Regular readers of SR are by now familiar with some of the more popular brands of optical drives out today. Samsung is one we personally had not heard much about, so when contacts with the manufacturer offered us a look at their latest CD-RW, we jumped on the opportunity.
The drive is the SW-216B, a burner with a rather unique set of read and write speeds. Featuring 16X writes, 10X rewrites, but only 32X reads, the SW-216B makes use of JustLink and JustSpeed, a pair of technologies licensed from Ricoh Corporation. For those unfamiliar, JustLink is a coaster prevention technology similar to BURN-Proof, while JustSpeed is an optimum write speed control technology designed to determine the optimum write speed for each individual CD-R inserted into the drive.
Given that most manufacturers' top models are in the 20X-24X range, Samsung's 16X flagship, along with its 32X read speeds indicates a value-oriented product. In order to judge the drive fairly, we will compare the unit to 16X offerings from Lite-On, Teac and Plextor. To offer a broader view of the drive's performance, we will throw in 20X offerings from Yamaha and Ricoh, but judgments will be limited to the 16X models. Come with us now as we review Samsung's newest burner!