Samsung is at the forefront of consumer electronics news yet again, this time catering for the Ultrabook and tablet crowd with its latest slim external DVD writer known as the SE-218BB optical disc drive (ODD) which is said to be the thinnest in the world. Specially developed from ground up to keep company a new generation of Ultrabooks and slim laptop designs, the SE-218BB will be 18% thinner compared to your everyday DVD writers, and with its height of 14mm, it is rightly the world’s thinnest external optical disc drive. Not only that, when you place it on a scale, the SE-218BB will be 8% lighter compared to Samsung’s conventional DVD writer.

Maverick Choi, ODD senior manager, Samsung Semiconductor, said,”With its ultra small footprint, consumers will appreciate the SE-218BB sleek drive as an ideal companion for ultrabook users that quickly connects and is USB powered to access content wherever they are. Through its AV connectivity mode, the drive is also ideal for Tablet PC users that want to view or hear content from a disc.”

The Samsung SE-218BB will rely on Smart Power technology to hook up via a solitary USB port in order to juice itself, delivering AV connectivity to PCs and notebooks as well. Tablet devices that have a built-in USB port while running on Android 3.1 Honeycomb or above will also be able to play nice with the SE-218BB, as it enables DVD viewing on-the-go.

The external DVD drive will play nice with the following media types – 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R recording, 5X DVD-RAM recording, 6X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording. Expect to fork out $59.99 for the Samsung SE-218BB. [Press Release]

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