Samsung SE-W164C DVD Burner Review



Review: Samsung SE-W164C
Reviewed by: Dee-27 and Jan70
Provided by: Samsung Germany
Firmware: TS07 ‘“ TS10
Manufactured: May 2005

Samsung Germany was kind enough to send us their latest external DVD Burner, the SE-W164C for review. In this review we will be seeing how this latest drive from one the world’s largest electronics manufacturers performs in our tests.

The Samsung SE-W164C supports 16x DVD±R, 8x/6x DVD+RW/-RW, and 6x/4x DVD+R DL/-R DL writing technology, allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written. 

 Company information:

We are sure that most of you know Samsung already, but let us take a look at some of the company information found at:

As a world leader in the field of digital media, Samsung Electronics produces Optical Disc Drives (ODD) since 1994. In the past few years Samsung was able to take a central market position in this field.

With subsidiaries all over Europe and a large part of the former USSR, Samsung Europe can offer the consumer a complete selection of disc drives, for all types of computers.

With large and continuous investments in research and development Samsung is able to be more and more at the forefront of disc drive technology.

As one of the first companies developing COMBO drives (DVD-ROM and CD-RW combined in one disc drive), Samsung is a frontrunner in this technology.

In the field of slim-line technologies, Samsung is expanding the line-up, in order to meet the demands of the market for desktop and notebook PCs.

Samsung offers a wide range of Optical Disc Drives, allowing customers to choose the exact combination of capabilities and features. Our products feature the latest noise suppression technologies. If you are looking for a high performance Optical Drive, you need look no further than Samsung.

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Drive specifications:

Now let us take a look at the specifications of the Samsung SE-W164C, found at Samsungs website:

What’s inside the box?

On this page we will take a look at what the drive came shipped with and take a look at the drive and its technology.







The drive supplied was the retail version. As we can see the drive is supplied with power supply, power cable (EU & UK), vertical mounting stand, software CD-ROM, USB cable and instructions. 

Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself:

The bezel of the Samsung SE-W164C is very stylish. We can see an emergency eject hole, a single green coloured LED for read and write (we prefer a different led colour though for writing) and an eject button.




On the under-side of the drive we found two labels, and we can see that the drive was made in Korea, dated May 2005.

On the back of the drive starting from the left, we can see a USB connector; cooling ventilation holes; power connector and power switch.

But let us continue this review and see how it really performs.

On the next page we will take a look at the test machines, the software, the drive features…………