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Samsung SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Powerful On-The-Go Capability
  • AV Connectivity
  • Firmware Live Update
  • MAC OS Compatible
  • Eco-Product

The SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black) from Samsung has an exclusive audio / video connection technology available in it which allows users to easily connect the TV media in the drive to the USB port to play audio-visual content. The SE-208AB is also technologically stronger than the previous disc drive, which has so far recognized only the first-level sub-directories and 1000 files. The SE-208AB disc burner now recognizes and provides access to the fifth level sub-directories, and more than 3000 files.

External disc drive offers a variety of writing speeds of different types of media: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW and 8X DVD ± R 5X DVD-RAM, 6X DVD + R Dual Layer, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer, 8X DVD + RW and 6X DVD-RW disc for burning.

USB-powered for powerful On-The-Go capability
Travel lighter with this travel writer
Enjoy the AV connectivity
Windows 7 compatibility
Buffer Underrun Free
MAC OS compatible
Eco product
Firmware Live update
Slim and stylish
Drive Type DVD Writer
Enclosure Type External
Loading Type Tray
Write Speed DVD+R [8x (10.8 Mbps)], DVD+R Dual Layer [6x (8.1 Mbps)], DVD-R [8x (10.8 Mbps)], DVD-R Dual Layer [6x (8.1 Mbps)], DVD+RW [8x (10.8 Mbps)], DVD-RW [6x (8.1 Mbps)], DVD-RAM [5x (6.75 Mbps)], CD-R [24x (3.6 Mbps)], CD-RW [24x (3.6Mbps)]
Read Speed DVD+R [8x (10.8 Mbps)], DVD+R Dual Layer [6x (8.1 Mbps)], DVD-R [8x (10.8 Mbps)], DVD-R Dual Layer [6x (8.1 Mbps)], DVD+RW [8x (10.8 Mbps)], DVD-RW [8x (10.8 Mbps)], DVD-RAM [5x (6.75 Mbps)], CD-R [24x (3.6 Mbps)], CD-RW [24x (3.6Mbps)], CD-ROM [24x (3.6 Mbps)]
Access Time DVD-ROM: 150 ms
CD-ROM: 150 ms
Interface USB 2.0
Buffer Memory 1.0 MB
Drive Mounting Horizontal
Supported Formats DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, CD+E(G), CD-MIDI, CD-TEXT,CD-ROM XA, Mixed Mode CD, CD-I CD-I Bridge (Photo-CD, Video-CD) Multisession CD (Photo-CD, CD-EXTRA, Portfolio)
Technology AV Connectivity
Speed Adjustment Technology
Double O.P.C Technology
Firmware Live Update
Tilt Actuator Compensation Technology
Buffer Underrun Free Technology
Eco-Product
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.7 x 0.8 x 5.6" (14.6 x 2.08 x 14.4 cm)
Weight 10.5 oz (300 g)
Samsung SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black)
  • USB Cable
  • Software Disc
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SamsungSE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 49 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (37)
    • Quiet (27)
    • Fast (23)
    • Consistent burns (14)
    • Runs cool (14)

    Cons

    • Difficult to set up (4)

    Best Uses

    • Laptop / office (23)
    • Backup (13)
    • Video files (11)
    • Audio files (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (28), Power user (17)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (37), Business (11)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (30), Mac (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great value...short cords

    Bought this to load my software onto my new Mac...which DID NOT come with a DVD drive! It did the job well. BUT the two USB connections needed are on a short...Read complete review

    Bought this to load my software onto my new Mac...which DID NOT come with a DVD drive! It did the job well. BUT the two USB connections needed are on a short cord, which isn't a problem with MOST computers. Then again....my new Mac has one port on each side of the computer...creating the need for an extension USB cord. My disappointment lies with the new computer...not with the Samsung equipment. Just wanted to let others know about the cord situation, in case their computer has the same issue as mine.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    4 hours and counting

    It might be a fine product, but the NERO software won't install, so I can't say for sure. NERO says I need a number of Microsoft programs installed in order for it to...Read complete review

    It might be a fine product, but the NERO software won't install, so I can't say for sure. NERO says I need a number of Microsoft programs installed in order for it to work. One (at least) won't install from the disk. I went to Microsoft. com and installed it manually. NERO still says it's not there, so the NERO software stops installing...and so I can't use the Samsung drive.

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    5.0

    Works Great, Slim

    By Busterbs

    from Tampa, FL

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Burns
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Quiet
    • Runs Cool

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Audio Files
      • BackUp
      • Laptop
      • Video Files

      Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

      I replaced the optical drive in my Macbook Pro with second hard drive, so this was a necessity. It works great, it's reliable, and packs easily because it's so slim. The only problem (and it's a Mac issue) is that Apple won't let you watch DVD's off an external drive. You can still access the information on the DVD, but it's not viewable in a traditional sense.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Works great

      By Rich the videographer

      from Santa Rosa, CA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Low Cost
      • No Install Required
      • Slim

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Burning Dvd's
      • Viewing Dvd's

      Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

      No install required on MAC, just plug in and use. Burns DVDs quickly without errors.
      Small size makes storage easy.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Suits my needs

      By purcshaser

      from TX

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

          I'm using OSX 10.6.8 and it worked right out of the box. No additional software needed.

