Samsung's SE-S084D External Optical Drive Redefines Slim
Samsung seems to understand this better than anyone, this week introducing a prototype of its new slim external DVD writer, the SE-S084D optical disk drive (ODD). It was designed to be slimmer, smaller and more compact than any rivaling product, and it also uses a single USB port for power and data in order to eliminate the need for an external power brick. The drive features a metallic centerline and has claimed the iF Product Award Design; specifically, it's 20% smaller than conventional DVD writers and 25% lighter than Samsung’s conventional DVD writer. It was built to work within Windows 7 and even OS X, and it can provide a variety of speeds across varying media types: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R recording, 5X DVD-RAM recording, 8X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording.
It will be released globally in Q2 of this year, but a price remains unknown.
“Because netbooks are designed for ultra mobility, they aren’t typically equipped with optical disc drives, which can potentially make booting from a CD or playing a DVD movie a problem,” said John Suh, director of OMS sales and marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “But with the lightweight, portable SE-S084D Optical Disc Drive, you have the perfect on-the-go, stand-alone. And thanks to its USB BUS power source, you can write at maximum speed with no outlet in sight.”