The Samsung SW-240B provides speed without the costs. Add the addition of a 8MB buffer as well as buffer underun technology, this drive packs a punch in the features department.
Also to note is the very low spin noise from the unit. During read and write times, only low 'hums' were picked up. Credit this to the implementation of noise dampening technology.
Through our tests, seek times were rather quick, but transfer tests show the inability of the drive to fully utilize 40X speed. Although the writing capabilities are not at all slow, it does not really perform at its optimal rating. Read speeds of the CD-R and CD-RW were lower than expected.
Overall, the unit was easy to use and seeing that the price for it is under $100 USD, it makes this unit a smart buy. Just taking into account of the added technology makes this unit stand out amongst the crowd.
Thanks to Samsung USA for sending over this sample, we look forward to the next step in speed in the near future.