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-- Samsung sm352b 52X24X52X16 CDRW
-- Price: ~$80.00 USD
-- 06.01.2003
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2 3

   We are going to look at the newest DVD/CDRW combo drive from Samsung today, the 352b.  Samsung has been quite busy getting the quickest speeds out on the market, while making it affordable for everyone. 

   The 352b is the 'older' brother to our previous 252b review, in addition to the 52X write, 24X re-write, 52X read, the 352b also adds the 16X DVD read option to the mix.  For users who are building a cheap and compact system, these combo drives are a god send.  The ability to read DVDs and perform all CD-R/RW writing functions is a perfect match.

   There were a couple of issues we had with the 252b, let's see if they have been fixed in this updated or not.

   Here are some specs:

Data Transfer Rate
Read CD : 52X (7,800 KB/sec)
Read DVD : 16X (21,600 KB/sec)
Record CD : 52X (7,800 KB/sec)
Rewrite CD : 24X (3,600 KB/sec)
Burst Transfer Rate
PIO Mode 4 (16.6MB/sec)
UDMA Mode 2 (33.3MB/sec)
Average Access Time
DVD : 120ms CD : 110ms
Supported Disc Formats
Buffer Memory
Retail Pack: 8MB, Bulk : 2MB
(WxHxD mm)
148.2 x 42 x 184


  •  CD-RW and DVD-ROM in one mechanism

  • Adopting Superlink (Buffer Under Run Proof Technology)

  • Supporting DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM Discs Read : Multi Read

  • Supporting Ultra DMA 2 Mode

  • Supports Mt.Rainier

    Included in the package is the drive itself, IDE cable, screws, audio cable, Samsung CD, Nero CD and PowerDVD XP.

   I have always like the overall packaging of Samsung products.  The manuals are not oversized with too much information.  They have fully adopted Nero and PowerDVD as their bundled software.  They used to use EZ CD which did not pack as many options as Nero.


   The eject button is a bit translucent and large as usual.  The face plate design is simple and clean with easy access to the eject button.

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