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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
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
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.
- 8MB buffer
- Buffer underun prevention
- Low noise
- Good software package
- Easy to read manual
- Sleek design
- Read times slower than expected
- DAE errors on slight marks on audio CD