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Samsung Intros ''World's Thinnest'' Optical Disc Drive

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Here's the world's slimmest optical disc drive, ideal for ultrabooks without an optical drive, and tablets for watching movies on the go.

Samsung said on Wednesday that it has shipped the "world's slimmest" optical disc drive, the sassy new SE-218BB. The external ODD features a compact size that is 18-percent thinner than conventional DVD writers, measuring just 14-mm in height. It's also 8-percent lighter than the company's own conventional DVD writer, making it the perfect accessory for ultrabooks without built-in ODDs, and tablets.

"With its ultra small footprint, consumers will appreciate the SE-218BB sleek drive as an ideal companion for ultrabook users that quickly connects and is USB powered to access content wherever they are," said Maverick Choi, ODD senior manager, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "Through its AV connectivity mode, the drive is also ideal for Tablet PC users that want to view or hear content from a disc."

The new ODD take advantage of Samsung's Smart Technology to provide AV connectivity to low-powered devices through a single USB port. Even tablets sporting a single USB port and Android 3.1 or above can watch DVD content on their device -- Windows 8 RT tablets may also be a possibility in the future given that the drive supports both Windows 7 and Mac OS platforms.

"Featuring Buffer Under Run technology, the drive works to prevent errors that result from writing speeds that can exceed data transfer speeds, while also enabling PC multi-tasking," the company said. "The SE-218BB DVD writer is [also] an eco-friendly product, manufactured with lead-free soldering technology that eliminates harmful materials such as Pb, cd, cr+6, Hg, PBBs and PBDE."

As for read and write speeds, the new external DVD drive is capable of a variety of speeds across different data media types including: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R recording, 5X DVD-RAM recording, 6X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording.

The SE-218BB is available now worldwide at online retail outlets with a MSRP of US$ 59.99

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    TeKEffect , April 25, 2012 9:39 PM
    DarkersonDoes anyone else get tired of companies trying to make things so thin/small, they look like they could snap in half just by touching them?



    No I think getting rid of bulk is great. You can have your motorola brick phone and your 15lb laptop. Smaller and lighter is fine with me
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    Darkerson , April 25, 2012 9:24 PM
    Does anyone else get tired of companies trying to make things so thin/small, they look like they could snap in half just by touching them?
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    slicedtoad , April 25, 2012 9:10 PM
    nice, it matches their 830 ssd. I like that design a lot, it looks even better in person than in pictures.
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    Chainzsaw , April 25, 2012 9:12 PM
    For your DVDs on the go there's the SE-218BB. For everything else, there's a USB key.
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    dark_knight33 , April 25, 2012 9:19 PM
    Kind of behind the times if it's not handling BD, isn't it?
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    Darkerson , April 25, 2012 9:24 PM
    Does anyone else get tired of companies trying to make things so thin/small, they look like they could snap in half just by touching them?
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    TeKEffect , April 25, 2012 9:39 PM
    DarkersonDoes anyone else get tired of companies trying to make things so thin/small, they look like they could snap in half just by touching them?



    No I think getting rid of bulk is great. You can have your motorola brick phone and your 15lb laptop. Smaller and lighter is fine with me
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    halcyon , April 25, 2012 9:50 PM
    Looks nice, I may pick one of these to carry with my SSD/HDD MacBook Pro.
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    niknovacain , April 25, 2012 9:56 PM
    Ideal for people with tablet PC's? I don't know, I don't have a tablet PC. But if I did I find it hard to imagine using something like this unless I had no other type of computer or even TV for that matter. Like samsung products though...
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    dreadlokz , April 25, 2012 10:36 PM
    not better then my usb? no point on using optical disks these days... rly!
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    Benihana , April 26, 2012 12:15 AM
    I guess people still use discs.
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    ikyung , April 26, 2012 12:28 AM
    DarkersonDoes anyone else get tired of companies trying to make things so thin/small, they look like they could snap in half just by touching them?

    Yes, if the said company only made products like that. But, it's Samsung. They literally make like ridiculously high amount of models for the same product line. If you want a bigger external DVD drive, Samsung has that. If you want one that makes sandwiches, I'm sure they have that model too.
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    A Bad Day , April 26, 2012 1:03 AM
    Eventually, USB ports would need to be thinned...
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    the associate , April 26, 2012 1:56 AM
    SCOTT: A starship engine the size of a walnut? That's impossible. But I don't suppose there'd be any harm in looking over diagrams on it.
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    the associate , April 26, 2012 1:58 AM
    SCOTT: A starship engine the size of a walnut? That's impossible. But I don't suppose there'd be any harm in looking over diagrams on it.
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    Christopher1 , April 26, 2012 2:40 AM
    A Bad DayEventually, USB ports would need to be thinned...


    Agreed there. I really don't understand why USB ports haven't been made at least mini-USB if not Micro-USB.
    Is there some 'power issue' there?
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    Darkerson , April 26, 2012 3:52 AM
    TeKEffectNo I think getting rid of bulk is great. You can have your motorola brick phone and your 15lb laptop. Smaller and lighter is fine with me

    Brick? 15lb laptops? Who said anything about that, other than you, smartass? Im fine with smaller and lighter, but eventually you get to the point of diminishing returns. I like my things to at least look and feel somewhat sturdy. And god forbid you accidentally bump that thing while its reading or writing a disc.

    ikyungYes, if the said company only made products like that. But, it's Samsung. They literally make like ridiculously high amount of models for the same product line. If you want a bigger external DVD drive, Samsung has that. If you want one that makes sandwiches, I'm sure they have that model too.

    I also never said they didnt have varied amounts of products. I just think some of these companies put far too much focus on making everything as small as they possibly can, whether its a good idea or not. Like Micro SD cards. I feel like mine is going to snap everytime I need to reinsert it into my card reader or phone. Then there was this portable HDD I had, where the mini USB connector did in fact break off the PCB inside because it was too small and wore out too fast. Anyway, its just my opinion.
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    sublime2k , April 26, 2012 6:18 AM
    I don't have optical drive on my PC, why would I need one for tablet?

    But it looks sleek.
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    sync_nine , April 26, 2012 7:33 AM
    I'd rather they use the space wasted by the DVD Drive to put in a dedicated GPU (instead of integrated Intel 3000) so that you can have the thinness of an Ultrabook and somewhat powerful to run modern games.
    Hell the last time i used a CD was to install COD4 in 2007.
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    teddymines , April 26, 2012 12:28 PM
    Cover the thing with photovoltaic cells so it can double as a trickle charger. If you're using it on the road, then you can leave the power cables and wall warts home (provided you don't travel to Seattle).
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    anony2004 , April 26, 2012 2:42 PM
    I thought optical drives were obsolete now...
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    Zingam_Duo , April 26, 2012 3:43 PM
    Quote:
    "Featuring Buffer Under Run technology, the drive works to prevent errors that result from writing speeds that can exceed data transfer speeds, while also enabling PC multi-tasking," the company said. "The SE-218BB DVD writer is [also] an eco-friendly product, manufactured with lead-free soldering technology that eliminates harmful materials such as Pb, cd, cr+6, Hg, PBBs and PBDE."


    Now this feels like new from 1996!!! Come one! It's 2012! Having a Buffer Underrun Tech is A MUST!
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