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Thursday, 13 December 2007 15:28

Power2Go 6 is a real alternative to Nero

Written by Fuad Abazovic

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Review: Records Blu-ray, HD DVD, DVD and CD well


Cyberlink is a company well known for its PowerDVD and other multimedia programs, and this time we got a chance to check their latest achievement in digital disk recording.

This time around, Cyberlink has prepared one neat and inexpensive application that will help you record your Blu-ray, HD DVD, DVD and CD media. It is called Power2go and we tested the version 6 Ultimate edition.

It has more options than most of us might ever need, but let’s mention some of them. The first one and probably the most important one for tech freaks is its ability to record Blu-ray and HD DVD discs, as well as all kind of DVDs and CDs. Naturally, you can burn normal or re-writable discs and it can also erase the rewritables.

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It will also help you create video and photo DVDs, burn audio CDs and rip MP3s. You can record MP3 or WMA CDs and DVDs, and later you can use them in your home DVD or in it to music and even making the DVDs with some chapters.

If you use Vista you can use drag and drop files and burn them viathe  Power2Go sidebar gadget. Of course, you can copy all kinds of discs, as the application supports it and you can even add a password and encrypt the discs for better protection. You can also search for the data, and once you've found what you are looking for, you can burn it.

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This is a quick overview and we decided to give this application a try.

We tried to copy a CD, record a DVD, record a DVD from the ISO file and we didn’t have any issues at all. It works fast, well, and didn’t create any problems. It is as easy as it can be to use and we were surprised by the amount of features inside. It installs much faster than Nero and works with Vista 32 bit just fine.

It also supports Overburn, so if you want to pack even more data onto your DVD you can do it. We didn’t notice that it records discs any slower than Nero, so it is a real alternative.

Conclusion


This is the ultimate disc recording application and it supports Blu-ray, HD DVD, DVD and CD. It is one of the simplest applications that we have tried in a while and it will make disk copying or recording of DVDs as easy as can be.

It was stable, easy to use and it worked with all tasks that we were performing in our few weeks of testing.

We really liked the simplicity of creating the secure area feature. All you need to do is to click a button and input a password twice, and that’s it. You can even hide the filenames on a secured disk. Well, you don’t want everyone to be able to access your personal data on your backup discs, do you? Nero 8 probably has even more features, but for basic use, Power2Go 6 will be more than enough. Nero 8 also sells for €59.99 which is close to double the price of Power2Go 6.

Power2Go will cost €33.99 or US$39.99 if you decide to download it, and the tested version was only 67MB. We strongly recommend it.

Last modified on Friday, 14 December 2007 03:24
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