Samsung SM-352B CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive

CD-RW/DVD-ROM - EIDE/ATAPI - Internal - MPN: SM352BRNS
Product Details
Description
CD-RW and DVD-ROM in one mechanismAdopting Superlink (Buffer Under Run Proof Technology)Supporting DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM Discs Read : Multi ReadSupporting Ultra DMA 2 ModeSupports Mt.Rainier
Quick Glance
Type of Drive CD/DVD Combo Drive
Internal/External Internal
Interface Type 1 x 40-pin IDC Ultra ATA/33 (ATA-4) - EIDE/ATAPI
User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member buzzz - Jan 4, 2005   

Strengths: It burns at the advertised speed, it allows me to play my DVD's on the computer, which is great!

Weakness: It is a bit noisy when first starting up, Nero 5.5 software needed to be upgraded to burn at 52X

All in all, this was a decent piece of hardware. After finally stepping up from my 24X burner, this is a lifesaver. I can burn disk VERY quickly. I have heard of other reviews with coasters burned, but the first 12 disks I have burned have been fine. I would recommend this drive to others. In fact, I liked it so much, I bought another just today for another machine of mine.

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5 Star Review   By member mlrtyme - Jan 4, 2005   

Strengths: Very easy to install, Burns at advertised speed, reads at advertised speed

Weakness: None that I could find

The unit was set up easily. Samsung's website had the latest drivers available. The unit was OEM not shipped with software, so getting the drivers was absolutely necessary. It works with the NERO 6 software I have installed. It found the drive right away, and I have been up and running since. Needing another drive for my other computer, I purchase another just today because I was so impressed. I guess that's the best recommendation I can give...eh?

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4 Star Review   By member tonycat - Dec 7, 2004   

Strengths: Durability, reliability, quality of playback. High quality looking product.

Weakness: Possible quality issues copying cd's at the highest speed.

Overall I am very happy with the drive. It plays back cd's flawlessly, it has been durable and reliable. Nero software which comes with it, is relatively easy to use, and is very versatile. I have been using the drive mainly for ripping cd's to my external H/Drive, and in making copies of cd's for playback in my car or office. I have watched a few dvd's and it does an excellent job. One problem I encountered early on, is distortion in copying cd's at the maximum speed. I know it may sound inconvenient, but when I dropped the speed to 36x or 24x, it made perfect copies, and I don't mind the extra minute it takes to do this. Multiple copies are a breeze. Overall I am very happy with this drive, and I even bought a second one for another computer. It's hard to find any drives with an 8 MG memory buffer. However, in purchasing the second drive, I have discovered it is very difficult to find as SM-352BRNS (seems the only model number whith the 8 MB memory buffer). Online retailers don't seem to have it, even if they indicate it in inventory on their web sites. They will substitute the new one replacing this model TS-H492A/WRDH, which Samsung claims to be just a new naming convention. Don't be surprised if this drive (the TS-H492A) comes with only the standard 2 MG memory buffer. What happened to the 8 MG buffer? Who knows, not even Samsung will give you a straight answer, and their telephone help is... no help, most people there do not know the products in detail, NECESSARY to help people inquiring on technical details. You can try to e-mail them, but you will get pat asnswers, which do not correspond to the actual product (see comment on the TS). Hope this review helps!

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3 Star Review   By member obsidian96 - Oct 31, 2004   

Strengths: Pricing and DVD playability are adequate...

Weakness: @ least 10 coasters from nero if burning an image. Regular data cds are okay but that kills the bootability of OS cds.

I'd give it a higher raiting if it didn't sound like a 747 taking off when it spins up. I have an MSI Mega PC and between that and the samsung 352, the eject button is a regular struggle..... Two Thumbs in my ears to quiet the noise......

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5 Star Review   By member pcfixinman - Aug 28, 2004   

Strengths: Powerful burner, using a P4 3.06 HT CPU, & 1GB of DDR400, I am able to achieve advertised burning speeds, everytime. The 8MB cache is a bonus, you won't find elsewhere in the same pricerange.

