Samsung WriteMaster SH-S182D 18x DVD Burner

Samsung's throws out the world's first 18x DVD writer—16x was the previous high—to the glee of impatient people worldwide. The WriteMaster can write standard DVDRs at 18x, DVD-RAM at 12x, DVD Dual Layer at 8x, DVD+RW at 8x and DVD-RW at 6x. With the Blu-ray and HD DVD burners up in the way-too-much range, a new DVD Burner should tide you over until the next-gen becomes the current-gen.

Available later this month for $69.99.

Update: We should have read the press release all the way through. The actual claim was "SAMSUNG BREAKS SPEED BARRIER WITH THE WORLD'S FIRST 18X REWRITABLE DVD DRIVE TO SUPPORT 12X DVD-RAM RECORDING". So they're the first 18x that also has 12x DVD-RAM support, not the first 18x overall.


Image is of the 16x WriteMaster