Samsung SH-B083L 8x BD-ROM with DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA - OEM Black £49.99 @ ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Samsung's SH-B083L can play Blu-ray discs and record to CDs and DVDs. Plus, it has fast read speeds, which go all the way up to 8x. In addition to HD picture support (1920 x 1080 pixels). The SH B083L is also equipped with several technologies for smooth operation, including two lenses and two laser diodes for reading and writing data to CDs and DVDs, and playing Blu-ray discs
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#1
Looks a hot to me.HD-DVD would be a bonus with all the cheap discs around.still a great price though
#2
there werent many drives that did both bluray and HDdvd. it's not easy to find anyone who does have them at any price (apart from maybe fleabay). it's a shame as i was hoping as tech got cheaper they would have both included, but i think they used different lasers, thus a higher cost
#3
This is a hot deal. Have been looking for an external dvdrw to attach to an old macbook and i reckon this will do the job.

Any ideas on connectivity?

Edit: looks like an internal device. Perhaps an external casing would do the job?
#4
Great price - it is £71.95 with shipping from an amazon trader http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-SH-B083L-Blu-Ray-Reader-Lightscribe/dp/B00359B8MW/
#5
Pretty good, prices are really coming down pretty quickly now.
#6
how can we make this external, i too want to connect this to my mac and my netbook.
#7
martinelsen
This is a hot deal. Have been looking for an external dvdrw to attach to an old macbook and i reckon this will do the job.

Any ideas on connectivity?

Edit: looks like an internal device. Perhaps an external casing would do the job?


This is SATA, dont think you can get external SATA optical drive caddy's.

SATA is plug and play but you'd need an external power source to power it up.
#8
daffyduck42
how can we make this external, i too want to connect this to my mac and my netbook.


There are ways to change the SATA interface to USB, cost of only few pounds but like mentioned these devices draw power from PSU so you would meed to overcome that problem.
#9
Probably can't afford it this month but otherwise very tempting. The ones I have seen in this price range usually lack DVD writing capability.

Still not sure that I want an optical drive in my case though (spoiling my cable management and airflow) :-D
#10
MBeeching


Still not sure that I want an optical drive in my case though :-D


Would be interested in knowing how loud these drives are when watching a movie, not been too impressed with Samsung drives for DVD's in the past.

This is a good deal for people making a small HTPC mind, who will only have the room for one optical drive.
#11
Nice deal

H+R
#12
daffyduck42
how can we make this external, i too want to connect this to my mac and my netbook.


Maybe place in one of these.... http://www.ebuyer.com/product/198213
#13
daffyduck42
how can we make this external, i too want to connect this to my mac and my netbook.


I have one connected to a Hard Drive Enclosure that supports SATA drives.

But if you want one that makes it proper external then probably this is your best bet: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/198213
#14
i got that e-mail yesterday from eBuyer. thought it was a special offer to me for being a long standing customer :?

oh well. good deal is a good deal. have some heat :-D
#15
uni
there werent many drives that did both bluray and HDdvd. it's not easy to find anyone who does have them at any price (apart from maybe fleabay). it's a shame as i was hoping as tech got cheaper they would have both included, but i think they used different lasers, thus a higher cost


It's not even that - and doubly annoying because of it - it's the same laser, they just used different lenses (and software, obviously).

LG were the only ones I know of producing a couple of combo drives and 2 stand-alones.
#16
dcx_badass
Shame it's not HD-DVd aswell or I'd have bought it.


HD DVD is originally developed by Toshiba which abandoned the format in 2008, announcing it would no longer develop or manufacture HD DVD players or drives according to the following link.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_DVD
So there is only Blu Ray rather than HD DVD on this planet at the moment. Forget about HDDVD

DG
#17
x Swift x
I have one connected to a Hard Drive Enclosure that supports SATA drives.

But if you want one that makes it proper external then probably this is your best bet: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/198213




Would the above enclosure also supply the power?
#18
Gixxerman001
It's not even that - and doubly annoying because of it - it's the same laser, they just used different lenses (and software, obviously).

