Model: Samsung SE-218BB 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 spring, the company introduced its latest external slim DVD writer, the SE-218BB. While measuring a mere 14mm in height, this lightweight drive 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 SE-218BB is also USB powered and features support for Samsung's AV connectivity technology. When in AV connectivity mode, the drive can be plugged into a USB port on a TV, tablet or other AV device and used to play back the music, pictures and videos stored on a CD or DVD.

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the SE-218BB has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect from Samsung's 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-218BB the best choice for the person on the go? Keep reading as we find out.

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