Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

 

 

Test machine


For this review we will be using a computer with the following configuration:

Hardware:

  • Motherboard: ASUSTeK P5W DH Deluxe (Intel Glendale DG I975x chipset)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
  • RAM: 4 GB OCZ Platinum dual channel kit DDR2 800
  • GFX: BFG nVidia 8800GTS (640 Megabytes GDDR3)
  • Sound: Onboard Realtek ALC882 HD audio controller
  • Hard disk: 2X 250GB Seagate Barracuda (SATA 2)

 

System setup:

The Samsung SE-T084L was connected to a USB2 connector on the main board of our review PC.

No problems with the setup

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

From the screenshot from Nero InfoTool above, we can see the Samsung SE-T084L supports DVD-RAM read and write, LightScribe direct disc labelling, and support for Mount Rainier.

Installed software:

 

Our review PC has Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit installed.

Features and techniques


The Samsung SE-T084L being a slim-line drive will naturally not be as fast as a normal half height internal or external DVD burner. The spindle motor cannot rotate as fast as a half height drive and power consumption for a slim-line drive must be less than a half height drive. There are however advantages to this setup. The Samsung SE-T084L uses very little power compared to a standard half height drive and can be powered from the USB port that the drive is connected to, rather than having to use the supplied AC power supply.

Samsung provide a utility to check that the host PC can provide enough power to power the SE-T084L from the USB port.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

As we can see from the above screenshot, the Samsung SE-T084L can be powered from our review PC’s USB port. One should note that writing speed is reduced when the drive is USB powered, for example, the maximum DVD R writing speed is reduced from 8x to 4x.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

As we can see from the above screenshot, the Samsung SE-T084L uses a high speed USB 2.0 interface and the USB bridge is powered by an NEC controller.

Software bundle:


Let’s take a look at the software bundle included with our retail drive. Please note, we may not install or use any of this software in this review.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The supplied CD-ROM

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

Our retail package included Nero 6 OEM, which included the following software.

  • Nero Express 6
  • Nero Vision Express
  • Nero Media Player
  • InCD 4
  • InCD Reader

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

Main Nero install screen

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

USB power testing utility

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

Live firmware update utility

The software bundle is very good and should provide a very good starting point for anyone purchasing this drive.

BookType (Bitsetting):


The Samsung SE-T084L supports bit-setting, and is capable of writing DVD+R/DL media with DVD-ROM book type.

Here is how you could check if your discs are really written with DVD-ROM book type:

Start Nero CD-DVD Speed and click the Disc info button and you should get something like this:

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

Another quick test is to start Nero CD-Speed and look at the disc information:

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

 

Writing technique


Now it’s time to take a closer look at the write technology used by the Samsung SE-T084L:

For these tests we used CD-Speed and wrote a full disc at the drives maximum speed.

CD Recordable:

According to the specifications of the Samsung SE-T084L, it should be able to write CD-R media at a maximum speed of 24x.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L uses P-CAV, (Partial Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 24X. This gives an average speed of 19.20x and a total writing time of 5 minutes and 28 seconds.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

CD-R
Disc
Writing

Supported
Write
Speed

Write
Strategy

Start
Write
Speed

End
Write
 Speed

Average
 Write 
Speed

Write
 Time 
Full 80min

NEC
ND-4551A

24x

CAV

11.45x

25.94x

19.55x

5m:18s

Lite-On
SSM-85H5S

24x

Z-CLV

10.06x

24.11x

17.15x

5m:43s

Samsung
SE-T084L

24x

P-CAV

11.14x

24.24

19.20x

5m:28s

 

CD Re-writable:

According to the specifications of the Samsung SE-T084L, it should be able to write CD-RW media at a maximum speed of 24x.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L uses Z-CLV, (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 24X. This gave an average speed of 16.14x and a total writing time of 6 minutes and 20 seconds.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

CD-RW
Disc
Writing

Supported
Write
Speed

Write
Strategy

Start
Write
Speed

End
Write
 Speed

Average
 Write 
Speed

Write
 Time 
Full 80min

NEC
ND-4551A

24x

Z-CLV

8.00x

20.08x

16.14x

6m:18s

Lite-On
SSM-85H5S

24x

Z-CLV

10.05x

16.10x

14.49x

6m:18s

Samsung
SE-T084L

24x

Z-CLV

10.02x

24.07

16.14x

6m:20s

 


8x DVD+R/-R writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Samsung SE-T084L, it should be able to write DVD+R/-R media at a maximum speed of 8x.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

DVD+R

The Samsung SE-T084L uses P-CAV, (Partial Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8X. This gives an average speed of 6.01x and a total writing time of 10 minutes and 59 seconds.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

