As we mentioned before, this drive does not support Just
Link as it was released before this excellent feature became essentially standard on burners. With
its 2MB you should be okay for the most part. Systems that are unstable, or have a
lot going on will no doubt experience the odd "buffer underrun error"
and there isn't really anyway we can test for the likelyhood of this occuring. Suffice
to say, while we tested the SM-308 for burning some backup disks we
didn't experience any errors of this sort.
The included Easy
CD Creator is good for intermediate users, who need only follow
a wizard that does most of the burning for the. Personally, I loaded in a
copy of NERO just because I find it a bit quicker to work
with but that is just my preference.
The SM-308 can burn
CD-R's at up to 8X so it is rather slow compared to pure CD-RW drives. Since the
media we most often use for CD-RW jobs is limited to
4X regardless, I don't think that this is limiting in any way. It would be
nice to burn CD-R disks at 16X, but then you might as well
look for a more recent drive release.
In order to cram in all the compatibility into the
Combo Drive some of the higher speeds have been sacrificed, so if you really need the
fastest CD-RW burner, or DVD drive, or CD drive you would be best served
getting top of the line drives that offer little other than their main
features. Where the combo drive comes in very strong is with users who
need all the functionality, but don't really require more than average read/write speeds.
this case the Combo drive offers a one-stop optical 'shopping' location for good DVD
playback, decent CD-RW burning, and somewhat slow 8X CD-R burning. With those considerations
noted the SM-308 makes a useful addition to any computer system that
simply lacks the space or desire for two or three individual optical drives.