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Date: August 23rd, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Samsung Canada
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SAMSUNG MODEL SW-232 INTRODUCTION



Remember the days when you thought that double density 3.5" floppies were the greatest and you felt like you could fit the world onto one of these small storage discs. Seeing that today has brought about the era of more complex programs, larger working files, and cheaper technology, optical disc writing is only at it's infancy. In marches the slow one speed (1X) burners that marked the start of the optical writing trend. Since then, the market has been going through a similar speed race that the CPU manufacturers are going through as we speak. Currently as I write this review, I believe 48X is the maximum speed. But with the great speed increases, the burning times are starting to become so insignificant, that updating to the latest and greatest burner may only allow you to burn a full CD 1 minute faster. Is is worth it? Well, that's up to you.


The 32x burner from Samsung that I will be reviewing today is a GREAT all around burner for everyone. It is full of great features like buffer underrun protection, fast cd writing speeds, fast loading and unloading and comes with everything to get you making your favorite music cd's and/or backing up your data.

 

SAMSUNG COMPANY PROFILE


Head Office Corporate Information


Samsung delivers management reform through New Management to maintain high international competitiveness. SAMSUNG is dedicated to contributing to mankind's quality of life. The year 2000 will be declared as the First year of Samsung Digital Management to speed up the digitization of all areas of management with an ultimate objective to become a leader in the digital age of the 21st century. Samsung has continuously improved its financial structure by increasing profits, reducing costs, and enhancing brand image. SAMSUNG's stability and development potential are universally recognized.


Canadian Corporate Information


After only a decade of growth since first entering the Canadian market in 1987, Samsung Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has emerged as the market leader. We are growing in Canada by about 20% per year and continue to build a strong presence in every market we enter. Operating as part of Samsung's Americas group, our Canadian operations gain considerable competitive advantage from Samsung's local Americas R&D, manufacturing, and technical support. Samsung Electronics in Canada focuses on consumer electronics and information systems products. Consumer electronics began in Canada in 1987, followed by IS in 1992. The information sales division has grown 61% since 1992. Samsung has introduced a wide range of IS products into the Canadian market, which include hard disk drives, CD-ROM drives, printers, fax machines and monitors enforcing its leading market position and fast year-over-year growth with a strong local presence and reseller network to serve Canadian consumers from coast to coast. Samsung is building a strong presence in Canada as it has all over the world.

 

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS


I need a burner, what would this make and model give me feature wise...


- Write (CD-R) 32X, Rewrite (CD-RW) 10X, Read (CD) 40X
- Justlink Buffer Underrun Preventative Technology
- Interface : EIDE/ATAPI (UDMA-33)
- Drive Type : Internal Type
- Buffer Memory : 8MB
- Flash Memory : 512KB
- Loading Type : Motorized Tray Type
- Average Access Time : 140ms(DVD), 120 ms(CD)
- Drive Mounting : Horizontal/Vertical
- Writing Method : DAO, TAO, SAO, Multisession, Packet Writing
- Supported Disc :CD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, Video-CD, CD-I, Photo CD, CD-EXTRA, CD-TEXT

 

 


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