Warning on Samsung SH-S182x burners
This drive is still a current model in Australia. Warning all, DO NOT GET THIS DRIVE. Purchase at your own risk.
SH-S182D will not read DVD-R, it will burn them but can not read them afterwards (Ive had two of this model, both had exactly the same problem).
SH-S182F does work but is very slow.
1) Has problems reading dual layer disks (even brand new movie disks). Will not go higher than a 5x read, averages about 3x (on brand new quad core rig).
2) Very slow with CD-RW - takes 2 minutes to initialise a disk (the disk was burnt with it). Media is AKAI 12x (Media was tested on Liteon 18x DVD burner, Pioneer 16x DVD burner and even an old Samsung 16x DVD-ROM, CD-RW work fine on all of them).
I will be getting yet another warranty replacement on this drive, will update what happens with my next Samsung drive.