Admittedly, the optical drives are almost dead, but that does not mean that CDs and DVDs will disappear overnight, so the manufacturers like Samsung will not fail to take advantage of a business model that although disappearing still has a good market share. Samsung announced SE-218BB, optical disc drive measuring only 14 millimeters, thinnest in the world. SE-218BB is 18% thinner than the standard DVD writers and 8% lighter than other Samsung’s DVD writer.
But not only the thickness, which is actually better than many tablets in the market allowing to associate with this dispositions. This unit is compatible with low Honeycomb tablets Android 3.1 or higher, so you can play content from a DVD or CD directly on a tablet via USB. Now, despite the appeal in proclaiming it to be used with tablets, the real value could be exploited with Ultrabooks.
Performance wise, the Samsung SE-218BB is compatible with different disc formats as well as running at decent speeds for data transfers with up to 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, DVD ± R writing to 8X, DVD-RAM 8x, dual layer write DVD + R up to 6x, dual layer DVD-R up to 6X, DVD + RW writing to 8X and DVD-RW up to 6X. Clearly not the fastest unit but definitely the thinnest and portable. The suggested price is $60 and according to Samsung is available from authorized dealers.