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.
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 med...
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
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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.