these discs are now made in china and despite claiming to be 52x speed can only reach 32x speed on any system - Nero Info Tool confirms this and also reports the manufacturer as being ritek - one of the cheaper and less reliable disc manufacturers.avoid at all costs as you are not getting what you pay for
Commonly viewed as the definitive recordable media, Verbatim CDs are certainly one of the most reliable CD-R brands for use on all types of devices. Buying a pack of Verbatim 43411, the most recent update of the line, results in perfect, high-speed copying onto CDs that will result in fewer coasters and frisbees being ejected prematurely from your CD drive.
WHAT IS CD-R?
The term CD-R stands for Compact Disc Recordable, as opposed to CD-ROM (Read-Only Memory) that can be read by computers and other devices but cannot be written onto. Although several differing types exist, most CD-Rs can store approximately 700 megabytes of data, the Verbatim brand managing up to 704 MB, or exactly 80 minutes of music if making an audio CD.
When buying in bulk, these CDs cost around 15p each; they can only be written on once. If youre looking to keep updating your collection of files on disc, and want to re-use CDs, youd best look elsewhere for more expensive CD-RW (Re-Writeable). Once data is burned onto a CD-R it cannot be removed, but if there is enough space left on the CD after burning and you havent selected the option on your burning software to close the CD you can keep adding to it at a later date until its full.
Many cheap or less successful brands of CD-R consistently disappoint in their inability to retain data accurately and, even more commonly, their incompatibility with stereo systems when burning an audio CD. There are always stereos that have problems with even the most prestigious CD-R, but Verbatim are a safer bet than a less well known brand. They have taken some time to be read in one stereo Ive tried, but generally it doesnt make a difference how old or cheap the stereo is to how well it will play copied CDs.
The CD writing process has been updated to 52x speed, which means that anyone with such a high-speed CD writer drive can make a CD in around one minute. Theres no real need to slow down the process deliberately for more accuracy, unless your software is a little problematic and may cause errors.
Verbatim CDs are most commonly used to store files from a computer, 704 MB of storage space being a weight off many peoples hard drives, whether this means backing up files in the event of a crash or a place to store video files and other immorally obtained file-sharing plunder, borrowed and copied from friends or obtained at your own risk.
Many full-length films are converted to 700 MB size deliberately so that they can fit on a single CD-R, and while these wont work in a DVD player (unless you have VCD burning technology) they can be watched again and again on your computers media player like any other film and kept in a collection.
If youre going to have a lot of these CDs lying about and you should, as its cheaper to buy them in bulk then they have to be pretty. Verbatim 43411 CDs are a pleasant white on the top surface, the necessary brand logos and information in shiny, muted silver and spread far enough away from the centre and the helpful ruled lines to allow the user to write on the CD clearly in permanent pen. Once youve written Stratovarius Infinity, Monty Python episodes 1-3 or whatever else takes your fancy, these will be the only obvious markings on the neat CD.
The underside is an expected shiny golden green, and should obviously not be touched if you can help it. This is where the burning / reading of the CD occurs and although Verbatim CDs are protected by an extra layer, they can still damage. When buying in bulk packs of 25, 50 or 100, Verbatim 43411 discs are stacked pristinely in handy cake tubs. CD cases of any type are not included for the price, but its a lot cheaper to buy these elements separately anyway.
Verbatim are among the best CD-Rs on the market at the moment, with the possible exception of those from Datasafe Media, which offer more protection on the writing surface and a little more reliability in home stereos for audio CDs. Verbatim CDs are used by many DJs and businesses copying information for archive purposes, and will likely continue to set the trend in the future.
Verbatim 43411 CD-Rs are something of an unexpected find: they are both excellent quality and easy to come across, sold by high profile online retailers such as Amazon for the reasonable price of £14.99 for 100 CDs, plus postage.