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Charles Johnson
Charles Johnson


With the growing popularity of ultrabooks and tablets, Samsung has set its sights on the portable optical drive market. This summer, the company introduced its latest external slim DVD writer, the SE-208GB. This lightweight drive sports a new design that maximizes the ease of pressing the eject button by placing it on top of the case. The SE-208GB is capable of 8x DVDR, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 6x DVDR DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. The drive is also USB powered and features support for Samsung's AV Connectivity and Smart Archive technologies. When written on archival grade media, Smart Archive delivers a 30 year long data lifetime.


Samsung's new portable DVD writer was very easy to install. Thanks to its USB 2.0 interface, the entire installation process took only a matter of minutes. With no jumpers to worry about, it was as simple as connecting the USB cable. Once connected to our test computer, it took only a matter of seconds for plug and play to install the necessary drivers. After making sure that the drive was recognized correctly in the Device Manager, I was ready to start installing the software.

Samsung's portable DVD writer completed CD Speed's advanced DAE tests with an average score of 17.67x. While the drive was able to go through the tests without creating any errors, it was unable to pass all of the on the fly copying tests. If you look at the advanced features, you can see that the SE-208GB was able to read the CD-Text and subchannel data, but failed to read the lead in and lead out sections of the CD.

The SE-208GB took a little more than five minutes to write an entire 701MB CD. While most of the internal writers we've looked at can do this in half the time, this is pretty good for a portable drive.

It's been a number of years since we've seen a new portable DVD writer from Samsung (or any other manufacturer for that matter) and, if the SE-208GB is any indication, the company hasn't lost its touch. This slim, lightweight drive offers a good looking, yet functional design, a long list of features, and some of the fastest reading and writing speeds available on a portable unit.

Samsung's portable DVD writer also has its share of features. A truly portable drive, the SE-208GB is powered completely off a computer's USB bus using a single port. The drive also features Super Link buffer underrun protection and has the ability to set the book type of DVD+R and DVD+R DL media. Last but not least, the SE-208GB supports Samsung's AV Connectivity and Smart Archive technologies which let you connect the drive to an AV device via USB and safely store your data for an extended amount of time.

Recently purchased Samsung slim portable DVD Writer, model SE-208DB/TSWS and have tried to install on my iMAC (2013 purchase) running OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5. Using one of 4 USB ports for this single USB cable DVD-RW drive. The iMAC does not recognize this drive. The drive box states MAC compatible with OS X 10.4.6 or higher. I tested the drive on a PC and it recognized it on the first try. Any help would be appreciated.

The built-in Microsoft Windows Update service may not update your drivers properly. Instead, use The CD / DVD Driver Update Utility for Samsung. It is intelligent software that automatically recognizes your computer's operating system and cd / dvd manufacturer and model to find the most up-to-date drivers for it. There is no risk of installing the wrong driver. The CD / DVD Driver Update Utility downloads and installs your drivers quickly and easily.

To find the latest driver, including Windows 11 drivers, choose from our list of most popular Samsung CD / DVD downloads or search our driver archive for the driver that fits your specific Samsung cd / dvd model and your PC's operating system.


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