Feeds
70%
Samsung SH-BO83L Internal BD-ROM/DVD Writer

Samsung SH-BO83L

Combo upgrade time?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

This version of the suite also prompts you with a technology called MoovieLive (yes, with a double-o) that wants to keep track of what movies you watch and upload that information to a website. Mindful of the potential significance of the flashing blue light on the drive, we chose to switch this feature off.

Samsung SH-BO83L Internal BD-ROM/DVD Writer

Lightscribe offers an eye-catching way to label media

The LabelPrint application operates the LightScribe feature of the drive, allowing you to burn the label directly into the top surface of LightScribe-compatible media. During our tests, however, the drive initially failed to recognise our LightScribe discs. Thinking a minor firmware update might be in order, since our test PC was running Windows 7, we were forced to endure a frustrating online registration process that refused to accept our details because our email address did not end with '.com', repeatedly complaining 'You has not registered' (sic).

When we finally fought our way past this stage, our attempts at locating the correct firmware updater to download led to a web page that informed us: 'It does not support' (sic). We eventually persuaded the drive to recognise LightScribe media without any firmware update, but only after a lot of experimentation and restarting. LightScribe labels took about 25-30 minutes to burn.

Blu-ray and DVD playback was excellent through CyberLink PowerDVD 8, although the drive itself was not as quiet as we would have liked. It is not something you would notice in a living room environment but it takes a few minutes to forget about the hum when you are watching a movie at a desk with the computer right next to you. Headphones are probably in order.

We also experienced initial problems with Blu-ray playback, PowerDVD managing to play the audio but leaving the video screen resolutely blank. The problem was fixed by installing different Windows 7 video card drivers, although it is worth noting that DVD – as opposed to Blu-ray – movie playback had given us no problem at all prior to this. Samsung says the drive is compatible with Windows XP (SP2), Vista and 7, but our experience suggests that Windows 7 users might have to tweak a few things.

Verdict

With its great price, software bundle and performance spec, this drive is quite a bargain. We would have preferred everything to work under Windows 7 Home Premium straight out of the box, but even if this is not yet possible, some better on-line guidance, written in correct English, would have increased our review rating by 10 per cent. ®

More Optical Drive Reviews...


Lite-on ETDU108
USB DVD drive

PLDS iHES208
BD-Rom combo

Pioneer BDR-203BK
Blu-ray writer

LG BE06-LU10
Blu-ray writer

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

70%
Samsung SH-BO83L Internal BD-ROM/DVD Writer

Samsung SH-BO83L

Affordable BD-Rom and CD/DVD burner, yet might require a little patience from Windows 7 users.
Price: £85 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.