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Recently I ran out of recordable CDs and so I popped onto Amazon.co.uk to search for some cheap, functional ones to purchase. These Memorex CD-Rs seemed to provide the best deal, and I was able to buy a pack of 100 for less than £10, meaning each CD worked out at just 10 pence, a real bargain.
I was a bit concerned at first, as the reviews on Amazon seemed to be split down the middle, with many people finding these CDs to be great, and a considerable amount finding them to be nothing but trouble. However I've had no issues with them at all so far.
My computer recognises them easily and records onto them without any problem. Each CD has a 700 MB capacity and can hold up to 80 minutes of music when used in audio CD mode. The resulting audio CDs then play absolutely fine in my CD player, laptop and even car stereo.
The CDs come packaged on a spindle which was wrapped securely in cellophane. This is a handy and compact way to store them. Once recorded onto, it would be nice to have some empty boxes to put the CDs into, but let's face it, CDs that come with boxes are a lot more expensive!
These CD-Rs should last me for ages and for the price I'm really happy. What more can I say?
(updated and revised from my review on Amazon.co.uk)
"Memorex CD-R" is a brand of removable media. It allows users to write files up to 700 MB once to a single disc through use of "burning" software and a "burner" optical drive. I have found these items to be widely available for a retail price of approximately £6 per 50 discs. They are held within a cakebox style pack, and do not include individual jewel cases for independent storage.
It seems that optical media is on the verge of extinction. I can't begin to recall the last time a friend of mine handed me a burned disc of media. With the modern convenience of increasing broadband speed, direct Internet transfers are generally much faster and more cost effective than CD-Rs. I personally still find the humble compact disc very useful, and Memorex has been at the forefront of my distribution and personal backup needs.
I was first drawn to this product through a special promotion at my local Morrisons supermarket. I was browsing around for some new discs and rather than picking up my usual brand I opted to try Memorex. My primary influence was the BOGOF offer which was being promoted at the time. I have yet to see this offer return to my local Morrisons and suspect it was a hit as their recent stock of Memorex is a bit depleted. It is still nonetheless the most budget friendly buy of the selection on offer.
My experience with the Memorex CD-R product has been both hit and miss. What I'm pleased with is whenever I insert a disc into my CD burning device, Windows XP is quick to detect that it is a blank disc and can be written on using my preferred software of choice. Most burning experiences are flawless but I have had a fair few discs which have failed to copy. My operating system will either not show any prompt saying there is a blank disc in my burning device or, when attempting test an erroneous disc, my CD-ROM fails to detect a disc loaded in the drive. For the most part I am satisfied with the product but I am especially careful when using it because of the errors I have experienced in use.
The construction of the disc itself is durable and requires significant hand strength to shatter it. This is especially useful as the product does not include individual CD cases for later storage. This can be solved by purchasing third party cases or paper sleeves, but after a lengthy burning session my office space is usually in a state of disarray with discs scattered all about without a second thought about storage. Labeling can be another issue. This specific brand of Memorex CD-R is not lightscribe compatible, and the face of the disc is rough to the touch. I often find my writing becomes very jagged when attempting to use a disc marker on the face of these discs.
Overall, Memorex provides me with an economical solution to my burning needs. It is something I'm finding less need for in our modern world, but am usually satisfied with the results I receive from these CD-Rs when a need does arise. I would recommend this product with some hesitation.
I use a lot of CD-Rs, DVD-R's and DL DVD-R's with backing up work, folders, projects and archiving data.
Over the last 10 years I have used a variety of CD-R's from the very first 80min ones out in 1998, unbranded gold and silver disks, 90min CD-Rs for those special over burn moments. The good ole days when you had to struggle to get all that data on a CD.
One brand I found extremely useful and reliable through all CD Readers whether a CD Drive was revision 1 1.5 or 2. (essentially very early cd readers couldn;t read cd-rs, then they made improvements and only decent quality branded cd-rs could be read (unbranded couldn't) and then the latest version that can read any type of CD-R)
The brand I found useful was Memorex. They have many varieties out there and it is down to you what you can get for a good price and what you find works well for you. Personally I will recommend these.
I have used old cd burners to write to them at their top speed of 4x, 8x etc and they work great. Ihave used DVD Burners to burn to these at upto 32x and they work fantastic, and I have used a Combi HD DVD burner and DVD burner and CD burner drive to write to these at top speed and they still work fantastic.
I have not met anything to date that could not read from these CD's or write to them.
Well worth buying!!!