Blu-ray adoption may slowly be growing, but that's not stopping Samsung
from trying to hasten the process. Today, the company introduced its
first-ever internal Blu-ray Disc combo drive, with the ability to read
BD-R and BD-ROM discs at 8x. It'll also read CDs at up to 40x and DVDs
at up to 16x.
With Samsung’s fast dual layer jumping algorithm, the new SH-B083 COMBO
drive features an average access speed of 350ms which is much faster
than any other drive on the market. The new drive reads Blu-ray discs
and reads and writes CD/DVDs--in other words, this is the perfect drive
for your bargain HTPC and for those who aren't going to bother paying
top-dollar for BD-R media, anyway.
The drive also features a few unique extras that aren't typically seen.
It's an eco-friendly drive that features low power consumption and an
aerodynamic frame design to lower acoustic noise by preventing pressure
concentration in several areas of the bezel and door, not to mention
that it is equipped with two lenses for more stable reading and
writing: one lens for BD read and the other lens for CD/DVD read/write.
Spherical aberration compensation technology (SACT) improves reading
quality on a BD drive whose protective layer does not have a uniform
thickness, and precision step control technology (PSCT) accommodates
the higher resolution in the optical pickup head unit (OPU) position
control system that the smaller track pitch of BD demands.
It also ships with CyberLink TrueTheater software for upscaling DVDs to
Full HD resolution, and it also supports firmware updates to keep up
with those pesky Profile x.x updates. It'll be available starting in
November for an undisclosed amount.