Provided by: Samsung
Firmware: TS01 '“
Samsung Germany was
kind enough to send us the SH-W162L for review. In this review we will be seeing
how this drive from one the world's largest electronics manufacturers performs
in our tests.
The Samsung SH-W162L
supports 16x DVD±R,
8x/6x DVD+RW/-RW, and 8x/4x DVD+R DL/-R DL
writing technology, allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5Gb to be
written. This drive is also the first drive from Samsung that
supports LightScribe direct disc labelling.
We are sure that
most of you know Samsung already, but let us take a look at some of the company
information found at: www.samsungoms-europe.com
world leader in the field of digital media, Samsung Electronics
produces Optical Disc Drives (ODD) since 1994. In the past few years
Samsung was able to take a central market position in this
subsidiaries all over Europe and a large part of the former USSR,
Samsung Europe can offer the consumer a complete selection of disc
drives, for all types of computers.
large and continuous investments in research and development Samsung
is able to be more and more at the forefront of disc drive
of the first companies developing COMBO drives (DVD-ROM and CD-RW
combined in one disc drive), Samsung is a frontrunner in this
field of slim-line technologies, Samsung is expanding the line-up,
in order to meet the demands of the market for desktop and notebook
offers a wide range of Optical Disc Drives, allowing customers to
choose the exact combination of capabilities and features. Our
products feature the latest noise suppression technologies. If you
are looking for a high performance Optical Drive, you need look no
further than Samsung.
If you are
interested in reading more company information, please visit: www.samsungoms-europe.com
Now let us
take a look at the specifications of the Samsung SE-W162L, found at Samsungs
Data Transfer Rate Read CD: 7.2 MB/sec (48x)
Data Transfer Rate Read DVD: 21.6 MB/sec (16x)
Data Transfer Rate Write on DVD-R: 21,600 KB/sec
Data Transfer Rate Write on DVD+R: 21,600 KB/sec
Data Transfer Rate Write on DVD-RW: 8,100 KB/sec
Data Transfer Rate Write on DVD+RW: 10,800 KB/sec
Double Layer: 5x (write), 8x (read)
Burst Transfer Rate PIO Mode 4: (16.6 MB/sec)
Burst Transfer Rate Ultra DMA Mode 2: (33.3
Recording Capacity CD-RW Disc: 4,800 KB/sec (32x)
Recording Capacity CD-R Disc: 7,200 KB/sec (48x)
Average Seek Time DVD-ROM: 130ms
Average Seek Time CD-ROM: 110ms
Drive Type: Intern
Interface: EIDE / ATAPI
Dimensions (WxHxDmm): 148.2 x 42 x 184
Buffer Memory: 2MB
Supported Disc: DVD+R, DVD+R DI, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DI,
DVD-RW, DVD-Video, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, CD-Audio,
VideoCD, CD-I(FMV), Photo CD, CD-EXTRA, CD-TEXT, LightScribe DVD+/-R,
What's inside the box?
section we will take a look at what the drive came shipped with and take a look
at the drive and its technology.
Below you will
see the contents of the retail box:
supplied was the retail version. As we can see the drive is supplied with
software, IDE cable, Audio cable, instructions and fixing screws.
Now it's time
to take a look at the drive itself:
The bezel of
the Samsung SH-W162C is pleasingly styled. We can see an emergency eject hole, a
single green coloured LED for read and write (we prefer a different led colour
though for writing) and an eject button. The logos include the
LightScribe logo, the WritemasterTM logo, the SAMSUNG logo, a DVD
Forum DVD-R/RW logo, a DVD Alliance DVD+ReWritable logo and a CD-RW High
On the top
side of the drive we found one sticker and we can read it was made in the
Philippines '“ October 2005.
On the back of
the drive starting from the left, we can see a digital audio connector; analogue
audio connector; pins and jumper to set the drive to cable select, slave or
master; IDE connector and finally the power connector.
the drive without any problems and here is a screenshot from Nero
screenshot of Nero InfoTool above, we miss Mt.Rainier support and a larger
buffer size. Our drive came shipped with firmware TS01, but was later updated
with firmware TS02 and TS03.
from Nero Burning ROM:
But let us continue
this review and see how it really performs.
On the next page we
will take a look at the test machine, the software, the drive