updated 11:30 am EDT, Mon August 1, 2005
Samsung 16X DVD/RW
Samsung today introduced its first external DVD rewritable drive, the . Capable of writing to both DVD+ and DVD- formats with double layer 5X support, the drive can store up to 8.5GB on one disk (two times that of a single-layer DVD). It features write speeds of 16X for DVD+R and DVD-R, 8X for DVD+RW, and 6X for DVD-RW. A compact design combined with the ability to mount the drive vertically makes efficient use of limited workspace, while a large air vent on the back of the drive allows maximum air circulation to prevent overheating at high speeds. It features USB 2.0 connectivity; the SE-W164C is available for $200 in a stylish black color.
The drive's 5X dual layer speed recording helps reduce timing issues, such as backup recording. New Speed Adjustment Technology (SAT) automatically optimizes drive speed according to disk quality and Tilt Actuator Compensation (TAC) gives the disc a tilt with the objective lens for the most reliable writing condition. Additionally, double Optimum Power Control (OPC) strengthens writing performance by controlling the laser power in the inner/outer sides of the disc.
"As a leading optical drive manufacturer, Samsung is able to offer consumers a complete lineup of DVD writers and players. The introduction of the new SE-W164C external DVD drive further complements our product offerings in the DVD burner category, [...] as an external drive, the SE-W164C is perfect for any user who wants to view and burn DVDs without the stress of a complex or expensive installation process."