Weakness: None. Very strong tray, & is as quite as a chruch mouse in operaation

If you are looking for a quality combo device for burning CD's & viewing or ripping DVD's for backup, this is the drive for you. In present day computers, this drive performs flawlessly. I've read the eject button is tempermental, but in my PC, as well as the 27 I've built for others, with this drive, not one has has this problem... Priced for budget, but outperformed the same Performance Combo's in it's class(try and find a sony with the 8MB cache, for less than double the price). This Samsung, looks great in my Black case, with Beige Optical drives, and compliments my DVD/R/RW +- burner... It makes backing up your movies a snap, with the 1 button backup software out there(not included) Zero coasters in 70+ burns... PowerDVDworks great, and Nero has an update for it's 5.5 Ver.(Nero Express, is an easy to use GUI, which is better than it's competitors) I went and got the Nero6 Ultra, & now this device will burn at 52X EVERYTIME !!! Pcfixinman

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3 Star Review   By member johnb3030 - Jun 5, 2004   

Strengths: Easy installation of hardware and software. Excellent value for the price. The included Power DVD Player program works well.

Weakness: The manual for the drive is on a CD and is difficult to navigate. The Nero CD burning software supplied is not the current version.

I was unable to get this drive to burn a CD at anything close to the advertised 52X. Setting it to anything above 24X caused it to constantly change speed during the burning process. Depending on the program I was using to burn, I got the shortest total burn time by setting it to either 20X or 24X. Still, for the price I paid, I am satisfied. For a combined CD burner and DVD player it was an excellent buy. I did not install the out-of-date Nero program supplied. I have other CD burning software which I prefer.

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4 Star Review   By member thugsta9112000 - Mar 2, 2004   

Strengths: A fat 8MB buffer, good price combo

Weakness: rarely reads faster then 40x and eject button doesn't always work

Would recommend this product for people looking for a budget CD-R combo. Very easy to install and came with a good software bundell. Over all I am happy with my purchase.

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4 Star Review   By member tweaknews - Feb 15, 2004   

Strengths: Fast Burner, Dvd Player, Software Bundle Media

Weakness: Bearings rattle on startup

It can burn a full cd in about less than 3 minutes. The 8mb buffer is good for people with low computer resource. Burns pretty smoothly and fast.

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5 Star Review   By member klemets - Jan 26, 2004   

Strengths: Very fast CD burner, great price

Weakness: Can't think of any

I bought this one because I was looking for a super-fast CD burner that could also read DVDs. And I am very pleased with it. It burns CD's in no time. Since I also have a DVD burner, I use the Samsung drive as the source drive when making disk-to-disk copies of DVDs. The included Nero 5.5 software is great. I like it better than the Roxio software. The Nero web site has a downloadable upgrade, which includes "Nero Express" (a version of Nero with a simplified UI.)

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5 Star Review   By member ProtocolOH - Jan 20, 2004   

Strengths: Reads DVD's and CD's Burns CD-R at 52x and CD-RW at 24x Comes with excellent PowerDVD software

Weakness: Included Nero Burning Rom is only v5.5

An excellent drive at an excellent price. If you don't need a DVD burner, then this drive will do everything else - read DVD's, read CD's, and burn CD-R/RW's. The included Nero CD burning software is pretty good (though I'm used to Roxio's software). Installation was simple, no special drivers needed. PowerDVD software works great.

