Samsung's Writemaster SH-S183A benefits from the Sata interface. As such, the Samsung Writemaster SH-S183A is simple to connect to your PC and will help keep the inside of your PC tidy while maximising air flow.

The Samsung Writemaster SH-S183A is also one of the quietest DVD writers on the market, making it an ideal choice for use with a media centre PC.

Rated at 18-speed on 4.7GB media, the Samsung Writemaster SH-S183A is a very fast drive. It’s compatible with a full range of high-speed media, including 8.5GB discs at up to eight-speed and 12-speed DVD-RAM.

The Samsung Writemaster SH-S183A's software bundle includes the Nero OEM Suite, combining Nero 6.0, Nero Vision Express, Nero Media Player and InCD 4.0 packet writing software. And Samsung’s Live Update will automatically update your drive’s firmware.

Also available, although not included on the installation disc, is Samsung’s Magic Speed software. This application allows you to control the read speed of CDs, and enable either maximum performance or a slower but quieter operation. And the Samsung Writemaster SH-S183A will even allow you to use the slower speed to play damaged CDs more safely.

Samsung Writemaster SH-S183A: Specs

  • Internal DVD writer
  • Sata interface
  • 18x/8x/18x/8x/12x/8x/6x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/-R9/RAM/+RW/-RW)
  • 48x/32x (CD-R/-RW)
  • 2MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 130/110
  • includes Nero Express
  • 148x170x42mm
  • 750g
  • Internal DVD writer
  • Sata interface
  • 18x/8x/18x/8x/12x/8x/6x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/-R9/RAM/+RW/-RW)
  • 48x/32x (CD-R/-RW)
  • 2MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 130/110
  • includes Nero Express
  • 148x170x42mm
  • 750g

OUR VERDICT

It’s possible to pay less for an internal DVD writer, but Samsung's Writemaster SH-S183A delivers quiet operation, excellent performance and good media compatibility.

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