Quote from the review:
“The Samsung SM-352B CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive uses the standard EIDE/ATAPI interface, and has connectors for digital out, analog out, jumpers for drive settings (master, slave, cable select), as well as the standard IDE and power connectors. The unit will operate under PIO Mode 4, DMA Mode 2, or Ultra DMA Mode 2, meaning burst transfers range from 16.6MB/sec up to 33.3 MB/sec. For sustained data transfers, the unit is rated at 52X x 24X x 52X x 16X.”
Our take: These Samsung drives have been making waves all over the net due to their good performance and reasonable prices. If you still feel that a DVD writer is out of your price range, then the Samsung drives should make a good alternative until you are ready to take the plunge.