Model: Samsung SH-S182D 18x DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corporation
Provided By: Samsung Electronics America

When it comes to consumer electronics, the name Samsung should definitely sound familiar. Founded in 1969, this Korean company has grown to become one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers, offering everything from tiny semiconductors to huge projection televisions. Samsung is no stranger to the optical storage industry either. Working closely with companies like Toshiba, they've lead the way in this area, developing and manufacturing a wide range of products for the OEM and retail markets.

With other drive manufacturers starting to push DVD writing speeds to 18x and beyond, Samsung has answered the challenge with the SH-S182D. Featuring some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available, the SH-S182D is capable of 18x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, and 8x DVD±R DL writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. On top of that, the drive can read and write to DVD-RAM media at 12x, the fastest speed currently available. The SH-S182D also includes features like 48x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds, Super Link buffer underrun protection and an impressive software bundle from Nero.

With features and specs like this, it's hard not to be impressed by Samsung's new "Super-Multi" drive. To give you an idea of what to expect from the SH-S182D we'll take a look at its features and then see how it stacks up against the 16x and 18x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does Samsung's new drive have what it takes? Is it the best bang for your buck? Read on to see what we had to say.

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