This model came to market to replace the SM-352B drive and was the first device developed by the TSST group.
The exterior of the device is identical to the Samsung SM-352B: Samsung’s exclusive tray, and the typical design of the front panel with the manufacturer’s logo. So, there’s nothing extraordinary in the appearance of the SM-352N and, considering I had its OEM version, I have nothing to add about the accessories.
The main and only difference of this model from the previous one is the declared speed of processing CD-RW discs. It has grown from 24x to 32x. Otherwise, the two are identical, at least the manufacturer claims so. I have no reasons to be distrustful towards Samsung and, moreover, I have no way to check the drive for any changes in the firmware. So, let’s assume that the SM-352N is a SM-352B with an improved CD rewriting speed.
Now let us take a look inside to compare the stuffing of the SM-352N with the next model, the Samsung TS-H492A.
The drive is based on the Media Tec MT1628E chipset. The design is also similar to the SM-352B model. That said, the descriptive part is over, let’s read through the specification.
The basic characteristics of the drive:
- CD-R writing: 52x (CAV), 48x, 40x, 32x, 24x (P-CAV), 16x, 8x (CLV);
- CD-RW writing: 24x (P-CAV), 16x, 10x, 4x (CLV);
- DVD reading: 16x;
- CD-ROM reading: 52x;
- Supported CD formats: CD-ROM Mode 1, CD-ROM/XA Mode 2 (Form 1& 2), CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, Video-CD, Photo CD, CD-I/FMV, Enhanced CD, CD-Plus, CD-Extra, CD-Text;
- Supported DVD formats: DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM;
- CD burn modes: Disc at Once, Track at Once, Session at Once, Multisession, Variable and Fixed Packet Writing;
- Cache buffer: 2MB (8MB in the retail version);
- Declared average access time: 110msec (CD), 130msec (CD-RW), 130msec (DVD).
Among unusual features, note the drive’s ability to read DVD-RAM discs as well as support of S.M.A.R.T. and streaming.