Samsung has announced the pending launch of its first Blu-ray combo drive that can burn BD-R media at 8x speed. The drive is called the SH-B083 and it can burn to 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray media.
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In addition to burning BD-R and reading BD-Rom discs, the drive can also read CDs at up to 40x and DVDs at up to 16x. Samsung uses its dual layer jumping algorithm to provide a fast average access time of 350ms, which Samsung claims is much faster than other drives on the market.
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The drive can also write to CDs and DVDs. Other features include dual lenses for more accurate reading of discs with one used for Blu-ray and the other for CDs and DVDs. Samsung also uses SACT technology to improve Blu-ray reads when discs don't have a uniform thickness to their protective layer. The drive is set for availability in November at undisclosed price.