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These are my first choice for burning video to DVD. This means that I can watch it on my telly and/or I can give a copy to my elderly parents who prefer to watch family events on the big rather than the small screen.
You can use them to back up photos, home movies or any other precious and irreplaceable data which can be lost with the laptop or in my own case when my external hard drive for the old computer literally went up in smoke. You get 4.7GB of data per shiny disc, so that is a lot of photo or film which can be saved from theft or computer failure.
Most modern desktop or laptop computers come with the ability to burn DVD's. If yours does not, an external or internal DVD burner is not expensive and well worth it when data can be so easily lost forever. Windows and Mac computers both burn DVDs and most nowadays come equipped with the software to do so. Failing that, burning software can be found and bought easily on the internet.
With a computer which burns DVD's, just pop one of these discs into your computer and let it work its magic. Because magic it is. One disc will hold a movie's worth of video. Backing up movies software is around and invaluable for children's favourite DVD's which tend to suffer a lot of tough handling. Backing up the DVD to these blanks gives the kids their favourite film to watch and saves you having to keep buying replacements.
It is, of course, essential to be careful of copyright law and only back up what you own and only where it is allowable and legal.
But these DVD-R's allow backing up movies or data without producing the unusable if shiny, shiny coasters which lessor brands of blank DVDs can do. The brand uses premium dyes in the plastic disc to produce sharp, clear and reliable results which last and last.
As will your precious memories when entrusted to these beauties.
The price for a stack tends to vary. They do come in varying burning speeds but 8 or 16 times are the ones you will see most often in supermarkets, PC sheds or online. I usually buy a stack of 50 for £9.99, though you will see them up as high as £18.99. Avoid the expensive times. £9.99 always comes round or can be found at Amazon.
They come shrink-wrapped in a hard plastic case, which keeps them together, clean and unscratched in transit. The hard plastic spindle and cover can both be recycled. Once burned I use paper DVD containers but other options for storage are available.
If you are looking for blank DVD's to back up your files head to this brand - you won't regret it.
Which is more than can be said for some of the competition.
I have bought tons of blank media over the years and i decided to start using DVD-R to store music and images on. These discs have been very good with few problems, no burn errors and playback in excellent full 320KBps quality. The discs come in a very simple cakebox which can be re used for many purposes, or recycled. The box isnt too thick or thin and usually protects discs quite well from drops or spills. I have knocked these discs off a shelf before and none have been damaged in any way, so a very good, durable box to store them in.
The discs themselves are thick, made of good quality plastic and are easy to write on with a CD-R pen. Burning is the all important question then, and i can only award top marks for these. You pay slightly more for Verbatim especially at places like PC World and Staples where they are very expensive but you save money by not throwing away bad burn discs.
When burning they burn at 8x speed and very occasionally dip below to 7x or 6x speed when running Nero, this may be because of the buffer rate or the buffer under run but theres no way for me to find out, but most of the time they run at full speed with no burn issues afterwards, and no glitches on the disc. I have never had to throw away a disc because of a bad burn or glitched disc. When over burning the discs completely mess up and cause data loss to all or most files. (as with every other DVD-R disc)
These are not DVD+R format and if you are not sure which to buy look them up, burning DVD-R in the hope they will work for DVD+R drives will not work, instead it leaves you with an unusable disc with a million glitches, thats even if your software lets you burn in that way, normally it will recognise its not the correct format.
They store exactly 4.7GB of data, and playback has been perfect. No glitches, files lost or anything like that. Documents appear in the same format burned, drives can easily read an opened file within seconds, audio quality is not lost even on poor mono 64KBps quality MP3, single channel or stereo still sounds the same on disc as it does as a file on a computer. Video MP4 quality is not lost and again sound in mono or stereo format at any KBps rate remains intact.
I can only praise these discs and say what a fantastic brand Verbatim is, they have made a great product here. Will buy again.
Verbatim DVD -R are disks made by Verbatim.
The disks come on a spindle with a plastic wrap around it that reads Verbatim DVD -R, there is an orange pattern which is different to the +R disks which come in a purple pattern. The spindle itself is made from a sturdy plastic and it has a locking mechanism to prevent the lid falling off and the disks smashing or getting scratched.
The spindle twists open easily and you will find inside 50 disks stacked one on top of the other with a paper insert with more Verbatim logos on it. The disks themselves are plain apart from a few Verbatim logos and again the -R logo. They can be written on in permanent marker which is good for remembering what you have written to the disk.
Each of the 50 disks is a single layered DVD and can hold up to 4.7GB of data, you can burn them at drive speeds of up to 16x and they can hold the equivalent of 200 minutes of video.
