by January 30, 2004 0 comments



This is the latest internal IDE combo drive from Samsung, which can read DVDs at 12X, record DVD+/-R at 4X, rewrite DVD-RW at 2X and +RW at 2.4X. It can read CDs at 40X, record at 16X and rewrite them at 10X. 

In the DVD writing tests, the drive took around 14 mins and 26 secs to burn 4.3 GB of data at 4X DVD+R media, and 14 mins and 48 secs at 2X DVD-R media. The drive took 41 mins and 10 secs for formatting and 30 mins and 36 secs for writing the DVD-RW media in the burst mode. It can burn 650 MB of mixed data to a 48X CD-R media in 5 mins and 15 secs. It takes the same time to burn 74 mins of audio. Duplicating a data CD took marginally longer at 5 mins and 27 secs, while audio CD duplication took longer by a minute at 6 mins and 26
secs. 

Snapshot
Price : Rs 12,000
Key Specs : Burns both
DVD+ and —R, useful software bundle 
Contact : Samsung India, Delhi. 
Tel : 51511234. 
E-mail : ashish.gupta@samsungindia.com 

The drive comes with an inbuilt 2 MB buffer memory. The drive comes with some useful software, such as Nero Express 6 and InCD 4 for writing CDs and DVDs. There’s also WinDVD Creator for capturing audio/video and digital photos. Also, there’s WinDVD Recorder for playing and recording audio and video formats directly. It also has DVD duplication software called InterVideo DVD for making copies of a DVD video. Overall, it is a good choice for home and office users. 

Sanjay Majumder and Siddharth Sharma

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