Samsung SH-203B same as SH-S203N / TS-H653N?

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#1

[qanda]This thread is about the Samsung SH-S203N / TS-H653N. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Hi all,

Having read this review of the Samsung SH-S203B I decided to get one. I’ve been told (by a sales person) that there’s absolutely no difference between the Samsung SH-S203N / TS-H653N and the SH-S203B (that CD Freaks reviewed) except it’s got LightScribe - which I’m not too bothered about - but I don’t remember anything about Toshiba being involved so I’m a little skeptical.

If I get the SH-S203N / TS-H653N will I be getting pretty much the drive that was highly recommended in that review or are there important differences that I should be aware of?

Many thanks (in advance) for your help.

P.

ps. Great site by the way, very useful!


#2

It’s pretty much the LightScribe equivalent to the 203B, with the same write quality. :iagree:

BTW, TSST is Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology. This is the alliance that actually designs the drives that Samsung sells. There are just usually OEM equivalents [TS-H653N] to the retail drives [SH-S203N].


#3

Excellent. Thanks for the quick and informative response.
"OEM equivalents [TS-H653N] to the retail drives [SH-S203N]"
That was confusing me.

Thanks again.

P.


#4

Hi,

please note that some OEM versions (TS-H653N) might be lacking features of the Retail (SH-S203N) version, especially if they were built for large computer manufacturers like Dell or HP.

Michael


#5

Ah, interesting.
Any idea what kind of features?
Basically, what I want is a good DVD reader/writer. So I may be able to live without some features, but it would be handy to know what features they tend to leave out in the (Dell / HP) example.

Thanks again.

P.

What would you recommend, I can get a Samsung SH-S203B for a little more (due to different supplier’s shipping rates).


#6

Just get the 203B/N and it will be a great all in one drive.

203N = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151154

or

203B = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151153


#7

Hi,[quote=parpfish;2098531]Ah, interesting.
Any idea what kind of features? [/quote]Dell loved to use drives with DVD-RAM capability disabled. Recently they started to distribute firmware updates that re-enable that feature. There might be other minor differences also.
The good thing is, you can force retail firmware onto OEM drives (or vice versa):bigsmile: But you’ll void your warranty then.

Michael