Summary: Reviewers have looked at both LightScribe and non-LightScribe versions of this Samsung optical drive. MaximumPC.com gives the SH-S223Q high praise, while CDRLabs.com is impressed, but points out a few drawbacks. CDRInfo.com speaks well of the SH-S223F, and About.com takes a look at both the SH-S223Q and SH-S223F. A wealth of user reviews can be found at Newegg.com.
Pros: Fast, LightScribe support, Good value
Cons: Limited media compatibility at highest writing speeds, High error rates with some brands of discs, A bit slow with CD media
Conclusion: The SH-S223Q is a good example of what we've come to expect from Samsung. Affordably priced, the drive offers a good number of features as well as some of the fastest DVD writing speeds available. While normally a winning combination, there were a number of performance issues that kept the SH-S223Q from getting top marks in our review. The SH-S223Q performed very well when writing to DVD+R and DVD-R media at 20x.
Pros: Writes to DVD-R and DVD+R media at 22x, 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, Writes to DVD-RW DL media at 2x, 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...
Cons: Questionable writing quality with some CD-R, DVD-R and DVD+R DL media, Had a hard time reaching its rated speeds when reading pressed CD's, Reads CD-R media at only 40x, Packet writes to CD-RW media at only 16x
Samsung Super-WriteMaster 22x DVD Burner SH-S223Q Review and Comparison
15 November 2008
Summary: Everyone has optical drives and as time has passed they’ve gotten faster and faster, one problem I’ve encountered though is that for newer drives there is no media for the latest speeds, something I’ve never been able to quite figure out. IDE is becoming obsolete, with SATA becoming the new standard, first it was hard drives now more and more companies are coming out with optical SATA drives as well.
Pros: Fairly quiet, Fast, SATA connection, Lightscribe