DVD-R

The Samsung SE-T084L uses P-CAV, (Partial Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8X. This gives an average speed of 6.01x and a total writing time of 11 minutes and 38 seconds.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

8x
DVDR
Disc
Writing

Supported
Write
Speed

Write
Strategy

Start
Write
Speed

End
Write
 Speed

Average
 Write 
Speed

Write
 Time 
Full 4.38Gb

NEC
ND-7551A

8x +R
8x –R

CAV
Z-CLV

3.38x
2.07x

8.10x
8.27x

5.95x
5.21x

11m:11s
14m:08s

Lite-On
SSM-85H5S

8x +R
8x –R

Z-CLV
Z-CLV

2.57x
2.02x

8.09x
8.10x

5.67x
5.66x

14m:01s
12m:49s

Samsung
SE-T084L

8x +R
8x –R

P-CAV
P-CAV

3.42x
3.43x

8.02x
8.02x

6.01x
6.01x

10m:59s
11m:38s

The Samsung SE-T084L was the fastest drive when writing DVD±R media.

8X DVD+RW writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Samsung SE-T084L, it should be able to write DVD+RW at a maximum speed of 8x.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L uses Z-CLV, (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 8X. This gives an average speed of 5.03x and a total writing time of 13 minutes and 28 seconds.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

DVD+RW
Drive

Writing
Speed

Average
Speed

Writing
Time

NEC
ND-7551A

8x Z-CLV

5.21x

12m:35s

Lite-On
SSM-85H5S

8x Z-CLV

5.67x

11m:09s

Samsung
SE-T084L

8x Z-CLV

5.03x

13m:28x

The Samsung SE-T084L was the slowest drive when writing our DVD+RW media.

6x DVD-RW writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Samsung SE-T084L, it should be able to write DVD-RW at a maximum speed of 6x.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L uses Z-CLV, (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 6X. This gives an average speed of 4.83x and a total writing time of 14 minutes and 50 seconds.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

DVD-RW
Drive

Writing
Speed

Average
Speed

Writing
Time

NEC
ND-7551A

6x Z-CLV

5.07x

14m:03s

Lite-On
SSM-85H5S

6x Z-CLV

5.33x

12m:46s

Samsung
SE-T084L

6x Z-CLV

4.83x

14m:50x

The Samsung SE-T084L was the slowest drive when writing our DVD-RW media.

 

6x DVD+R DL writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Samsung SE-T084L, it should be able to write DVD+R DL at a maximum speed of 6x.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L uses Z-CLV, (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 6X. This gives an average speed of 4.54x and a total writing time of 27 minutes and 42 seconds.

4x DVD-R DL writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Samsung SE-T084L, it should be able to write DVD-R DL at a maximum speed of 4x.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L uses Z-CLV, (Zoned Constant Linear Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 4X. This gives an average speed of 3.52x and a total writing time of 34 minutes and 56 seconds.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

DVD DL 
Drive

Size

Writing
Speed

Writing
Time

Book
Type

NEC
ND-7551A

8152MB

DVD+R DL 4x
DVD-R DL 4x

37m:11s
31m:18s

DVD-ROM
DVD-R

Lite-On
SSM-85H5S

8152MB

DVD+R DL 4x
DVD-R DL 4x

29m:02s
30m:58s

DVD-ROM
DVD-R

Samsung
SE-T084L

8152MB

DVD+R DL 6x
DVD-R DL 4x

27m:42s
34m:56s

DVD-ROM
DVD-R

The Samsung SE-T084L was the fastest drive while writing DVD+R DL media, but was the slowest drive while writing DVD-R DL media.

5x DVD-RAM writing speed:

According to the specifications of the Samsung SE-T084L, it should be able to write DVD-RAM at a maximum speed of 5x.

Samsung SE-T084L Slimline DVD Burner Review

The Samsung SE-T084L uses P-CAV, (Partial Constant Angular Velocity), to write at its maximum speed of 5X. This gives an average speed of 4.64x and a total writing time of 12 minutes and 08 seconds.

For comparison we have made the following table: 

DVD-RAM
Drive

Writing
Speed

Average
Speed

Writing
Time

NEC
ND-7551A

5x P-CAV

2.95x

14m:17s

Lite-On
SSM-85H5S

5x Z-CLV

4.15x

14m:41s

Samsung
SE-T084L

5x P-CAV

4.64x

12m:06s

The Samsung SE-T084L was the fastest drive while writing DVD-RAM media.

Summary:

The Samsung SE-T084L performed well with our writing tests, the drive being the fastest writer in several categories and had no problems writing our test discs.

Let’s head on to the next page where we will check reading performance….