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SamsungSE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer
 
4.6

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Lightweight (32)
  • Well built / quality (15)
  • Fast connection (3)
  • Improves performance (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (14)
  • Home movies (5)
  • Replacement (5)
  • Multimedia (3)
  • Upgrade (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (20), Technically challenged (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Thin and Quiet

This Samsung drive was purchased to use with the Microsoft Surface Pro which lacks optical drive. It allows me to load software, burn data and music disks, DVDs, etc. The drive is...Read complete review

This Samsung drive was purchased to use with the Microsoft Surface Pro which lacks optical drive. It allows me to load software, burn data and music disks, DVDs, etc. The drive is well-built, and not cheap plastic-feeling. It feels like some type of metal exterior. The drive is very thin, runs extremely quiet, and does not get warm during playing a 2-hour DVD movie. The disk activity light is just the right size to be seen but not too obtrusive. Computer recognized drive right away, no extra software needed. All in all, a high quality product from Samsung, and arrived quickly from B&H.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Issues

This unit worked fine with my notebook but did not work with Microsoft Surface pro3. It is very quiet and fast drive. I wish it was compatible with my system.

This unit worked fine with my notebook but did not work with Microsoft Surface pro3. It is very quiet and fast drive. I wish it was compatible with my system.

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5.0

Great Drive for the Money

By Bruce- consultant

from New City, NY

About Me Scientific Consultant, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Interface With Camcorder
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Occasional Use For Dvds
  • Travel

Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

I use this drive for my MacBook Pro, which doesn't have an internal optical drive. This drive is light, only needs one USB port, powered from the USB port, is USB 3.0 compatible, and is very fast. I've not had any issues either reading DVDs, installing software, or burning discs. Construction is a bit lightweight, but it's holding up after a a few months. I really like the burn speed on DVDs. The only negative is that the Apple DVD player software won't recognize this drive, but using VLC software seems to get around that issue. Overall this is a great drive for about $ versus the $ charged by Apple for their drive.

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  • No

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4.0

Dependable DVD writer

By yui

from New York, NY

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

      No problem working on both Mac and PC.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Product

      By Sam

      from Boston, MA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

      This product is slim and work as specified.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Nice Slim Optical Drive

      By Brian Y

      from New York, NY

      About Me IT Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

          We made the bold decision to no longer buy computers with optical drives at my place of employment. In case the occasional user needs to read or burn a disc we bought a couple of these external drives. So far they work great and are compatible with both our desktops and laptops.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Perfect

          By MediaUser123

          from Hays, KS

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Replacement

            Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

            Compact, inexpensive, great for a one-time project.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great External DVD Writer

            By Wally

            from Atlanta

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

              Worked great out of the box with my Mac Book Pro Retina and iMac. It fits nicely in my laptop case.

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              • No

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              4.0

              I like it.

              By Paul S

              from Martinsburg, WV

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                  I have used it to burn several dual layer dvds from Sony Architect files. It has worked well every time.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Issues

                  By Tktorosian

                  from Newtown Square, PA

                  About Me 30 Years Computer User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                  • Did'nt Work With Surface3

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                  This unit worked fine with my notebook but did not work with Microsoft Surface pro3. It is very quiet and fast drive. I wish it was compatible with my system.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nice portable DVD

                  By MrP57

                  from Hemlock, NY

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Replacement

                    Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                    Very very simple to use, works great, worth the money.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Samsung external DVD writer/player

                    By Jeff

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                      Works great. I use it for playing DVD movies as well as burning DVD's. It is portable, slim, and light-weight. Unlike previous models, this only requires one USB port. This does NOT play Blu-Ray discs. I knew this before I bought it. Many assume because it is new, it will automatically read Blu-Ray discs. Also, an improvement from the previous model, the eject button is an actual button to press, not a sensor that reads your finger. Overall an excellent choice when using a computer or laptop without an internal DVD drive. Macbook Pro models with Retina display do not have a DVD drive.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      This product is a perfect fit!

                      By Moving Forward

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Portable
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                        I really needed this product and am so happy that it was purchased at a later date while other competitors' asking price were higher.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Samsung SuperDrive

                        By Nedkelleyman

                        from Austin tx

                        Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                        I feel that Samsung has created a nice drive to compete with apple's SuperDrive. I enjoy the slim, lightweight characteristics not to mention the ability to load mini and regular size cd's/ dvd's because it is tray loaded. The fact that is comes with a USB cable and is Bus powered by the computer is a plus. It also comes with an install disk with burning software like Nero. My only complaint is that I own a Mac and that this software is not compatible. Would be nice to have bundled software that runs on both platforms, but the plug n play worked great.

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                        5.0

                        good unit

                        By poort

                        from grand rapids, mi

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                            Worked great with my macbook pro. Ran my entire collection of old cds through it to create an itunes library. No problems.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Not compatible with Acer A500 tablet

                            By kb_norge

                            from Ridgecrest, CA

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Poor Interface

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                              Purchased this to play DVDs on an Acer tablet and it doesn't work for that. It did work on my PC but that's not the solution I needed.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great Device !

                              By Khasner

                              from Somerset, NJ

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Pros

                              • Ease of Use

                              Cons

                              • None so far

                              Best Uses

                              • File Backup
                              • Program Installation

                              Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                              Just bought this a few days ago: BH was great...fast delivery and great communications!

                              The drive worked instantly after plugging it in with the Win7 built in capabilities...no need to install anything. Reads and writes without problems. Highly recommended.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Quality Drive; LIghtweight

                              By Small Business Steven

                              from Maryland

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Replacement

                                Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                                My new laptap came without an optical drive, a feature that had added weight and bulk to my previous computers. This is perfect for slipping into my briefcase for the occasional needs I have for an OCR.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                good at the price

                                By chimhoabinh

                                from houston texas

                                About Me Technically Challenged

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel
                                  • Upgrade

                                  Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                                  personal

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Plugged it in- it worked

                                  By Betty

                                  from San Diego

                                  About Me Parent

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy Design

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                                    Put a disk in and it worked- that is what you need

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Solved the problem

                                    By Russ

                                    from Shelton, WA

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                                        I just purchased an HP Envy 27 recline computer and knew that it does not have a DVD slot. Called the folks at B&H, was told the Samsung Ultra Portable External Writer was the best bang for the buck, placed the order and had it on my front porch 4 days later. Problem solved! Thanks guys!

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Great addition

                                        By Rick in OC

                                        from Ocean City MD

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Quality Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Samsung SE-218CB/RSBS Ultra Portable External DVD Writer:

                                          This drive is very small fast and quiet and very inexpensive.

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                                          • No

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