[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/[/newsimage] Samsung has launched world's thinnest external optical drive, the SE-218BB, with a height of just 14mm, 18% thinner than a typical slimline external DVD writer. It features 24x CD-ROM, 24x CD-R/RW, 8X DVD±R, 5x DVD-RAM, 6x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD RW and 6x DVD-RW. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/samsung-launches-worlds-thinnest-external-dvd-writer-61402/](http://www.myce.com/news/samsung-launches-worlds-thinnest-external-dvd-writer-61402/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Hmm… that’s not bad, actually. But can’t they throw in BD-R capability? I just think that people who fork out the money for an ultrabook are gonna want to spend a bit more for a drive that plays their Blu-ray discs. Am I alone on this?
That’s actually a good point, even if sold as a separate drive. I suspect the blue laser module itself may be the issue, e.g. if they can’t make the blue laser pick-up head thin enough, this would prevent them shrinking the overall thickness.
The main thing that amazed me several years ago was the Compact Flash type-II card, which was actually a spinning HDD the size of a compact flash card, but just a little thicker. Even today, I still wonder how they managed to pack the motor, spindle, platter, pick-up head, etc. in that small space.
So this drive is for those who “do not want to carry a clumsy external drive”? It’s 3 mm thinner! You probably couldn’t tell them apart if they were more than a foot away from each other, so how exactly will that be less clumsy? I think people are losing touch with reality when it comes to making things smaller.
[QUOTE=DukeNukem;2632129]Hmm… that’s not bad, actually. But can’t they throw in BD-R capability? I just think that people who fork out the money for an ultrabook are gonna want to spend a bit more for a drive that plays their Blu-ray discs. Am I alone on this?[/QUOTE]
No your not alone. That was my first thought when I saw the subject line…