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Product Details
Description
CD-RW and DVD-ROM in one mechanismAdopting Superlink (Buffer Under Run Proof Technology)Supporting DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM Discs Read : Multi ReadSupporting Ultra DMA 2 ModeSupports Mt.Rainier
Quick Glance
Type of Drive CD/DVD Combo Drive
Internal/External Internal
Interface Type 1 x 40-pin IDC Ultra ATA/33 (ATA-4) - EIDE/ATAPI
Summary
Product Title Samsung SM-352B CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
Manufacturer Samsung
Power Score 4.3 | 18 Reviews
General
Category: Recordable
Load Type: Tray
Class: Cd-Rom
Performance
Maximum DVD Read Speed: 16x
Cache Size: 8 MB
Maximum CD Write Speed: 52x
Maximum CD Rewrite Speed: 24x
Maximum CD Read Speed: 52x
Dimensions
Height: 1.65 in
Weight: 1.69 lbs
Width: 5.83 in
Depth: 7.24 in
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
CD-ROM Read Speed: 52 X (CD,CD-R)
DVD-ROM Read Speed: 16 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Access Time: 110 ms
Maximum Read Speed: 16x DVD/52x CD
Host Transfer Rate: 7800 KBytes/sec
Maximum Write Speed: 52x CD
Product Model: SM-352B
Software Included: NERO POWER DVD
Brand Name: Samsung
Shipping Weight: 2.34 lb
Drive Interface: IDE Ultra ATA/33 (ATA-4)
CD Write Speed: 52 X (CD,CD-R)
System Type: PC
Compatible Formats: CD Extra, CD Text, CD-DA, CD-I Ready, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo-CD, Video-CD (MPEG-1)
Maximum Rewrite Speed: 24x CD
CD Rewrite Speed: 24 X (CD,CD-R)
Frequency Band: Package type: RetailCompatibility: PCBuffer Underrun Protection: Super Link
User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member buzzz - Jan 4, 2005   

Strengths: It burns at the advertised speed, it allows me to play my DVD's on the computer, which is great!

Weakness: It is a bit noisy when first starting up, Nero 5.5 software needed to be upgraded to burn at 52X

All in all, this was a decent piece of hardware. After finally stepping up from my 24X burner, this is a lifesaver. I can burn disk VERY quickly. I have heard of other reviews with coasters burned, but the first 12 disks I have burned have been fine. I would recommend this drive to others. In fact, I liked it so much, I bought another just today for another machine of mine.

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5 Star Review   By member mlrtyme - Jan 4, 2005   

Strengths: Very easy to install, Burns at advertised speed, reads at advertised speed

Weakness: None that I could find

The unit was set up easily. Samsung's website had the latest drivers available. The unit was OEM not shipped with software, so getting the drivers was absolutely necessary. It works with the NERO 6 software I have installed. It found the drive right away, and I have been up and running since. Needing another drive for my other computer, I purchase another just today because I was so impressed. I guess that's the best recommendation I can give...eh?

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4 Star Review   By member tonycat - Dec 7, 2004   

Strengths: Durability, reliability, quality of playback. High quality looking product.

Weakness: Possible quality issues copying cd's at the highest speed.

Overall I am very happy with the drive. It plays back cd's flawlessly, it has been durable and reliable. Nero software which comes with it, is relatively easy to use, and is very versatile. I have been using the drive mainly for ripping cd's to my external H/Drive, and in making copies of cd's for playback in my car or office. I have watched a few dvd's and it does an excellent job. One problem I encountered early on, is distortion in copying cd's at the maximum speed. I know it may sound inconvenient, but when I dropped the speed to 36x or 24x, it made perfect copies, and I don't mind the extra minute it takes to do this. Multiple copies are a breeze. Overall I am very happy with this drive, and I even bought a second one for another computer. It's hard to find any drives with an 8 MG memory buffer. However, in purchasing the second drive, I have discovered it is very difficult to find as SM-352BRNS (seems the only model number whith the 8 MB memory buffer). Online retailers don't seem to have it, even if they indicate it in inventory on their web sites. They will substitute the new one replacing this model TS-H492A/WRDH, which Samsung claims to be just a new naming convention. Don't be surprised if this drive (the TS-H492A) comes with only the standard 2 MG memory buffer. What happened to the 8 MG buffer? Who knows, not even Samsung will give you a straight answer, and their telephone help is... no help, most people there do not know the products in detail, NECESSARY to help people inquiring on technical details. You can try to e-mail them, but you will get pat asnswers, which do not correspond to the actual product (see comment on the TS). Hope this review helps!

