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SamsungSE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 170 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (108)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (117)
  • Lightweight (96)
  • Well built / quality (47)
  • Improves performance (10)
  • Interfaces well with camcorder (5)

Cons

  • Flimsy design (12)
  • Poor interface (6)
  • No performance improvement (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (31)
  • Replacement (25)
  • Home movies (24)
  • Upgrade (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (79), Film professional (16), Parent (12), Technically challenged (12)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (125), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exactly What I Needed

I recently started using a wonderful mobile workstation, but it is 100% solid-state...there is no optical drive. I needed an external DVD drive in order to be able to install software,...Read complete review

I recently started using a wonderful mobile workstation, but it is 100% solid-state...there is no optical drive. I needed an external DVD drive in order to be able to install software, to burn backup copies of photos and projects I've worked on, and to watch an occasional movie. So I went onto the B&H website and found this Samsung portable DVD writer. While the manufacturer of my new laptop offers their own branded external DVD drive, it's more than twice the price of this Samsung drive.

I am so glad I decided to try this Samsung portable DVD writer instead. I has proven to be absolutely perfect and is exactly what I needed. The laptop recognized the drive as soon as I connected it. I have already used it to install numerous programs and have burned more than a dozen DVDs without any errors. The drive is actually faster than the internal DVD drive in my previous laptop.

The Samsung drive came with everything I needed. It is small and light-weight, yet seems very sturdy. And like everything else I've ever ordered from B&H Photo, it shipped for free and arrived ahead of schedule.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Delicate

My MAC & PC built-in hard drives have been quirky so I bought this. It seems to work "ok" but on some DVDs I put in for it to copy...Read complete review

My MAC & PC built-in hard drives have been quirky so I bought this. It seems to work "ok" but on some DVDs I put in for it to copy it took a long time for it to "settle the discs down" while it noisily tried to handle them. The eject button is tiny, if you have no fingernails sticking out you won't be able to eject the disc. And when you have a disc in often pushing the eject button doesn't work. The only 2 ways to eject the disc are to use a program on your computer (click "eject") or take the USB plug out and reinsert and try eject again. Also, because it weighs so little you can't put a disc in and push the tray shut without 2 hands. Using one hand just pushes the whole unit away from you. I gave it 3 stars because it DOES work and I have made some discs on it successfully. It's just very delicate to use, who knows how long it will last, but it was cheap. BTW, no instructions. The disc it came with didn't really have any options for installation or instructions. The USB cable is really short, possibly too short for some set ups.

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5.0

doesn't work with usb 3.0

By jeambeam

from NY, NY

Verified Buyer
Staff Reviewer

Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

this dvd writer doesn't work with usb 3.0 before you buy it you which usb version you have.

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1.0

Unreliable

By TechiTeacher

from Lakewood, NJ

Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

Simply, doesn't always work. I plug it in and it is very fickle about whether or not it chooses to read my CDs. Perhaps my particular unit is bad, as I saw other good reviews. Just reporting my own experience.

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5.0

Great piece

By Abe13

from Manhattan ny

Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

It works well and worth the money

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4.0

Tablet use..........

By Monk3yflow

from Upstate NY

Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

Would have been great if it had mention whether it can connect to tablets such as the next book 2-1 tablet. Bought it specifically to try and use with the next book. But otherwise it seems like it works perfectly fine with others things. At least I have one for the day I decide to upgrade my laptop to a MacBook.

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5.0

worthwhile product

By Jon

from salt lake city, utah

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

      easy to use on my macbook pro. no problems yet although have only had it for a few weeks. needs only one usb line connector. compatible with macbook os for reading and writing cds. not sure about dvds though.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Does the job

      By Zach

      from Louisville

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

          It's inexpensive and slim and it does the job. There's nothing else to say really. It's a good choice if you need a CD or DVD writer.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Does what I need it to do. So far, so good.

          By EEinIA

          from Iowa

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

          Use with Mac desktop to burn DVDs. Connected via USB. Works well so far. Not sure about longevity/durability. Very compact/lightweight. Replaced much more expensive (and larger physical size) burner that simply quit after 2 years.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent DVD Writer

          By CJ

          from San Antonio, TX

          Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

          The Samsung SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer was the second time I have purchased this writer. I had recently accidently broken my writer and I needed a new one. I did a web search, came across the writer that I was looking for and it was available at a really good price. The shipping time frame was excellent and I received my item within 3 days from purchase. B & H provides fast, expedited processing and shipment which I greatly appreciate. Thank you B & H.

