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Samsung SE-208AB/TSBS 8 x DVD+/-RW Slim Portable External DVD Writer - Black

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  • USB-powered for powerful on-the-go capability
  • MAC OS Compatible
  • Travel lighter with this travel writer
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandSamsung
Item Weight413 g
Product Dimensions20 x 15 x 7 cm
Item model numberSE-208AB/TSBs
SeriesSE-208AB/TSBS
ColorBlack
Optical Drive TypeExternal
  
Additional Information
ASINB005N2UE2O
Best Sellers Rank 2,221 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight422 g
Date First Available16 Sep 2011
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Samsung SE-208GB/RSBD - SAMSUNG SLIM RETAIL DVD WRITER BLK

Box Contains

Samsung External ODD
USB Cable
User Guide

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By I. Bryer on 3 Mar 2012
I bought this drive so that on my travels I could watch DVDs and access discs without having to use the drive share from another PC. The drive connects to the MacBook Air without any problem. Although it has a USB cable with a splitter to draw extra power from a second USB port it was not needed (good job as the Air does not have side by side ports and the second cable is not very long). The drive even runs when the Air is only on battery power, i.e. you don't need the laptop plugged into the mains.

Yes the device is plastic and can feel a little flimsy but for less than £25 I wasn't expecting it to be bullet proof.

The drive can be a little noisy, especially when importing CDs - but it is running at 15x so you would expect to hear the disc spinning. During DVD playback there were a few extra clicks and whirs but it didn't detract too much from watching the film.

Overall - a good bit of kit for the price.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By SaintBob on 24 Jan 2012
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I bought this USB DVD writer for just over £20 from Amazon because the internal drive in my laptop has failed. To replace the internal one would cost at least double and would mean taking the laptop apart - something I am not confident to do. Although the laptop is nearly five years old it is still not due for complete replacement, so the external USB DVD drive is an ideal solution.

It comes with Nero software (on a CD which might have been difficult to access if the new drive did not work automatically ...).

I plugged in the drive and it was identified immediately and works immediately! No instructions are needed. I installed the Nero software but it works seamlessly with the normal Windows, Roxio and similar programs.

Within minutes of it arriving I had burnt a couple of photo DVDs, and have already burnt several data DVDs. It seems to be working perfectly.

Very pleased with the product, Amazon price, and delivery - I received it within 36 hours, it may have been even quicker but I did not get home until tea time and it was already there.
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131 of 136 people found the following review helpful By jcm on 23 Dec 2011
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i have just purchased this little peice of kit for my netbook so i can burn my dvd and cds. this is so easy to install the software and burning is not a problem. i have to admit for 20 odd quid this is fantastic value and you will be pushed to get any better. i am delighted with this and would highly recommend it to anyone. i just have window 7 starter on my netbook and it runs perfectly. well this is the best buy i have done in a long long time
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Jerez on 10 Dec 2011
Replaced a broken drive on my Vista desktop and acts as a portable drive for a W7 netbook. Works fine, plays DVDs, writes DVDs....
(The previous £8 CD drive I had went wrong after 8 months ....so this £25 drive seems marvellous in comparison.)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bigdvae on 11 Jan 2012
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This player only needs one usb to work despite what i read in other reviews. It's a great plpayer and a great price!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pepper #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 July 2012
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I bought this USB powered external DVD writer to use with both my desktop and netbook. It is very slim, lightweight and easily portable but also seems durable. One thing you should be aware of, nearly all of these portable USB drives require two USB sockets to ensure efficient operation - this drive comes with a "double plugged" USB cable. This is because the USB is used not only for data transfer but power as well. My experience is that these USB ports will, in many cases, need to be USB ports on the host computer itself - sometimes a drive like this won't work properly via a USB hub.

This drive has a positive draw action and an LED confirms operation. The SE-208AB is capable of playing back video DVDs (assuming you have player software - most machines will have this) and does a good job of writing to both DVD and CD - I've tried TDK, Imation, Sony, Tesco & Verbatim media and all work well. Bundled with the drive is a copy of Nero Essentials which is good piece of burning software and worth a fair sum on its own.

This is a good value, high performing CD/DVD writer from Samsung (who collaborate with Toshiba in the case of these drives) with a useful piece of software thrown in. Clearly, this is already a "value" product leaving no margin for a case to be included, but, my "Blue Peter" tip is that you can easily make a case. I suggest you buy one of those cheap DVD cases that hold around 12 discs which you can get from most supermarkets, cut the DVD holders out and you'll have a durable case for this drive which should be the right size - hope this helps.

Overall, an excellent portable DVD drive at a good price. Recommended.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By rayer on 22 Jan 2012
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Ordered to use with my macbook air and it works fine off one USB connector despite another reviewing stating it doesn't. They obviously didn't test it. Despite this, it is made of very flimsy plastic. So if the unit is placed on a flat surface and you attempt to press the open tray button with your fingers placed even lightly on top of the unit to stop it slipping, you will find the thin plastic top flexes and interferes with opening as well as closing. The CD/DVD tray itself is very poor quality and moves considerably to the left and right, not to mention not sliding in and out very well. Don't even consider picking the unit up if you have a disc in it as it will sound like it is shredding the disc.

I had previously purchased the Samsung SE-S084F External USB 2.0 Slimline 8X DVD Writer and it is well made, solid and certainly worth the extra money. Personally, I would stay away from this Samsung SE-208AB unit and spend the extra money. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for and this unit is poorly made. Your main question should be how often you intend to use it, because once in a while may be fine, but if you rely on it regularly, think twice.
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