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SAMSUNG TSST Ultra-Slim Optical 8X DVD Rewriter Drives SE-218GN/RSBD, M-Disc support, MAC OS X compatible

SE-218GN is the latest ultra-slim portable DVD writer for Ultrabook. Its dimension is 148 x 14.4 x 143 mm. It features Smart Power Technology that drives low power consumption. The ability to connect using a single USB port ensures mobile consumers w...

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Reviews around price (5.00 of 5)

  • That's three stars plus an extra star for a great price.
  • The price is great, I think the burning process was maybe a little on the slow side, but I have it plugged into a 4 port USB extension, not directly into a USB port on the computer
  • Works as advertised - very nice optical drive at a great price.
  • Its a good price and a reliable external player for all needs.
  • Great CD/DVD burner compatible with Apple products at a much better price than a burner from Apple themselves.
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Reviews around advertise (5.00 of 5)

  • it works as advertised and is useful, since my laptop does not have a dvd drive.
  • Seems well made, was plug-n-play as advertised, and works just fine
  • Works as advertised - very nice optical drive at a great price.
  • I played a DVD just for testing purposes, and it worked as if it were built-in.
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Reviews around deal (5.00 of 5)

  • If you prefer precision and minimal design and are willing to be a bit careful in your handling, this is a great deal.
  • The product is also a good deal, and was very easy to install on my computer
  • I played a DVD just for testing purposes, and it worked as if it were built-in.
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Reviews around works (5.00 of 5)

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Reviews around purchase (5.00 of 5)

  • One week after purchasing this item, it stopped working on my MacBook Pro.
  • I would recommend purchasing this device to replace an older drive in any computer or for any computer that does not have a DVD drive.
  • I played a DVD just for testing purposes, and it worked as if it were built-in.
  • Well worth the purchase, small compact and easy to carry
  • Well worth the purchase, small compact and easy to carry
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Reviews around describe (5.00 of 5)

  • Works as described in the product description, runs well and operates quietly!

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Reviews around value (5.00 of 5)

  • I played a DVD just for testing purposes, and it worked as if it were built-in.
  • Few moderately priced laptops come with a built in optical drive any more, and this one is a great value that more than meets my needs.
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Reviews around power (4.45 of 5)

  • Another review says SP3 does not have enough power to use it
  • My computer has enough power for video playback if I use the provided cable
  • Even with the provided USB cable, there was not enough power for sustained, high speed reading (copying a DVD to disk)
  • Works great, but on my ultrabook I had to use a specific port to get enough power
  • It couldn't get enough power to even read a DVD directory
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Reviews around item (4.30 of 5)

  • Great item for those devices that don't have a CD/DVD drive.
  • Haven't had it long so can't speak for longevity but the reason I didn't award 5 stars is that this item looks extremely fragile so I have to handle it so carefully.
  • This item worked well for 4 months and now it won't play any cd that I insert.
  • I would not purchase this item (or recommend it to a friend) if I had known that the software was only good for 30 days.
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Reviews around quality (3.93 of 5)

  • As people have pointed out it is cheap but the quality is poor.
  • (For the Surface Pro, one branch of the Y goes into the USB port on the power cord brick, the other into the USB port on the computer itself.)Speed and quality burning/
  • I played a DVD just for testing purposes, and it worked as if it were built-in.
  • Pretty good quality optical drive for those rare times you need to use a CD
  • The quality was good for all three brands tested, Verbatim, MBI and Memorex.(The link to the CDRLabs review is given in the first comment to this review--Amazon removes links from reviews but not comments.)AV modeThis drive offers an AV mode that allows it to be used with Android devices (see note above) and audiovisual devices like TVs that have USB ports
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Reviews around design (3.86 of 5)

  • This one has a sleeker design, and even thinner than before
  • It is slim and with a good design, is light and it works perfectly
  • I'd attribute this to the flimsy design of the enclosure.
  • (ISO/UDF/FAT), CD Data (ISO/UDF/FAT), 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)
  • If you prefer precision and minimal design and are willing to be a bit careful in your handling, this is a great deal.
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Reviews around product (3.67 of 5)

