Review of Samsung's PC DVD-Burner

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Goro, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. Goro

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    not much really earthshattering here and it is still a prototype and
    it's whatyou might expect form a G1 proto: does the main stuff but
    doesn't really do it well.... yet. Even MORE reason to keep waiting...


    he single 12.7GB file took 25m 31s to write, so it'll take roughly
    twice that to fill up the whole disc. Doing the same test, but with the
    separate files - 4,486 of them - took slightly longer, 26m 29s. So
    we're back to the having to wait an hour or so to burn a full disc.

    I was rather disappointed when I found out that the review sample
    didn't offer DVD or CD writing abilities. Now, I could've lived with
    the fact that it couldn't write to CD, as this is a rather old
    technology in comparison, but the lack of DVD support seems just plain
    odd. Still, this was an early prototype and things may very well change
    by the time the product is launched. Samsung was showing off the same
    drive at CeBIT, but this one was clearly labelled as having DVD writing
    capabilities, which is promising.

    So what about the BD media? Well, the BD-RE disc looked very much like
    a CD, but it had a dark grey surface which didn't look very reflective.
    Smudging it with finger prints didn't result in any problems reading
    the data, so there doesn't seem to be any need to worry about minor
    marks corrupting the densely packed data.

    Samsung hasn't even set a price on the drive, although I was told it
    was likely to end up in the $800-900 category - ouch. It's claimed that
    HD DVD will be cheaper, but for now we'll just have to bide our time
    and wait until retail products hit the shelves. It's also worth taking
    into account that dual-layer media will be available later this year
    with 50GB of storage capacity, so unless you have the cash to spare and
    you don't mind being an early adopter, you might just want to wait
    until then.

    Finally, there's the issue of what you can use a Blu-ray drive for.
    Sure you can store 25GB of files on it, but you can't play it back in
    anything else than your own drive, unless your mates are as wealthy as
    you. Living-room BD players should be able to handled video discs
    you've authored, but HD DVD players won't, at least not for the time
    being. There are far too many question marks about Blu-ray as a
    consumer technology, but the good news is that it's as easy to use as a
    DVD writer as long as you're only after a high-capacity storage medium.

    It's early days of Blu-ray, and the Samsung SH-B022 is the first drive
    to make an appearance outside company labs and beyond the exhibition
    stands. Hopefully Samsung will make some improvements before retail
    products become available - in particular, ensuring it will at least
    support DVD writing. ®
    Goro, Mar 20, 2006
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