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3 Star Review   By member obsidian96 - Oct 31, 2004   

Strengths: Pricing and DVD playability are adequate...

Weakness: @ least 10 coasters from nero if burning an image. Regular data cds are okay but that kills the bootability of OS cds.

I'd give it a higher raiting if it didn't sound like a 747 taking off when it spins up. I have an MSI Mega PC and between that and the samsung 352, the eject button is a regular struggle..... Two Thumbs in my ears to quiet the noise......

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5 Star Review   By member pcfixinman - Aug 28, 2004   

Strengths: Powerful burner, using a P4 3.06 HT CPU, & 1GB of DDR400, I am able to achieve advertised burning speeds, everytime. The 8MB cache is a bonus, you won't find elsewhere in the same pricerange.

Weakness: None. Very strong tray, & is as quite as a chruch mouse in operaation

If you are looking for a quality combo device for burning CD's & viewing or ripping DVD's for backup, this is the drive for you. In present day computers, this drive performs flawlessly. I've read the eject button is tempermental, but in my PC, as well as the 27 I've built for others, with this drive, not one has has this problem... Priced for budget, but outperformed the same Performance Combo's in it's class(try and find a sony with the 8MB cache, for less than double the price). This Samsung, looks great in my Black case, with Beige Optical drives, and compliments my DVD/R/RW +- burner... It makes backing up your movies a snap, with the 1 button backup software out there(not included) Zero coasters in 70+ burns... PowerDVDworks great, and Nero has an update for it's 5.5 Ver.(Nero Express, is an easy to use GUI, which is better than it's competitors) I went and got the Nero6 Ultra, & now this device will burn at 52X EVERYTIME !!! Pcfixinman

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3 Star Review   By member johnb3030 - Jun 5, 2004   

Strengths: Easy installation of hardware and software. Excellent value for the price. The included Power DVD Player program works well.

Weakness: The manual for the drive is on a CD and is difficult to navigate. The Nero CD burning software supplied is not the current version.

I was unable to get this drive to burn a CD at anything close to the advertised 52X. Setting it to anything above 24X caused it to constantly change speed during the burning process. Depending on the program I was using to burn, I got the shortest total burn time by setting it to either 20X or 24X. Still, for the price I paid, I am satisfied. For a combined CD burner and DVD player it was an excellent buy. I did not install the out-of-date Nero program supplied. I have other CD burning software which I prefer.

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4 Star Review   By member thugsta9112000 - Mar 2, 2004   

Strengths: A fat 8MB buffer, good price combo

Weakness: rarely reads faster then 40x and eject button doesn't always work

Would recommend this product for people looking for a budget CD-R combo. Very easy to install and came with a good software bundell. Over all I am happy with my purchase.

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4 Star Review   By member tweaknews - Feb 15, 2004   

Strengths: Fast Burner, Dvd Player, Software Bundle Media

Weakness: Bearings rattle on startup

It can burn a full cd in about less than 3 minutes. The 8mb buffer is good for people with low computer resource. Burns pretty smoothly and fast.

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5 Star Review   By member klemets - Jan 26, 2004   

Strengths: Very fast CD burner, great price

Weakness: Can't think of any

I bought this one because I was looking for a super-fast CD burner that could also read DVDs. And I am very pleased with it. It burns CD's in no time. Since I also have a DVD burner, I use the Samsung drive as the source drive when making disk-to-disk copies of DVDs. The included Nero 5.5 software is great. I like it better than the Roxio software. The Nero web site has a downloadable upgrade, which includes "Nero Express" (a version of Nero with a simplified UI.)

