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Samsung optical drive

28th April 2012, 11:16 AM   |  #1  
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Has anyone else seen the press release about Samsungs new android compatible optical drive. It looks like it could be the thing that allows me to ditch the laptop once and for all but one thing concerns me. The press release says:
" Through its AV connectivity mode, the drive is also ideal for Tablet PC users that want to view or hear content from a disc."
It looks to me like it won't be a fully functioning r/w DVD drive. Calling it AV mode implies it will only allow you to view media files, and not actually use it looked a proper drive.
Any views?

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28th April 2012, 12:33 PM   |  #2  
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Sounds extremely old-fashioned and unnecessary. I havnt used optical drives for... I think its 5 years now.
Flashdrives is far superior in every. single. way.
28th April 2012, 02:08 PM   |  #3  
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But you can't rip a CD or DVD with a flash drive. When I buy music I still want a physical medium because I don't like being beholden to music sites. Also, living in a rural area my broadband is too slow for streaming video, so DVD is still format of choice for buying films.

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28th April 2012, 02:51 PM   |  #4  
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I always download a copy of whatever I buy. If, for some very strange reason, I need to rip something, I got 3 laptops that can do that just fine :d

I cant stand the sound of a DVD reader, the constant disc-swapping, the bulkiness of the dvd discs, the risk of getting scratches on it rendering the dvd unusable (not that I have ever scratched a single dvd/cd though, but I know a lot of people who have lol).

Ok so some people (like you) still uses cd/dvd discs but... I really cant see why you would want that on a tablet? It kinda defeats half the purpose of a tablet - mobility.
Ever tried to move a cd/dvd reader while its working (not talking portable ones here)? It will most certainly lose focus on what it was reading. And even portables will lose focus if you give them a slight tap, or move them too fast...

A flashdrive, on the other hand, can be thrown into a wall while working, without losing focus (If we ignore the chance of it coming lose and just focus on the impact force).

Aaaanyyyyywayyyyy... This wasnt ment to be a rant-post, even though it turned out like that... Sorry, I'll leave this thread now and leave it to people who are interested in old-fashioned media :d
28th April 2012, 07:52 PM   |  #5  
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I refer back to the fact that rural broadband is useless for downloading copies of anything, I wouldn't use it on the move (I would want it just to rip copies of things).

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29th April 2012, 02:28 AM   |  #6  
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I can't remember when was the last time I actually use the DVD-drive.. I have PC running windows 7 with the latest super multi DVD drive...but... I haven't really use it these days.. Everything these days uses USB memory stick, I use it in my car, use it for my TV, use it for my PC and use it for my TF101..

BUT.... still it's a great news if our TF101 can run this external DVD-drive somehow.. it added the feature and functionality to this already awesome TF101.

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1st May 2012, 09:02 PM   |  #7  
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I agree about not using optical disks as much anymore. There are only two things left that I use my DVD drive for. Ripping my movies when I buy a new disk so I can keep them all on my NAS, and burning photo DVDs for my clients (wedding photography).

Unfortunately, neither of those things will be changing until something better than current media formats comes around. Movies still come on disk (unless you want to by choked by excessive DRM) and optical discs are still more stable for long term storage than flash drives. Given that, I can understand why some folks might still want an optical drive option. I could hook the drive up to my tablet and demo the images direct from the DVD I'm about to give a client.
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