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Samsung SE-506AB External USB 2.0 Slimline 6x Blue-ray Writer and 8X DVD Writer - Black

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Technical Details
BrandSamsung
Item Weight349 g
Product Dimensions14.3 x 14.4 x 2 cm
Item model numberSE-506AB/TSBD
SeriesSE-506AB
Optical Drive TypeExternal
  
Additional Information
ASINB005M3UICU
Best Sellers Rank 42,632 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight440 g
Date First Available4 Oct. 2011
  
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Samsung Electronics has recently began the roll-out of a new Blu-ray writer, a slim portable unit called SE-506AB which features USB connectivity, a sexy hi-glossy anti-scratch surface, and low power consumption.

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Samsung Electronics has recently began the roll-out of a new Blu-ray writer, a slim portable unit called SE-506AB which features USB connectivity, a sexy hi-glossy anti-scratch surface, and low power consumption.

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Physically, a very solid piece of hardware, but it comes with a shovel-load of dodgy software that you have to uninstall.

In the box there is the drive itself, a weird looking USB cable that allows the drive to pull power from two USB ports, a DVD with software and a folded piece of paper showing how to connect to the two required USB ports.

When attached to Win7 64bit, the driver installs automatically and the drive just works, no further installs required. As a bluray burner, the drive works well and hasn't produced any faulty discs for me. Bear in mind that the quality of your media really matters, so if you're finding problems with one type of discs, buy some pricier, branded bluray blanks to see if this resolves the matter. Contrary to other reviewers, my drive has loaded dirty, scratched DVDs just fine, so this really is a full replacement for any earlier, external drives you may own.

On the included DVD is PowerDVD 9, amongst a heap of other Cyberlink products. You can only install these together. Obviously you'll want PowerDVD 9, as it plays commercial, encrypted bluray discs (AKA "films"), but you'll want to uninstall most of the other applications as soon as possible. Amongst these are an atrocious "media manager", a dreadful "label maker", two awful software packages for burning blurays, a forsaken "software launcher" for those who fail to successfully operate the Windows Start menu and more undesirable software from the shovelware department of Cyberlink. Thankfully, all of these can be uninstalled individually, without affecting PowerDVD 9.

On the software DVD there is also a link to update the drive's firmware.
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Good product with a good compromise between quality and price. Good speed but… very slow if you have too many files (thousands) with short size (about 25-30 kb) to storage.
Simply to use, It works fine also with BD of cheap price.
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There are at the time of writing no reviews for this unit on-line so I thought I'd add something here.

(About me; I'm a software engineer with about twenty years experience, mainly on Windows using C. I've built a number of PCs from scratch, for myself and for others. I maintain Windows installations for a couple of friends using VNC - actually on in both cases PCs I built for them.)

The unit is physically well-made; solid plastic shell, curved edges (no angular corners) and comes with a two-headed USB to mini-USB cable, since the drive needs two lots of USB power to run.

I realised after opening the unit up that it in fact supports triple and quad layer BD-R disks! Panasonic have apparently -just- produced the first triple layer BD-R, which I cannot find for sale, so it's ahead of the curve, although I wonder if the support will really work when the disks actually become available - I mean, how did they test?

I plugged the unit into Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and it was recognized. I put a DVD in the unit (all I have with me here right now) and played the disk with Media Player Classic. The drive is *very* quiet in operation when playing and reading - I was impressed. (Addendum : I am currently, as I write, ripping a blu-ray. The drive is very nearly silent. There are no seeking noises; just a completely steady very quiet hum of the motor; this is the quietest drive I've ever heard).

I've not run any benchmarks, so I can say yet if the unit is particularly slow or fast or has any hidden issues; I've not tried burning anything yet, either.

Will add more to this review as I do things with the unit.

I've given the unit five stars now - the one improvement I can suggest is to do with size.
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Easy to install on Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), basically just plug in and if you already have blu ray playing software it will work. I haven't tried writing any discs with it yet, but it plays fine.

The only down side is that it just comes with software compactible with windows, and Apple only has paying software to play blu rays. You can use a trial or demo version but it will play your blu rays with an annoying text message right in the middle of the frame. I've spent some time trying to find free options but couldn't find any, I was counting on VLC but it doesn't play all blu rays, only not encrypted ones.

So, if you're buying this to use on a Mac it's good to be aware that you'll need to pay for extra software if you don't have it yet. Perhaps more advanced Mac OS Lion and Mountain Lion already come with the Mac Blu Ray Player software, better check.
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The best thing about this writer is that its pretty quiet and almost silent while playing Blu-ray movies.Its made by Samsung so its well made.Its worth getting if your looking for a good quality and reliable Blu-ray writer.
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Works as a blu-ray reader and writer with every computer I tried it with, I didn't even have to install drivers.
The disk supplied with the product contains windows software to playback blu-ray movies with AACS DRM enabled, but you do not need it to use the drive.

This drive had no problems running from a single 2.1A USB socket, and worked immediately, for me, on windows7, OS X, and linux.
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