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Samsung SE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White)

B&H # SASE506BBTSW Mfr # SE-506BB/TSWD
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Product Highlights
  • External USB 2.0 Blu-ray Reader/Writer
  • Also Reads/Writes DVD +/- RW DL & CD-RW
  • Blu-ray 300 ms, DVD 180ms Access Time
  • Buffer Underrun Free Technology
  • Blu-ray 3D Capable
  • Upscale Content
  • 4MB Buffer Memory
  • Tray Loading, Desktop Horizontal Mount

Blu-ray is everywhere, quickly surpassing standard DVDs as the top choice for entertainment medium. Samsung offers the SE-506BB/TSBD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer in white, a quick and efficient way to add Blu-ray reading and writing capabilities to your desktop or notebook PC. You can also connect it to your tablet computer or TV.

The drive attaches to the USB port on certain TVs and can be used as a standalone Blu-ray player. This AV connectivity does not work for every TV, and because of the restrictions of the format, it only works depending on whether the mode is supported by the connected device - and not like a DVD player. The supported media file formats are also determined by whether they are supported by the host AV device.

When used as a disc burner, it supports writing to BD-R Single, Dual, Triple and Quad Layer discs, DVD +/- RW Single and Dual Layer discs, and CD-R/RW discs. Access times for BD-ROM is 300ms, DVD-ROM 180ms and CD-ROM 170ms. With a 4MB data buffer, 3D playback capability, content upscaling and buffer underrun protection (protecting the disc when data transmission speed is not as fast as the data writing speed, resulting in "buffer underrun" errors when burning discs), it's a solid performer in its class of portable Blu-ray burners.

Buffer Underrun Free Technology
A technology to prevent "buffer underrun" errors in which the data transmission speed is not as fast as the data writing speed when you record data.
Smart Power Technology
Smart Power Technology ensures a steady ODD connection to USB host device (such as PC or Tablet), without using bulky dual USB cables. Sometimes the power supply via USB may be unstable when the ODD consumes large amounts of power using heavy operations like spinning-up. Smart Power Technology controls power fluctuations by lowering spindle motor speed when power consumption becomes excessive.
Freeze-Free Technology
This technology provides freezeless playback by automatically skipping unreadable disc surfaces made by scratches or fingerprint marks. Now you can enjoy an enhanced and trouble-free user experience while playing video discs.
Enclosure Type External
Mechanism Type Tray loading
Write Support BD-R Single Layer
BD-R Single Layer LTH
BD-R Dual Layer
BD-R Triple Layer
BD-R Quad Layer
BD-RE Single Layer
BD-RE Dual Layer
BD-RE Triple Layer
DVD+R
DVD+R Dual Layer
DVD-R
DVD-R Dual Layer
DVD+RW
DVD-RW
DVD-RAM
CD-R
CD-RW
Read Support BD-R Single Layer
BD-R Single Layer LTH
BD-R Dual Layer
BD-R Triple Layer
BD-R Quad Layer
BD-RE Single Layer
BD-RE Dual Layer
BD-RE Triple Layer
BD-ROM Single Layer
BD-ROM Dual Layer
DVD+R
DVD+R Dual Layer
DVD-R
DVD-R Dual Layer
DVD+RW
DVD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD-RAM
CD-R
CD-RW
CD-ROM
Write Speed BD-R Single Layer: 6X
BD-R Single Layer LTH: 4X
BD-R Dual Layer: 6X
BD-R Triple Layer: 4X
BD-R Quad Layer: 4X
BD-RE Single Layer: 2X
BD-RE Dual Layer: 2X
BD-RE Triple Layer: 2X
DVD+R: 8X
DVD+R Dual Layer: 6x
DVD-R: 8X
DVD-R Dual Layer: 6X
DVD+RW: 8X
DVD-RW: 6X
DVD-RAM: 5X
CD-R: 24X
CD-RW: 24X
Read Speed BD-R Single Layer: 6X
BD-R Single Layer LTH: 6X
BD-R Dual Layer: 6X
BD-R Triple Layer: 4X
BD-R Quad Layer: 4X
BD-RE Single Layer: 6X
BD-RE Dual Layer: 6X
BD-RE Triple Layer: 4X
BD-ROM Single Layer: 6X
BD-ROM Dual Layer: 6X
DVD+R: 8X
DVD+R Dual Layer: 8X
DVD-R: 8X
DVD-R Dual Layer: 8X
DVD+RW: 8X
DVD-RW: 8X
DVD-ROM: 8X
DVD-RAM: 5X
CD-R: 24X
CD-RW: 24X
CD-ROM: 24X
Access Time BD-ROM: 300ms
DVD-ROM: 180ms
CD-ROM: 170ms
Interface USB 2.0
Data Buffer 4MB
Headphone Jack None
Mounting Orientation External, horizontal
System Requirements • OS: Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or above) / Vista / 7 / 8
• CPU: Pentium 4 3.2 GHz or above
• RAM: 1 GB or more
• Monitor: HDCP support recommended (Digital playback support)
• Graphic card: HDCP support (for Blu-ray disc playback, the graphic card must have HDCP support.)