LG were the only ones I know of producing a couple of combo drives and 2 stand-alones.


i was trying to find a stockist of the LG internal drive over the past few days actually. i'm not too fussed as i have the xbox hd drive and have it wired in a way to i can unplug from xbox and connect to the pc and it works. i haven't got it to play discs properly, but i could rip them if i wanted. when playing them i just use the xbox. spare hd-dvd xbox drives are plentiful and cheap so not too hard to get a replacement, but it would be nice to get a "does it all" drive, although it still wouldn't burn HD media so still not fully universal
#19
Whilst this is still a great price do bear in mind this is an OEM drive and not retail. That means you will get the drive and nothing else. No SATA cable and no player software.
#20
gungaabayar
HD DVD is originally developed by Toshiba which abandoned the format in 2008, announcing it would no longer develop or manufacture HD DVD players or drives according to the following link.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_DVD
So there is only Blu Ray rather than HD DVD on this planet at the moment. Forget about HDDVD

DG


yes, he's right.

as soon as Toshiba canned HD-DVD, all my discs just evaporated into thin air!
#21
These do not include software :(
#22
Why can't BD-R drives be this price? :-(
#23
These'll work with any external box accepting SATA. I have one with eSATA and USB3..0.

Problem is the software. If you don't have Blu-ray playback software you are going to struggle. I know a lot of people download pirate software but that very quickly needs updating and upgrading. Blu-ray discs are not perfect.

I'd recommend a retail drive if possible as that comes with OEM software which the supplier will provide free updates for for a very long time. You'll normally need to be connected to the Internet too to get the updates.

Yes, it's a lot of bother and why people buy standalone players.
#24
acemodder
These do not include software :(


Just download VLC Media Player - Job done :thumbsup:
#25
Mind VLC will not play Blu-ray discs. It'll play ripped Blu-ray discs (m2ts/mkv) but then they aren't Blu-ray of course. Still hi-def though.

If people want bundled software spend an extra 70p and get this excellent Liteon [url]www.amazon.co.uk/Liteon-IHOS104-37-Internal-Blu-ray-Software/dp/B002BAT1GQ/[/url]

That's a great deal.
suspended#26
daffyduck42;8758770
how can we make this external, i too want to connect this to my mac and my netbook.


as far as i'm aware, the software on mac osx can't play blurays, i'm not sure if there is any mac software available at all that can play blurays, you should research into this before you decide to buy or not. Same goes for linux.

This is a very nice deal, dunno whether to hold out for a 12x, no 12x bluray rom drives out yet, there's a 10x LG and you can get 12x if you buy the pioneer writer for £160 ish but no 12x reader drives yet :(

I wish the drive wasn't so ugly, it would certainly entise me a bit more.
#27
I bought one of the LG Blu-Ray / HD-DVD combo drives last year, only because back then it was only a tenner more expensive than a standard Blu-Ray drive, I think I paid about £70 for it. The software that came with it has now updated and has actually dropped HD-DVD playback support (I think it's PowerDVD, if I recall correctly). I had a brief look but I haven't actually been able to find relacement software to actually play the HD disks anyway. I'm sure it's out there somewhere and I'm not looking hard enough, but meh.
1 Like #28
Rory Joe
I bought one of the LG Blu-Ray / HD-DVD combo drives last year, only because back then it was only a tenner more expensive than a standard Blu-Ray drive, I think I paid about £70 for it. The software that came with it has now updated and has actually dropped HD-DVD playback support (I think it's PowerDVD, if I recall correctly). I had a brief look but I haven't actually been able to find relacement software to actually play the HD disks anyway. I'm sure it's out there somewhere and I'm not looking hard enough, but meh.


PowerDVD has dropped HD-DVD support for most people but there's no reason why you can't run (ie install) 2xPowerDVDs. I have an old OEM PowerDVD for HD-DVD and the upgraded version for Blu-ray. Or you can look around and find some people have gotten HD-DVDs to work on the latest versions no problem. Many of these are known as "Reloaded" and are perfectly legit.

