The CD, and physical media as a whole, is a dying idea, right? Not if Samsung has anything to say about it. While rumour abounds that Microsoft is going to abandon discs for its next Xbox, Sammie’s trying to make sure they live on, even going so far as to bring playback to your Android tablet with this: the world’s thinnest optical drive.
Got an Android tablet with a full-size USB port? Does it run on Android 3.1 or above? Then you might be very interested in this: the Samsung SE-218BB. It’s an external DVD drive with a waif-like profile. At 14mm, it’s so thin that Samsung’s claiming it’s smaller than any other – even the Apple’s MacBook Air SuperDrive.
The drive is aimed squarely at tablet and Ultrabook users who want portability but still occasionally need to use CDs and DVDs. While more complicated processes like ripping probably won’t go too smoothly on a tablet, the fact remains that you can use the SE-218BB to watch your DVD library on select Android tab.
Obviously, on top of Android, the drive supports Mac OS X and Windows 7. After the tech specs? Fill your boots: it offers “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.”
The US price for the Samsung SE-218BB is $59.99, which comes in at around £37. Do you want to keep the disc dream alive? Let us know if you plan on buying Sammie’s drive below.