Samsung Writemaster SH-S183A

Samsung-Writemaster SH-S183A Review


Long ago it seems, when I bought my first SATA HDD and yet, it is only now that I get to play with my first SATA DVD drive. Why you ask? Well it’s actually taken this long for SATA CD/DVD drives to catch up to IDE drives in terms of performance and price. QuietPC have sent me the Samsung Writemaster SH-S183A/BEBN SATA DVD Drive. Catchy; let’s see if its time to ditch the ribbon cables forever.


Data Transfer Rate (Media Type -Write -Read) DVD+R -18X (24.3MB/sec) -12X (16.2MB/sec), DVD+R Double -8X (10.8MB/sec) -8X (10.8MB/sec), DVD+RW -8X (10.8MB/sec) -8X (10.8MB/sec), DVD-R -18X (24.3MB/sec) -12X (16.2MB/sec), DVD-R Double -8X (10.8MB/sec) -8X (10.8MB/sec), DVD-RW -6X (8.1MB/sec) -8X (10.8MB/sec), DVD-RAM -12X (16.2MB/sec) -12X (16.2MB/sec), DVD-ROM -16X (21.6MB/sec), CD-ROM -48X (7.2MB/sec), CD-R -48X (7.2MB/sec) -40X (6.0MB/sec), CD-RW -32X (4.8MB/sec) -40X (6.0MB/sec)
Interface S-ATA
Average Seek Time DVD : 130ms – CD : 110ms
Supported Disc DVD-RAM, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, 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 148.2 x 42 x 170 (W x H x D mm)
Weight (kg) 0.75


Speed Adjustment Technology

Intelligent detection of media type. Error-free reading of all media types, increases life of drive.

Double OPC Technology

Provides reliable, zero-error recording.

Tilt Actuator Compensation Technology

Improves recording capability on deformed media.

Magic Speed

Enables flexibility of drive operation, low noise mode, high-speed mode.

Buffer Under Run Free Technology

Prevents Buffer Under Run error, enabling high-speed writing of media.

Automatic Ball Balancing System

Vibration control for unbalanced discs.


Samsung develops technologies to design eco-products, excluding harmful materials to human body, such as Pb, Cd, Cr+6, Hg, PBBs and PBDE for the protection of human health and the environment.

Firmware Live Update

Automatically upgrades the latest firmware version through Internet by continued support of newer media.

Large Capacity Writing (up to 8.5GB)

Samsung DVD Writer is able to write on Double Layer DVD, which consists with 2 writable layers. This means you can write up to 8.5GB.

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