Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

 

To round off this review, we will run some advanced tests on the Samsung SE-T084L. These tests are: “Sheep Test”, and some special disc tests.

 

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner ReviewFor this test, we will use the Sheep tests made by Alexander Noé. Why is it called sheep test? That’s because the logo of the first 1 to 1 copy program called CloneCD is a sheep. When looking at supported writers, you will notice that the feature list has sheep to indicate if a feature is supported or not. In this case we are interested in the writer’s ability to backup/write weak sectors. Also called: “Correct EFM encoding of regular bit-patterns”.

  • No sheep: Can’t backup any safedisc 2 versions without the help of software tricks
  • 1 Sheep: Can backup safedisc 2 up to version 2.4x without software tricks
  • 2 Sheep: Can backup safedisc 2, including version 2.5x
  • 3 Sheep: Can write all possible weak sectors, few if any writers could do this.

One of our forum moderators Womble; has written a guide concerning the “Sheep Test” that can be and be found here.

In the screenshot below taken from CloneCD, we see the Samsung SE-T084L supports everything.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L supports DAO-RAW96 recording mode, which basically means, it can write uncorrected data and sub-channel data.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

 

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Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

As we can see from the table and screenshots, the Samsung SE-T084L is a “Two Sheep Burner”. In addition, the Samsung SE-T084L could also handle Safe Disc 2.90 discs.

Overburning:


CD-R over-burn test:

For this test we used an Ricoh CD-R manufactured by Moser Baer India (Thanks to Ricoh Europe) for providing the disc).

 

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The reported over-burn capacity was stated as 82:19.70

We used CD-Speed with over-burn enabled to try and write a disc at slightly less than the stated maximum over-burn capacity (81:53.25) to be exact.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L had no problems in creating our test disc.

DVD+R over-burn test:

We first tried to burn a DVD+R media.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

As we can see from the above screenshot, the Samsung SE-T084L does not support over-burning on this media type.

DVD-R over-burn test:

We will now try a DVD-R media.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

As we can see from the above screenshot, the Samsung SE-T084L does not support over-burning on this media type.

MINI DVD discs:


In this section we are going to test if the Samsung SE-T084L is capable of writing and reading mini DVD-RW discs with a capacity of 30 minutes/1.46 GB.

With the Samsung SE-T084L being a slot loading drive, reading and writing MINI DVD discs would normally not be supported. Samsung themselves claim this problem has been overcome in the Samsung SE-T084L and the Samsung SE-T084L is the first slot loading drive to support this feature. Let’s find out if the Samsung SE-T084L can read and write to the MINI DVD 8cm format.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Memorex media is made by CMC Magnetics.  Thanks to Memorex Europe for sending us this media.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L had no problems in writing our test MINI DVD-RW disc. Now let’s find out if the drive can read the disc.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L read our test MINI DVD-RW media without any problems.

Video-CD disc:


For our final test we wanted to see how the Samsung SE-T084L would read a Video-CD, for this test we created a Video-CD with Nero Burning ROM 7, and used NERO CD-DVD Speed to read the disc back. Below is our result:

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L had no problems reading our test VCD although the read speed was locked at 16x.

This concludes our Samsung SE-T084L review. To read the conclusion, click on the link below….