I recently recieved a DVD burner for use with my computer, and of course this would require me the need for blank DVD discs so I could burn my data onto them. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on them, so I had a good look around before committing to buying some.
I finally settled on buying a load of DVD discs from Tesco supermarket, where I found 50 DVD discs for the great price of £9.97 - this makes it just around 20p a disc!! Total bargain!! I was a little bit worried about the quality of the discs as they were much cheaper than some other brands, but I was willing to take that risk.
The discs comes in a spindle pack, so you can easily open and close the packet as well as store them without risk of dust and scratches whilst they are not in use. Each disc has 4.7GB of data storage on them, which is the same as most other DVD discs you can buy and it seems to be the general amount across the board. I have since found this to be the perfect amount of space on a disc, and I do not think many people will need much higher.
The discs look just the same as normal discs, silver with printed detailing on them, which includes their size, and who made them, as well as what they are. There is also a few lines at the bottom of the disc which you can use to write on with a suitable pen, so you always know which disc contains what data. I always use a Sharpie pen for this purpose and it has never smudged or had any other problems.
I have found the discs simple and easy to use, and I have had no problems with them at all. I have burnt many a DVD now, and I will continue to use these in the future. I will happily buy another pack of these from Tesco when this lot run out, and even if there is a slight increase in the price, they will be great value for money still.
The only downside is that you may have to find different ways to store and protect the DVD once burnt if you want to keep your new and used discs seperate, but this can easily be fixed with a quick trip to Poundland for some paper CD/DVD sleeves, which is what I have done.
You can buy these discs in most Tesco stores, but not in the smaller ones like Tesco Express or Petrol Stations. As I said before they are just £9.97 for a pack of 50 DVD discs, and you can also buy them on the Tesco website, but you will have to pay delivery, so this is only worth doing if you are buying your usual groceries online at the same time.
I am very happy with these discs and I recommend them to anyone who is looking for a cheap and cost effective way to burn data to DVDs. 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I go through a lot of writable DVDs, whether it be for presentations, handing work in at uni, burning files and films (oh we all do it) for friends, there seems to always be a reason to have a few handy, so reliability is pretty much what someone looks for.
I had gone through a few other "brand" named DVD Rs but lot of the time, every so often, I'd run into a whole load of them which didn't work, which meant that of the ten of twenty that I'd bought I had to throw away about half of them, which really annoyed me.
So I figured if I'm going to be wasting money, I may as well buy cheaper, so I went for the Tesco DVDs and wouldn't you know it, these have so far been the most reliable for me.
Although I haven't compared at all with others, they seem to burn files pretty fast, but I guess that really does have something to do with your DVD writer and I have some dating from two years now which still seem to be in fine working order, and if cared for properly, not scratched or damaged at all.
They come in a large spindle of twenty or fifty, depending on the size which you buy them and they come at a very cheap price as well, especially compared to some of the others you buy in Maplins or whatever.
Of course there lies the biggest problem, which is hardly a problem at all in my opinion, in that when you're transporting a couple around, you have no way of doing that and so it's advisable to go out and buy yourself some CD boxes or CD sleeves. However, even with the miniscule price of that attached, the Tesco ones provide good quality, reliable DVDS at a very good price.
When I buy recordable DVD's, there's only one thing that I really want, and that's a general reliability. I don't care about fast read or write speeds, or a massive capacity - just a safe place to store my documents.
For the last couple of years I have opted to buy Tesco's own brand DVDs (I remember when the supermarkets were a place to buy food, rather than every possible item known to mankind) - of which the fifty pack can currently be purchased for £9.87. If it's real value you're after, the one-hundred pack comes to £21.97, with simple maths showing us that each disk only costs around 22p.
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The DVDs are of the (-R) variety, meaning that they are only compatible with disk drives that recognise the -R format (the vast majority do these days). The disks can have information written on them once (hence the 'R' rather than 'RW' for 'rewrite'), and the capacity is 4.7 gigabytes, which is a standard amount for this type of recordable media. The maximum write speed is 8x - but this depends on the speed of your DVD burner.
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The packaging for the larger quantities of Tesco DVD-R discs is of the standard 'spindle' design (without individual cases), although there are smaller cardboard four packs available with the discs inside simply stacked on top of each other. The discs themselves feature a matt finish on their front, making writing on them easy with a permanent marker - there's also four lines, with the top two marked 'title' and 'notes'.
Reliability & Final Word
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In my own experience, the discs have served me well, and I've never come across one which hasn't worked, or has stopped working after an extended period of time. For this reason, I can only give Tesco DVD-R discs a high recommendation - they're fairly cheap, work well, and represent a reliable storage option.