Samsung SH-S183L / TS-H653L DVD Writer

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Samsung SH-S183L / TS-H653L

SATA, 2MB, LightScribe
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$50 7.0/10
3 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Arita 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Depot 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Playo 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Windata 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Came in a HP m8000n (Media Center /Vista)
Came with firmware 4.04
Has generally problems with writing/verifying DVD-R, a common problem of that model as I was told by Geek Squad :D
Writes DVD+R without problems, but never full speed. The 18x as advertised are a joke...never even gets close. Besides that, writing speed breaks in at ~50% for no apparent reasons to slowly crawl back up.
Haven't produced any coasters with DVD+R or CD-R/RW tho.


Comments posted by SledgeDG from United States, March 25, 2008. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Just an additional bit of info. Memorex
8x DVD+RW will in fact burn @ 8x in this drive.
(tsstcorp TS-H653L)

Imgburn shows disc ID of RITEK-008-00. A full
disc burn will average > 6.0x as shown by

Comments posted by MilesAhead from United States, May 08, 2007. Rated this writer No rating.

Guess I was spoiled because my last Pavilion came with an LG burner. This burner came in an HP Pavilion Media Center PC
running Vista Home Premium.

The first few discs I burned got a Disc Finalization error.
I had to hit Retry in Imgburn and the discs froze up in my stand-alone players. I disabled Autoinsert Notification and set all AutoPlay settings to Do Nothing. This allowed discs to finalize ok.

The other strange behavior was big slow-downs or troughs in the middle of every burn. Slowing down from 12.5x to 2.4x, for no apparent reason, then creeping back up. I used the NTFS 'fsutil' command and set the 'memoryusage' parameter to '2'. This reduced the severity of the troughs.

DVD5 Discs recognized to burn @16x in this burner showed an average burn speed of about 10.0x over a full disc whereas the same burns would show an average speed in Imgburn of 10.6x in my LG burner. I'm still waiting for 8x DVD+RW I ordered from Memorex. If the drive will do my test burns on erasables @8x then that would be a saving grace.

AFA the 18x advertised burn speed goes, I'd like to know
what media they used. So far I've tried 16x DVD+R by
Verbatim, Prodisc, Ricoh and Tayo Yuden. None show a
supported burn speed over 16x. The Prodisc will only
burn at 4x or 8x. My LG burner churns out the Prodisc
at 16x with consitently good burns.

From what I've seen so far it will produce discs that will
play ok in my stand-alones once the Vista tweaks are set.

I just hope the 8x DVD+RW will in fact burn well at 8x.
Then I'll be a bit happier.

Comments posted by MilesAhead from United States, May 05, 2007. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

not happy. I have firmware 0314 and I am using DVD+RW (made in Japan) and 75% of the time the disk writes but fails on the verification and is unplayable. I am using ImgBurn DVDD or the Sonic software. I won't put any Verbatim or TY media in this thing till it gets sorted out.

Went to HP for firmware and version 0414 is avaliable but can't install since it says system doesn't meet minimum requirements (99994) Have been on hold for a lifetime with HP so far.

Comments posted by art vandelay from Canada, March 18, 2007. Rated this writer No rating.

Fast and quiet on the writing. Gives very good results on low end media - CMC and some ridata - better than my NEC 3520. The verbatim disks MCC 004 doing very well. I only write at 8x for reliability, but this one does so good I may go faster???
Only negative for some people would be that it does not read as fast as the NEC 3520 or 3550. NEC reads disk in 5 minutes and the Samsung in 7 min - since only used as a writer, don't care. That is why its a 9 tho - for my use its a 10.

Comments posted by David Wemett from United States, March 01, 2007. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

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= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested

Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes

DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.

Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)

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