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Samsung launches external DVD burner for netbooks

One of the upsides of netbook and ultraportable notebooks is their portability: they’re small, have long battery life, and can easily be carried around most of the day without requiring any aerobic exercise. However, the downside of stripped-down portable systems is that they leave out features you might need: like a DVD burner. Samsung is hoping to address that need with its new SE-S084F external optical disc drive that enables users to read and burn DVD—and draws power directly from a USB port, no AC adapters or extra cables required.

The SE-S084F can handle 24× CD-ROM and CD-RW recording; 8× DVD±R and DVD+RW recording; 6× DVD+R Dual Layer, DVD-R Dual Layer and DVD-RW recording; and 5× DVD-RAM recording. The drive uses WriteMaster technology that enables high-performance burning even on low-performance PCS (like, ahem, netbooks), and incorporates Buffer Run Under technology to help prevent write errors. It can be used with PCs and Macs, and complies with RoHS guidelines for toxic materials. Plus, it’s small enough to put in a bag with a notebook—and smaller than Samsung’s preceding SE-S084C drive—if you think you’ll be needing to tap into optical media on the road.

The SE-S084F will be available from selected online retailers for suggested prices starting at $59.99—although a quick scan shows asking prices are a bit below that mark. Plus, the drive will be available in five colors to complement those ritzy design schemes so common on notebooks and netbooks.