2. CD-DVD Reading
3. CD Error Correction
4. DVD Error Correction
5. Audio & Data Protection Tests
6. CD Burning
7. Plextools CD Quality Measurements
8. Clover Systems CD Quality Measurements
9. DVD Writing Times
10. 18X DVD+R Writing Quality
11. 16X DVD+R Writing Quality
12. 8X DVD+R Writing Quality
13. 18X DVD-R Writing Quality
14. 16X DVD-R Writing Quality
15. 8X DVD-R Writing Quality
16. DVD +/- RW Writing Quality
17. DVD Writing Quality - Almedio
18. DVD DL Writing
19. DVD DL Writing Quality
Today we will be reviewing the SH-S182D, which is the first 18X DVD±R burner released by Samsung. Many improvements have been made since the previous release models, with the Samsung drives finally supporting 8X writing for DVD-R DL media. The drive now also supports the new 12X DVD-RAM media.
- Drive Features
Let's have a look at the drive's unique features as reported by Samsung.
|Speed Adjustment Technology
Intelligent detection of media type. Error-free reading of all media types, increases life of drive.
| Double O.P.C. Technology
Provides reliable, zero-error recording.
|Tilt Actuator Compensation Technology
Improves recording capability on deformed media.
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.
|Weight Balance System Technology
Mechanically designed for minimal vibration and noise.
Minimal Usage of drive operation, low noise mode, high-speed mode.
|Firmware Live Update
Automatically upgrades the latest firmware version through Internet by continued support of newer media.
|Data Transfer||Media Type||Write||Read|
|DVD+R||18X (24.3MB/sec)||12X (16.2MB/sec)|
|DVD+R DL||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 DL||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)|
|Burst Transfer Rate||PIO Mode 4 (16.6MB/sec)|
|Ultra DMA Mode 2 (33.3MB/sec)|
|Average Seek Time||DVD : 130ms|
|CD : 110ms|
|Supported Disc||DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, CD-Audio, Video-CD, Photo CD, CD-I(FMV), CD-Extra, CD-TEXT|
|148.2x 42x 184|
Information about the drive from various utilities...
- Nero Info Tool
- DVD Info Pro
General drive information, including firmware revision...
And the drive's media support features...
- VSO Inspector
- Retail Package
The Retail package includes:
- the SH-S182A burner
- IDE cable
- audio cable
- mounting screws
- a comprehensive Quick Installation Guide
- bundled software which includes Nero Express 6, InCD4, Nero Showtime, and a wide collection of Nero Utilities
- Front panel view
- Rear panel view
- Top view
We removed the cover to take a closer look inside the drive. Removing the cover renders the warranty void, so we strongly advise against it. Click on the image below for a larger, more detailed view of the drive.
The drive uses the Mediatek chipset, which is widely used in LiteOn drives as well.
The drive was installed under WindowsXP and was recognized as "TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S182D ". The drive came with the SB01 firmware installed, which was an outdated version. Samsung kindly sent us the latest firmware release, SB02.
Throughout this review, we will be comparing the Samsung model with two other latest release drives, the Plextor PX-760A (which is also an 18X burner), and the NEC 4571A.
Having looked at the main features and contents of the drive's retail box, let's move on to the rest of the review and get the testing under way.