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SamsungSE-208DB/TSBS Slim Portable DVD Writer (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 106 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (80)
  • Lightweight (66)
  • Well built / quality (30)
  • Improves performance (8)
  • Interfaces well with camcorder (5)

Cons

  • Flimsy design (7)

Best Uses

  • Travel (28)
  • Replacement (19)
  • Home movies (16)
  • Upgrade (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (57), Film professional (10), Parent (10), Technically challenged (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (82)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Handy, versatile CD/DVD writer

This is an extremely useful addition to my HP netbook. It is Plug and Play, comes with easily installed software to facilitate its use, and enables writing to and reading from a broad...Read complete review

This is an extremely useful addition to my HP netbook. It is Plug and Play, comes with easily installed software to facilitate its use, and enables writing to and reading from a broad range of disk types. It is powered by the USB connection to the netbook so there is no need for an AC adapter. It is sleek and very well made, weighing just a couple of ounces. The Nero Express software provided with it is user-friendly and effective.

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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

Very Handy

By Wes

from Bodden Town, Grand Cayman

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Replacement
    • Travel

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

    I use this product as a mobile optical drive for pc repairs on the road. durable, lightweight yet sturdy.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Great with my iMac.

    By Fred

    from Missouri

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

    I purchased this drive with my new iMac. It was recommend to me by my B&H sales representative. Plug and play, great price and works perfectly so far. I have not burned anything yet, but I have installed my photo software and put several CDs on iTunes. The small footprint works so well with my small desk area. Thanks again for the recommendation B&H!

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    5.0

    Very good

    By wonfromwayne

    from Wayne, NJ

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel

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

      The price was very good and its quality is also good.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      A "must have" for me

      By Music Teacher

      from Missouri

      About Me Intermediate Tech Skills, Intermediate Tech Use, Intermediate User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Noisier Than Expected
      • Noisy Than Expected

      Best Uses

      • Install Or Play Cddvds
      • Non-downloadable Software

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

      I wanted a Macbook Air, but I needed an external CD/DVD drive. This product fit the bill for me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great little problem solver

      By sheree

      from nyc

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy Design

      Best Uses

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

        None of my onboard or external DVD burners were working (one simply wouldn't open, two would only work with older operating systems) but this little baby worked like a charm - Doesn't even need a power cord (It gets power and data via its
        included USB cable)

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great

        By Adrian

        from New York

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

        Good looking product.Its fast, easy to instal and easy to use and has a great price

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        5.0

        Small, yet powerful

        By Paul @ CRC

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Information Technology, It, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Educational Film Projects

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

          After purchasing several hundred iMacs for college campus labs, we discovered we did need to burn some DVDs for instructional purposes. This product not only met that need, but exceeded it. This product would be worth more, but don't tell them that. ;)

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          • No

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          5.0

          Nice budget choice

          By meanska

          from Ridgefield, WA

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

          I wasn't about to pay Apple $ for their external Superdrive for my new Mac Mini, so I chose this unit. Works great!

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          5.0

          Portable DVD drive

          By Jon

          from New York

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

          Quite handy and works perfect just as the representative said.

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          5.0

          Works like a champ

          By Dhuyler

          from New York, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Easy setup- worked flawlessly out of the box

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              nice dvd

              By Rafo

              from fl

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Upgrade

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

                working good, I like,

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                1.0

                DVD Writer does not play back dvd's

                By J.C.

                from Novato, Ca.

                About Me Technically Challenged

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I made the purchase by phone. I was told that I could not burn dvd's with this product, but I was not told that I could not play back dvd's. I was disappointed, because I thought I'd be able to play dvd movies.There were no instructions on how to use the product, only how to connect it to a computer.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Portable DVD

                    By TL

                    from LOs Angeles

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Not Read All Discs

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

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

                    It serve the purpose as portable. Plug in and play, however it doe not read my cd come with the Nikon camera. Which I have to down load online instead.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good Product for great Price

                    By Professional Designer

                    from Richfield Ohio

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I would prefer a flat finish. Gloss finish retains to many finger prints.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Perfect replacement!

                        By Greg

                        from Franklin, TN

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              My dvd drive on my macbook pro failed and wanted a cheap easy replacement. This fit the bill perfectly. just plug and play!

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              It works

                              By Tom

                              from Martinez, CA

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Portable

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy Design

                              Best Uses

                              • Playburn Cdsdvds On Pc
                              • Play Or Burn Cd Dvds

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

                              Great ultrabook companion. Nice and thin, though made of cheep feeling plastic (to be expected from such an inexpensive option). Does not have or need power aside from the USB, though it can't draw enough power through USB hubs which themselves have no additional power. It would have been nice to see an optional power cable to boost speed, but this is intended to be portable not workstation. In effect it simply works and doesn't cost much. no regrets with this one.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Works great right out of the box

                              By Dr. Bill

                              from Battle Creek MI

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I didn't have to install any software, it worked right away with my Macbook Pro.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Works great!

                                  By Wordpainter

                                  from Idyllwild, CA

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quality Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Replacement

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

                                    The CD/DVD drive went out on my MacBook. Instead of hassling with putting in a new internal drive, I bought this external drive. Works great! Just plug and go...

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                                    • No

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                                    2.0

                                    Good burner but not on Dual Discs

                                    By BBurk

                                    from Salt Lake City, UT

                                    Verified Buyer

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

                                    Does not write on 8GB Dual DVDs.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good Replacement for Mac/PC External DVD

                                    By Raybot 1

                                    from NYC

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Replacement
                                      • Travel
                                      • Upgrade

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

                                      My DVD broke on my laptop and I had no time to replace it, I needed one fast. So I went to B&H (kind there folks even gave me some candy!) and found this Samsung DVD Writer. First, and formost I needed a backup in case my hard drive/external drive failed. I could back up with compression about 400GB on data on about 10 discs. Second, I wanted to watch all the DVD movies I have been collecting (spend so much time on the 'puter) just to relax. Third, I need to back up all my installation and software disks. The drive is quiet, reliable and fast enough for my purposes. When my internal drive gets fixed I'm going to see if I can copy from disc 1 to disc 2 without swapping and burn 2 discs at one time. Then I can make music CD's and personal DVD's and generally back up and secure all my sensitive data.

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                                      • No

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