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          3.0

          Okay, with qualifications

          By Ed the Walker

          from Fayetteville, AR

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

          • Poor Interface

          Best Uses

            Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

            Reads and writes just fine, and requires no external power source, but makes no mention of the applicability to the Linux OS, it's too slow to play Japanese animated movies, and doesn't play nicely with other devices on the USB bus--at least if those devices are OSs running "live."

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            No issues

            By South Dakota photog

            from South Dakota

            Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

            Worked from the moment it plugged in and computer took a minute to install driver. No issues. Fast.

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            4.0

            Capable and Easy-to-Use DVD portable DVD Writer

            By Branchman

            from Montreal, Canada

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Hard To Keep Clean

            Best Uses

            • Digital Music
            • Home Movies

            Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

            Like many lovers of music these days, I primarily listen to digital versions of my favourite tunes. But the days of portable CD players are over, and I recently decided to convert my CD collection into a digital format for use on my portable digital music player.
            Since my laptop did not come with a built-in DVD player, I researched the web to locate a portable unit that would do a good job for a reasonable price.
            Many of my searches pointed to the Samsung line of portable DVD Writers.
            I purchased the SE-208DB/TSBS and upon its delivery I plugged it into my laptop and the device worked well right out of the box.
            After having used for a few days now I can report the following:

            - the unit has worked flawlessly with all the functions that it lists as features
            - the noise level is okay during operation (average for an external DVD drive of this type
            - operations are smooth - open/close (both by software and the button on the hardware itself)
            - I have not yet tested the writing function yet so cannot comment on it

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Just What I Needed

            By M. Andrew

            from Cincinnati, OH

            About Me Parent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Install Software
              • View Dvds

              Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

              I wanted a durable USB 3 drive to use with my laptop. Installation was easy, and the drive does everything that I need it to do.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Nice product

              By Stick

              from Midway Tennessee

              Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

              Great for the price

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              4.0

              Great Product

              By Andy, feet in the sand.

              from St. Paul, MN

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flimsy Design

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies

              Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

              I tend to be very careful with my gear and like to keep it in the box whenever I'm transporting it, so good packaging is nice! I use this whenever I meet with a friend or acquaintance to run my business model by them, I just use it show a short DVD and it seems to work really well! I could see transportation as an issue if you aren't as conscious as I am about packaging, but overall it's great!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great Little Drive

              By Netmanchar

              from Colorado Springs, CO

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Upgrade

                Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

                This external DVD-RW drive is great and so compact, Ive had no problems with it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Inexpensive and worth it

                By Diwik46

                from Madison, CT

                About Me Semi Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Interfaces Easily
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor Interface

                Best Uses

                • Burning Dvds
                • Home Movies
                • storage

                Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

                DVD writer is well worth the cost. Durable enough to be moved around the home or office for use with various output devices. Fast data transfer.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Samsung DVD Writer

                By jdr

                from Cincinnati, OH

                About Me Technically Challenged

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Flimsy Design

                Best Uses

                  Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

                  Compatible with my MacBook Pro. Easy to install - just plug in. Downside, little noisy.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Exactly What I Needed

                  By David

                  from Bellingham, WA

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Inexpensive
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Burning Dvds
                    • Installing Software
                    • Playing Music
                    • Watching Movies

                    Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

                    I recently started using a wonderful mobile workstation, but it is 100% solid-state...there is no optical drive. I needed an external DVD drive in order to be able to install software, to burn backup copies of photos and projects I've worked on, and to watch an occasional movie. So I went onto the B&H website and found this Samsung portable DVD writer. While the manufacturer of my new laptop offers their own branded external DVD drive, it's more than twice the price of this Samsung drive.

                    I am so glad I decided to try this Samsung portable DVD writer instead. I has proven to be absolutely perfect and is exactly what I needed. The laptop recognized the drive as soon as I connected it. I have already used it to install numerous programs and have burned more than a dozen DVDs without any errors. The drive is actually faster than the internal DVD drive in my previous laptop.

                    The Samsung drive came with everything I needed. It is small and light-weight, yet seems very sturdy. And like everything else I've ever ordered from B&H Photo, it shipped for free and arrived ahead of schedule.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nice DVD writer for the price

                    By JohnM

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

                        I purchased this DVD drive to be able to load my CD software directly on my new laptop. Works like it should.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works exactly as advertised

                        By MrOrange002

                        from Housatonic ,MA

                        About Me Film Professional, Parent

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about SE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black):

                            I bought this for my daughter so she could use it with her macbook air. She has had no problem using it.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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