I bought this when I did my custom PC not so long ago, Samsung is a brand that everyone knows and it somewhat trusted so i thought I'd use there disk drive, I think it was around £15 too so it wasn't the biggest of gambles to take anyway however i was pleasantly surprised with it.
The Samsung super writemaster is actually a quite high performance CD drive especially for its price tag. It can write DVD+R at 20x which means that it can write 27 megabytes per second it also does dvd-ram at 12x which means 16.2 megabytes per second.
The drive itself is actually fairly quite apart from the odd whirring noise every now and then as you hear the disc spinning around when writing. I think in conclusion this is actually a very good and quite fast cd drive and for it's money it is very good value and would recommend it to most.
This was purchased to replace another Samsung rewriter which was on its last legs (after 6 years of extremely good service), it arrived with no cables or software so its only recommended if you are replacing a drive you already have. It's easy enough to get the IDE, power & audio leads you'd need online but I guess this was only so cheap because it was JUST the drive being sold.
Its very quiet and does the job (so far) 100% to my satisfaction. the black case fitted in perfectly with my IBM Lenova Thinkcentre system which is also black. It gets my thumbs up especially for the price (just under 16 quid for a dual layer rewriter!) as the last drive cost £85. I havent tried doing dual layer on it yet but its done most other stuff (cd, dvd & dvd-rw) & not one single failed burn yet.
I've had mine since early May (2010) and have had nothing but good service from it so far, burn speeds are good (adjustable in range from 2x to 52x dependant on the media format being burnt). Installation was simple, just a matter of plumbing in the appropriate cables and booting the machine - no need for drivers as most PC's will detect it and be able to start using it right away.
Obviously for actual burning you will need dedicated software but there are plenty of decent free alternatives to expensive products like Nero (I highly recommend Infra Recorder). If you were like me and had a dvd burner on its last legs or are looking to put one into a new system then give the Super WriterMaster a go, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
(some of this review also appears on Amazon. This review also appears on Ciao!)
Samsung Super-WriteMaster but does it do what the name implies?
It supports all the formats you would expect a DVD drive to support; DVD+, DVD-, DVD RW+/RW- and DVD-RAM. The rated speeds for R and RW are 20x and for DVD RAM media it is 12x. It is an internal 5.25" and installation is as simple as placing it in the cage and screwing it in firmly. Surprisingly this is a drive for motherboards without SATA or ones that have IDE.
IDE drives are usually disadvantage with performance speeds compared to their SATA counterparts but this drive performs well enough and near SATA equivalents.
A music cd of 18 tracks takes approximately 3 and a quarter minutes to burn. CD writing performance is therefore pretty good. I really haven't burned much of RW media and to be bluntly honest there is no point in using CD-RW blanks when DVD-R/RW holds 6 times more data.
DVD writing performance is very good. Depending on the files being burned (photos, videos, audio tracks) the drive can write a full disc in under 7 and a half minutes.
It is also relatively quiet compared to Sony, Pioneer or LiteOn drives. Although it is branded as Samsung it is a joint venture between Samsung and Toshiba which results in these great optical devices. I wouldn't hestitate to use this again only that SATA drives have a much faster transfer rate and can therefore initiate writing earlier and faster.
Nonetheless if your motherboard only has IDE slots this drive is priceless at this price. Totally does what the name says, super fast writemaster.