Samsung SW240 40-12-40 CDRW Burner
CDROM drives are getting to be as dependable as GeForce video cards in terms of performance predictability. We knew when we tested the Samsung SW232 that its performance would be faster than that of the SW224. Now
that the SW240 has arrived we can say with some certainty that its performance
will be better than the SW232.
There really is only one direction to go for CDRW's, and that
is faster. Amazingly, each time Samsung has released a newer and faster CDRW the price point manges to remains pretty much fixed at the $75USD level. The case holds true with this unit, which also happens to come bundled
with a set of blank CD-R and CD-RW media, and a nice fresh copy
of Ahead Nero Burning ROM 5.0.
So today we
have another burner in the SW series; capable of writing CD-R media at 40X,
rewriting CD-RW media at 12X, and reading standard CD-ROM's at 40X. The
SW240 packs 8MB of buffer memory to prevent the occurences of buffer underrun errors along with
h'mmm, ejecting discs at anytime, formatting in the background and physical fault management sound
kind of appealing don't they! The SW240 writes using a Z-CLV write type
and features a quiet geared tray mechanism. The CD-RW can be mounted horizontally or vertically and
will accept both full-size 120mm diameter CD's and smaller half-size 80mm diameter CD's.
The front bezel follows along
with previous Samsung drives - setting itself apart with a rounded tray cover. Button and controls
on the front of the SW240 include; eject button, indication LED, headphone jack and
|Samsung SW-240 CDRW|
||Ships with the following:
- User's Guide
- Nero Creator 5 Software
- Audio jumper cable (4-pin connector)
- Philips mounting screws
- 40-pin IDE CABLE
The rear of the drive
features the standard assortment of connectors; IDE/Molex Power/Analog Audio and two-pin digital audio output
terminal. The drive comes with an IDE cable, some screws, the bundled software, instructions and a
four-pin analog audio cable.
SW240 CD-RW is bundled with a proprietory version of Ahead Nero 5 - which is
good for more advanced users as it frees up controls.
BurnProof/Justlink/Superlink, or whatever it happens to be called
right now is a technology which stops buffer underrun errors
from making coasters out of optical storage media. I wouldn't even consider buying a
drive these days that did not support this technology, or variant thereof. 8MB of on board memory is also included
to prevent the buffer underrun errors from occuring in the first place, but if
your system is dodgy, you'll be glad JustLink is there to back up
the physical memory.