Samsung SH-W162C DVD-Writer


 








 

Review:
Samsung SH-W162C
Reviewed by: Jan70
Provided
by:
Samsung Germany
Firmware: TS07 –
TS09
Manufactured: 2005


Samsung Germany was
kind enough to send us their latest DVD Burner, the SH-W162C 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 SH-W162C
supports 16x DVD
±R, 8x
DVD+RW, 6x DVD-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: www.samsungoms-europe.com














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.


If you are
interested in reading more company information, please visit: www.samsungoms-europe.com


Drive specifications:






Now let us
take a look at the specifications of the Samsung SW-W162C, 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.



Front



Back



Side



Side



Top / Bottom




The drive
supplied was the retail version. As we can see the drive is supplied with
software, IDE cable, Audio cable, instructions and mounting screws. 


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



The bezel of
the Samsung SH-W162C is pleasingly styled. 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.



Top



On the top of
the drive we found one label, and we can see that the drive was made in
Korea.



On the back of
the drive starting from the left, we can see a digital audio connector; analogue
audio connector; pins and jumper to set the drive to cable select, slave or
master; IDE connector and finally the power connector.


We installed
the drive without any problems and here is a screenshot from Nero
InfoTool:



From the
screenshot of Nero InfoTool above, we miss Mt.Rainier support and a larger
buffer size. Our drive came shipped with firmware TS07.


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


 


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