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Selecting DVDs can always be a difficult task. So many blank DVDs on the market now are simply not good enough - This is always evident when the disk burning programme throws back an error and the DVD has to be wasted.
The Memorex DVD+R 4.7GB 16x are a great choice when you need to backup those things that you cannot do without on your computer.
Memorex is definitely a brand you can rely on and what is more the DVDs can be purchased on a spindle at a great price. Amazon for example have a box of 10 for £6.85 which is not bad at all! Memorex also sell a version with an inkjet printable face allowing you to add a professional touch to your DVD recordings.
~ Verdict ~
After having 'attempted' to burn data onto many other brands of DVD in the past I have to say that these Memorex DVDs have to be at the top of the list in terms of quality and price. One important word of advice - Make sure you check which blank DVDs are compatible with your burner - Most burners will work with DVD+R and -R nowadays.
Backing up is one of those chores that we all know we need to do, and that most of us keep reminding ourselves to do. Of course, rather too many of us generally find some excuse to put off making those backups until a more convenient time... and, naturally, a lot of us then get burned. What *should* be being burned are DVDs such as these. While backing up on to a memory stick is even simpler, I always like to have an actual disc backup (or two) around the place, just for the peace of mind. (And yes, I am one of the people who's been caught out by delaying backups in the past!)
Generally I have used Verbatim branded discs, both for DVDs and CDs, and I've been pretty happy with them overall, but when I saw these Memorex ones on sale at a substantial discount in a local shop I thought I'd give them a go and see what was what. Not that they're exactly expensive anyway: Amazon will sell you a spindle of 25 for £6.30 including the postage, which I think you'll struggle to beat even in the cheaper supermarkets, though of course you don't get jewel cases with those, so bear that in mind if it's likely to be an issue.
These DVDs are of the +R variety. For historical corporate reasons too stupid to go into here, there are two types of write-once discs, known as -R and +R. If you are burning from your computer then this is unlikely to bother you, since almost all computer DVD drives have been able to work with both formats for many years now. However, this is not necessarily the case when it comes to video: some old machines may be unable to read +R discs, and even some new ones have limitations: for example, my Panasonic HDD/DVD machine needs -R discs for high-speed dubbing. That being so, I'd probably recommend these +R discs for computer use more than for films and the like.
These are nice fast 16x discs, provided of course that your DVD burner can operate at that speed, which most can these days. I can remember the days when burning even a CDR could easily take half an hour, so it still seems almost magical to produce a DVD, with its much larger capacity (4.7GB, as usual), in a fraction of that time. I haven't had any problems with reliability, and actually I'd say that the burning process has gone more smoothly even than it does with my usual Verbatim discs. This was using the K3b burning program under Mandriva Linux, but I can't see any reason why Windows or Mac users should encounter problems either.
It's a sign of how far we have come in terms of computer media reliability that it should not really be a surprise that everything worked well. It's actually some time now since I have had any real problems with burning branded discs, though I do still feel that the super-cheap no-name packs may be something of a false economy, especially given how cheaply these Memorex DVDs can now be picked up. Really, unless you particularly hate the purple colouring Memorex have chosen for their packaging (and I find it very attractive) then for straightforward computer use there's no reason at all not to buy these.
(The rating should be 4.5 stars really, with the half star being taken off for the potential limitations on some video players, but I'm rounding up to five since those problems apply to any +R disc, so it seems unfair to criticise Memorex for something inherent to the format.)