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A few years ago these external devices were a lot more expensive so I feel it represents pretty good value
on 26 November 2014
I bought two of these DVD Writers to use with two Asus Netbooks. The DVD Writer does all that one would expect it to do and I think the build quality is quite satisfactory considering the budget price. A few years ago these external devices were a lot more expensive so I feel it represents pretty good value. Being able to use it without an external mains power supply is a big bonus and is seems to be able to draw sufficient power of any USB 2.0 or 3.0 socket that I have tried. The power drain, even when running on the Netbook battery, is quite minimal.
The big down side has nothing to do with Samsung but with Microsoft and using newer hardware running Windows 8.1. In their infinite wisdom Microsoft have decided that 'nobody' uses the CD/DVD format anymore so it is not included in the Windows Media Player. Fortunately there are plenty of good free DVD players available to download on the internet rather than paying to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro to get the DVD playback capability. It's just a pity that Samsung didn't ship a full version rather than a trial version on the DVD Installation Disc that comes with unit. For those 'luddites' amongst us who still might want to rip a CD or watch a DVD rather than 'stream' all our media then this is a very worthwhile purchase!