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5 Star Review   By member ProtocolOH - Jan 20, 2004   

Strengths: Reads DVD's and CD's Burns CD-R at 52x and CD-RW at 24x Comes with excellent PowerDVD software

Weakness: Included Nero Burning Rom is only v5.5

An excellent drive at an excellent price. If you don't need a DVD burner, then this drive will do everything else - read DVD's, read CD's, and burn CD-R/RW's. The included Nero CD burning software is pretty good (though I'm used to Roxio's software). Installation was simple, no special drivers needed. PowerDVD software works great.

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5 Star Review   By member dalehurd - Jan 14, 2004   

Strengths: Super fast burner. On an old WIN 98 PII 350MHZ system wrote a 600MB CD in ~2:35. Easy install great software too! Bought at Newegg.com...they rock!

Weakness: Eject button is tempermental.

I can't say enough good things. This drive makes burning CDs a breeze. If it works this good on my old clunker of a PC it is a no brainer for a new P4 WIN XP system. Try Newegg.com if you haven't been there. They are a component buyers dream!

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5 Star Review   By member garybodine - Jan 9, 2004   

Strengths: An 8 MB Cache, (most are 2MB)52X24X52X16 Excellent CD-Rom Reading & writing speeds plus a 16X dvd reading speed. Nero Cd burning software included, all for under $60.00

Weakness: None that I know of for the price.

This is one of the best choices in the market for a combo drive in it's price range. What I like the best about this drive is the 8 MB cache. It is the only combo drive in it's price range that offers an 8 MB cache that I know of. All of the others I looked at, had only a 2 MB cache. This is an excellent choice for an inexpensive combo drive. You can always add a more expensive DVD-writer later.

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4 Star Review   By member seym20 - Jan 4, 2004   

Strengths: Operates as promised. Writes at optimum speeds. Plays my games without a problem. No delays.

Weakness: None so far.

I needed a backup drive. I have made this one my main drive. It writes disks without a problem. No Coasters. This one served it's purpose and more.

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4 Star Review   By member Perissis - Dec 12, 2003   

Strengths: fast and quiet cd burner/dvd combo

this is a good combo drive with a great look. the softwares included are very useful. it works with high speed and very quiet. shipping is fast too. I would recommand this drive to anyone who wants to buy a cd burner/dvd combo dirve.

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4 Star Review   By member wadeduck58 - Dec 10, 2003   

Strengths: One stop downloading! Got anything resembling a disk, drop it in, it will out out perform any other combo on the market!!!

Weakness: Doesn't burn DVD'S (but it's not supposed to)! We'll just have to wait for samsung to make a Matching, multiformat 8x burner (now that you have made me a fan, Samsung, thats the least you can do)!

I first thought it was broken, being so quiet and all, but once I started loading in one of the newest RPG games, and got on line, "Fast and seamless" is all I can say!!! Burn a disk with this (8 meg) baby, and you will never want any less machine again!! BEST COMBO EVER !!!

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4 Star Review   By member mpan155 - Dec 8, 2003   

Strengths: Great drive for the money, burns fast and plays DVDs.

Weakness: None.

It was a breaze to install and it does what I want it to do very well. It's the only optical drive in my system and I am realy happy with it. Got it from ZipZoomFly.com for $59 and for the money it's a lot of combo drive.

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5 Star Review   By member dlagant - Nov 26, 2003   

Strengths: Quiet and very fast. Easy to install.

Weakness: It didn't come in black.

I have only had this drive for a few weeks but I really like it. Very easy to install and it is very fast. The 8MB buffer is great to have. I think that for the money you can't go wrong with this drive.

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4 Star Review   By member SM_Computers - Nov 14, 2003   

Strengths: Fast transfers of data, hardly see the CD/DVD data light blink during operation. Quite as a button during operation. 8MB of memory to store the data is another best feature.

Weakness: Tray does not retract when you press the button and sometimes you have to push the button first before it will allow you push the tray closed.

All in all, I would still recommend this unit to anyone with little storage space in their computer. Have only burned one CD and I was very pleased by it's speed.

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