Model: Samsung SE-208GB Portable 8x DVD Writer
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Provided By: Samsung America

Samsung Electronics has been a leader in the electronics industry for more than 30 years. Since the introduction of their first television in 1970, this Korean company has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics manufacturers, offering everything from tiny semiconductors to large home appliances. Samsung is no stranger to the storage industry either. Along with an assortment of hard drive and flash based storage solutions, the company offers DVD and Blu-ray Disc drives for the the portable and desktop computer markets.

With the growing popularity of ultrabooks and tablets, Samsung has set its sights on the portable optical drive market. This summer, the company introduced its latest external slim DVD writer, the SE-208GB. This lightweight drive sports a new design that maximizes the ease of pressing the eject button by placing it on top of the case. The SE-208GB is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 6x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. The drive is also USB powered and features support for Samsung's AV Connectivity and Smart Archive technologies. When written on archival grade media, Smart Archive delivers a 30 year long data lifetime.

Samsung SE-208GB Portable 8x DVD Writer
DVD+R Write Speeds 8x, 6x, 4x (P-CAV)
3.3x (CLV)
DVD+RW Write Speeds 8x, 6x, 4x (Z-CLV)
3.3x, 2.4x (CLV)
DVD-R Write Speeds 8x, 6x, 4x (P-CAV)
3.3x (CLV)
DVD-RW Write Speeds 6x, 4x (Z-CLV)
3.3x, 2x (CLV)
DVD+R DL Write Speeds 6x, 4x (Z-CLV)
3.3x, 2.4x (CLV)
DVD-R DL Write Speeds 6x, 4x (Z-CLV)
3.3x, 2x (CLV)
DVD-RAM Write Speeds 5x (P-CAV)
3x, 2x (CLV)
M-DISC Write Speeds 4x (Z-CLV)
3.3x (CLV)
CD Write Speeds 24x (CAV)
20x, 16x (P-CAV)
10x (CLV)
CD Rewrite Speeds 24x, 20x, 16x (Z-CLV)
10x, 4x (CLV)
DVD Read Speeds 8x Max (DVD-ROM)
8x Max (DVD±R)
8x Max (DVD±RW)
8x Max (DVD±R DL)
5x Max (DVD-RAM)
CD Read Speed 24x Max
DAE Speed 24x Max
Buffer Size 704KB
Access Times 220 ms (DVD)
210 ms (CD)
CD Formats CD-ROM
Mixed Mode
CD-I Bridge
CD Text

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the SE-20GB has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect from Samsung's new external slim DVD writer, we'll take a look at some of the drive's features and then put it through its paces to see how it performs. Is the SE-208GB the best choice for the person on the go? Keep reading as we find out.

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