System Requirements for using the AV Connectivity Function
• OS: Linux, WinCE, Android Tablet (Honeycomb 3.1 or above with USB Port)
• Device function: Video, photo & music file playing function through a USB interface
• USB port current: 1.4 A or higher
Electrical Requirements Bus Powered
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.7 x 0.77 x 5.7" / 145 x 19.5 x 145mm
Weight 0.73 lbs / 0.33kg
Samsung SE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White)
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Application Software and User Manual CD
  • USB Cable
  • 1 - Year Limited Warranty
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    SamsungSE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White)
     
    4.7

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (5)
    • Reliable (5)
    • Easy to install (4)
    • Highly compatible (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High-end multimedia (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (5)

      Reviewed by 7 customers

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      5.0

      Best choice for MacBook Pro Retina

      By Artur

      from Poland

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible
      • Quiet
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High-End Multimedia

        Comments about Samsung SE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White):

        I bought it as a replacement of original Apple external DVD drive. Just a few dollars more but it offers Blu-ray Read/Write option. It works perfect with my 13" MacBook Pro and my wife's MacBook Air. It doesn't require any additional drivers for Mac X OS. The only problem, there is no Mac burn software included.The same with blu-ray player. You must buy it separately. To conclude. Great choice for someone who needs Blu-Ray.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Just works.

        By Grod

        from Elsewhere

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Highly Compatible
        • Quiet
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Data Backup
          • High-End Multimedia

          Comments about Samsung SE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White):

          I needed a blu-ray drive for my PC so I could convert some of my Blu-rays for viewing on an Android tablet, and for backing up data on BD-R discs.

          Installation consists of plugging in the USB cable to the unit and pc, then running the software installation disc. Couldn't be much easier.

          I have copied several dozen blu-rays to my hard drive without issue and have burned 25 BD-R discs so far. 2 of the discs failed to burn properly. This turned out to be an error on my part, as I was
          trying to burn more data then the discs could hold so the burn failed. At this point I started using the power2go program that came with the burner to burn my data discs and I had no further problems.
          I was using Philips brand BD-R discs that maxed out at 4x write speed, so I wasn't getting the full speed from the drive. It took about 45-50 minutes to fill a disc and another 30-40 minutes for the program to verify the data with my 4x BD-R discs.

          You have to be careful putting discs in and out of the drive as the drive is so light it will tip over
          with the force required to snap a disc into the tray.

          Overall it works well for me and does everything I need it to do.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Great burner, sleek design, low cost

          By TyG

          from Middletown, USA.

          About Me Infrequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Fast
          • Highly Compatible
          • Quiet
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia

          Comments about Samsung SE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White):

          I bought this for my Hackintosh and was concerned it may not work. However it works great! I have yet to try blu rays on it though.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Happy & Great Product

          By Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • High-End Multimedia

            Comments about Samsung SE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White):

            Fast, Light, and sleek! No coasters yet!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            4.0

            Good product, OK price

            By Topgun12197

            from Houston, Texas

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Samsung SE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White):

                This is a very nice portable blu ray player. Easy to set up and easy to use. Since it is a portable unit you can use it with many desk top pc's or laptops.

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                • No

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                5.0

                better than superdrive

                By Renner

                from San Bernardino

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Highly Compatible
                • Quiet
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                • High-End Multimedia

                Comments about Samsung SE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White):

                while waiting for my new MacBook pro wit retina display to be delivered, I came to a a decision to add a disc writer. between apple's superdrive and Samsung blue ray writer/reader, I pick the blue ray any day. blu ray + retina display = pleasant sight. and the manual mentions an ability to plug in the reader straight to your HDTV USB. awesome piece of technology.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Worked out of box

                By Mullethead

                from Baltimore, MD

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Connectivity
                • Quiet
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Samsung SE-506BB/TSWD Slim Portable USB Blu-ray Reader/Writer (White):

                  Easy set-up. I purchased it to connect to an iMac whose Superdrive was rarely playing commercial DVDs. No hiccups or software issues. DVD movies auto-play iDVD like the superdrive via a USB connector. I have not tried viewing Bluray or burning anything yet. Sits nicely on iMac's pedestal.

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

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