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Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 16x16x External DVD Writer Review
Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 16x16x External DVD Writer Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 is a USB 2.0 only device and sports a rather impressive maximum writing speed of 16x for single layer DVD media, 8x DVD+R DL burning, and 4x for DVD-R DL burning.
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Filed under: Optical Drives Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Aug 29 2005   C. Sun  
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Vertical or Horizontal Operation

As you can see from the picture below, the Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 is capable of operating standing on its side. There are clips on the drive tray which ensures that the media stays in place. This is also very useful for mobile users who are tight on space.

With the dimensions of 16 x 23 x 5 cm, the SE-W164 is not large for an external optical drive, but weighs in at 1.2kg - too heavy to really be carried around with a notebook unless you are very determined to do so.

During operation, the Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 was very quiet, and did not produce a lot of heat or noise. In fact the unit was so quiet that at times I thought drive was not powered.

As mentioned earlier, the Samsung SE-W164 is a very capable DVD burner and it is able to read CD ROM's at 48x, CD-R/RW media at 40x, DVD-ROM at 16x, DVD+/-R's at 12x and DVD+/-R/RW and dual layer media at 8x. It is able to write CD-R's at 48x, CD-RW at 32x and DVD+/-R med at 16x, DVD+RW at 8x, DVD-RW at 6x, DVD+R DL at 8x and DVD-R DL at 6x.

The drive also supports all the normal writing methods such as TAO (Track at Once), DAO (Disc at Once) as well as DAO/96, SAO (Session at Once), Multi-session, Variable Packet Writing, Fixed packet writing and Multi-track reservation.

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Contents of Article: Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164
 Pg 1.  Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 16x16x External DVD Writer Review
 Pg 2.  — Vertical or Horizontal Operation
 Pg 3.  Software and compatibility
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CD Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2005
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: Data and Audio
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: CD Speed: DVD+RW, DVD+R DL

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