Global electronics giant Samsung has revealed its new slim external DVD writer, the SE-218BB, which is the world's thinnest optical disc drive (ODD).

The SE-218BB is revolutionising the capabilities of portable devices with its 14mm height design, which is 18 per cent thinner than traditional DVD writers. This makes the ODD ideal for use in the booming market of high-end notebooks and slim laptops.

"With its ultra small footprint, consumers will appreciate the SE-218BB sleek drive as an ideal companion for ultrabook users that quickly connects and is USB powered to access content wherever they are," said Maverick Choi, ODD senior manager at Samsung Semiconductor.

"Through its AV connectivity mode, the drive is also ideal for tablet PC users that want to view or hear content from a disc."

The USB connectivity is powered by Smart Power technology, which provides ample juice to watch DVD content.

By being so easily connected to tablets and laptops, it provides a great way to access media that users may not have been able to view before due to smaller devices not having the space for a large, in-built ODD.

The SE-218BB DVD writer features Buffer Under Run technology that allows for PC multi-tasking without causing excessive slowdown. It also avoids errors arising when writing speeds surpass data transfer speeds.

It supports all mainstream operation systems, such as Win7 and Mac OS, which provides high levels of compatibility.

Could the release of the SE-218BB spell the end of optical drives being included as standard in laptop computers? Potentially yes, particularly with the growing trend for products that traditionally come on discs, such as games and films, now being accessed and downloaded through online cloud services such as Netflix and Steam.

Discs are becoming more and more redundant and by laptop manufacturers not including drives in their products they can save space, which can be used to make laptops more lightweight, drive down costs or make space to improve the overall performance of the device.

Samsung's SE-218BB drive is available for a recommended retail price of $59.99 (£37).ADNFCR-1220-ID-801350234-ADNFCR
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