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Samsung SW-208B

Basic claimed characteristics of Samsung SW-208B
Firmware version: BS00
Loading mechanism: Tray
Recording modes: Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Multi-Session, Packet Writing.
Recording formats: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-Digital, CD-Bridge, CD-Extra, Video CD, Multisession Photo CD
Average access time: 100 ms
CD-R recording 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x
CD-RW recording 2x, 4x
Reading 14x-32x (2100-4800 KByes/s)
Buffer size: 2048 KBytes
Production date: April 2000
Manufacturer: Corea
Price for the moment of testing: 155 - 165 USD

The delivery pack: OEM.

Complete set:

  • Drive in antistatic package
  • CD with drivers and program for recording and creating of CD - EasyCD Creator, version 3.5 of Adaptec company and DirectCD, version 2.5 with update to 3.0.

What really surprised me was a design. It's not very good. Though I guess, that it's not typically for this company. On Samsung sites this drive, for some reason, looks different (see the small photo).

The CD contains the software, and it's quite good for a recorder delivered OEM.

The usual front panel: one blinking indicator informing of recording and reading, square open button, volume control, headphones jack, emergency ejection hole. The drive can be installed both in vertical and horizontal position.

While working, the drive whistles very quietly and vibrate a little. The noise level is average in comparison with others. After operating with a CD the drive warms up.

On Samsung site we have found in the drive specifications that the record on 700 Mb CD is supported.

There is a digital output on the rear panel, and it's not a surprise.

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