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-- Samsung DVD/CDRW Combo Drive
-- Price: ~$85.00 USD
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   Since getting together with Samsung about a year and a half ago, they have continuously updated their optical drive line.  Speed increases are common as well as new innovations.  One of their newest drives incorporates a 12X DVD drive and a 32X10X40 CD-RW, the SM-332.

   Here are some quick specs:

Data Transfer Rate: Write on CD-Record 32X (4,800 KB/sec)
Write on CD-Rewrite 10X ( 1,800 KB/sec)
Read CD Titles 40X (6,000KB/sec)
Read DVD 12X (21,600KB/sec)
Burst Transfer Rate: PIO Mode 4 (16.6 MB/sec)
DMA Mode 2 (16.6 MB/sec)
Ultra DMA (33.3 MB/sec)
Average Access Time : CD: 110ms, DVD: 130ms
Recording Capacity: CD-RW Disc 700/650MB (type 80/74)
CD-R disc 800/700/650/550MB (Type 90/80/74/63)
Interface: EIDE/ATAPI
Buffer Memory: 8MB
Drive Mounting: Horizontal/Vertical
Supported Disc: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-Video, CD-ROM
Video-CD, Multisession Photo CD
Extra CD, CD Text
Writing Method: DAO (Disc At Once)
TAO (Track At Once)
SAO (Session At Once)
Packet Writing (Variable, Fixed Packet)
Physical : Dimensions (WxHxD mm) : 148.2 x 42 x 184
Weight: 0.77

   The drive incorporates Super Link technology, which helps prevent buffer under-runs.  This is useful in situations where data can not be sent to the writer fast enough, it will pause the writing and wait until data is sent again.  The helps cut down 'coaster' burns and save money.  Along with Super Link, the drive also has 8MB of buffer memory.

   This unit is as quiet as it can get.  It utilizes DVA (Dynamic Vibration Absorber) technology to dampen the motor noise.

   The SM-332 is automatically detected by most of the newer burning software on the market.  EZ CD creator is bundled with the package as well as Power DVD software.

   The drive has burned virtually everything I have thrown at it.  It even writes raw data pretty well while using Clone CD software.  The drive operates fine in remote situations, for example, through VNC (remote desktop).  Full CD burns are accomplished in less than four and a half minutes.   Software DVD playing is smooth and does not cause any slow downs or mis-matched video and audio synchronization.

   Overall, this combo drive has it all.  Fast CDR/CDRW writing as well as smooth DVD playing make this the perfect combo drive.  Look for their newer faster model coming real soon.

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