|-- Samsung SW-216 16X10X32 CDRW
-- By: GideonX
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Last time we took a look at the Samsung
8X4X32 DVD/CDRW combo drive. Since then, they have released
another unit this time with just the cd burning functionality.
While there are other models available from about 20 different
companies, Samsung has gone ahead and produced a 16X burner that is
very affordable and reliable. We will be taking a look at the
Samsung SW216 CDRW, which is nicely priced at less than $100 USD.
Here are some quick specs on the unit:
||CD-RW Disc 650 MB (TYPE 74)
CD-R Disc 700/650/550 MB (TYPE 80/74/63)
||EIDE / ATAPI
CD-I Photo CD
||Record 16 X (2,400KB/sec)
Rewrite 10 X (1,500KB/sec)
Read 32 X(4,800KB/sec)
||DAO(Disc At Once)
TAO(Track At Once)
SAO (Session At Once)
Multi Session, Packet Writing
Packet Writing (Fixed Packet)
Here's what you get in the retail package:
- CD-RW Drive SW-216
- Blank CD-R Disc
- Blank CD-RW Disc
- Audio Cable
- Interface Cable
- Mounting Screw
- Instruction Booklet
One of the nice additions to the package is the
addition of Ahead Nero 5.5. They used to pack EZ CD Creator in
their other offerings, but I find Nero a lot easier to use. If
you are using Windows XP, Nero 5.5 functions perfectly. Another
reason they offered Nero was because of the use of Just Link and Just
You may have heard of 'Burn Proof' in drives from
Plextor and Lite-On. What this does is prevent buffer under-runs
from happening. Just Link is the equivalent to Burn Proof, it
stops the burn process when a buffer under run occurs (this usually
happens when data is not fed fast enough to the burner), waits for the
buffer to fill up again and continues to burn the cd afterwards.
All this to prevent you from burning a coaster.
Just Speed lets the burner burn at the max speed of
the burner, without regards to the actual speed of the media.
This can all be turned off or on, and its fully supported within Nero.
Also note, there is a newer BIOS that allows the drive
to burn DAO RAW. You can grab the download here
from Samsung, they call the BIOS 'powerful'.
There is a single LED that shows whether
the drive is active or not. The same LED also illuminates the
eject button, which is large and easy to press. I've been
through about three (3) burners so far, and this larger sized button
is one of the better designs. Ever press a small button with
large fingers? It's harder than you think!
You have the basic digital audio
connectors, jumpers, IDE port and 4 pin molex for the power on the
back. All labeled on the metal casing so you know where they