The drive can also play most prerecorded DVD data discs and DVD movies at a speed of 16x. To help avert those annoying error messages alerting CD-recorder users to a disc gone bad, the SM-352 has an 8-megabyte memory buffer to help smooth the recording session and other built-in technology to prevent the buffer under-run errors that can ruin blank discs.
The SM-352 works with computers running Windows 95 and later and comes with everything needed to install it inside the PC. The drive will have a list price of $99 and will start arriving in computer stores this month. With all the time saved in recording CD’s, you may even have time to sneak in a quick viewing of “The Matrix” on DVD before the sequel opens next week.