          Also purchased the Pearstone USB 2.0 (cable 3')
          OSX 10.6.8

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Works great!

          By Andy

          from Boston

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Laptop

            Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

            I've got a 2010 macbook. plugged right in and worked without any hassle.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Convenient and inexpensive

            By Rod geek

            from New York, NY

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • BackUp
              • Laptop

              Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

              This works perfectly for me since I rarely use a DVD drive.
              It's nice to have one, specially if your laptop doesn't have a DVD drive.
              Highly recommended.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Great for travel.

              By George

              from Setauket, NY

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Burns
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Quiet
              • Runs Cool

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • BackUp
                • Laptop
                • Video Files

                Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                Backup, burn DVD's

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                4.0

                Pretty Good

                By JC

                from Pasadena,ca

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                      The Girls I bought it for seem really happy.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Necessary Accessory

                      By George

                      from South Setauket, NY

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Burns
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • BackUp
                        • Laptop
                        • Video Files

                        Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                        Use to download various software

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        Reliable External USB DVD writer

                        By Dee H.

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Burns
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Quiet
                        • Reliable
                        • Runs Cool

                        Cons

                        • 8x Only

                        Best Uses

                        • Audio Files
                        • BackUp
                        • Render Home Movie
                        • Video Files

                        Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                        Sleek design, light,easy hook up to desktop or laptop, great for ripping, burning and baking up. Must have for ultrabook w/o optical drive. Fast delivery.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        very good

                        By leon

                        from .paulo brazil

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast
                        • Quiet
                        • Runs Cool

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Laptop

                          Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                          easy woks well helps a lot to use computer

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Works Great

                          By moviewatcher

                          from ny, ny

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                              Excellent gadget - well priced - light weight.
                              Used on to watch movies on the plane with a MacAir.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Good product

                              By Kae

                              from The Villages, FL

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                                  I chose this product over repairing my laptop dvd drive. I like the fact that it only has one cable which uses 2 usb ports on the computer. I plugged it in and it worked great. I haven't burned anything with it yet. Light weight, and slim.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  Little creature that Roars like a Lion

                                  By Johnny Vegas

                                  from Portland, Oregon

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Burns
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Fast
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Runs Cool

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Audio Files
                                    • BackUp
                                    • Laptop
                                    • Video Files

                                    Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                                    simple, fast, very portable, perfect

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    5.0

                                    HIghly Recommended

                                    By No Nickname

                                    from New York, NY

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Burns
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Runs Cool

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video Files

                                      Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                                      I use this for recording and playing DVD-R disks. It's really great, lightweight, small and easy to use. The price is very reasonable as well.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      great value...short cords

                                      By pinta

                                      from northern WI

                                      About Me Casual user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Affordable
                                      • Easy To Set Up

                                      Cons

                                      • Short Cords

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Load Software

                                      Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                                      Bought this to load my software onto my new Mac...which DID NOT come with a DVD drive! It did the job well. BUT the two USB connections needed are on a short cord, which isn't a problem with MOST computers. Then again....my new Mac has one port on each side of the computer...creating the need for an extension USB cord. My disappointment lies with the new computer...not with the Samsung equipment. Just wanted to let others know about the cord situation, in case their computer has the same issue as mine.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      4.0

                                      Awesome

                                      By Kz

                                      from Gardena CA

                                      About Me Casual user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Fast

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult To Set Up

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Audio Files
                                      • BackUp
                                      • Laptop
                                      • Video Files

                                      Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                                      Must have stuff

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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                                      4.0

                                      good external dvd machine

                                      By sinnombre

                                      from san leandro, ca

                                      About Me Casual user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Fast
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult To Set Up

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                                        have only used so far for set up of it and of printer. want to use it for viewing movies and archiving materials.

                                        small and light.

                                        feels a bit flimsy; instructions in package were minimal and confusing; had to look online to understand better.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • PC

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Works great, a bit finicky about DVD's

                                        By Pen

                                        from Ormond Beach

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                                              Was eager to get this DVD writer to create restore disks for new netbook. Was alarmed when I had 2 failures with TDK DVR-R DVD's, but swiched to Staples brand DVD-R which worked great. Also burned CD's successfully. It requires 2 USB ports to function, which is a pain when the netbook has 3 total, but I think that's how these portables are engineered. At least I don't have to carry an adapter too.The bonus free pouch is nice to have and influenced my buying decision, but it is just a slip case that is open at the top and not thick enough to protect the writer incase of a drop.Delivery was prompt.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • PC

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                                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              its great and pratic

                                              By kelly Jardim

                                              from Brazil

                                              About Me Casual user

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Set Up
                                              • Fast

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Audio Files

                                                Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                                                It is interesting to netbooks.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal
                                                • Computer Platform:
                                                • PC

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                                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Perfect companion to laptop

                                                By Curt

                                                from Corvallis, OR

                                                About Me Power user

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Consistent Burns
                                                • Easy To Set Up
                                                • Fast
                                                • Quiet
                                                • Runs Cool

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Laptop

                                                  Comments about SE-208AB Slim External DVD-Writer USB2 (Black):

                                                  A great compliment to the laptop in style and performance.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Personal
                                                  • Computer Platform:
                                                  • PC

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