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Samsung offers world's first 18x external burner with LightScribe

by Steve Kerrison on 23 September 2006, 12:19

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Samsung is launching a new burner, and it's mighty fast. The SE-S184M - a USB2.0 external burner - can burn a DVD+/-R at a speedy 18x (just over 24Mbps) and DVD-RAM at 12x. Samsung says this makes it the fastest DVD+/-R and DVD-RAM burner on the market. It's a Lightscribe burner too, so with the right DVD media you can burn your own labels directly onto the disc.

The SE-S184M pips Sony's new 18x external burner [Macworld] by two months; it'll be available in October, whereas Sony's model won't be around until December.

Topping off the launch is an announcement by Samsung that its entire lineup of DVD writers will be upgraded to 18x. “Samsung continues to raise the bar with the 18x upgrade across all DVD writers,” comments Chas Kalsi, Samsung’s Optical Technical Manager. “We believe this increase in speed will quickly become an industry standard and Samsung will again lead the pack with the introduction of the fastest and most innovative internal and external DVD+/-RW drives offered to the market today.”

Samsung doesn't go into enough detail for us to tell whether the upgrade will be firmware based or require any hardware changes, although we'll no doubt find out soon enough. Perhaps Samsung DVD burner owners will be able to flash themselves an upgrade?

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Tried lightscribe, works great except for taking 10minutes to write a few letters.
yeah, shame the LightScribe part of it isn't 18x

no matter how simple of complex the design of a lightscribe image, the laser is passed over the whole surface up to the last ‘pixel’ at 1x.
Does anyone actually use external burners? I sure as hell don't and dont see the need. Except, possibly laptop users, but even then, upgrading a laptop drive is actually simpler than a desktop drive! usually just one screw and slide.

Anways…i digress…lightscribe..yeah big whoop :/
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Does anyone actually use external burners? I sure as hell don't and dont see the need. Except, possibly laptop users, but even then, upgrading a laptop drive is actually simpler than a desktop drive! usually just one screw and slide.

Anways…i digress…lightscribe..yeah big whoop :/

A lot of other people apart from laptop owners do use external burners.

I guess they fall into two categories in the main - people reluctant to open up their PCs to add hardware (and there's an awful lot of them about) and people who want to use one burner on multiple PCs (of whom there's probably quite a few here abouts).

Afterthought

Of course, when I'm talking about using an external burner with multiple PCs, I'm really talking about the sort of arrangement I have here - an external drive bay into which I pop the latest and greatest burner. So I'm not talking about buying an external burner as such.

Oh, and perhaps a more relevant question is, who in their right minds would burn a DVD at 18x?

If you want a good burn, in my experience, slow is better, though I'll usually stick with 4x, rather than 1x or 2x as some folk who take their burning very seriously do.