Excerpt: Ten years ago a 1X CD-R drive cost $3000. You could set up a burn session before you left work for the night and the next morning, barring any unforeseen glitches, you'd have a freshly burned CD-R. Five years ago, a DVD-R would set you back about $400, and they burned at 1X speed. Today, you can get a 5X dual layer DVD burner for less than $80. Samsung Electronics has significantly reduced the price of DVD burner technology with the WriteMaster TS-H552U to around $75.
Summary: This is the first Samsung DVDRW drive that I have ever looked at and used, and to be quite honest it's a little hit and miss. While some areas of this drive are excellent, slower read speeds, and poor write quality at 16X is a little disappointing. That being said, the drive matches is rated speed - the rating is just a little low. The drive is quiet, and seems to work well for both CD and DVD applications.
Pros: Speedy 16X DVD Writing., Excellent seek times on CD's and DVD's., Very quiet., Nero 6.3 Suite., DVD+R DL writer.
Cons: Conservative 8X and 12X write strategy., Questionable write quality at high speeds., Slow Digital Audio Extraction.
Conclusion: Samsung TS-H552U Burner - Page 21 Conclusion Samsung's release, the TS-H552U, an upgrade of the H552B, proved to be pretty much the same as its predecessor, a really good drive. In the error correction arena, the drive's mechanism managed to read successfully all defective discs, producing smooth graphs. Fast DL ripping and ripping speed as a whole and really good cd writing quality. That's pretty much the outcome of this review in a nutshell. Moving on...
Conclusion: Samsung TS-H552 DL Recorder - Page 21 Conclusion Samsung has a great reputation in optical storage and we were curious to see how this model would perform. Starting with the reading tests, all we have is praise for the drive, especially in the area of error correction. Not only did the drive manage to read our defective test discs but it did so with relative ease producing smooth graphs. If only the TS-H552 could read DVD-RAM, we could speak of a near perfect reader.