Looksee: [url]www.digital-digest.com/articles/PowerDVD_8_Ultra_Enable_HD_DVD_page1.html[/url]
#29
My friend has one sitting on his desk and he's not using an enclosure and it runs fine. The watercooling setup is taking up the space in the case so he had no choice. He's using the Esata port on the back of the motherboard and a separate power supply to power it. or you can get one of these http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductID=434445
1 Like #30
i ended up getting the LG combo drive from ebay 2nd hand, i managed to not notice that even LG finally dropped HDDVD support.

if you do not want to faf around with multiple copies of powerDVD there is always the excellent total media theatre extreme. Supports HDDVD for the most part BUT there are 1 or 2 disks which wont play (50% of the planet earth HDDVD boxets for starters) , and you are SOOL for any hddvd updates.
#31
Is there anyway that I could say , Buy an enclosure for this and then hook it up to my Acer Revo through the eSata port ? Saying that would the Acer be able to handle that Blu Ray decoding.
#32
Aliboy
Is there anyway that I could say , Buy an enclosure for this and then hook it up to my Acer Revo through the eSata port ? Saying that would the Acer be able to handle that Blu Ray decoding.


Yes, plenty enclosures out there.

Can your Revo play a real hi-def file from the desktop or USB key? Try a YouTube HD video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BHOEQZmDEA (make sure it's set to play on HD). And download some tests (1080p) from [url]www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/musicandvideo/hdvideo/contentshowcase.aspx[/url]

Mind Blu-ray is [COLOR="Red"]full[/COLOR] HD unlike the pretend (720p) SkyHD / BBCHD etc. Even if you can't squeeze 1080p if they play in reduced scale you will still get a fab experience (assuming those test videos work in Windows Media Player or VLC).
#33
Had trouble with the YT HD but that is beacause I don't have the latest Flash beta. The 1080p plays fine because of the Nvidia Ion. So assuming all that went well I can plug the blu ray into yes ?
#34
Aliboy
Had trouble with the YT HD but that is beacause I don't have the latest Flash beta. The 1080p plays fine because of the Nvidia Ion. So assuming all that went well I can plug the blu ray into yes ?


Flash beta? Make sure the 1080p YouTube plays. Always best to test as many file types as you can. Flash http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/

Blu-ray will happily play on most setups and I don't see a problem as long as you have all the updates to your firmware (ROM flash), software (there will be an update to that bundled OEM drive software for sure) and everything is working well now on the machine.
#35
Intel Atom struggles to play 1080p HD so Adobe released a flash 10.1 beta that was optimised for ION and GPU acceleration. I've heard that with the beta you can play 1080p Flash video fine , Im just not trying it out at the moment. Another think problem that has arised is that I will need a PSU for the BR-Drive , is there any enclosure that feature an Intenal or External but small power adaptor?
#36
dcx_badass
Youtube HD and even 1080P downloads are no where near the bit rate or quality of a full blu-ray so that is the most useless way of testing I've ever heard.


Unless you've got some ripped files you can email magically or point the OP to a site with Blu-ray rips it's the best we're gonna get for now -and those videos are hardly "useless". We await your helpful links and advice.

3.5" external drive cases (enclosures) all come with a power supply. Never seen one that doesn't.
#37
HOT HOT HOT

I bought Blu-Ray reader for my PC in September for £60 which was a great deal, but since I have bought a DVD-Writer on eBay.

Really worth having - great deal for a DVD / BD reader and DVD Writer in one
#38
Sorry For My Ignorance But Could Someone Please Tell Me If This Can Be Used As A Normal Dvd Recorder For Recording Cable Tv. If Not Any Suggestions For An Easy To Use Recorder Around This Price. Ta Much.
#39
So any chance of getting this to connect to my panasonic hdtv. That would be great......that would be a £50 blu ray player...
1 Like #40
i've found it for £14.95 delivered from amazon (must be a price glitch). i posted the deal here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/692819/amazon-price-glitch-samsung-sh-b083

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