I use Windows DVD maker to create my DVDs and it is really easy to add videos and photos to the disks that will play in any DVD player, I have never had a Verbatim disk fail to work properly either in the creation stage or when it is put into a DVD player. I have also used the windows manager to simply drag and drop files on to DVD which is dead handy for bringing documents from place to place or securely backing up your data again I have had no issues with the disks.
The only downside to the disks are they are only writable once so you cannot modify the data that exists on them, they are a lot cheaper than the Rewritable option however.
Before your purchase the only thing you need to know is if your DVD drive will support -R disks, you can do this simply by checking the front of your DVD drive as it will usually say.
Generally around the world there are only a few DVD-R factories however there are all sorts of major brands simply using the same disc with a different label on it. It is widely agreed that the most durable and reliable discs are manufactured in a factor in Japan by Taiyo Yuden. Unfortunately outside Japan such discs are more difficult to find and there is no clear labelling which brings me to the focus of this review, Verbatim DVD-R's. Verbatim's reputation is generally good however, Verbatim distribute the same product code of discs yet manufactured at different factories around the world: India, Taiwan and Japan. Indian Verbatim discs are thought to be substandard since it offers less reliable burns therefore a disc to be avoided. The "Made in Taiwan" discs aren't too bad. However "Made in Japan" are the Verbatim discs everyone should be buying. I have two of the same Verbatim 50 x DVD-R branded tub, one "Made in Taiwan" and one "Made in Japan". The "Made in Japan" discs are clearly superior. The discs have a slightly better finish and more reliable for burning data.
I bought these blank DVDs after reading a suggestion on some forum that they were one of the best makes around. I haven't used enough brands to be able to confirm this but I did find them very good and had absolutely no problems with them at all. At the time of buying these WHSmiths had a very good offer on them, though this was some time ago and I don't think they have the offer any more- they are very cheap on Amazon also I seem to recall.
I used these DVDs for three main uses and they worked great every time. I used them to make my own DVD films, as storage and as backups for the more scratched of my PlayStation discs. I think the most noticeable thing for me was that whatever drive I put these in there never seemed to be any problems. There was no bad sounds, no very long reading times nor the sound of the disc moving back and forward a lot.
Like another reviewer I did not find a single DVD that was a duff and there weren't even any marks to be seen on any of them. They may be slightly more expensive than some brands but paying the little bit extras certainly pays off in this case.
When I first purchased a DVD writer on my computer I wanted DVD media which I know were reliable. The name firstly "Verbatim" is seen as being really reliable as their research suggests that data has an archival life of about 100 years.
I have used these DVD's for over 2 years now, and I have not had a single coaster (bad disc) they have always worked with no errors. I'm using a NEC ND3500A writer.
These DVD's come in a variety to choose from; either a printable top, or a silver top branded with the "Verbatim" logo and a few lines to write down the contents of the disc.
My top speed in my drive is 16x, but these DVD's work with no problems - just select 8x on your software and it will write at slower speeds to these discs. Don't however burn at a higher speed than 8x to these (because somehow they DO allow higher speeds than 8x) otherwise the integrity of the data will be at risk.
When I first got my camcorder in December, I needed something for my home movies and such like to be copied onto, so like any girl and the DVD choices, I picked up the first box I saw, without actually knowing what it meant. These DVD +R are okay, but could be a lot better. They come with the DVD cases and they look okay, very plain, but would be easy to cover up. I bought mine in a pack of ten, but there was also a pack of 5 there as well. This way, buying the pack of ten would make it easier for me if I needed more in the future.
The box packaging
The box that the ten DVD's come in is plain, and wouldn't catch my eye, as it is blue and white with a little red logo on the box. The front and top of it has a picture of the actual DVD disk, and a few bits and pieces of information. The information, in little brainstorming fashion, says 8x certified (which I have no idea what it means), advanced AZO, RW DVD+R and 4.7GB/ 129min. now like all girls, I don't know what half of this means, so I will look on the rest of the box, and inside the box for anything that may help me to understand this.
On the left hand side, it says faster recording speed and superior resistance to UV light, and high quality and sound with superb reliability. So I sort of understand this part. What it means is from what I can understand is that it can record sound really well, the pictures that are playing are of good quality and that it records really quickly. Well, I will test this out later. It also has on the side, the disk size, which has a 119mm diameter, 49mm radius, and the hole in the middle has a 21mm diameter. It also has once again, an advanced AZO shape on it, but once again it doesn't tell me what this means. It also has some small print on the bottom saying, to print photographic images, you will need an inkjet printer that has direct print function suitable for printable CD or DVD. But once again, it doesn't have any information on it that may help me.
