Product Type: Verbatim in Removable Media
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Verbatim CD-R 700 MB 52x
Member Name: davidbuttery
Verbatim CD-R 700 MB 52x
Advantages: Very reliable, decently fast, inexpensive
Disadvantages: Don't offer anything the other big brands don't
Even though recordable DVDs are now common and inexpensive, I still find myself using an awful lot of CD-R discs. The main reason for this is that I enjoy playing around with Linux, and for the most part downloadable Linux distributions (or "distros") still come packaged at a size designed to fit on a CD: that is to say, 700 MB maximum. Of course, there are other uses as well, such as ripping music - here I insert the required advice that, absurdly, it remains technically illegal to rip even music you've bought - and sending large clumps of files to friends.
I've used Verbatim discs for as long as I've had a computer with the ability to burn CDs, which is around a decade now. Of course Verbatim isn't the only brand with a good reputation for such things - the likes of Sony, Memorex and TDK all produce perfectly acceptable CD-Rs - but I've had consistently positive experiences with Verbatim and as such I see no reason to change. I suppose there's also a slight element of being attracted by the fact that, unlike the likes of Sony, for Verbatim recordable media is the central part of their business.
These discs are available in packs of varying sizes, but I tend to go for the spindles of 25. Although these are not quite as cheap per disc as the vast 100-disc packs, I find the latter a little bit unwieldy. The difference is not huge, and since even a 25-pack can be purchased for around a fiver it's hardly going to break the bank! Another advantage of going for the 25-CD option is that it is easy to carry in one hand: once you get up to 50 or 100 it's a bit more of a stretch and the weight tends to become a little bit of a problem.
The aesthetic qualities of a packet of CDs are perhaps not uppermost in the mind of most buyers, but if you've ever seen Verbatim packaging before - and surely by now that's all of you - then you'll instantly recognise the overwhelming blueness. Two shades of blue, sure, but still blue. The flash of red in the Verbatim logo looks just a little out of place! The discs themselves are plain silver, with no decorations beyond the usual faint reminder of their status and a couple of lines to write on. More importantly, my ordinary CD marker pens have absolutely no difficulty in labelling them.
As for how these CD-Rs actually perform, the difficulty here is in saying more than "They work really well" - because, after all, what is there to say about a CD-R? I tend to set my burning program (GnomeBaker, for anybody interested) to record at a speed slightly below the 52x maximum, since just occasionally I can get errors at that rate, whereas at - say - 40x it's almost unheard of for there to be any skipping. This could be a PC problem, of course, especially as it's happened with TDK CD-Rs too in the past, but as it's so minor I haven't bothered to check it out.
Really, these discs are pretty uncomplicated things. (Isn't it amazing, though, how easily we now all accept having lasers, the former wonder technology of the age, in our own homes...?) I'm not sure I could honestly say that it's worth switching over if you're already using Memorex discs or whatever and are happy with those. There just doesn't seem to be enough difference between the various major brands for that. But if you need some CD-Rs quickly and it's Verbatim discs that are on offer, then you need have no fear: they are happily recommended. ..
Summary: These discs won't let you down