Samsung TS-H552B DVD Burner


 

 

Review: Samsung TS-H552B
Reviewer:
Jan70
Provided by: Samsung Europe (NL) Firmware: TS04
Manufactured: September 2004

 

Samsung Europe was kind enough to send us the Samsung TS-H552B DVD-writer. This drive supports 16x DVD+R writing, 12x DVD-R and 2.4x DVD+R9 DL writing technology, allowing dual layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written.

 

Samsung has developed and produced optical drives since 1994. In 2004, they joined up with Toshiba for manufacturing and developing optical drives.

 

Company information:

 

We are sure that most of you know Samsung/TSST already, but let us take a look at some of the company information found at: www.samsung.com / www.tsstorage.com

 

 


an international joint venture company of Toshiba Corporation ( Japan) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.( Korea ), was established for Optical Disc Drive (ODD) business.

TSST has its headquarters in Kawasaki, Japan and TSST Korea is in Suwon, Korea, and each corporation in Japan and Korea has the individual directorate system. For the Biz issues, we have been discussing it through the common relevant organization for mutual consent. We are currently responsible for the product development, marketing and sales, and have been taking advantage of the existing network of Samsung Electronics and Toshiba for manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service.

TSST is the result of the close cooperation between Samsung Electronics and Toshiba with the world best brand power, technical know-how, sales network, and services network.To make it benefit to all, we are making every effort to provide our customers with the World best Top solution on the basis of the best quality and the reasonable price.


If you are interested in reading more company information, please visit: www.samsung.com / www.tsstorage.com

 

Drive specifications:

 
These are the specifications of this drive, found on the Samsung site:


Specifications

Data Transfer Rate

Media Type

Write

Read

DVD+R

16X (21.6MB/sec)

8X (10.8MB/sec)

DVD+R Double

2.4X (3.24MB/sec)

8X (10.8MB/sec)

DVD+RW

4X (5.4MB/sec)

8X (10.8MB/sec)

DVD-R

12X (16.2MB/sec)

8X (10.8MB/sec)

DVD-RW

4X (5.4MB/sec)

8X (10.8MB/sec)

DVD-ROM

16X (21.6MB/sec)

CD-ROM

48X (7.2MB/sec)

CD-R

40X (6.0MB/sec)

48X (7.2MB/sec)

CD-RW

32X (4.8MB/sec)

32X (4.8MB/sec)

Burst Transfer Rate

PIO Mode 4 (16.6MB/sec)
Ultra DMA Mode 2 (33.3MB/sec)

Average Seek Time

DVD : 130ms
CD : 110ms

Supported Disc

DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, CD-Audio, Video-CD, Photo CD, CD-I(FMV), CD-Extra, CD-TEXT

Buffer Memory

2MB

Dimensions
(WxHxD mm)

148.2x 42x 184

Weight (kg)

0.76

 

Whats 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

 


Top

 


Bottom

 


Left/Right side

Below you will see the contents of the retail box:

 

  • The drive itself
  • Audio cable
  • Pinnacle installation CD
  • IDE cable
  • 4 mounting screws
  • Quick install guide

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

 

 

 

A standard bezel with logos of supported writing formats ‘“ except for the DVD+R9 DL logo – which is missing. Head phone connector and volume knob is missing too. The drive uses one small coloured led (green) for read and write (we prefer a different led colour though for writing). The eject knob is transparent and in ‘the dark” it ‘flashes” together with the read/write led.

 

 

On top of the drive we found three stickers and we can read it was manufactured in Korea , dated September 2004.

On the back of the drive from left to right: digital audio connector, analogue audio connector, pins and jumper to set the drive to cable select, slave or master, IDE connector and the power connector.

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

 

 

Our drive shipped with firmware TS04 and it is the latest one available (for the public). From the screenshot of Nero InfoTool above, we miss Mt.Rainier support and a larger buffer size.

 

And another shot from Nero Burning ROM:

 

 

 

We do not really find anything alarming here, but Mount Rainier and a larger buffer would have been nice.

 

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 and the included software…………