’s new SH-S203 offers the unique ability to burn at high speeds while reducing media cost. The drive features over speed recording, the ability to write with 20X speed on 16X media and 16X speed on 12X media. As lower speed media is more cost affordable than higher speed media, users can save money by using lower speed media while still reaping the benefit of recording at super fast burn times.

The SH-S203 offers true 20X recording and with its improved speed can backup 4.7GB of data on a DVD±R disc in about 4 minutes and 38 seconds, a 12% increase in speed from Samsung’s prior 18X DVD burner. Samsung’s SH-S203 also offers free software that allows consumers to easily create music, video, photo and data discs. In addition, the drive includes Samsung’s Firmware Live Update that enables users to download the latest firmware upgrades for free.

The SH-S203, as with Samsung’s full suite of WriteMaster DVD drives, offers multiple high-end technologies providing best-in-breed performance including: Speed Adjustment Technology , to match the speed to the functionality of the disc; Tilt Actuator Compensation (TAC) for preferred writing condition when interacting with the objective lens; and Double Optimum Power Control , which balances the laser power on the sides of the disc for a better writing performance. Buffer Under Run Error is avoided by the power save attribute. The Automatic Ball Balancing System (ABS) further reduces vibration and noise. The drive is also eco-friendly and is RoHS compliant.

For more information about Samsung's storage products, please visit the web site at http://www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2006 parent company sales of US$63.4 billion and net income of US$8.5 billion. Employing approximately 138,000 people in 124 offices in 56 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, Telecommunication Network Business and Digital Appliance Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com
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Postby Ian on Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:57 pm

This drive in stock anywhere yet? I checked the usual places and found nothing.
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Postby Dartman on Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:14 pm

Well I'm not overly impressed with my 182d at this point and I kinda hate the medtiatek chip they usually use so hard to say if it's worth buying.
At least it hasn't been as bad as my two original LiteOn 811 drives I had years ago. I don't think many manufacturers make truly awfull drives like they used too :D
I do like their autoupdate firmware idea, so far it has found the newest one and installed it without incident.
I have a LG h62l SATA burner and it's been faster and mostly makes better burns. My favorite all around is still my old BenQ 1655.
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Postby zhadoom on Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:29 pm

Zebadee at cdfreaks post a few tests with SH-S203B. The burn times and quality are very impressive.

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=220466
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Postby Dartman on Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:40 pm

The first user reports are definitely promising, NCIX has it for about 35 bucks US right now too and they ship across the border.
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Postby deinabog on Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:54 am

Too bad I already bought two SH-183 units for my next box. Otherwise I'd be all over this drive :) .
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:44 am

I got my drive in today.

I suppose this is as good as any place to announce I will be teaming up with Ian to supply the media writing quality test results for the upcoming review :)

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Postby deinabog on Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:24 am

I still don't see any units in stock at Best Buy (they carry Samsung burners in NYC). I'm just curious as to what the retail packaging looks like; LG changed the box slightly for their 20X burner.
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Postby Ian on Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:17 am

The packaging looks like their other drives. The only differences I noticed was that it sad Super-Writemaster now and that it supported Vista.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:29 am

Here's a test burn I did of some Verbatim 16x DVD-R media at 18x. This is from my "defective" batch by the way. Meaning it's made by CMC, and was RMA'd by someone previously as defective media. Only my BenQ DW1640 with SolidBurn has seen decent results with it so far...

Well, you be the judge :wink:
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:18 am

Here's a Verbatim 8x DVD+RDL burn at 10x, and the corrasponding test.
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Postby Wischmop on Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:33 am

Looks better than expected :o

But how it performs with not-Top-media?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:43 am

Wischmop wrote:Looks better than expected :o

But how it performs with not-Top-media?


Anything in particular you'd like tested?
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Postby Wesociety on Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:43 pm

It's too bad the drive doesn't support MKM003 at 16x.

I know that Ricoh 16x double layer media has been announced, but has there been any recent announcements on Verbatim 16x DVD+R DL (perhaps MKM004 or MKM005)?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:58 pm

Wesociety wrote:It's too bad the drive doesn't support MKM003 at 16x.

I know that Ricoh 16x double layer media has been announced, but has there been any recent announcements on Verbatim 16x DVD+R DL (perhaps MKM004 or MKM005)?


Nothing official, unofficially it's still being worked on, but I believe production samples are nearly available, for the right people.
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Postby Ian on Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:28 pm

Wesociety wrote:I know that Ricoh 16x double layer media has been announced, but has there been any recent announcements on Verbatim 16x DVD+R DL (perhaps MKM004 or MKM005)?


Ricoh media might have been announced, but according to an email I got this morning, its not in production yet.
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