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Samsung SH-B083 review

Alan Lu
11 Jan 2010
Samsung SH-B083
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
68
inc VAT

Samsung's SH-B083 is a good choice if you want to add Blu-ray playback to your PC.

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Samsung's latest internal Blu-ray drive can't burn Blu-ray discs, but it can still play them. Thankfully, this means it costs half as much as a Blu-ray writer, making it an attractive option if you're building a media centre PC on a budget. An OEM version of CyberLink's PowerDVD 8 playback software is also included, so you don't need to pay extra money for software, unless you want use your PC's analogue sound outputs, in which case you'll need to upgrade to the full version.

Although it can't burn Blu-rays, it can still write standard DVDs. As we expected, it couldn't match the speeds of a dedicated DVD writer or match its stated write speeds. It was reasonably fast burning single layer DVDs at 10X. It was quite sluggish at writing two layer discs though, managing less than 5.5X. CyberLink's Power2Go burning software is included. It's not as well known as Nero or Roxio Creator, but it works well enough.

Samsung's SH-B083 is an inexpensive way of adding Blu-ray playback to your PC. There are more convenient ways of enjoying Blu-ray, like the excellent standalone Blu-ray player, the LG BD370. But with prices now this low, a Blu-ray capable media centre is an attractive proposition.

Details

Rating*****
Typeinternal Blu-ray reader
InterfaceSATA 300
Buffer2MB
Size42x146x184mm
Weight784g
Power consumption activeN/A

Quoted Read

CD-ROM48X
DVD-ROM16X
DVD-ROM dual layer12X
DVD-RAM12X
BD-ROM8X

Quoted Write

CD-R48X
CD-RW32X
DVD+R16X
DVD+RW8X
DVD-R16X
DVD-RW6X
DVD+R DL8X
DVD-R DL8X
DVD-RAM12X
BD-RN/A
BD-R DLN/A
BD-REN/A
BD-RE DLN/A

Extras

Video playback softwareCyberLink PowerDVD 8
DVD/CD burning softwareCyberLink Power2Go 6.1
Blank media includednone
Other standard accessoriesSATA cable, mounting screws

Buying Information

Price£68
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailswww.samsung-odd.com

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