  • Overall, I think this a very good product, certainly worth the price.
  • Thank you so much for the fast delivery and great product!
  • I understand that sometimes products are defective and need to be sent back, but I would not buy anything from this company again since they don't warranty their products.
  • This product was very difficult to get started to use, especially since I am not a "techie".
  • Great product, I would purchase from this vendor again.
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Reviews around dvd (3.25 of 5)

  • At the same time, every now and then I do need to access or burn a DVD, so having something was important
  • So far I've only used this for 3 months reading occasional DVD movies, no burning, and it's working ok
  • I needed a DVD drive to work with a Lenovo T440s laptop..
  • Great CD/DVD burner compatible with Apple products at a much better price than a burner from Apple themselves.
  • I was able to use it off of a non-powered hub to read and burn a DVD, no problems, and it only uses one USB slot, not 2 like some.
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Reviews around drive (3.07 of 5)

  • The CD was read fine by the apple brand usb 2 super drive
  • great slim external optical drive. pick up a retractible usb cable like this
  • So after trial and error, we figured out that the actual drive its self is bad
  • Easy to use, hooked right up to my iMac that had a bad drive on it.
  • Works as advertised - very nice optical drive at a great price.
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Reviews around cd (1.95 of 5)

  • We have burned about 50 CD and it burns them as good as the first one!
  • immediately identified it and was able to upload. tried to burn a CD with error message each of 3 attempts with new CDS.
  • For an inexpensive little CD drive, I am quite satisfied with this product
  • Works fine burning CD, and using to transfer files from old computer by way of CD
  • I use it primarily for DVDs but have used it to burn some CDs.
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Reviews around disc (1.65 of 5)

  • The capability to burn the M-DISC is also a huge advantage
  • I replace the initial one via amazon since it was slow and not completely burning a disc correctly
  • I played about three hundred DVDs and few dozen CDs on it and burned maybe three dozen discs then it just died
  • Burned my karaoke discs (MP3+G) from my MacBook right out of the box
  • The replacement was fine for about 1-2 months -- only minimal use mind you -- and now it too is slow and not burning discs correctly
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Reviews around noise (1.54 of 5)

  • No response, no LED light like it says in the instructions...when I pushed eject like the instructions said to, a noise, like something spinning and clicking...but no door opening
  • The noise is not very loud when burning media and proabbly is due to the very slim case that cannot keep it inside when spinning the media
  • Worked great, did what I needed and didn't make loud noises

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Reviews around dvds (1.00 of 5)

  • In using it I can play DVDs and I can burn DVDs with it
  • I very rarely burn DVDs but am now playing a purchased movie DVD, it is fine.
  • The burner in my Macbook refuses to burn DVDs now, and suddenly the burner in my Windows desktop also died.
  • I played about three hundred DVDs and few dozen CDs on it and burned maybe three dozen discs then it just died
  • I have burned some data CDs and DVDs and they worked fine when I used them in other drives ( They did not become coasters!)
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Reviews around collection (1.00 of 5)

  • Having traveled with it frequently (in a neoprene case), ripped my collection of several hundred CD's, and burned a few CDs and DVDs as well, durability is not a concern
  • Using to rip my cd collection of over 400 discs.
  • Having traveled with it frequently (in a neoprene case), ripped my collection of several hundred CD's, and burned a few CDs and DVDs as well, durability is not a concern

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More about SAMSUNG TSST Ultra-Slim Optical 8X DVD Rewriter Drives SE-218GN/RSBD, M-Disc support, MAC OS X compatible

  • SE-218GN is the latest ultra-slim portable DVD writer for Ultrabook
  • Its dimension is 148 x 14.4 x 143 mm
  • It features Smart Power Technology that drives low power consumption
  • The ability to connect using a single USB port ensures mobile consumers will have a flexible solution that does not tax the Ultrabook's battery while outside the home or office
  • The Smart Archive Technology allows Ultrabook users to store personal data
  • It offers a recording quality that is optimized for DVDs allowing storage for an extended time
  • This technology also follows standard DVD formatting that is compatible with M-dics, archival dics and qualified normal discs
  • The Buffer Under Run technology prevents errors that can be caused when writing speeds exceed data transfer speeds, while also enabling PC multi-tasking
  • SE-218GN is manufactured in an eco-friendly manner, with lead-free soldering technology that restricts the use of harmful materials such as Pub, cd, cr+6, Hg, PBBs and PBDE.