Moving onto the back of the box, it has some information on, little paragraphs of a summary of the DVD's which in English says, 'DVD+R. for use in DVD+R/RW recorders. "Advanced AZO technology enables high quality picture and sound with superb reliability. Fully printable surface for use with the latest disc inkjet printers.' So from what I can gather from this, it basically means that AZO technology is picture and sound quality which sounds really good, so at least that's one mystery solved. But there isn't really anything else on it about the features so I will keep looking for what I am looking for. There is also at the bottom in small print, the web address, where it is made and the contact details (which is at the bottom of the review).
On the right hand side of the box, there is a picture of a DVD disk, with other pictures on the outside, like a brainstorm. It has a CD player, a boom box, a DVD player, a camcorder, a computer and some other sort of machine. From a wild guess, I think that this is what the DVD's can play in. the bottom of the box is just plain white.
The flaps on the box. The flaps on the box have pictures of other recordable DVD cases in the range, different memory cards in the range, and different recordable CD's in the range.
The DVD's and their cases
Taking out the DVD's (and dropping half of them on the floor) I can see that the back and front of the box is on the front and back of the DVD cases. Opening the wrapping on one of them, then opening he case, I can see the bright white DVD and it looks so white, I don't want to put any marks on it. Inside the booklet is a list where you can write down what is on the DVD once it has been recorded on. It also has a blank page on the other side.
The Recording part
The recording part is pretty easy, but the only problem is how long it takes to record. I had edited my first home movie, to my preferences and went to the burn part of the DVD menu. It came up with a selection of areas that I could add to, to go back, or my front page that comes up with play movie. I sorted this part out within five minutes and away the burning started. I had 33minutes worth of film to record and it took exactly one hour and 14minutes. I thought that this was very slow, and I didn't like the fact that I was in a rush to finish it off and go out to show my friends. I was very disappointed with this process and thought that it could have been faster.
The testing part
When I took this round to my friend's house to watch, I found that it had been a great DVD to watch. It was easy to follow, and the picture and sound quality really was good. We were all in stitches, laughing at ourselves so hard. Overall this was the best part of the DVD.
Overall, I would rate this six out of ten. Three out of ten for the recording speed, seven out of ten for the packaging, Nine out of ten for the testing and watching part, and five out of ten for the information given to me. The packaging was okay, but could have been a little more in your face to get my attention, and the recording speed was just pathetic and terrible! As for the information, I would have had to look it up on the internet or the Argos catalogue for the information needed.
Jessops - £8.99
Amazon - between £7.49 and £10.99
E-bay - between £3.49 and £22.49 depending on how big a pack you get.
For more information and to order the products go to:
Or write to them at
EUROPE verbatim Ltd, Egham, UK.
These DVD's were made in Taiwan.
Thank you for reading.
A few years ago i was involved with a tutorial type website that gave information on using DVD writers. This was in the days when the technology was at an early age, my Pioneer 102, 2 speed writer cost £180! making a back-up of a DVD took several hours! In those days we went through tons of disks, The Good, The Bad and The ugly! We learnt hell of a lot!
The biggest problem we found was reliability. Films or Games burn on various disks would 'freeze', and eventually i found the answer...
Dust! take a blank disc from a spindle of cheap disks and hold it to the light, just one speck of dust on the recording surface can render the disk scrap. What happens is the disk is burnt as normal, but the tiny (pin head size) area of the dye that was covered by the speck of dust will not be burnt with data properly. Try to imagaine sunbathing with a plaster on your back, when you take off the plaster, you are gonna have a white rectangle! now apply this theory to this subject.
How we found this out was when we tested Verbatim disks. Back then they where individually packaged in a jewel case, and cellophane wrapped. These were expensive, but the factory had a very high quality control. There was never any dust on these and reliability was second to non. You can tell qualitiy dye as it is a dark purple colour. Cheapies from the market are a light purple, even pinkish! The darker the dye the better as the data is reflected back to the laser.
Now everyone and his dog has a DVD burner, and the price has never been cheaper, but these rules still apply. These Verbaitim 8 speeds are packed in tubs of ten, and i always seal the tub back up as soon as i remove a disk to keep the dust out. The Verbaitim factory pride their reputation as being the world leaders in optical media, and their quality control ensures the disks are packaged in perfect condition.
I would prefer a plain white top-side for printing on, The top-side is printed with the Verbaitim logo, and can be seen through self adhesive white labels.
Value for money. Highly rcommended, but remember to watch out for dust!
Please respect Copyright laws when making back-up copies of films and games.