Samsung SH-W162L DVD-Writer Review
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.
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Now let us take a look at the specifications of the Samsung SE-W162L, found at Samsungs website:
What’s inside the box?
In this 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:
The drive 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 Speed+ logo.
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.
We installed the drive without any problems and here is a screenshot from Nero InfoTool:
From the 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.
Another shot 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 features…………