Conclusion: Since its introduction, the SH-S203B has been the topic of many discussions here at CDRLabs. After having Samsung's new Serial ATA equipped DVD writer in the 'Labs for a few weeks, it's easy to see why. While affordably priced, the SH-S203B offers a good number of features as well as some of the fastest DVD reading and writing speeds available. The SH-S203B is the first drive from Samsung with the ability to write to both DVD-R and DVD+R media at 20x.
Pros: Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 20x, Writes to DVD+RW media at 8x, Writes to DVD-RW media at 6x, Writes to DVD+R DL media at 16x, Writes to DVD-R DL media at 12x, Reads and writes DVD-RAM media at 12x, Reads single layer DVD-ROM's at 16x, Reads DVD±R media at 16x, Reads DVD±RW and DVD±R DL media at 12x, Features 48x CD-R and 32x CD-RW writing speeds, Good selection of writing and rewriting speeds, Low seek times, Features Super Link buffer underrun protection, Supp...
Cons: Questionable writing quality with some DVD±R DL media, Had a hard time reaching its rated speeds when reading pressed CD's, Reads CD-R media at only 40x, Slower than other drives when writing to CD-R and CD-RW media, Only a 2048KB buffer
Summary: The SH-S203B turned out a time of 14:31 when writing 4.38GB to a DVD+RW disc—a respectable showing for rewriteable media. Based on performance alone, we’re smitten with the SH-S203B, but Samsung sweetens the deal further with 48x CD-R burn speeds, support for DVD-RAM, and a host of Nero apps, including Nero Express 7, Nero BackItUp, and Nero Recode. Looks like we’ve found ourselves a new fave.
Excerpt: Just when you thought manufacturers are done with improvements with DVD writers and would be focusing on to the newest formats Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, Samsung steps up to the plate and throws a curveball. Today we take a look at Samsung's latest DVD Writer the SH-S203B Super Writemaster. The SH-S203B Super Writemaster is one of the fastest DVD writers to date and is capable of burning DVDs at 20X speed and DVD+DL's at 16X.